Mining group ENRC announces construction of railroad in Mozambique

23 November 2012

Kazakh mining group ENRC plans to build a railroad in order to carry coal from its concession in Mozambique’s central Tete province to the port of Nacala on the Indian Ocean, the ERNC Coal Africa director said in Maputo.

During the Coaltrans conference held in the Mozambican capital, Paul Craven said that construction of the railroad would begin in the first quarter of 2014 in order to start operating at the end f 2015 or beginning of 2016.

Craven also said that the railroad would have an initial transport capacity of 60 million tons per year, which could be expanded to 100 million tons if needed.

The project announced by the ENRC group will be the second railroad to link Tete province to the port of Nacala, the first of which is by Brazilian group Vale, which is investing US$4.4 billion in a line that will pass through Malawi and in modernisation and expansion of the port of Nacala.

Craven did not give a figure for the cost of building a new railway line but gave assurances that it would be competitive.

The Nacala deep water port, which allows Panamax ships to moor there, is the best location for exporting coal from Mozambique, unlike the port of Beira, which needs permanent dredging in order for larger ships to use it. (macauhub)