Maputo, Mozambique — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 December 2011 – Annual coal production in Mozambique is expected to total 100Mt by 2020, which will require the construction of new rail and port facilities to cater for the transport of the coal from the mines at Moatize to the coast.
Zucula expressed the belief that the existing ports of Beira and Nacala, and the railways serving them, would be insufficient “’ even if the Sena line linking the Moatize coal basin to Beira is widened. The government should therefore consider building new ports and railways from scratch.
According to Mozambican news agency AIM, transport and communications minister Paulo Zucula revealed this at Dondo railway station, after travelling a few kilometres along the Sena railroad in the company of a delegation from the World Bank, which has applied between US$180 and US$190 million to reconstruction of the railroad and between US$15 and US$20 million to dredge the port of Beira.
“There is a lot more to be invested,” the minister noted, mentioning that the Mozambican government had decided to return management of the central rail network to state company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique, bringing an end to the concession contract that had been signed with Indian consortium Ricon, made up of state companies Rites Limited and Ircon International.
“We wanted to see how the company was preparing, what the plans were and what we were going to do now to start working in a serious way to finish the Sena line and start work on the Machipanda line, which was never touched by former concession holder, Companhia de Caminhos de Ferro da Beira.”
Zucula said that the government was in talks with the World Bank, “specifically in terms of what would be done immediately to make up the three-year delay on both the Sena line and Machipanda, which was now in an advanced state of disrepair.”
The director of the Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank for Africa, Jamal Saghir, said he was happy with the results of some investment by the World Bank in Mozambique and noted he had seen good results in terms of railroads as well as other sectors.