Rio Tinto group surveys heavy sands deposits in Mozambique

4 July 2012

Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto is surveying heavy sands deposits in the Mozambican province of Inhambane and Gaza, the group’s executive director of operations, Andrew Woodley said Tuesday in Maputo.

According to Mozambican news agency AIM, Woodley, who was speaking at the 3rd International Coal Conference held Tuesday and Wednesday in Maputo, declined to give further details on the matter which, if it goes ahead, will be added to heavy sands exploration projects in Chibuto, Gaza province, and Moma, Nampula province.

However, Woodley noted that the Rio Tinto group was carrying out studies that may confirm the feasibility of up to four large coal mines in Tete province.

One of these mines is related to the Zambezi project, “which is at an advanced stage,” and where the group “believes it may start producing coal in 2016.” Woodley added that, “the Zambezi has a very strong production growth profile, which may reach over 30 million tons of unprocessed coal per year.”

The executive director for operations of the Rio Tinto group also said that in 2011 a request for a mining concession had been made for the Zambezi Project, which would be the, “group’s second mine in the region.”

The Rio Tinto group last week started exporting coal mined in Mozambique by shipping 34,000 tons of coal to India. (macauhub)