Larfage Cement Company has signed an agreement with Central Eastern African Railway System (CEARS) in the exportation of Clinker from Zambia to Malawi.
Clinker is a raw material used in the production of cement.
CEARS Company Engineer Paul Madula confirmed the development to Zambian journalists who undertook a tour of the Chipata/Mchinji railway line in commemorating South Africa Development Committee (SADC) Day in Mchinji this today.
Mr Madula said his company will be transporting 5600 tonnes of clinker through the railway line from Chipata to Blantytre for an initial period of three years after which the contract can be extended.
He explained that this means that the Chipata/Mchinji will be in use and will be transporting the commodity twice a week.
Mr Madula however explained that the railway company will not be using a passenger train on the railway saying it is expensive to transport passengers because the Malawian government will have to subsidize the company.
‘We want to discourage the transportation of passengers not only because it is expensive but also cumbersome,” he said.