The cargo capacity of the Sena Railroad, linking Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, to the coal town of Moatize, in Tete province, has doubled in 2013 by rising from 3.5 million tons to 6.5 million per year, Mozambican newspaper Jornal de Notícias reported Friday.
The newspaper said that the increased cargo capacity followed an investment of over US$45 million to finish refurbishment and maintenance work on the line, which had been underway since May 2012 and were carried out by Portuguese construction companies Mota-Engil and Edivisa (of the Visabeira group).
The railway is 575 kilometres long.
The chairman of the board of Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), Rosário Mualeia told newspaper Notícias that studies were underway to assess the possibility of the Sena railroad being equipped to carry up to 20 million tons of cargo each year and allow trains with up to 84 wagons to travel along it.
Twelve trains travel along the line every day carrying coal from Tete, sugar and molasses from Marromeu, wood from Doa and Sinjal and limestone from Muanza as well as carrying passengers between Beira and Marromeu and Beira and Moatize.
Founded in 1939 by British company Trans Zambeze Railways and brought to a halt by the civil war in 1983, the Sena Line was re-opened in August 2011. (macauhub)