JSPL-Moçambique Minerais due to start mining coal in Mozambique in December

21 September 2012

Mining company JSPL – Moçambique Minerais Ltd, a subsidiary of Indian group Jindal Steel & Power, is due in November to conclude its coal processing unit in Chirodzi, Changara district, in the south of Mozambique’s Tete province, the company’s managing director said.

Speaking to daily newspaper Notícias, Manoj Gupta said that the unit, which has an installed capacity to process 3,000 tons of coal per hour, would make it possible for coal mining to beginning in December.

The managing director of JSPL – Moçambique Minerais Ltd said that in this first phase the coal would be carried by truck to the town of Moatize, where it will then be loaded onto rail trucks on the Sena railroad to be carried to the port of Beira, whilst other, more efficient, transport options are considered.

The group plans, in the long term, to carry out an economic feasibility study for construction of a rail branch line to link up with the Machipanda/Beira railroad, via Vanduzi, in Manica province.

JSPL Moçambique Minerais expects to produce 2.68 million tons of coking coal and 3.9 million tons of thermal coal per year both for export and domestic market consumption. (macauhub)