Coal exports via Mozambican port of Nacala due to begin in December 2014

5 August 2013

The first shipment of coal for export through the coal terminal at Nacala-a-Velha, which is under construction, will take place in December of next year, according to a projection from concession holding companies in the Nacala Corridor.

According to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, a meeting organised by the Nacala Development Corridor (CDN) and the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor (CLIN), noted that the so-called Nacala Corridor includes a railroad and the port and is expected to require investment of US$4.3 billion.

India and other countries in Asia, Europe and South America are the potential markets for coal mined in Moatize, which will be exported through the Nacala-a-Velha terminal.

To ensure that coal mined in Tete can be carried away, as well as to improve conditions to transport passengers and general cargo along the Nacala corridor, repair work is underway along some sections as well as construction of other sections of a 912-kilometre railroad.

The line crosses through 235 kilometres of neighbouring Malawi, 135 kilometres of which are being built from scratch.

The trains that will carry the coal between Moatize and Nacala-a-Velha will be an average of 1,500 metres long as they will be made up of over 100 trucks at a time pulled by four engines. (macauhub)