Sena Railroad in Mozambique at a standstill until further notice

21 February 2013

The Sena railroad, which transports most of the coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province to the port of Beira, will remain at a standstill for an undetermined amount of time, said the spokesman for state port and rail company, Alves Cumbe.

“Although we are carrying out emergency work, we cannot say when the line will be re-opened, because weather conditions remain threatening and that si something we cannot control,” the spokesman for Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The spokesman for CFM noted that there was no alternative to the Sena Railroad for coal exports, as other options were being built or were under consideration.

Brazilian company Vale and Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto are the multinational companies most affected by the stoppage, as they already produce and export coal in Tete.

On Monday, Vale said in a statement published in Rio de Janeiro that for reasons of force majeure Vale Moçambique was unable to fulfil its contracts to supply coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province.

The Sena railroad has come to a standstill due to derailments and torrential rains that have washed away parts of the line and even some small bridges. This has meant that Vale Moçambique has been unable to transport around 250,000 tons of coking coal.

Until December of last year the Brazilian mining company transported over 2 million tons of coal along the Sena railroad on 1,000 trains, whilst Rio Tinto transported 35,000 tons of coal. (macauhub)