Maputo, Mozambique — 06 June 2012 – In one of two positive developments in Mozambique this week, state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) has confirmed that it will finish reconstruction of the Sena railroad in November.
Macauhub News Agency quoted a company statement released here as saying that once the work was finished the Sena line “’ which linked the Tete province to the port of Beira in Sofala province “’ would have capacity to carry 6.5Mtpa of coal. This was more than three times the current capacity of 2Mtpa.
CFM said that once the first stage was concluded, more construction work would follow to enable the Sena line to carry 12Mtpa by 2013 and 20Mtpa within three years.
Transporting coal mined at major new projects in Tete province has been the main problem for the companies operating in the sector. Brazilian mining giant Vale is using the Sena line while other companies are forced to transport their coal by road.
In another major development on the transport and logistics front, the new coal terminal was inaugurated yesterday at the port of Beira. It is a partnership between CFM, and Vale Mozambique and Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto “’ the two major companies mining coal in the Tete province.
The new terminal, which cost US$200 million, has a capacity of up to 6Mtpa, and a modern system to receive and unload trucks, store coal and load ships.
The systems for storage and internal transport set up at the terminal make it possible to store 300,000t of coal and have a coal handling capacity that reduces handling time from seven to two days using 35,000t ships.
CFM chairman Rosário Mualeia said that the terminal was another step in meeting the needs of coal exports to Asian and American markets, and noted there were plans to build another coal terminal in Beira.
CFM recently dredged the access channel to the port of Beira at a cost of US$39 million, thus allowing ships with a capacity of up to 70,000t to enter the port.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.