Mozambique ports to be improved to help transport of coal

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June 26, 2012

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The coal terminal
in the port of Beira

Beira, Mozambique — 26 June 2012 – The Strategy for Integrated Transport Development – which has been approved by the Mozambican government – is underway with improvements being carried out at the country’s larger ports.

Macauhub News Agency reports that deputy transport and communications minister Eusébio Saide said here that the improvements being made to the ports included dredging of the access channel and manoeuvring basin at the port of Beira, construction of the coal terminal and an ocean dredger with a capacity of 2,500 cubic metres.

“Alongside this work in Beira, improvements are also being made to the Sena and Machipanda railroads in order to improve their capacity and safety,” said Saide, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper “Notícias”, after signing a formal delivery and final acceptance protocol for three ships as part of the project to “Improve Sea Operations at the Port of Beira.”

Taking into account the limited capacities of both the Sena line and the port of Beira, several studies are underway for construction of facilities to ensure the transport of high quantities of minerals expected to be mined over the next few years.

The new railway lines that are being considered include two branch lines linking the Sena line to the Nacala line to allow for the use of the port of Nacala, as well as construction of another line linking Moatize to the port of Macuse, in Zambézia province.

“These alternatives should be complemented by construction of coal terminals in Nacala-a-Velha and in Macuse,” said the deputy minister.

Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.

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