Mozambique’s Matola port to process 100,000 tons of coal in April

4 April 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 04 April – The port of Matola, on the outskirts of Mozambique’s capital Maputo, is due to process in April close to 100,000 metric tons of coal, double the amount processed in March, the port’s management company, South African cargo company Grindrod said Tuesday.

The port, which is the second largest marine export point for South African coal exports, in April is also expected to process around 50,000 tons of iron ore, a similar level to previous months, Grindrod said.

In March, Matola exported 51,136 tons of coal and 50,149 tons of iron ore.

Grindrod recently said it would invest 186 million rand over the next five years to expand its coal terminal at Matola.

The terminal’s capacity will be increased to 6 million tons in order to meet the demands of owners of small mines that do not have access to export facilities at Richards Bay, in South Africa.

In 2005 over 1.1 million tons of coal was exported form Matola, while over 69 million tons left Richards Bay. (macauhub)