Rio Tinto Coal Moçambique buys locomotives and rail trucks to carry more coal

21 October 2013

Rio Tinto Coal Moçambique (RTCM), a subsidiary of Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto, has purchased four new locomotives and 110 railway trucks to carry coal mined in Benga, said a company official cited by the Mozambican press.

The 110 trucks and two of the new locomotives are already operating in the Sena railroad and the final two locomotives are due to arrive in Mozambique in November.

Carlos Galego, director of RTCM’s coal chain, said, “this new rolling stock is intended to keep up with improvements to the Sena line and will increase RTCM’s coal transport capacity.”

Repair and refurbishment work on the Sena railroad in Mozambique, intended to increase its cargo capacity from 6.5 million tons a year to 20 million tons, recently began.

Work on the railway linking Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Beira in Sofala province, including the Inhamitanga/Marromeu branchline, and covering a total of 575 kilometres, is due to be finished in February 2015.

The Sena railroad is the main transport route for the coal mined in Tete province by Brazilian group Vale and Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto. (macauhub)