Vale Moçambique plans to mine and export 4.5 million tons of coal this year

7 January 2013

Mining company Vale Moçambique plans to mine and export around 4.5 million tons of coal in 2013 from Moatize in Mozambique, the company’s press officer Esperança Macovela said.

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Macovela said that in 2012 the company had mined and sold around 2 million tons of coal, which had been carried on trains to the port of Beira on the Sena railroad.

Vale currently loads up six trains per day, with 42 trucks each, carrying an average of 15,876 tons of coal from Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Beira, in Sofala province.

Macovela noted that from the end of 2014 the coal mined by Vale Moçambique in Moatize would be exported via the port of Nacala along a railroad that was due to be built.

Vanderlei Marques, Vale’s director of Logistics Operations, said that the arrival of the 1000th train at the port of Beira was an important moment for the Vale group’s business in Mozambique and was far in excess of the 120 trains the company loaded up with coal in 2011. (macauhub)