Mozambique: Mozambican rail company, CDN orders two more locomotives

13 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 April – Mozambique’s Northern Development Corridor (CDN), the consortium that manages the port of Nacala and the railway system in the north of Mozambique, invested US$3.5 million purchasing eight locomotives from India and Panama, weekly newspaper “O País” reported Thursday in Maputo.

The paper added that six of the eight locomotives went into service in 2008 and that the remaining two had gone into service last Wednesday in Cuamba, Niassa province and would transport passengers and goods between Cuamba and the provincial capital Lichinga and between Cuamba and the city of Nampula.

Sérgio Paunde, of CDN; told the newspaper that the two new engines would triple the flow of goods along the two main lines.

However, in order to ensure a decent service along the Cuamba-Lichinga stretch it is necessary to rebuild the railway line, at an estimated cost of US$80 million.

Paunde also told “O País” that the CDN had kept the line in operation by investing 4.5 million meticals (US$170,000) in “routine maintenance” but added that although trains could use the line they had to do so slowly and irregularly. (macauhub)