Rovuma Resources is due in 2014 to start exploration of nickel deposits found in Montepuez , the provincial director for Mining Resources and Energy for Cabo Delgado, Ramiro Nguiraze told Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The start of exploration of the deposits, which have estimated reserves of 23 million tons, will require a railway line to be built to transport the nickel, as well as other natural resources such as marble, as well as an increased electricity supply.
“Exploration of these resources is a big challenge for the government given that for the nickel alone the requested voltage is quite high,” said Nguiraze noting that a high voltage power line of at least 110 Kva would need to be built along with a sub-station.
Recognising that the road to Montepuez will not be able to stand up to regular transport of the nickel and marble, the provincial director said that studies were being carried out by the central government with a view to building the railway.
Nickel is a metal that has a variety of applications, specifically production of metal alloys used in the automotive and aeronautical industries. (macauhub)