Mozambican government concerned about delay in Coal India’s coal mining

18 October 2012

The Mozambican government is concerned about unexplained delays by Indian state company Coal India in starting to explore two coal blocks in Mozambique, the Mozambican deputy minister for mining resources, Abdul Razak Noormahomed said in New Delhi.

Cited by the Wall Street Journal, the deputy minister said that the Mozambican government had been “cooperating with Coal India in order for the company to honour its commitments.”

The newspaper also cited an Indian government official who, asking not to be named, said that as well as coal exploration itself, Coal India also had to set up a training institute focused on coal mining, “which has so far not happened.”

The chairman of the group S. Narsing Rao, admitted there were delays but noted that “considerable progress had been made in Mozambique in the last three or four months,” and said that the exploration contract would be signed in the next two week and that operations on the ground would begin by December at the latest. (macauhub)