Capacity of Maputo-South Africa railway to double by 2007

9 May 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 09 May – The capacity of the Ressano Garcia railway line, which links the Mozambican capital, Maputo, to the border with South Africa will be doubled by 2007, Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and communication said.

António Munguambe, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said that the capacity of the 90 kilometer-long line would reach 3 million tons a day this year and 5 million tons in 2007.

The refurbishment and modernization of infrastructures will require an investment of around US$12 million and will be made by concession-holders, CFM – Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique and South Africa’s Spoornet.

With the refurbishment, Munguambe said, the speed at which trains travel along the line would be increased to 50 kilometers per hour and CFM could operate 12 locomotives on the line, double the current number.

The aim is to reach, by 2010 a transit capacity of m15 million tons per day, Munguambe added speaking at a meeting to promote the “Maputo Corridor.”

The modernization program also includes improving the condition of bridges, the communications system and repairing the locomotives.

CFM is currently investing almost US$70 million in Mozambique.

The main investment, of US$31 million, is related to the modernization of 45 locomotives, and the reminder is being used to modernize wagons (US$20 million) and rebuild access branch lines to the Ports of Maputo and Matola.

As well as the Ressano Garcia line, the railway lines of Goba and the Salamanga branch line (US$7 million) will also be improved. (macauhub)