Chibuto heavy minerals project in Mozambique already has it power supply guaranteed

23 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 March – The electrical power supply to the titanium mining project from the heavy minerals of Chibuto in Mozambique’s Gaza province, has already been guaranteed, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported Thursday.

The mine’s operator, Australian company BHP Billiton, and South African and Mozambican electricity companies, Eskom and EDM, agreed that most of the power needed for the project would be supplied by Motraco and the remainder by EDM.

MOtraco is a company created by Eskom, EDM and their Swaziland counterpart, Swazi Electricity Board (SEB), mainly to supply the 900 megawatts needed by the Mozal aluminum factory.

BHP Billiton also plans to set up an iron ore and titanium processing plant, for which it will need at least 113 megawatts of power.

The Chibuto deposit was initially discovered by the South African Southern Mining Corporation in 1997, but the area’s exploration rights are currently in the hands of the Australian company.

The project is expected to employ 500 people in Chibuto and 250 in Maputo. (macauhub)