Mozambican coal is the focus of an international conference in Maputo

5 June 2013

Coal production in Mozambique may total 50 million tons in 2020, which is practically ten times current production of 4.8 million tons, according to the organisers of the 4th International Conference on Energy and Coal.

Due to be held in Maputo on 15 and 16 July, the conference, which is an initiative of the International Mining and Metals Series (IMM), will have a number of speakers, including Mozambique’s Mining Resources Minister, Esperança Bias, who is expected to talk about use of Mozambique’s mining resources as a launch pad for sustainable development and promotion of economic integration.

According to figures published on the event’s official website, better times are expected for the Mozambican coal industry, which is why the conference is intended to be an opportunity for all sector players to analyse the latest developments of the international coal market and to take advantage of available subsidies for coal projects underway in Mozambique.

One of the issues that will be analysed is related to the implications of changes being made to sector legislation, specifically the Large projects Law and the Mining Law..

The issue of infrastructure, particularly construction of roads, ports and railways will also be discussed at the conference, and the ports of Maputo, Beira and Nacala will be focused on, particularly in terms of their expansion plans. In Maputo’s case these plans outline expansion of capacity from 12 million tons at the moment to 50 million tons in 2030. (macauhub)