Beira, Mozambique, 15 Sept – The shipment of the first 35,000 tons of coal from Moatize, in Mozambique’s central Tete province was shipped from the port of Beira to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The head of the Marketing and Sales Department of Cornelder Moçambique, Félix Machado, said that the second ship for transporting coal from Moatize was expected to dock at the provincial capital of Sofala within a month.
The departure of the ship, according to the operations director of Vale, Paulo Horta, signals the end of the first phase of exploration at the Moatize coal mine, and Vale Moçambique is now a large coal operator and exporter in Mozambique.
The Brazilian investment in Moatize, which has a nominal production capacity of 11 tons of coal per year, so far totals US$1.6 billion and mining began last May.
The coal from Moatize will preferentially be placed in Asia, Europe and Africa, and notable destinations for the product include Brazil, India, Japan and South Africa. (macauhub)