Multinational - Nacala Rail and Port Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2015
Signature Date 27 Nov 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21010
Commitment U.A 79,091,531.5
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Project is an integrated and transformative infrastructure project supporting growth along a regional corridor shared by two countries, Mozambique and Malawi. It consists of the construction and operation of a 912 km cape gauge rail line (682km of which is brownfield) from the Moatize mine in western Mozambique to the Nacala port on the eastern coast of the country through Malawi. The Project also includes the construction of a deep sea port and associated terminal infrastructure at Nacala-àVelha. The Nacala Corridor will be anchored on coal exports (18 MTPA), general cargo/freight (2 pairs of trains per day) and passengers (1 pair of trains per day). The Bank will support the project with US $ 300 million from its Private Sector Window.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the project is the construction/rehabilitation and operation of a 912 km cape gauge rail line and a deep sea port with terminal infrastructure.


This project will benefit Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, and enable Mozambique to achieve its ambition to be a regional gateway to global markets. Small businesses will benefit from the potential of the port and the rail link potential.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-D00-032
Last Update 31 Oct 2019


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Country Multinational