Consulmar, present in Mozambique since 1992, was responsible for the Coordination and Supervision of the project to build the new bridge in Tete for Roads Zambezi SA entity. The bridge was built by a consortium of contractors led by Mota-Engil and integrated Soares da Costa and Opway. The contract was valued at approximately EUR 105 million. This work, part of the Concession Roads Zambezi, awarded for 30 years to a consortium formed by Ascendi, Soares da Costa Concessions and Infra Engineering, was the design and construction of a bridge composed of an access viaduct and a bridge over the river as well as immediate access on both banks, with a total length of approximately 15 kilometers.
The bridge, with about 715 meters long, was constructed by the method of successive advances from the pillars, using two pairs of feed stands. The maximum range is about 135 meters. The approach viaduct, with 865 meters of development and a total of 16 spans, with a maximum of 55 meters, was built using a beam of lower launch.
So, the artwork is over 1500 meters of development, a work which is considered a milestone of Portuguese engineering. Immediate access to the bridge developed in about 3 kilometers on the right bank side of Tete, and close to 10.5 kilometers on the left bank side of Benga – Moatize.
Besides building the new bridge and immediate access is also part of the project, the rehabilitation of about 270 kilometers of roads N7 and N8 that link the city of Tete to the border with Zimbabwe (the way to Harare) and Malawi (by way of capital Blantyre).
The execution time was 42 months, and there have been starting work in April 2011. There were at the peak of 603 employees work (400 consortium), of which 60 expatriates (46 consortium).