German group Siemens awarded contract to equip railroad in Mozambique

6 November 2013

Mozambican logistics corridor company Corredor Logístico Integrado do Norte (CLIN) has selected German group Siemens to provide it with signalling equipment and the railway control system for the railroad linking Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Nacala, in Nampula province.

According to CLIN, which is a partnership between Brazilian mining group Vale (80 percent) and Mozambican state rail and port manager Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (20 percent), the Siemens group will install a Train Sentinel Positive Train Control (PTC) system, which will be the first of its kind in Africa.

Costing 70 million euros, the contract also stipulates that the German group will supply the equipment for a control centre due to be built in Nacala and provide an after sales service for a 12-month period.

The new railroad will link the Moatize region, where the Vale group mines coal that is currently exported via the port of Beira, to the deep water port in Nacala, passing through Malawi along the way.

When the railroad is finished, which is expected to be in 2015, it will have a maximum capacity of 40 million tons of coal per year, of which 30 million tons are reserved for the Brazilian group, which is paying for the project, and the remaining 10 million tons of capacity will be available to other mining companies or for passenger trains. (macauhub)