Mozambique state rail and port company considers increasing capacity of Sena railroad

29 October 2012

Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) is studying increasing the capacity of the Sena railroad to 20 million tons per year and allowing trains with up to 84 trucks to travel along its length, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper cited the director of the Sena railroad Reconstruction Team, Sancho Quipiço Júnior, as saying that studies to increase annual capacity were underway based on the idea that it would not be necessary to build a second line alongside the first.

Since May Portuguese construction companies Mota-Engil and Edivisa, of the Visabeira group, have been repairing the Beira-Dondo section of the line, as part of a contract worth US$45 million.

When this work is finished, which is expected to happen in December, the Sena railroad’s transport capacity will increase from 2 to 3 million tons per year at the moment to 6.5 million tons.

Sancho Júnior also said that unloaded trains with up to 12 trucks are currently travelling along the line and causing congestion, which has forced CFM to start repair and maintenance work including new lines to allow trains to pass each other at stations.

The move is intended to prevent potential rear crashes between trains, such as the one that happened in May when Vale Moçambique lost two engines and some trucks loaded with coal in the Semacueza area, which is considered to be the biggest ever coal derailment in Mozambique. (macauhub)