Conclusion of work on Sena railroad delayed until November

19 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Aug – The conclusion of reconstruction of the Sena railroad by Indian consortium Ricon has been delayed once again, this time until November, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias

The paper added that the Mozambican government had approved a resolution to put pressure on the contractor in order to prevent delays in the project’s delivery, which was made public during the 27th Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The Sena line links the port city of Beira to the coal town of Moatize and includes the Inhamitanga/Marromeu and Dona Ana-Vila Nova da Fronteira to Malawi branchlines.

Notícias said that one of the reasons for the slow progress was a weakness in mobilising materials and planning by the contractor.

Following a more consistent physical reconstruction, the Dona Ana bridge over the Zambezi River, which links the rail stations of Fortaleza de Sena in Sofala province and Dona Ana, in Tete, has yet to be painted, which led the government to speed up its decision against the contractor, made up of Indian railway companies Rites and Icon.

Rebuilding the 670 kilometre Sena railroad is expected to cost a total of US$220 million.

Its conclusion had been set for January last, and this deadline was delayed to March, then to September and is currently due for conclusion in November.

According to Notícias, 109 kilometres of the main line have yet to be rebuilt, as well as 44 kilometres of the Dona Ana-Vila Nova branch line, with the latter section dependent on similar work being carried out on the Malawian side, between Nsange and Lilongwe.

Some 519 kilometres have so far been rebuilt, of which 437 on the main line and the remaining 82 on the Inhamitanga-Marromeu branch line. (macauhub)