Mozambique needs strategic plan to transport coal

18 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Nov – The president of the Mozambican Association for Mineral Coal Development said in Maputo that it was necessary to draw up a strategic plan for development of new infrastructure and logistics platforms with a view to transporting coal.

Due to the limitations of the Sena and Nacala railroads, in the short and medium term, Casimiro Francisco suggested that the strategic plan should consider opening up new ports and railroads exclusively to transport and handle coal.

Until 2025, the coal companies, which have so far invested US$1.4 billion in mining research and development, expect to transport 100 million tons of coal, which is more than the capacity of current transport channels.

To build the logistics platform, which will consist of a Moatize-Beira, Moatize-Savane or Chinde, Moatize-Nacala railroad, amongst other things, US$4 billion will need to be invested, Francisco said.

The president of the AMDCM also said that the sector needed a new legislative framework and a regulator to define the rules of the game, particularly in the area of cargo transport tariffs.

Recently the chairman of Brazilian mining company Vale, Roger Agnelli, complained that the concession-holder of the Sena railroad, Indian consortium Rites and Ircon, is proposing an excessively expensive tariff.

Francisco also said that the Sena line would meet transport needs for at least next year, in which around 2 million tons of coal are expected to be transported. (macauhub)