The port of Nacala –
soon to be linked
by rail to the coal
region of Moatize
 
Maputo, Mozambique — 17 July 2012 – The future railway linking the Moatize coal region in Mozambique’s Tete province to the port of Nacala in Nampula province, will also provide facilities to cater for passengers, as well as miscellaneous cargo.

Noting that including passenger and cargo transport was part of the company’s social responsibilities,Vale Mozambique managing director Ricardo Saad  said that the railway – which would be 912km long and pass through Malawi – would have capacity to carry 30Mtpa of coal, which would be exported mainly to India and China.
 
Macauhub News Agency reports that construction of the railway, which will cost US$4.5 billion, will involve reconstruction of the track between Nacala and Entre Lagos, in Niassa province, stretching over 684km, and construction of a branch line that will link Moatize to the Malawi railway network.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, he also said that the facility was part of what was considered to be one of the best ports in East Africa, due to the depth of its waters and natural protection offered by the bay, which will “allow for safe operations.”

The port’s coal terminal is in the Nacala Special Economic Zone (ZEEN), which benefits from tax and other benefits.

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