Mozambique: Iron ore mine to start operating in Lalaua

23 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Oct – Exploration of an iron ore mine in Lalaua, Nampula province, is due to begin in mid November, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported Wednesday, citing officials from Indian consortium Damodar Ferro.

Rui Pinto told the paper that China was one of the certain customers for the project whose companies will buy projected production of 20 tonnes per day.

Pinto also said work to rebuild and widen the 56 kilometres of dirt road from the mine to the Iapala railway station would be concluded in November, and the ore would be transported from Iapala to the port of Nacala by train.

The roads Works involved construction of a second lane to allow trucks to travel in both directions at the same time.

Pinto told Notícias that the iron ore at Lalaua was of high quality, which led to contracts being quickly signed with Chinese companies.

Tests carried out at Lalaua showed that the mine had deposits that would allow its intensive mining over four years and that there were indications of further deposits in the same district. (macauhub)