Brazil’s Vale do Rio Doce to build railroad between Moatize and Nacala, Mozambique

8 June 2006

Blantyre, Malawi, 08 June – Brazilian mining giant Companhia do Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) plans to build a railroad to transport coal from the mines at Moatize to the deepwater port of Nacala, Mozambique, a company official said in Blantyre.

The railroad will pass through the trading capital of Malawi, Blantyre, on its way to Nacala, said Malcolm Miller, project manager for CVRD, the Brazilian company which in 2004 was granted the concession for Mozambique’s Moatize coal mines

Mining operations are expected to begin in 2009.

Miller added that the project had not yet been concluded, but that construction of the railroad was expected to take 33 months with work beginning next December.

The Moatize mines, which require an initial investment of US$1 billion, and will produce 14 million tons of coal per year for 35 years, Miller said. (Macauhub)