Vale Moçambique sends 1 million tons of coal to port of Beira

9 May 2012

The Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian mining company Vale has so far sent 1 million tons of coal mined in Tete province along the Sena Railroad to the port of Beira, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

Carrying the 1 million tons of coal mined by Vale Moçambique in the Moatize district involved a fleet of 32 trains, 638 rail trucks and a logistics structure including 260 workers.

Figures provided by the newspaper showed that Vale Moçambique, which uses a train with two engines and 42 trucks to carry it coal, thus contributing to improving Mozambique’s balance of trade and its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to projections, over 5 million tons of coal from Moatize, 4 million from Vale Moçambique and 1 million from Rio Tinto, will be carried this year along the Sena Railroad headed for the Asian, European, and African markets.

Rio Tinto, which mines at Benga in Tete province, last week sent its first two trains loaded with coal to the port of Beira.

Cited by the newspaper, the director of rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique-Centro, Boaventura Mahave, said that carrying 1 million tons of coal to the port of Beira over a period of eight months without a single derailment, was an achievement in itself.

The rail company said, meanwhile that it would re-launch the transport of molasses from the Companhia de Sena sugar factory in Marromeu, to the port of Beira. (macauhub)

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