Brazil’s Vale to present feasibility study for phosphate mine in Mozambique in 2012

7 July 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 July – Brazilian mining group Vale is expected in 2012 to present a feasibility study to the Mozambican government for exploration of a phosphate mine in Nampula, which is expected to be as big as its coal mine in Moatize, the Mozambique’s national director for Mines said in Maputo.

Noting that this project was “rather interesting,” Eduardo Alexandre added that the end product of the phosphate mine would be fertilizers.

“In terms of size the project will be as big as the coal one in Tete,” which is operated by the Brazilian group, Alexandre said on the sidelines of the 2nd International Conference on Coal Exploration.

Phosphate is one of the three primary nutrients for plants and is a component of agricultural fertilizers.

Phosphate is mined from sedimentary rock deposits and is chemically treated to increase its concentration and make it more soluble, which makes it easier for plants to absorb. (macauhub)