Maputo, Mozambique — 06 March 2013 – The Sena railway line Mozambique has re-opened to traffic three weeks after it had to be closed, mainly as a result of flooding, allowing mining groups Vale and Rio Tinto to start moving their coal again.
Macauhub News Agency quotes state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) as saying that the line “’ which links Tete province to the port of Beira, in Sofala province “’ was closed on 12 February. This followed flooding and a derailment that led both Vale and Rio Tinto to state reasons of force majeure to suspend their contracts, and in Rio Tinto’s case to bring production to a halt.
The director of the project to repair the Sena railroad, Sancho Júnior, said that last week a letter had been sent to coal exporters informing them of the date on which the line would re-open, but that so far no train had been sent along the line.
When it announced that it would be unable to meet its contractual obligations, Brazilian group Vale said that the stoppage would lead to a 250,000t drop in exports.
Speaking to Mozambican newspaper O País, CFN chairman Rosário Mualeia said that the problems on the Sena line were due to the fact that when reconstruction of the line had begun coal transport had not been part of the equation.
“The maximum cargo expected was 3Mtpa and we are now trying to make it take 5Mtpa of cargo per year and even more, which will require revision of repair work to the base on which the line rests,” he added.
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