Lichinga, Mozambique, 11 June – The environmental impact study (EIS) ordered by Brazilian mining company Vale for the construction of a port in Nacala-a-Velha and a 200-kilometre rail branch line is due to begin this month, a source from the Niassa provincial government said.
Verónica Langa, of the provincial government, said that a delegation from Vale had met, last week, in the provincial capital Lichinga, with government representatives, to deal with issues related to the two projects, which aim to impove transport of coal mined at Moatize to ports of departure.
The railway, if it is built, will link the coal mining area of Moatize, via Malawi, to the port of Nacala-a-Velha, via which the coal will be exported, “but everything is still at a stage of exploratory studies.”
Langa also said that, next September, a social and economic impact study would be carried out for these projects, noting that reconstruction of the Lichinga-Cuamba railway line depended on the results of the Maniamba coal survey, in Niassa province.
At last week’s meeting in Lichinga, a decision was made to set up a commission made up of representatives of the Niassa provincial government and Vale to improve the execution of agreed activities.
Tete province is considered to be the largest non-explored coal province in the world, with world class reserves, estimated at around 2.4 billion tons. (macauhub)