Siemens equips deepwater seaport and rail route in Mozambique

(PresseBox) ( Munich, )
- Rail technology for East Africa's longest freight transport route
- Power distribution solution for the port facilities in Nacala-al-Velha
- Total volume of 126 million euros

Siemens has received two infrastructure orders in Mozambique. The port of Nacalaa- Velha and the 912-kilometer rail route are part of the infrastructure project for the Nacala corridor, which runs from the coast of Mozambique and back into the East African country's mountains, all the way to Moatize. Roads, rail links, an airport and a seaport are to be built or expanded in the corridor. The route will be used in the future to transport coal from a mine in Moatize to the coastal shipping facilities. The port and rail link are scheduled to be put into operation in 2015. The order for the signaling and control technology has a volume of some 70 million euros, while that for the power distribution systems is worth around 56 million euros. Siemens was awarded the two orders by the local joint venture Corredor Logistico Integrado de Nacala (CLN). CLN was formed by Vale, Brazil's largest mining company, and Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, Mozambique's state-run railway company.

The signaling and telecommunications technology for East Africa's longest freight transport route will increase the safety, capacity and reliability of coal transportation. The ideal speed and the distance between two trains are calculated automatically, enabling operators to run trains at closer intervals to each other and so increase network capacity. The trains run more punctually and operations are more energyefficient. Siemens is also equipping the Operations Control Center in Nacala and will be responsible for maintaining and repairing the signaling facilities for one year.

Siemens will deliver and install the technology that will supply power to the deepwater seaport of Nacala-a-Velha. In addition to high-voltage components, that includes power distribution solutions. Siemens will install its low and medium voltage systems in prefabricated power distribution units known as e-houses. Five e-houses will be supplied as turnkey solutions from Germany to Mozambique. The advantage of e-houses is that they are transported to the installation site fully assembled and pretested, where they can be assembled and put into operation within a short space of time. Moreover, the customer does not have to erect separate buildings for the power distribution equipment. In addition, e-houses can be transported to a new location and reused, for example when a mine is closed.

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