Work on coal terminal in Nacala, Mozambique, due to begin in July

25 April 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 April – Construction work to build the coal terminal of the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian mining company Vale at the port of Nacala is due to begin in July, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, which reported that the facility would represent an investment of US$1.6 billion.

The newspaper cited figures from the Nacala-a-Velha administrative authorities as saying that Vale Moçambique had contacted contractor, Portugal’s Zagope, which was bought in 1988 by Brazilian group Andrade Gutierrez, to start work, in July at the latest.

As well as the terminal and the dock, the project to export coal from Moatize via Nacala-a-Velha also includes construction of a 200-kilometre railway branch line linking the Moatize coal basin, through Malawi, to that district of Mozambique.

Vale Moçambique is currently mining coal in Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province, which has an estimated 2.4 billion tons of coal. (macauhub)