Maputo, Mozambique — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 January 2012 – The Limpopo railroad in Mozambique is expected this year to carry 700,000t of coal and a variety of other goods, according to projections from Mozambican port and rail company, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique (CFM).
Quoting the company here, daily newspaper “Noticias” said that the projection was based on signs of improvement in the economic situation in Zimbabwe, and growing regional interest in the port of Maputo as an export and import route.
The Limpopo railroad, which was rebuilt in 2004 after it had been destroyed in the floods in 2000, has been under-used due to poor cargo demand from Zimbabwe and other regional countries.
The railroad is able to carry 2Mtpa of cargo, with cargo trains travelling safely at up to 50km/ hour.
The Limpopo railroad, which is about 522km long and runs from the port of Maputo to Chicualacuala, on the border with Zimbabwe, is once again the focus of attention from exporters from Zimbabwe and other countries in the region that see the railway line as an alternative route to access a cheap international trade route.
“This year we want to focus on maintenance in order to reach profitable levels of traffic for a line that is as important as this one. And some customers have contacted us saying that they want to transport 500,000 tons of ferrochrome on the line, which will certainly be an important addition as current demand does not cover the line’s capacity,” he said.