Exports of coal mined in Mozambique begin again

26 March 2013

Exports of coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province have begun to be exported once again from the port of Beira following a three-week stoppage due to the closure of the Sena Railroad, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

Figures provided by Cornelder de Moçambique, the company that manages the port of Beira, showed that three ships with a gross tonnage of 35,000 tons had left the port over the last few days carrying coal.

Félix Machado, head of the Marketing and Sales department of Cornelder de Moçambique, said that following the re-opening of the Sena line on 28 February, three to five trains per day made up of two locomotives and 42 trucks and carrying 2,700 tons were arriving every day at the port.

Heavy rains, particularly on 9 February, destroyed three small bridges and washed away ballast along an 800 metre section of the railway between the stations of Sinjal and Doa, in Tete, leaving the line without any support.

When the railway closed, the whole chain of companies involved, from the mining companies to the port management company, started posting losses and Cornelder Moçambique, for example, lost US$500,000 per week and Brazilian mining company Vale Moçambique was unable to export 500,000 tons of coal.

Meanwhile Brazilian group Vale announced it had lifted its statement of force majeure made on 15 February due to its inability to fulfil its contracts to supply coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province, according to a statement issued Monday.

Last week Vale gave assurances that the three-week stoppage in coal transport to the port of Beira would not affect its coal export target for this year of 4.9 million tons. (macauhub)