Work to build a new fertiliser terminal at the port of Beira, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, with capacity to process 8,000 tons of fertiliser every day, is due to begin soon, a director of Cornelder de Moçambique said.
Félix Machado, director of the Marketing and Sales department of the port of Beira’s management company, told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the building project had been awarded and that the start of work had been delayed due to ground studies underway following sea water flooding.
With an estimated cost of US$35 million, the new terminal will respond to increasing fertiliser traffic at the port, which currently only has a warehouse with capacity to store 2,000 tons of goods.
In 1998 the port of Beira handled up to 50,000 tons of goods per year but now handles 600,000 tons. It is estimated that the African region that the port serves – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Democratic Republic of Congo – may require capacity of between 1.2 million and 1.5 million tons per year.
Machado also said that the port of Beira had handled 80 percent of Malawi’s tobacco exports in the last five years and that previously the port of Durban had handled 80 percent of Malawi’s tobacco and Beira just 20 percent.
Cornelder de Moçambique is a partnership between state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique and Cornelder Holdings, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which has operated the container and general cargo at the port of Beira since October 1998. (macauhub/MZ)