Vale, Mitsui plan Nkaya-Mchinji Railway line

Vale Logistics and its partner Mitsui of Japan have unveiled a new ambitious railway rehabilitation program for Nkaya-Mchinji route.

Malawi Transport Minister Mhango cuts a ribbon launching the facility

A locomotives pulling 120 wagons ready to take off

Officials broke the news during an official launch of a US$1billion (K750billion) Malawi stretch of the Nacala Corridor Railway line.

” We are in final stages to work with Malawi government and get the Nkaya-Mchinji railway line rehabilitated. This will help to complete the movement of goods from Nacala Port in Mozambique to Chitapa Zambia through Lilongwe and Mchinji,” officials told journalists after the launch.

Malawi Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango was upbeat that government would facilitate all policy issues for the project to take off.

“Malawi government is committed to developing this transport sector. We would want to facilitate fast movement of goods at lower price,” Mhango said.

His Mozambican counterpart was optimistic that Vale currently hauling coal from its plant in Moatize Mozambique to Nacala Port through Malawi, will see the need to offer carriages for passengers and ease people’s travel between the countries as were the old days.

The railway line was built by Mota Engil, a multidisciplinary contractor whose delivery of the project has been touted as a bar raiser of all time by those who spoke at the launching ceremony.

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Nkaya is in Balaka District and is the first train station from Balaka to Blantyre if you travel train(rail transport). It is where the railway line from Nampula- Mozambique through Nayuchi & Liwonde joins our rail line from Blantyre to Salima


These are the kind of projects Malawi government must priotise, part of national strategy….


Thats so true. Infrastructure initiatives spur economic development and we need more of such, maybe we could get out of this our misery


Could someone help me, where is nkaya?


Balaka district



Mizwanya Phiri

Nkaya a town after Matope Shire North 10KM off Zalewa road before Phalula. Balaka District but close to Blantyre Mdeka and Zomba Chingale

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