Mozambique: Sena Railroad to start operating in January 2010

22 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 April – Mozambique’s Sena railway line, the reconstruction of which was partially funded by the World Bank, is due to start operating in January 2010, a World Bank official told the Reuters news agency Tuesday.

The World Bank provided just over half of the US$200 million needed to rebuild the 665 kilometres of railroad, which links the coals mines of Moatize to the port of Beira, from which coal is exported.

José Chembeze, a World Bank transport specialist, told the agency that the basic construction would be finished by the end of September and that the line would be opened up to general traffic in January 2010, after final work and testing was carried out.

The World Bank provided funding of US$104.5 million, and a further US$45 million is being considered. The difference was funded by the CCFB consortium, which brings together state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, with 49 percent and India’s Rites and Ircon, with 51 percent.

Chembeze said that another intervention on the Sena line is being considered in order to boost its transport capacity from 6 million to 12 million tones of coal per year, a process that would imply investment of a further US$250 to US$280 million.

Brazilian mining company Vale is one of several companies with a concession to mine coal at Moatize, and plans to export 11 million tones of coal per year. (macauhub)