Brazilian group Vale hires Portuguese company Somague for projects in Mozambique

20 March 2013

Portuguese construction company Somague Monday signed the contracts that awarded it two construction projects in Mozambique for Brazilian mining group Vale to the value of US$228 million, Portuguese newspaper Diário Económico reported.

The two projects are for the Nacala railway corridor, specifically, “reconstruction of the railway facility of the Nacala line, over approximately 600 kilometres.”

The Nacala railroad corridor project is intended to provide a logistical solution for transporting coal mined in Moatize, in Tete province, in northern Mozambique.

This railroad corridor is a total of 912 kilometres long and links the Moatize mine, 20 kilometres northeast of the city of Tete, to the port of Nacala-a-Velha, on the Indian Ocean, along a route that also passes through Malawi.

At the end of the process to rebuild the railway the Nacala railroad corridor is expected to have capacity to carry 18 million tons of coal per year. (macauhub)