Mining companies involved in extracting coal from Mozambique’s Tete province forecast combined production of 6 million tons of coking coal and 1.5 million tons of steam coal this year, the Maputo-based daily Notícias reports.
Mozambican Mineral Resources Minister Esperança Bias told the newspaper that the figures represented increases of 120 percent for coking coal and 62 percent for steam coal.
The amounts will be obtained by increasing the capacity of ongoing projects and starting production at the Jindal Steel Power Limited project in Chirodzi, in the north of Tete’s Changara district, Bias said.
The project of India’s Jindal Steel group involves a US$180 million dollar investment and should produce 2.68 million tons of coking coal for export and 3.9 million tons of steam coal for domestic and foreign markets.
The 2013 mining production and commercialisation plan forecasts an overall increase of 17.7 percent compared to forecasts for 2012, due to increased production of coal, natural and condensed gas, and precious and semiprecious stones.
Mineral exports are expected to rise by 18.3 percent this year due to increased sales of coal mined in Tete province, natural and condensed gas, and precious and semiprecious stones, with the contribution of heavy sands and tantalite. (macauhub)