Works to increase the capacity of the Sena railway line from 6.5 million to 20 million tons per year should be completed in the first half of 2016, said the provincial director for Transport and Communications of Sofala province.
Hélcio Canda also told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the work had been awarded to the consortium made up of Portuguese companies Mota-Engil and Edvisa (of the Visabeira group) was of a high quality, “having followed all international standards for works of this type.”
The contract, which began in 2013 with an estimated cost of 163 million euros, involves extension of the intersections from 750 to 1,500 metres in all seasons, in order to allow the movement of trains with 100 cars pulled by six locomotives each, compared to just 42 cars hauled by two locomotives at the moment, for coal transportation.
The Sena line links the port of Beira to the coal town of Moatize, between the provinces of Sofala and Tete, over a total distance of 575 kilometres, including the Inhamitanga/Marromeu branch line.
The project’s specifications also include improvement of railway bridges in order to provide them with the capacity to handle larger loads as well as the elimination of bends with a radius less than 300 metres to provide greater security. (macauhub/MZ)