Portuguese company awarded tender by Rio Tinto in Mozambique

22 August 2012

Engine drivers from Fernave, a subsidiary of Portuguese state-owned railway company CP – Comboios de Portugal, will drive the engines of the trains that are scheduled to carry coal mined by the Rio Tinto group in Mozambique, Portuguese daily newspaper Público reported.

The contract between Fernave and Rio Tinto, worth 1.2 million euros, stipulates that the CP company will provide technical assistance and human resources (engine drivers and traction inspectors) for the Beira corridor rail operations.

Rio Tinto recruited as its operations director a former CP director.

“Multinationals are acquiring new rolling stock and implementing new working methods and we have to train local human resources and, at the same time continue to provide the services that are already available,” said Rui Lucena, a Fernave told the newspaper.

As well as being in Mozambique, Fernave is already in the Angolan market, where it offers training for staff of the Luanda Railroad, which recently re-launched links between the Angolan capital and the city of Malanje. (macauhub)