Maputo, Mozambique, 1 March – Reconstruction of the Sena railway line has been practically concluded and for the first time in 27 years trains can ride the rails over 547 kilometres linking the port of Beira to Moatize in Tete province, the director of the construction team said.
Cândido Jone said, however, that along the 146-kilometre stretch of line between Doa and Moatize trains were limited to a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour, whilst work was concluded.
“Only when this work is finished can passenger trains begin to circulate,” Jone told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The reconstruction carried out by Indian consortium Rites and Ircon International (Ricon) has been underway since 2006 and by January had cost US$137 million, funded by the World Bank the European Development Bank and shareholders of Companhia de Caminhos de Ferro da Beira, which has the concession on the railroad system in the central region of Mozambique, Rincon with 51 percent and state port and rail management company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique with 49 percent.
At the end of 2010, all the stations along the Sena line are due to have been rebuilt, at a cost of US$2 million.
When the line is operational it is expected to play a key role in transporting coal from the Moatize region to the port of Beira, although it was designed to transport a maximum of 6 million tonnes per year.
The last train arrived in Moatize 27 years ago, after which the line was closed due to acts of sabotage during the civil war, namely the rails being lifted and destruction of the Dona Ana bridge. (macauhub)