Sena railway, Mozambique, ready to receive more cargo

11 July 2016

The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communications has given assurances work to expand the Sena railway from a capacity of 6 million to 20 million tons has been executed with good quality, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper, citing a ministry source said the contractor followed the technical requirements included in the relevant specifications, on a 575-kilometre railway linking the port of Beira, in Sofala province, to the coal town of Moatize, in Tete province, central Mozambique.

Launched in June 2013, the contract was executed by Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil & Edivisa (the Visabeira Group), including work to extend lines at all 31 stations, from 750 to 1500 metres in order to allow the movement of standard trains with 100 cars pulled by six locomotives each.

Currently, the trains have a maximum of 42 cars hauled by two locomotives.

The works also includes laying ballast, recovery of more than 300 bridges, culverts and aqueducts, especially in the Lower Zambezi, notably repairing the famous Dona Ana Bridge, connecting the banks of the Zambezi between Sena, in Caia, and Mutarara, over a total distance of approximately 5 kilometres.

Built in 1914 by the then British company Trans-Zambezi Railways (TZR), the Sena line was at a complete standstill for 20 years during the civil war ended in 1992. After that it was subjected to heavy traffic, with the daily movement from 21 to 25 coal trains, cargo of Mozambique Ports and Railways (CFM) and passengers, the latter twice a week. (macauhub/MZ)