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Railway Upgrading Project Contracted by CEEC in Namibia Receives Performance Certificate

On April 22, an upgrading project for a 108.9 km railway line connecting Walvis Bay and Krantzberg successfully obtained the performance certificate from engineers, marking the triumphant conclusion of this crucial infrastructure endeavor.


The project, identified as a priority development initiative under Namibia's Harambee Prosperity Plan, is a key component of the Namibia Vision 2030.

                                                                                                   The performance certificate


Starting from the Walvis Bay and reaching Arandis, the railway line is a crucial transportation and economic artery linking inland cities and border regions to Walvis Bay.


Prior to the project, sections of the nearly century-old track had a speed limit of just 40 km/h. However, the comprehensive upgrades have enabled passenger services to reach a speed of 100 km/h, while freight operations can cruise at 80 km/h.


                                                                                                  The upgraded Walvis Bay railway station


For CEEC China Gezhouba Group Co., Ltd. that contracted this project, executing this project was an uphill battle from the day of groundbreaking, which fell on July 8, 2020.


Construction teams overcame daunting challenges - the COVID-19 outbreak, a tight schedule, resource constraints, soaring material costs, extreme weathers, and unfavorable geological conditions.


Yet, the company defied the odds, earning acclaim from the client, supervisors and others, burnishing its reputation as a premier Chinese rail developer in southern Africa. This accomplishment has etched "Chinese speed" and "Chinese strength" into the African continent.


                                                                                                        The Nonidas section


During the construction of the project, CEEC China Gezhouba Group Co., Ltd. provided over 500 jobs for local communities and trained a batch of skilled Namibian workers.


Namibia's Minister of Works and Transport, representatives from the African Development Bank, Namibian railway operations officials, and diplomats from the Chinese Embassy, have made multiple visits to the project site, commending the rapid progress of the project and recognizing its outstanding performance on safety, quality, and environmental protection.


                                                                                               A bridge over the Swakop River


Upon completion, the project will generate 600 jobs directly and 1,000 indirectly for local communities. It will significantly enhance the transportation capacity from inland cities and border regions to Walvis Bay, which will effectively facilitate cross-border trade and drive the growth of local industries such as mining, fishing, tourism, agriculture, livestock farming, and manufacturing, delivering a continuous stream of social and economic benefits.