Chinese-owned company plans to build gold processing factories in Mozambique

25 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 May – The first tests at the gold processing factory in the town of Gorongosa, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, are due to take place in October, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

According to the newspaper this factory will be the first of three to be built in the region.

The three units, which will be the result of an investment by Chinese-owned company Huaan Minerais de Moçambique, will have an installed capacity to process between 300 and 400 kilograms of gold per day and employ an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people.

Speaking to the newspaper, the director for Mining Resources and Energy in Sofala, Cândida Aurora Cumbe, said that by 2015 the three factories together would process 1 ton of gold per day, essentially for export to the Asian market.

The managing director of the Gorongosa factory, Simões Zalembessa, said that the project covered an area of 25,000 hectares, and that 20,000 of these were under his area of jurisdiction and the remaining 5,000 were in neighbouring Macossa, in Manica province, and that the project would improve the lives of residents at a time when gold processing is carried out by hand in communities along the Muera river.

The Mozambican government granted a concession to Huaan Minerais de Moçambique based on a 25-year renewable contract. (macauhub)