Refurbishment of Mozambique’s Quelimane port ends this year

28 February 2007

Beira, Mozambique, 28 Feb – The refurbishment of the port of Quelimane in Mozambique is due to be concluded by the end of the year, the chairman of state port and railway management company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), Rui Fonseca said recently.

The refurbishment project, which is budgeted to cost US$14 million, is being financed by the German government, with CFM providing US$1 million. The management of Quelimane port was handed over in July 2004 to Cornelder Quelimane, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement.

Speaking during the 24th National Meeting of Directors of the state company, Fonseca said that the policy of granting concessions on port management aimed to ensure the involvement of the private sector in the financing and execution of investments in infrastructure, equipment, information technology and maintenance of railway and port systems.

Fonseca said that his company would continue to focus on reconstruction of the Sena railroad, which began in 2002, and work on which will continue to 2009, implying an investment of US$178 million.

CFM also plans to invest in a project to refurbish and convert 45 locomotives, estimated to cost US$31 million, with the railway network in the south of Mozambique supported by the long-term lease of 10 locomotives from India. (macauhub)