Transporting coal along Zambezi River in Mozambique to have low environmental impact

12 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 May – A preliminary study to assess the environmental impact of transporting coal along the Zambezi River, in Mozambique, has concluded that the project is viable and notes that the negative factors with greatest impact could be effectively controlled, according to Mozambican newspaper, O País.

The newspaper added that a considerable number of the indicators analysed for the environmental impact study gave the go-ahead to the project to use barges along the river to transport the coal mined in Tete province.

The report – expected to be used by the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Action to make a decision – was recently made public by Riversdale Moçambique and suggests that the most significant negative environmental impact could be controlled.

In terms of the greatest risks, such as accidental fuel spills that would affect mangrove and salt water swamps, these are considered to have a “small impact.”

According to the document, measures have been designed to prevent spills, as well as for emergency clean ups, use of double layered hoses to transfer fuel, automatic stop valves to limit spills from the pipeline if it bursts, use of a refuelling dock with pumping and storage systems with regular maintenance and limiting fuel transfer to the daytime. (macauhub)