NorthWest Rail (NWR) represents a coming together of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, Zambian shareholders, mining companies, financers and logistics operators. The project entails the construction of railway lines connecting the copper heartland of Zambia to the borders of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (part of the "Lobito Corridor"). The total project cost is estimated at $1.2bn.
NorthWest Rail Ltd is led by Chairman Enoch Kavindele, supported by Project Engineers WorleyParsons of South Africa who have extensive experience in the development of railway networks throughout the continent and are currently developing several railroad company projects throughout Southern Africa.
Several Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with customers for import of mine supplies and export of copper products along the rail line. The long-term volume guarantees from these core customers will be key value underpins for the Project’s funding.
NWR is a truly international venture. Alongside the involvement of several local companies, Chinese, Italian and US companies have been considered for construction. Amongst these are GE of the USA and Wegh Group of Italy who have signed agreements to supply locomotives and railway supplies respectively.