Work to renew Sena railroad in Mozambique concluded

3 January 2014

Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) has announced conclusion of the work to renew the critical sections of the Sena railroad, which links the coal region of Tete to the port of Beira, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The company thus ruled out the possibility of traffic along the Sena line coming to a standstill due to the rainy season, which Mozambique experiences at this time of year and would affect coal transport out of the Tete area.

At the beginning of 2013, flooding of the Zambezi River in central Mozambique, led to some sections of the railroad being destroyed and for three weeks coal was not carried on the line, which led to significant losses for multinational mining companies Vale and Rio Tinto, which mine coal in the region.

Portuguese-owned companies Mota Engil and Visabeira have been working on the Sena railroad since June 2013, with a view to increasing transport capacity from 6.5 million tons to 20 million tons per year.

The project, worth around US$224 million, is due to be concluded in 2015. (macauhub)