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Aurecon: Bas Congo Development Corridor


Project title:
Rehabilitation of the ports and railway on the Bas Congo Development Corridor (BCDC)

Contracting authority:

  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Branch/sector: Public Authority
: Aurecon
Project duration:
3 months

Project description:

The Bas Congo Development Corridor (BCDC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a multi-modal transport corridor linking the ports of Matadi, Boma and Banana with Kinshasa. The corridor represents the main linkage between the hinterlands of the DRC and the Atlantic Ocean, but had suffered various setbacks, like the degradation of assets and operational issues.
Due to its strategic role in local and regional development, the Bas Congo Development Corridor (BCDC) was identified as a priority investment corridor by the South African Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI’s) Regional Spatial Development Initiative Programme (RSDIP) Project Preparation Facility (PPF). The DTI funded this study to investigate specific investment opportunities to be taken up by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
The project entailed an assessment of the infrastructure, equipment, short and long term freight movement, and the operation of the corridor system; infrastructure and equipment capacity analysis; confirmation of system configuration optimisation and reference level of services; and identifying system capacity requirements and bottlenecks. Aurecon was also responsible for reviewing the Progosa transport strategy and L'Office National des Transports (ONATRA) reforms proposal and quantifying investment needs, including operations and maintenance.
The project entailed documenting the existing structure and performance of the BCDC, with the specific purpose of identifying current infrastructure and regulatory bottlenecks for the implementation of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs); developing an integrated model on the required hard (infrastructure) and soft (system) interventions needed; and developing priority investment targets for DBSA.

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