The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) announced that it intends to make it feasible to build the Chitima-Macuse Railway between the provinces of Tete and Zambézia, according to daily newspaper O País.
The deputy minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique said that the government intends to make the construction of the Chitima – Macuse Railway between the provinces of Tete and Zambézia feasible in 2019.
Manuela Rebelo said in a meeting of ministry officials that “Rehabilitating the Machipanda and Ressano Garcia railways, starting the construction of the Tete-Macuse railway and its port … making Nacala international airport feasible are some of the actions planned for 2019.”
The Mozambican government in 2013 granted the concession (construction, operation and other operations) of the port and the railroad of Macuse, 35 kilometres north of Quelimane, capital of the central province of Zambézia, to Italthai Engineering (which owns 60% of Thai Mozambique Logistics) of Thailand.
The railway line that will connect Macuse to the Moatize and Chitima mines, with a length of 620 kilometres, is budgeted at US$2 billion and was designed to allow coal to be transported from Tete province, in the interior of Mozambique.
The Macuse deep water port will have capacity to receive large ships that will mainly transport coal and serve Mozambique’s neighbouring countries that have no direct access to the sea.
The work costing about US$2.40 billion will be carried out by a consortium involving construction company China Machinery Engineering and Portugal’s Mota-Engil and is expected to be completed in 2021. (macauhub)