Mozambique: Australia’s Sedgman chosen to build processing unit at country’s biggest coal mine

30 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 Sept – Australian company Sedgman has been chosen to build a coal handling and preparation unit at mines whose concessions are held by Riversdale Mining Moçambique and Tata Steel Limited, in Tete province, in northwest Mozambique.

In a statement, the consortium said that the concession on the construction work for the industrial coal handling unit to the Australian company was the result of a tender launched by Riversdale Moçambique, majority-owned by Australians and India’s Tata Steel.

In order for the project to begin, “the winning firm will sign a final Project and Execution Agreement and a report to outline the project by the end of 2008,” the statement said.

“The Agreement will include all the infrastructure requirements for handling coal at an industrial unit with an initial capacity of 800 tonnes per hour (tph), and later expansion to 3,000 tph.

That will include all the materials, layout and equipment related to building the new sections,” the consortium’s statement said.

Riversdale Moçambique and Tata Steel plan to build the first industrial unit in 2009, in order to support their coal projects, with the aim of increasing capacity to 3,000 tph by 2012.

The consortium plans to launch coal production in Benga and Tete in 2010 (with reserves valued at 1.255 billion tonnes of coal, the biggest in Mozambique).

According to the consortium’s statement, Sedgman, “is a processing solutions provider for the global mining resources industry and a renowned market leader in the design, construction and operation of industrial coal handling and preparation units.” (macauhub)