Indian company Coal India Africana Friday formally launched its exploration project for a coal mine in Samoa, in the north of the Moatize district of Tete province, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
During the ceremony, a company official, Pranab Kumar Das, said hat initially US$37.48 million would be spent on construction of buildings to train the workforce and for social projects.
He also said that after a public consultation and approval of the environmental impact study, the company had started test drilling in December 2012 to collect samples to check the quality and quantity of coal in the block.
“We already have the report approved by the Coal India Africana board on the activities to be carried out by the project in the initial phase and the later launch of mining operations,” said Pranab Kumar.
The company, which is now recruiting and training staff to handle mining equipment, expects to take on around 350 workers when mining begins. (macauhub)