Vale Moçambique starts coal export tests from Moatize in October

30 June 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 June – The Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant, Vale, Vale Moçambique plans to start exporting coal mined at Moatize, in Tete province, next October, Vale’s sales and marketing manager, Marcello Mattos told Brazilian news agency Estado.

Mattos said that the Mozambican subsidiary would start tests in October with selected customers and added that the company would start operating commercially in 2012.

According to Mattos, the project will be carried out in two phases, and in the first phase coal production would total 11 million tons per year (8.5 million tons of coking coal and 2.5 million tons of thermal coal).

In this first phase, the coal mined at Moatize will be transported along the Beira corridor, which raises questions as the capacity of the Sena railroad is no bigger than 6 million tons per year.

“We are studying the possibility of increasing the capacity of the coal terminal in Beira but, obviously, while Nacala is not ready, we will be limited by the capacity of Beira,” Mattos said at a seminar on coal in Rio de Janeiro.

For the second phase, in which the capacity of Moatize is due to be doubled, Vale wants to use the Nacala corridor to export the coal.

The capacity of Nacala is expected to be 18 million tons and the facility will be ready in 2014. According to Mattos the Nacala project will be presented to the group’s board in the third quarter of this year. (macauhub)