Environmental impact studies for a future phosphate mine and a processing unit in Nampula province, northern Mozambique, are currently being carried out by Canadian company SRK Consulting, the Mining Weekly website reported.
Citing Chris Dalgliesh, a partner at SRK, the website said that world demand for fertilizer appears to be “insatiable” and that an international mining company had found phosphate deposits in a region 75 kilometres inland of the port city of Nacala, where the future processing unit will be built.
“SRK Consulting has been hired to carry out environmental impact studies both for the mine and the factory as well as those for construction of a railway and a weir to store water,” Dalgliesh said adding that to comply with Mozambican legislation SRK was working alongside a local company.
For financial reasons the phosphates taken out of the mine will be processed on the outskirts of Nacala before being loaded onto ships for export.
Nacala has one of the largest a deep water ports in East Africa and in the long term is expected to become one of the biggest centres for exporting raw materials, particularly coal.
The Canadian company has been working on this project for around 18 months and the environmental impact studies are scheduled to be finished in 2013.
In Mozambique, SRK Consulting is also carrying out environmental impact studies for the proposed expansion of the Matola coal terminal under the terms of a contract with South African shipping and logistics group Grindrod. (macauhub)