Mozambique: Trains could return to Moatize in September

17 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Feb – Trains could be arriving in the new town of Moatize, in Tete province, next September, thanks to the good progress of construction work on the Sena line said Francisco Alfoi, provincial representative of Mozambique Railways(CFM).

The arrival of trains to Moatize would signify an important milestone for the socio-economic life in that part of Mozambique, particularly as it will mean that transport of coal to be mined from 2011 by the Vale do Rio Doce company can take place, whose production estimates stand at 11 million tons per year (metallurgic and thermal coke).

“The rate of work is positive and the advance teams are already at Moatize. At the Chadvundira camp in Sinjale, we already have around 53 thousand cubic metres of track ballast (crushed stone) to even out the ground over which the sleepers will lie which support the rails. The platforms are almost finished and everything indicates that by the middle of next September the train will return, definitively to the mining town of Moatize,” said the CFM representative in Tete. (macauhub)