Riversdale Mining to hand in Benga environmental impact study to Mozambican government

9 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 July – The compilation of data for the Benga coal project has been concluded and the environmental impact study is being discussed with interested parties in order to be delivered soon to the Mozambican government soon, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The Government and Australia’s Riversdale Mining in mid May signed a mining contract which ended with the project’s licence being granted.

Meanwhile preparations for the plan of action for the relocation of the populations and negotiations for use of the Sena railway line and the port of Beira are underway.

Total coal resources were increased by 90 percent to 4 billion tonnes, 1.032 billion of which have been measured and indicated and 893 million tonnes can be found at a depth of less than 500 metres.

An initial estimate of the coal reserve was 273 million tonnes.

Riversdale’s total mining area is in excess of 250,000 hectares – one of the biggest areas in the hands of a single mining company in the Moatize coal basin. (macauhub)