Rio Tinto Group re-launches coal mining in Mozambique

8 March 2013

Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto has started mining coal in Tete province, central Mozambique, following government assurances and “an evaluation by an independent body of the technical safety conditions of the Sena railway line,” said the group’s Mozambican subsidiary.

In February the group quoted the legal term “force majeure” to justify halting its operations in Moatize so that it would not accumulate coal that it could not transport to the port of Beira.

In the statement, the Mozambican subsidiary said that the owner of the Sena railroad, state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) had given assurances “in an official statement” issued Wednesday, that the railway line, “has been repaired and is ready once again to receive rail traffic for carrying coal.”

“This being the case, and following an evaluation by a recognised and independent body, of the technical safety conditions of the Sena line, Rio Tinto Benga Limitada has decided to re-launch coal transport,” the statement said adding that repairs were provisional and that transport costs would rise. (macauhub)