Maputo, Mozambique — 26 March 2012 – The government of Mozambique is negotiating funding for the construction of five new railway lines to meet demand for transport in central and northern Mozambique “’ particularly for carrying coal.
Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, transport and communications minister Paulo Zucula said that the plans included 5,000km of railway lines, one of which would link the Nhamayabue region, in Tete province, to Mutuale, in Nampula.
Macauhub went on to confirm that a second line would link Nhamayabue and Nacala, crossing through Zambézia province, while a third would link Moatize to both the Zambézia coast and to Malawi.
Zucula said that negotiations were underway with Brazilian group Vale and with Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto “’ the two biggest coal operators in the country “’ as well as with other companies interested in investing in the region.
Without detailing the investments involved, the minister added that, depending on each project, negotiations were at different stages and added that the line from Nhamayabue to Mutuale was at the most advanced stage of negotiation. Its engineering study had been completed and financing was now being negotiated.
Zucula declined to give a date for the start of construction, but gave assurances that in this first half of the year there would be a clear indication of concession conditions and financing for the railway lines.
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