Mozambican government dissatisfied with Indian consortium RICON due to delays on Sena railroad

28 October 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Oct – The Brigada de Reconstrução da Linha do Sena has sent a letter to Indian consortium RICON noting the dissatisfaction of the Mozambican state with the rate at which the Sena railroad is being rebuilt, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias

Citing the director of the Brigada, Cândido Jone, the paper said that penalty measures had already been put in place as outlined in the contract due to deadlines not being met, specifically the extra time being deducted from invoice payments.

Jone said that, based on the current rate of work, the project could only be concluded in January of next year.

Jone said he was dissatisfied with the speed of the project, particularly in October, as progress slowed drastically due to a lack of concrete sleepers.

He noted that the basic problem was due to a lack of control of stock materials, as, for example, the Indian consortium had only finished a 400-metre section of the railroad this month, as compared to an ideal of 1,500 metres.

However, he said, some materials had started to arrive in Mozambique from India and neighbouring South Africa, but “even so we and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, including Companhia de Caminhos de Ferro da Beira (CCFB) itself, are not satisfied with this situation of lack of planning and negligence of the contractor,” Jone said.

Meanwhile, the Sena line is ready for passenger trains to start circulating along 292 kilometres between the stations at Dondo, in Sofala province, and Dona Ana, in Tete province, but there are still 54 kilometres to go before the line reaches Moatize.

The paper also said that the Indian consortium had successively delayed delivery of the project, which is now set for December, after previously agreeing to deliver it in September. (macauhub)