Brazilian investors have shown interest in exploring large limestone deposits in at least four districts of Mozambique’s Nampula province, said the provincial inspector and spokesman for the Mining Resources and energy Directorate, Fila Lazaro.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Lazaro also said that investors planned to use limestone to correct acid soil and to produce clinker, a raw material used to manufacture cement.
Teams of mining consultants hired by the Brazilian investors, recently visited the coastal districts of Nampula, Memba, Mossuril, and Nacala, and the interior district of Monapo, as part of a mission to look into the conditions available in terms of access roads to carry the limestone away to a factory where it can be processed.
The districts of Monapo, Mossuril, and Memba neighbour Nacala, which has a rail and port system for transporting goods from the coast to the interior and vice versa.
Lázaro said he believed that the limestone in those districts could interest the investors as well as conditions to transport the final product, there are others that favour construction of a limestone processing factory, namely a reliable power source from the national grid, along with the tax benefits of operating in an Exclusive Economic Zone. (macauhub)