Sena railroad in Mozambique to partially re-open this year

5 June 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 June – The Sena railroad in Mozambique is to be partially reopened to train traffic between the Dondo and Marromeu stations, in Sofala province, before the end of December, said Joaquim Veríssimo, the executive director of Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique-Centro.

In an interview published in Monday’s edition of Notícias newspaper, Veríssimo said that initially sugar produced by Companhia de Sena in Marromeu would be transported to be exported via the port of Beira, limestone to be used by the Mozambique Cement Factory, in Dondo, and wood from CHeringoma and other agricultural products ion which the Zambeze valley is rich.

The World Bank has applied US$110 million to the project, funding which was used for boosting the institutional capacities of CFM.

Veríssimo said that work was at an acceptable stage of execution and that it would be concluded by in May 2009.

He said that difficulties the project had been undergoing were now being overcome, which was exemplified by the new production of stone of ballast, and in this half of the year the new reinforced concrete line in Sena.

The Sena line links the railway stations of Dondo, in Sofala, to the coal village of Moatize, in Tete, and includes the branch lines of Inhamitanga/Marromeu and Mutarar/Vila Nova da Fronteira, over a stretch of approximately 652 kilometers. (macauhub)