Maputo, Mozambique — 10 July 2013

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has resumed transportation of coal along the Sena railway line from its mine in Moatize in the western province of Tete, to the port of Beira, following a two-week suspension due to threats by the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).

Publicly announced threats by Renamo to the effect that rail and road traffic would be disrupted in the centre of the country led Rio Tinto to unilaterally suspend the average of eight trains per week fully loaded with coal extracted in it Moatize mine, reports Macauhub News Agency.

The resumption of Rio Tinto’s shipments follows the announcement on 3 July by the leader of Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, that he had ordered a suspension of armed attacks.

The 14-consecutive-day interruption of coal transport on the Sena Line has caused losses to the Mozambican state railway company CFM, reports the Maputo-based daily newspaper Notícias.

Contacted by the newspaper, CFM-Centro executive director Cândido Jone did not specify the extrent of the losses but confirmed that it was high, since from 20 June to 4 July only trains from the Vale mining company and those transporting passengers or cargo for the state company had circulated on that line.

The line’s other main customer, Brazilian company Vale, has increased the number of trainloads of coal it is moving. The company kept up train traffic with an average of 28 to 30 trains per week. CFM trains operated under special conditions, travelling at slower speed.

Transport of coal from Moatize to the port of Beira is done daily on the Sena Line by an average of six typical train compositions, each comprising two locomotives and 42 wagons. This year’s forecast export target for this mineral is 6Mt..

Source: Macauhub News Agency.