Company successfully sends coal from Botswana to Mozambique’s Matola terminal

16 April 2012

Australia’s African Energy Resources sent by railway a wagon with 25 tonnes of coal from the Sese Mine in Botswana to the Matola coal terminal in Mozambique operated by South Africa’s Grindrod group, the company quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange has announced.

The test wagon was loaded with 25 tonnes of steam coal at the Francistown station of Botswana Railways last 3 April and sent via Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe to Maputo, where it arrived on 7 April.

The statement released by African Energy Resources adds that the successful test showed that it is possible to transport coal to the east coast of Africa so that it can be exported to Asia/Pacific markets, particularly India and China.

Botswana’s coal resources are estimated at 212 billion tonnes, making the landlocked country one of the richest in coal reserves, albeit with complex logistics problems due the lack of direct access to the sea. (macauhub)