Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) plans to finish reconstruction of the Sena railroad in November, the company said in a statement issued Monday.
Once the work is finished the Sena line, which links Tete province to the port of Beira in Sofala province, will have capacity to carry 6.5 million tons of coal per year, which is more than three times the current capacity of 2 million tons per year.
In the statement, CFM said that once the first stage is concluded more construction work will follow in order for the Sena line to carry 12 million tons per year by 2013 and 20 million tons within three years.
Transporting coal mined at several projects in Tete province has been the main problem for the companies operating in the sector, and Brazil’s Vale is using the Sena line whilst other companies are forced to transport the coal by road.
CFM was recently charged with conclude work to rebuild the railroad after the government cancelled its contract with Indian consortium Ricon, made up of state companies Rites Ltd and Ircon, for missing its deadlines as the rebuilt railway had been due for delivery in September, 2009. (macauhub)