Indian state group Coal India will soon begin coal mining in Mozambique, a senior executive of the group told Indian newspaper the Economic Times in Kolkata.
The official said the prospecting phase in the A1 and A2 blocks in Tete province, central Mozambique was complete and the phase of laboratory analysis of the samples taken was underway.
“Afterwards a geological and a detailed report will be drawn up and we expect that the coal mining to start within six months to a year,” the senior official added.
The group established a subsidiary in Mozambique, African Coal India, after being granted two coal blocks in Tete province in 2009 under a mining and development license valid for five years.
The newspaper said the group was also involved in coal projects in Australia and South Africa in order to increase the import of coal, given that the country is faced with lack of coal for burning in power plants. (macauhub/MZ)