Maputo, Mozambique — 30 October 2012 – Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) is studying the possibility of increasing the capacity of the Sena railroad to 20Mtpa and allowing trains with up to 84 trucks to travel along its length.
Macauhub News Agency reports that these developments would be a major benefit for the country in terms of providing much-needed capacity to transport rapidly growing coal supplies to the coast for export.
Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reports that the director of the Sena railroad reconstruction team, Sancho Quipiço Júnior, revealed that studies to increase annual capacity were underway, based on the idea that it would not be necessary to build a second line alongside the first.
Since May, Portuguese construction companies Mota-Engil and Edivisa, of the Visabeira group, have been repairing the Beira-Dondo section of the line, as part of a contract worth US$45 million.
When this work is finished, which is expected by December, the Sena railroad’s transport capacity will increase from the current 2 to 3Mtpa to 6.5Mtpa.
Sancho Júnior also said that unloaded trains with up to 12 trucks are currently travelling along the line and causing congestion, which has forced CFM to start repair and maintenance work, including new lines, to allow trains to pass each other at stations.
The move is intended to prevent potential rear crashes between trains, such as the one that happened in May when Vale Mozambique lost two engines and some trucks loaded with coal in the Semacueza area in the biggest ever coal derailment in Mozambique.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.