Thailand to build deep water port in Mozambique

31 July 2013

Thailand is set to invest in construction of a deep water port in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, which will have a rail link to Tete province, the Thai prime minister said Monday during an official visit.

“We have had success in investing in infrastructure and in development corridors and, in this context, we will invest in construction of a port in Macuse [in Zambézia] and a railway,” said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, according to the Mozambican press.

The project for construction of the deep water port in Macuse was announced, in December 2011, by mining group Rio Tinto, which explores a coal mine in Benga, Tete province, according to the Mozambican Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI).

At the time, the director of CPI, Lourenço Sambo said that the project involved an investment of US$8 billion, including, along with the port facility, construction of the Tete-Macuse railway, covering a total of 575 kilometres.

Rail transport for coal mined in Tete is currently carried out along the Sena line, which links the province to the port of Beira, in Sofala province, and refurbishment work on that port is affecting exports by mining groups operating in the region.

As part of the official visit, the governments of Thailand and Mozambique signed five cooperation agreements, which included visa exemptions for diplomatic passports and development of activities in the oil and gas sector.

Thai state oil company PTT Exploration has significant investments in the oil and gas sector in the Rovuma basin, in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. (macauhub)