Mozambique: Mozambique railroad company invests US$35 million in refurbishing carriages

30 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 June – Mozambican railroad company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique is moving ahead with a project to refurbish 670 carriages costing US$35 million and expected to take two years, the company’s communications director said in Maputo Friday.

According to António Libombo, this project began in February 2007 and is aimed at providing better service quality to users.

In relation to other projects underway, Libombo said that the strategic Sena line, reconstruction work of which is the responsibility of the Right and Icon consortium of India (51 percent) and CFM 849 percent) was going ahead at a steady rate.

Work on the Sena line, along a 670 kilometre stretch, began in 2002 and is expected to be concluded in the first half of next year, estimated to cost US$275 million.

In an initial phase, reconstruction involved only investment from CFM itself of some US$40 million, which were used to rebuild 50 kilometres.

“Then later we received funding from the World Bank,” Libombo told Macauhub.

CFM receives locomotives from India and has engines from General Motors (of the United States), according to Libombo.

At the moment, according to the director, concluding work is being carried out on the Ressano Garcia stretch of 88 kilometres, a project estimated ot cost US$80 million.

The rebuilding of the Salamanga line (southern Mozambique) is also underway at a cost of US$8 million, funded directly by CFM.

Rebuilding of the Limpopo line, also in the south of the country, over 534 kilometres, which links Mozambique to Zimbabwe, represented an investment of US$53 million. (macauhub)

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