Mozambique: Coal exports to start within 2 years

13 August 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Aug – Mozambique will begin exporting coal within two years when rebuilding of the Sena railroad linking Tete province and the port of Beira is completed, national mining director Fatima Mamade has said.

Cited by the Noticias newspaper, Mamade said once the Sena line starts operating at the end of 2009, it will transport coal reserves from the Moatize mines in Tete. Some 125 coal exploration licenses had already been issued by the Maputo authorities, mostly in the provinces of Tete and Niassa.

Brazil’s Vale mining giant has been awarded a 25-year contract to develop a mine at Moatize with estimated coal reserves of 2.4 billion metric tons.

Riversdale of Australia says it has an estimated 1.9 million tons of coal in its concession at Benga, near Moatize.

Chanagra Investments, a subsidiary of London-based Central African Mining and Exploration Company (CAMEC), has confirmed it has 900 million tons of coal in a concession west of the River Zambezi.

All these mining companies are waiting for the Sena line to open to begin transport of coal to the port of Beira for export. (macauhub)