Indian group opens Mozambican coal mining project up for public debate

13 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 13 May – Indian-owned company JSPL – Mozambique Minerais, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (JSPL) is due Monday to put the environmental impact study for a coal mining project in the area of Chirodozi, in the northeast of Mozambique’s Tete province, up for public debate, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The project involves investment of some US$180 million during the set up phase, including two years of operations. The Mozambican state expects to make around US$440 million in the first 28 years of the contract, an average of US$15.7 million per year.

JSPL will operate the mine as an open cut mine, which will inevitably bring changes to the environment related to altering the landscape, air and water quality.

Open cut mining involves removal of all vegetation and large earthworks and leads to permanent changes communities of flora and fauna by eliminating and fragmenting the environment in which it is set, isolating populations and creating new disturbances, particularly for wildlife. (macauhub)