Mozambique rail and port company able to finish reconstruction of Sena railroad

16 February 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Feb – Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), has the conditions available to finish work to rebuild the Sena Railroad, the company’s chairman, Rosário Mualeia said, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Mualeia also gave assurances that the errors, omissions and mistakes in the railroad’s reconstruction work would be corrected in time for, and with minimum delay, meet the need to transport coal from Moatize for export, via the port of Beira.

According to a decision from the Council of Ministers, CFM is to take on the management of the Central Railroad System after the cancellation of the contract with Indian consortium Ricon, made up of state companies Rites and Ircon, if by 24 March the world is not satisfactorily concluded.

Recently, according to Mualeia, the attention of the Mozambican authorities has been focusing on drawing up a functional strategy to ensure that left over work or necessary corrections on the Sena line be carried out without causing losses, other than those recorded because of the 16-month delay in the work.

According to projections from Brazilian company Vale and Australia’s Riversdale Mining, with coal mining contracts in Moatize, exports via the port of Beira are due to begin in June this year.

Official figures show that recognised reserves in the Benga region, Riversdale Mining’s concession area, total 4.4 billion tons, whilst in Moatize, the area operated by Brazil’s Vale, there are around 2 billion tons of coal. (macauhub)