Riversdale Mining to buy locomotives and wagons for use in Mozambique

9 February 2011

Tete, Mozambique, 9 Feb – Riversdale Mining plans to invest US$46 million in acquiring locomotives and cargo wagons to transport coal from its mine at Benga, Mozambique to the port of Beira, the group’s chief executive for Mozambique told the Bloomberg news agency in Tete.

Anthony Martin said that the Australian groups would acquire 11 locomotives and 200 cargo wagons that would be delivered in April, a few months before the start of coal mining scheduled for September.

Martin also said that the Benga mine was expected to produce 5.3 million tons of coal per year, which would increase to 20 million in 2013, with 10 million tons being exported.

Meanwhile, 90 wagons arrived this week in the port of Beira, each capable of transporting 63 tons of coal, for Brazilian company Vale, and a further 329 wagons are due to be delivered in May and 219 in January of 2012.

Vale imported a locomotive from Brazil into Mozambique, but an official from Indian consortium Ricon said it could not be used on the Sena railroad as it weighed 180 tons, compared to a maximum possible load on the line of 120 tons. (macauhub)