New Limpopo Projects Investments Ltd (“NLPI”) operates in Zimbabwe through its subsidiary Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (Pvt) Ltd (“BBR”). BBR was formed in 1997 in partnership with National Railways of Zimbabwe (“NRZ”) in order to manage the railway between Beitbridge and Bulawayo.
The concession provides a key link in the North / South corridor and included a Build Operate Transfer (“BOT”) arrangement to construct 150km of new track and the upgrade of a further 172 km of existing track. Construction was completed in 1999 and operations commenced that year. The concession completes the link between the South African border at Musina and Bulawayo on the North / South corridor and saves significant travel distance compared to the original route via Botswana. The concession runs until 2029.
The NLPI group also holds an access agreement with NRZ allowing for the operation of trains between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Total volumes carried comprise circa 1 million tonnes per annum of general freight.