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    2 September, 2017
Moatize – Macuse project to begin in late 2018
 
iMaputo, 2 Sep (AIM) – The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communications announced in Maputo on 1 September that the construction of a new railway from the western province of Tete to Macuse, on the coast of Zambezia province, should begin in late 2018, and be concluded in the first quarter of 2021.

Speaking at a press conference, the head of the Ministry’s legal department, Luis Chauque, said the project includes a new deep water port at Macuse, and a railway from the Moatize coal basin to Macuse, a distance of around 500 kilometres. The total cost of the project is currently put at $2.7 billion, $810 million for the port, and the rest for the railway.

The original estimate was for a cost of $3.3 billion. Chauque said the cost had come down because of changes introduced by the government, leading to addenda to the project which were approved by the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) in August.

The main purpose of the new railway and port will be to export coal from Tete. The proposed railway will be much shorter than the existing lines from Moatize to the ports of Beira and Nacala-a-Velha. Macuse port will be able to take ships of up to 80,000 tonnes – Beira, a port which must be regularly dredged, cannot match this capacity, although Nacala-a-Velha can take ships of any size.

In an initial phase, Chauque said, the new railway and port will handle 25 million tonnes of cargo a year, a figure which should gradually rise until it reaches 100 million tonnes a year.

Jose Fonseca, the managing director of Thai Mocambique Limitada (TML), the consortium that will operate the railway and port, told the press conference that an “acceptable tariff” would be charged for coal exports. He expected the railway to charge 25 dollars a tonne for transport between the mine and the ship, although “there may be oscillations”.

The port and rail concession was granted to TML in 2013. The consortium consists of the Italthai Development Company of Thailand, with 60 per cent of the shares, Mozambique’s publicly owned port and rail company CFM, with 20 per cent, and the private business group CODIZA (Zambezia Development Corridor, also with 20 per cent.
(AIM)
 
 
  11 June, 2018  
 
Action plan on women, peace, and security launched
 
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Cidalia Chauque, on 11 June in Maputo launched a National Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security, for the 2018-2022 period, intended to strengthen the government’s actions in promoting human rights and gender equality.

 
  8 June, 2018  
 
President Nyusi hopes to sign peace deal in Gorongosa
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 7 June that he would like to sign the definitive peace agreement with the opposition party Renamo in the central district of Gorongosa.

 
  6 June, 2018  
 
Toll gates for Beira - Zimbabwe highway
 
The Mozambican government on 5 June authorised the country’s Road Fund to set up three toll gates along the Beira-Zimbabwe highway, which crosses the central provinces of Sofala and Manica.

 


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