Mozambique’s rail and port plans to transport some of the coal currently carried by road

21 January 2014

Mozambican state rail and port company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) plans as quickly as possible to take over the transport of some of the cargo that arrives at the port of Beira by road, particularly coal, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

In order for this to happen the company is working on improving the Beira railroad system, made up of the Sena and Machipanda lines, to meet that target and part of the 100,000 tons of coal mined in Tete province that currently travels to Beira by road.

Work is underway to increase the capacity of the Sena line over its entire length of 575 kilometres between the port of Beira and the town of Moatize, including the Inhamitanga/Marromeu branch line, from 6.5 million to 20 million tons per year by February 2015.

This year the line will have capacity to carry 5.6 million tons of coal, of which 3.7 million has been attributed to Brazil’s Vale, 1.3 million for Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto and 500,000 tons for Indian company Jindal. Last year 3.7 million tons of coal were transported along the railroad.

However the board of CFM-Centro has said it is urgent to build a specialised dock for coal at the port of Beira as the current terminal has an installed capacity of 5 million tons and there is additional room for a further 600,000 tons.

The chief executive of CFM-Centro, Cândido Jone, also told Notícias that negotiations were at an advanced stage to secure financing to repair the Machipanda line, which in 2013 started to be used to carry cargo from Beira to Zambia, after being at a standstill for decades. (macauhub)