Sydney, Australia, 13 Oct – Australian company Riversdale Mining in the first half of 2010 plans to present economic feasibility and environmental impact studies to the Mozambican government for use of the Zambezi river to transport coal in barges.
According to a statement available on its website, the company carried out a number of studies about the Zambezi river to assess the feasibility of transporting coal in large quantities in barges to a sea platform and concluded that there was no physical impediment to doing so.
However, some areas of the river would have to be dredged in order to allow the barges to pass, said Riversdale’s statement.
The start of such an operation depends on the conclusion and approval of an environmental impact study, licensing of the barges and the sea platform to operate along the 560 kilometres that separate Tete from Chinde and consulting the resident populations along the Zambezi river valley.
The environmental impact study started in August and consultations of the populations and government in Tete, Chimoio, Beira and Maputo taking place in September.
Riversdale Mining also said that it had concluded the first estimates for its Zambezi project near Tete, the second concession it obtained in the Moatize basin.
This project, which is next to the Benga coal project, has four coal reserves estimated to total 1.7 billion tones. (macauhub)