Large-scale coal mining in Mozambique due to begin this year

18 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 March – The Mozambican minister of Mining Resources, Esperança Bias, said she was optimistic about the start of coal mining in the Moatize coal basin, in Tete province this year.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, last week the minister visited some mining companies that are involved in mining coal and other mining resources, having said later that activities in the province were meeting the government’s expectations as outlined in the Economic and Social Plan for 2011.

“In 2011 the start of coal production in the Moatize and Benga mines is expected and although currently the mining sector is responsible for 5 percent of GDP, I am led to believe that in the short to medium term that contribution will be much larger,” said Bias.

In Tete, Bias also visited Jsw Steel Ltd, which was recently awarded a mining concession at the administrative post of Marara in Changara district, and also Minas de Revobué and Ncondedzi Coal, in Moatize district, the environmental impact studies for which are at an advanced stage.

According to the production plan drawn up so far, in the next three to four years the companies will export over 20 million tons of coal per year. (macauhub)