Mozambican railway company spends US$22 million on emergency repairs

21 March 2013

Emergency repairs on the Sena, Limpopo and Ressano Garcia have so far cost US$22.4 million, the chairman of state company Portos e Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) said Wednesday in Maputo.

Rosário Mualeia noted that of the total figure US$8 million had been spent on repairing the Sena railroad, US$4.8 million on the Limpopo railroad, and US$9.6 million on the Ressano Garcia railroad.

The Sena railroad, which links the Moatize coal region to the port of Beira, and the Limpopo railroad, which links Zimbabwe to the port of Maputo, were closed to traffic in mid January due to flood damage and the Ressano Garcia railroad, which guarantees most of South Africa’s exports and imports through the port of Maputo, was closed on 19 February following a derailment that destroyed a railway bridge.

Despite already having re-opened to traffic after emergency repairs, use of the Sena and Limpopo railroads is still limited and they need to undergo more repairs in the near future, whilst the Ressano Garcia railroad remains closed whilst work to rebuild the bridge is undertaken.

At the opening of the 17th Annual Meeting of CFM Directors, Mualeia said that, despite these problems, in the last three years the company’s business had been good and that its results reflected the company’s growth in all areas.

“In terms of operations, from January to December 2012 CFM had a positive performance, having handled 25.7 million tons of miscellaneous cargo compared to 19.4 million tons in 2011 and around 292 million passengers were carried, as compared to 248 million in 2011,” said Mualeia, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias. (macauhub)