Mozambique: Marromeu sugar transported by rail this year

8 August 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Aug – Sugar from the Marromeu refinery in Sofala province will be carried by rail again by the end of the year as part of a project to reintroduce freight traffic on the Sena railroad, linking the plant to the port of Beira.

Some 60 percent of the Companhia do Sena sugar plant’s production is currently carried by barges to the port of Beira over a distance of around 1,800 kilometers, with the rest going by truck in a journey of about 600 kilometers, Noticias newspaper reported.

About 330 kilometers of the planned 670 kilometers rebuilt Sena railroad have already been completed, according to a recent study on the project cited by Noticias. Access to the Marromeu sugar plant is made by the 88 kilometer Inhamitanga branch, currently been upgraded.

Costs of sugar transportation on the Sena railroad have significantly fallen with the resumption of freight traffic on the line. Road haulage of the product is expected to be entirely replaced by rail.

Companhia de Sena predicts some 636,619 metric tons of sugar cane will be available this year compared to 552,466 tons in 2007. Sugar production began 18 May and is due to end 12 Nov.

The Sena railroad is part of the Beira network, managed by Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro da Beira, which is operated by Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) in partnership with the Indian consortium of Ricon – formed by Ircon International and Rites Ltd. (macauhub)