Sena railroad, Mozambique, ready in December and port of Beira to have new coal terminal

22 October 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Oct – A new coal terminal is due to be built by 2011 at the Mozambican port of Beira, as part of a plan to create conditions to transport coal production from Moatize, in Tete province, which is a project of Brazilian company Vale.

According to Mozambican daily, Notícias, the new coal terminal at the port of Beira will be built by concession and implies an estimated investment ofUS$100 million.

Meanwhile, there is less than 160 kilometres left to finish the reconstruction work on the Sena railroad which, covering approximately 670 kilometres, links the port of Beira to the Moatize coal fields.

The work, which according to the contractor is progressing well, is due to be concluded by the end of December.

The project for reconstruction of the Sena railroad was launched in 1988, five years after it was closed due to the civil war and, for the same reasons, would be brought to a halt soon after it was launched, until 1996 when the Government re-launched the work.

The first steps for reconstruction of the line were taken in 2002 when the government and rail management company CFM decide to move ahead with a self-funded project, whilst the International Development Agency (IDA) later joined the project.

After being selected in an international public tender, Indian consortium RITES and IRCON set up Companhia de Caminhos de Ferro da beira, SARL (CCFB), in a partnership with CFM, which as of December 2004 took on the management of the Beira Railroad System under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement.

According to the agreement, the concession included reconstruction, exploration and management of the Beira Railroad System, namely the Sena Line with an extension of 545 kilometres, the Marromeu branch line, of 82 kilometres, the Dona Ana -Vila Nova da Fronteira line which is 44 kilometres long, and the Machipanda Line, which is 317 kilometres long. (macauhub)