Project name: Kinshasa-Ilebo Railway Extension

LOCATION: RD CONGO

 

Amount (USD): 19,115,150,364

Amount (EUR): 16,174,358,000

Amount (CFA): 10,513,332,700,000

IRR: 18.8%

 

Type of financing envisaged: grant and concessional loan and / or PPP

 

Description

The main objective of the rail line (870 km) between Kinshasa and Ilebo is to ensure the continuity of rail transport between the port of Matadi and the center, east and south-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and beyond with Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

This line will thus be connected with the Matadi-Kinshasa line, the Brazzaville-Kinshasa road-rail bridge and the Republic of Congo (RC) rail network, and finally with the Ilebo-Lubumbashi-Zambia border line, becoming a strategic axis for the economic, social and cultural development of the DRC.

The long-term objective of the construction of this section of railway is to enable the interconnection and interoperability of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa.

The Kinshasa-Ilebo railway project consists of building between Kinshasa and Ilebo a platform for the railway and engineering structures, laying the track, the catenary, equipment of the substations for the transport of freight (minerals, cereals, fuels, cement, containers, truck trailers, whole trucks, etc.) and passenger transport between these two cities.

The projected track will have a standard gauge of 1.435m for a maximum axle load of 23 tons, it will be electrified by 25KV-50Hz catenary.

The development of the railway will also include the acquisition of railway equipment, namely: locomotives, rolling stock, maintenance and repair equipment but also the construction and layout of railway stations.

Expected results

This line will thus be connected with the Matadi-Kinshasa line, the Pont Route-Rail Brazzaville-Kinshasa and the rail network of the Republic of Congo, and finally with the Ilebo-Lubumbashi-Zambia border line and beyond with Zimbabwe and the ‘South Africa, becoming a strategic axis for the economic, social and cultural development of DR Congo.