Swaziland exports iron ore to India via Mozambique

8 August 2012

Two million tons of iron ore from Swaziland are due to be transported along the Goba railroad and exported via the port of Maputo, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The newspaper added that carrying the iron ore mined in Swaziland is a return to the main reason for construction of the Goba line more than 50 years ago.

The railroad was built in the 1960s after mining began in Ngwenya, Swaziland, but just a few years later iron ore mining there was considered to be commercially unfeasible as the ore had an iron concentration of less than 60 percent.

Meanwhile, the deposits were recently reactivated using new mining and processing technologies. Since April around 670,000 tons of iron ore have been mined and later exported to India via the port of Maputo.

This information was announced Tuesday in Maputo during a name-changing ceremony to “Ligcabho Lesive” (National Pride in the Swazi language) of a ship operated by Indian group V.M. Salgaocar, the mines’ concession holder, used to carry the iron ore.

David Gomes, the director for Strategic Planning and Business Development at state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), said that doubling the number of trains per day on the Goba line, from two to four, had been due to the mines going into full production.

He added that the target was to carry at least 2 million tons of iron ore, which in the past led to construction of a dock at the Matola terminal, which is currently used for coal. (macauhub)