Mozambique railroad company imports further five locomotives from India

4 May 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 May – The rail system of Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique-Sul (CFM-Sul) since last weekend has had a further five locomotives imported from India to increase its transport capacity along the Maputo Corridor, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper, Notícias.

According to the paper, the five locomotives are part of a set of ten, the remainder of which are due to be delivered in June and which will boost CFM-Sul’s current fleet of 12 engines.

The acquisition of those engines, which have been reconditioned, is being carried out through a leasing system and CFM-Sul will pay US$2.4 million each year over the next three years, according to Aboobacar Mussá, who is responsible for the project.

Asked about why CFM had acquired reconditioned engines instead of new ones, Mussá said that the 10 locomotives the company was acquiring would cost it a total of US$7.2 million, whilst a single new locomotive would cost around US$5 million.

He added that even South Africa, a country that was more developed than Mozambique, opted for acquiring reconditioned engines, ensuring that they were recent, modern and robust.

As well as the 12 locomotives the company has in operation, which will soon be 22, CFM-Sul has a further 45 that are being refurbished, at a total investment of just over US$31 million. (macauhub)