Maputo, Mozambique — 06 August 2013
The Nacala Rail Corridor in Mozambique is planning to spend a further US$20 million on rolling stock “’ a total of eight locomotives and 16 carriages “’ to improve passenger and goods transport on the Nacala line.
Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reports that the chief executive of the Nacala Rail Corridor, Amado Mabasso, announced the move at the ceremony to launch another seven locomotives and 12 carriages costing US$14 million.
The ceremony also inaugurated the new passenger terminal at Nampula station, which now has a number of services on offer and is more comfortable for railway passengers. The new rolling stock will reduce the time it takes to travel from Nampula to Cuamba, in Niassa province, from 11 to 7 hours.
This news follows hard on the heels of the announcement that the first shipment of coal for export through the coal terminal at Nacala-a-Velha, which is currently under construction, will take place in December.
Macauhub News Agency reports that the so-called Nacala Corridor includes a railroad and port, and is expected to require investment of US$4.3 billion.
The report adds that India and other countries in Asia, Europe and South America are the potential markets for coal mined in Moatize, which will be exported through the Nacala-a-Velha terminal.
Source: Macauhub News. For more information, click here.