Moma mine in Mozambique to progressively replace foreign workers with Mozambicans

25 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Jan – The number of Mozambican workers at the Moma heavy minetrals project in Mozambique’s Nampula province is increasing and currently stands at 568 of a total of 716, said the representative of Ireland’s Kenmare Resources in Mozambique.

Speaking to Mozambican daily Notícias, Gareth Clifton said that when the US$460-million project had been launched four years ago the number of workers was 450, mainly made up of foreign technical staff.

Clifton added that the number of Mozambican staff would increase significantly as of now, following the implementation of Kenmare’s policy to gradually replace foreign specialized technical staff.

He also said that the expansion of the heavy minerals project would begin soon. For that to go ahead a self funded amount of US$200 million had been approved.

The work, which is due to begin in the next few days, and is expected to be concluded by the end of 2012, consists of two new factories, one for concentration and high intensity magnetic separation that will be located in a new building.

The investment will lead to an increase in capacity for mining ilmenite to 1.2 million tons per year, 80,000 tons of zircon and 22,000 tons of rutilium, a 50 percent increase on the current mining capacity. (macauhub)