Three private companies have shown interest in developing the Chongoene Corridor in Mozambique, which is vital for transporting heavy sands from Chibuto, in Gaza province, the Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister said.
Carlos Mesquita told daily newspaper Noticias, that a Memorandum of Understanding may be signed soon to make the move possible, including construction of a railway line to Swaziland and a port in Chongoene, in Xai-Xai district.
Without naming the interested parties, the Minister said the draft of the memorandum “is practically finished” and that each of the companies will put together its own project to be delivered to the Ministry for Transport and Communications for analysis.
Heavy sands from Chibuto are currently explored by a consortium of Chinese companies Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group (AFECC) and Yunnan Xinli Non-Ferrous Metals Co., Ltd, which export the product by road in containers to the port of Maputo.
The heavy sands deposits are located in the district of Chibuto, some 60 kilometres from the city of Xai-Xai. (macauhub/MZ)