Australian mining group Gold One International is due in the first half of this year to launch industrial gold mining in Mozambique in the Lupulichi region of Niassa province next to the Tanzanian border, said the Lago district administrator.
Moura Jorge also said that the launch of industrial mining would reduce the proliferation of illegal mining in the Great Lakes region.
Cited by radio station Rádio Moçambique, the administrator said that the launch of industrial gold mining in Lupulichi should have the added benefit of reducing contamination of the rivers that flow in Lake Nyassa by the mercury used to wash gold ore.
In 2012 49 kilograms of legal gold were mined in Niassa province and around 3,500 kilograms of red garnets.
The Gold One International groups is listed on the Sydney and Johannesburg stock exchanges and most of its capital is owned by a consortium including the Baiyin Non-Ferrous Group Co. Ltd, the China-Africa Development Fund and Long March Capital Ltd. (macauhub)