The Eastern Line covers a distance of 300 km from Accra to Kumasi with a branch line from Accra to Tema. Apart from the 20 km Accra-Tema Line and the 40 km Accra-Nsawam Line, which are all used for passenger services, the rest of the line is in a state disrepair and inoperative.
The town of Kibi is between Accra and Kumasi. Here, significant bauxite deposits of approximately 180 million metric tons may be found. Mt. Ejuanema also on the Eastern Line has 5 million metric tons of bauxite. Both deposits are yet to be exploited. The Eastern Line also connects to the Central Spine which terminates on the border with Burkina Faso at Paga. It has potential for significant passenger as well as freight traffic. A proposed inland rail terminal (Boankra Inland Port) also lies on the Eastern Rail Line.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) are the Transaction Advisors. They have reached the stage where we are requesting them to issue a Request for Proposal to procure investors for the development of the line. The estimated cost of this line is US$1,680,000,000