Rio Tinto Group suspends mining activities in Mozambique

22 February 2013

Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto has suspended all of its mining activities in Mozambique due to the Sena railroad, which links Tete province to the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean, coming to a standstill, according to a statement issued Thursday.

On Monday, Brazilian mining company Vale took the same step as it was unable to transport the coal produced in Moatize, in Tete province, central Mozambique, as the Sena railroad has not been operating for a week because of the floods affecting the region.

In a statement the group quoted the legal term “force majeure” to justify halting its operations in Moatize.

According to the group, state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique “is making efforts to return traffic to the line as soon as possible.” (macauhub)