Portuguese groups Mota-Engil and Visabeira awarded a public works contract in Mozambique

14 March 2012

Portuguese groups Mota-Engil and Visabeira have been awarded a US$40 million contract in Mozambique to build 68 kilometres of the Central Railroad System, Portuguese financial daily Jornal de Negócios reported Tuesday in Lisbon.

The newspaper said that the work was expected to start soon and would take six months.

The Central Railroad System (Sistema Ferroviário do Centro), the main line of which is the Sena Railroad, which links Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Beira, in Sofala province, has faced numerous problems most of which were the result of the inability of its Indian former contractor to keep to the tender document and deadlines.

Following an international public tender launched in 2004, Indian consortium Ricon, made up of state companies Rites and Ircon, acquired 51 percent of the Beira Railway Company (Caminhos de Ferro da Beira), in which the Mozambican state owns 49 percent, via state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique. (macauhub)