Italian-Mozambican project starts producing jatropha in Nacala-a-Velha

1 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 1 April – The methanol production project of Italian-Mozambican company Aviam underway in Nacala-a-Velha in Mozambique’s Nampula province is already producing Jatropha and employing 500 people, said district administrator Daniel Chapo.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Chapo also said that the project, carried out within the Nacala Special Economic Area, was already producing Jatropha, and the company had a concession area of 10,000 hectares where a jatropha processing factory will be set up to transform it into ethanol.

The project, which has a budget of US$21 million, has been certified by the Office for Economic Areas with Rapid Development (Gazeda) and, according to the district administrator, “despite being a long term project, the jatropha production is already having a positive impact in Nacala-a-Velha.”

Chapo also said that as part of the Nacala Special Economic Area, mining company Vale Moçambique has de-mined the area where the Moatize coal terminal is due to be built, in Nacala-a-Velha, and de-mining is currently being carried out along the route where the railway line linking Moatize to Nacala-a-Velha runs.

“The result of this work was extremely positive because it was found that the area had never been mined, which made it immediately possible for Austral Coal, a consulting company, to begin the social and economic study of this project to build a coal terminal in Nacala-a-Velha,” Chapo noted.

According to Chapo the work fundamentally consisted of a survey of existing facilities both in the area where the coal terminal will be built and along the railway route, which will be around 900 kilometres long, “and the aim is, when it comes to the phase when compensation needs to be paid as well as other social processes, everything will go smoothly.”

Brazil’s Vale started operating in Moatize in 2004, when it was awarded the tender to carry out feasibility studies in the location, over 1,700 kilometres north of the Mozambican capital. In 2007 the Brazilian company was authorised to start work and this began the following year.

As well as the open air coal mine in Tete province, Vale is carrying out preliminary studies to mine phosphates and nickel in Mozambique. (macauhub)