British group Beacon Hill Resources successfully concludes tests for transporting coal by road in Mozambique

12 August 2011

London, United Kingdom, 12 Aug – British company Beacon Hill Resources plans to start transporting coal mined at the Minas de Moatize mines in Mozambique’s Tete province, after an initial test load arrived safely at the port of Beira, the company said.

In a statement published Wednesday in London, Beacon Hill Resources said it had selected Mozambican company Lalgy, Lda to set up a transport operation capable of carrying 500,000 tons of coal to the port of Beira.

The British company is in talks with the operators of the Sena railroad in order to explore the possibility of transporting the coal by rail, a solution that is not yet available because some weak points along the line have had to be corrected. The line is due to be fully operational in September.

The chief executive of Beacon Hill, Justin Lewis, said in the statement that the successful conclusion of the road transport test was another step in the development of the Moatize mines as it was a transport solution that did not depend on third-party facilities.

“This allows the company to start collecting coal at the port of Beira so that exports can begin,” Lewis said adding that first shipment of coking coal was ready last June at Minas de Moatize, a company acquired by Beacon Hill in May, 2010. (macauhub)