Namibia Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project (NTIIP)

The project includes two main interventions: (A) Upgrade of the Walvis Bay – Tsumeb Railway Line and (B) Upgrade of the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport Road Phase 2A.

  1. Upgrade of the Walvis Bay – Tsumeb Railway Line A1 Railway Upgrading Works

    • Upgrading of 210 km of railway permanent way between Walvis Bay and Kranzberg - Supply of rails
  2. Consulting Services 
    • Construction Supervision for upgrading works
    • Project Financial Audits
    • Technical Audits
    • Sensitisation on HIV/AIDS
  3. Institutional Support and Capacity Building
    • Technical Assistance to MoWT
    • Update of the Design for Grootfontein – Rundu Railway
    • Feasibility Study for the Rundu – Katima Mulilo Railway and for the commuter rails
    • Market Analysis for Rail Operations Study
    • Railway Sector Institutional Setup review support
    • Skills Development Promotion and Training for Railway Infrastructure Maintenance
  4. Resettlement and Compensation ▪ Provision for compensation

Excluded project information relating to the airport project. 

The Namibia Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project (NTIIP) encompasses two priority interventions in the rail and road transport sub-sectors: (i) Upgrading of the Walvis Bay – Kranzberg railway section (210km); and (ii) Upgrading of the Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) Road – Phase 2A (23.8 km). The two interventions are part of the priority projects as identified in the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN)’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), an action plan launched in April 2016 to accelerate the delivery of the targets under NDP4. The NDP4 priorities have been retained in the current and successor NDP5. The Walvis Bay-Kranzberg railway section, of cape gauge1, is presently constrained due to its structural condition. This has resulted in speed restrictions imposed on more than 50% of the length of line. The 16.5 ton per axle load (TAL) of the line is below the SADC standard of 18.5 TAL, with the branch lines having smaller load capacity estimated as 11.5 TAL. The project will contribute to improving the capacity of the line to 18.5 TAL, and train speeds of up to 80km/hr for freight and 100km/hr for passengers. Currently only about 48% of the total rail network (2,630km) meets the SADC requirements, with a medium term target to upgrade 70% of the network in line with the long term “Vision 2030”, which aims to make Namibia a transport and logistics hub. The road sub-sector intervention will involve upgrading of a 23.8km section – Phase 2A of the 48.8km road between Windhoek and HKIA. The road comprises three phases: Phase1 (8km), Phase 2A (23.8km), and Phase 2B (17km). Phase I is currently being implemented by GRN, who are also sourcing financing to implement Phase 2B. The project will contribute to the improvement of transit times between Windhoek and HKIA.

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT) shall be the Executing Agency for the project that is estimated to cost ZAR 5,522 million. The Bank will contribute ZAR 2,000 million (36%) and GRN will contribute ZAR 3,522 million (64%). The rail upgrading works will be under two contracts implemented over a period of 36 months, whilst the road construction works will be implemented over a period of 42 months under one contract. Other project activities include Technical Assistance to support MoWT in the implementation; skills development and training with focus on women; and integration of measures to promote the sustainability of the rail and road network. The project also includes activities to position the rail operator Trans-Namib, a key stakeholder, to perform better. The overall project implementation period is five years.

Project ID 201
Country Namibia
Project Duration
Investment Value / Project Cost Not stated
Finance and Investment partners African Development Bank (AfDB)
Government Administrators Namibia Ministry Of Works And Transport
Private Companies
Project Status

Source of Project Information:

Namibia Ministry Of Works And Transport

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