Construction of Port of Dobela in Mozambique is important for exporting coal from Botswana

21 September 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 21 Sept – The chairman of the board of Mozambica port and rail management company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) said it was important to move ahead with the construction of the Port of Dobela in Mozambique’s Maputo province in order to create conditions for Botswana to export an estimated 40 million tonnes of coal per year.

Rui Fonseca said that even by expanding the port of Maputo to its maximum capacity of 25 million tonnes per year there would be no way of responding to the handling needs of expected export volumes or to the large ships required.

In Fonseca’s opinion, “it is an excellent opportunity to increase CFM’s business.”

The project for the Dobela sea port, Located 70 kilometres from Maputo, was decided by the Mozambican government in 1999, with a view to it becoming the largest port in Southern Africa and in a special economic area.

The Dobela project, expected to cost US$515 million also plans to serve the petrochemical industry which is due to be installed along the Mozambican coast.

CFM owns 40 percent of the company and the remainder belongs to Porto Dobela Developments, which is foreign-owned. (macauhub)