The multipurpose port terminal of Nacala in Mozambique’s Nampula province is due to start operating this year, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.
The project, which is expected to cost around US$1 billion, will have a storage capacity of 14.5 million tons of coal mines in the Moatize coal basin, in Tete province.
The newspaper said that a Chinese company was building a freight car dumper and that a pontoon was also being built to moor large draught ships with cargo capacities of over 200,000 tons.
The terminal will mainly be used by the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian group Vale, which since 2011 has operated a mine in Moatize where it mines 11 million tons of coal a year.
As well as the terminal and other facilities, the groups is funding construction of a 912-kilometre railroad between Moatize and Nacala, passing through Malawi, of which 684 kilometres are being rebuilt and the remainder built from scratch. (macauhub)