Brazilian group Vale to re-launch coal exports from Mozambique

21 March 2013

Brazilian mining group Vale has lifted its declaration of force majeure on some contracts to supply coal from Mozambique, which was announced on 15 February, the group said in a statement issued Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.

Torrential rains and resulting floods in Mozambique led to a stoppage on the Sena railroad, which links Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Beira, in Sofala province. This meant that the Brazilian group was unable to transport around 500,000 tons of coal along the railway line.

A few days after it declared reasons of force majeure to suspend its coal supplies, the group estimated that it had been prevented from exporting 250,000 tons of coal via the port of Beira.

Mozambican state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM), which owns the Sena Railroad, said at the time that emergency repairs would be finished at the end of the month, and this happened in the first few days of March. (macauhub)