Mozambique’s Minister for Transport and Communication has said that the government is in negotiations with Chinese companies to rebuild the Machipanda railroad.
Reconstruction of the railway line, which is operated by Mozambican state port and rail company CFM, will cost an estimated US$400 million, Minister Carlos Mesquita told Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias.
The railway, which is 317 kilometres long, links the city of Beira, the capital of Sofala province, to Machipanda in Manica district near the border with Zimbabwe.
The Minister also said that the model to be adopted for the work may be “build, operate and transfer” as outlined in the Law on Public-Private Partnerships. This would prevent the State being the project’s only investor.
According to the minister the Sena railroad, which links the port of Beira to Moatize in Tete province, would soon see its annual capacity practically double from 6.5 million to 12 million tons.
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