Brazil’s Vale beats record for coal extraction in Mozambique

17 July 2013

The Vale Moçambique mining company set a new record in June by extracting 509,000 tons of coal and a new mineral outflow maximum by transporting 300,000 tons of coal on the Sena railway line, a company official said.

Altiberto Brandão, operational director of the Brazilian Vale group’s Mozambican subsidiary, said the company had been producing at maximum capacity since April 2012 and that in June it beat the production record at the Moatize mine in Tete province with 509,000 tons.

Brandão made his comments at a coal conference that opened on Monday in Maputo. Vale Moçambique plans to export 3 million tons this year, versus last year’s figure of 2.6 million tons, he added.

The Brazilian group has invested nearly US$1.9 billion in operations at Moatize in Tete and plans to invest a further US$6.4 billion to expand production at the mine and on logistics projects, specifically construction of a railway line linking Moatize to the port of Nacala via Malawi. (macauhub)