Chinese group Qinghua wants to mine for coal in Niassa, Mozambique

30 July 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 July – The chairman of Chinese group Qinghua said in Maputo that within two months it would send a team of technicians to the district of Lago, in the Mozambican province of Niassa, northern Mozambique to assess the coal reserves in the region, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Friday.

Huo Qinghua, chairman of one of China’s biggest coal companies, with headquarters in Inner Mongolia said, after a visit to Niassa, that he was interested in investing in coal mining.

The chairman of the group said that before starting any kind of coal mining the company would build a railroad linking Cuamba and Lago and roads for heavy goods vehicles.

Huo also said that his group may be interested in the tourism sector on Lake Niassa.

According to the newspaper, Sertório de Azevedo, provincial director for Industry and Energy in Niassa, said that studies carried out by Russian companies in the 1980s of the Lake Niassa basin, which extends from Maniamba to the Republic of Tanzania, showed evidence of enormous amounts of coal. (macauhub)