First phase of coal mining in Moatize, Mozambique to begin this year

29 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 Sept – The first phase of mining the coal at Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province, is due to start between the end of October and beginning of November, the deputy minister for Mining Resources, Abdul Razak said in Maputo.

On the sidelines of an international conference organised by British company Coaltrans, in partnership with the Minister for Mining Resources, which brought together national and international companies, specialists and others interested in coal and its derivatives, the deputy minister said that the first exports would take place in the first half of 2011.

According to state newspaper Notícias, the initiative’s main aim was to exhibit and assess the coal potential of sub-Saharan Africa and the possibility of Mozambique providing coal to India. This was the second international coal conference to be held in Mozambique in less than two months.

Studies that were recently carried out show the existence across almost the entire country of reserves of over 23 billion tons of coal, and the high number of companies interested in mining the coal has led the government to so far attribute around 105 mining titles for coal alone.

Razak said that the current challenge for Mozambique was the issue of logistics facilities, because, as was publicly known, the Sena railroad is not sufficient to transport all the coal in Tete.

The deputy minister also said that the government’s other concern was the need to prevent export of resources in a raw state, which requires some small level of domestic processing, in order to add some value to minerals mined in Mozambique. (macauhub)