Beira, Mozambique, 9 Aug – The first shipment of coal mined by Vale Moçambique in Moatize, in Mozambique’s Tete province, arrived Monday at the port of Beira and all 2,700 tons were carried by a train with 42 trucks and three locomotives, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.
The coal will be unloaded over 48 hours and will remain in the open air at the port’s coal terminal until, with the arrival of other loads, its reaches a total of 50,000 tons, when it will be exported.
After this first lot, according to the chairman of state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, Rosário Mualeia, the train will take 24 hours to return to Moatize to be loaded once again.
According to Mualeia, the first train arrived a little late, as it had left Moatize at 8 pm on Sunday and arrived at the port of Beira after 6 pm on Monday, travelling at a speed of around 65 kilometres per hour.
According to Mualeia the first export of coal from Tete is expected to take place on 28 August and will be sent to the Brazilian, Indian, Japanese and South African markets.
For now, procedures are underway to prepare for exports, and initially the ships will carry between 50,000 and 60,000 tons of coal. In November the coal dock at the port of Beira is due to be fully operational. (macauhub)