Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Dec – Increases in coal production, of 186 percent, and of ilmenite and diatomite will make a significant contribution to overall growth of 27.5 percent of the mining industry in Mozambique in 2012, according to the Economic and Social Plan approved in the country’s parliament.
Expansion of coal production will be the result of the start of commercial mining at the Benga, Cahora Bassa and Moatize facilities, in Tete province with expected production of 5.8 million tons of coking coal and 172,000 tons of thermal coal.
In its turn, production at the Moma heavy sands project, in Nampula province, in 2012 is expected to post growth of 34.9 percent for ilmenite, 19.8 percent for zircon and 41.6 percent for rutile.
According to the Economic and Social Plan for 2012 gold production is expected to fall by 17.7 percent.
N terms of precious and semi-precious stones, growth is expected to be 150 percent due to a rise in tourmaline production in Zambézia province, as well as the re-launch of garnet production in Niassa, northern Mozambique.
The plan for production of natural gas in 2012 will remain unchanged at 132 million gigajoules. (macauhub)