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    23 September, 2009
Botswana coal could make port viable

Exports of coal from landlocked Botswana could make a new mineral port viable at Ponta Dobela, in Matutuine district, in the far south of Mozambique.

Mozambique is paying close attention to coal exploration in Botswana. The preliminary report is that the coal is of high quality, and exports could reach 40 million tonnes a year.

According to the chairperson of the board of directors of the Mozambican ports and rail company, CFM, Rui Fonseca, the Botswana coal potential was one more powerful argument why the port at Ponta Dobela, should be built.

The quantities of coal involved far exceed the capacity of Maputo port. Even under current expansion plans Maputo cannot handle more than 25 million tonnes of cargo a year, and the mineral ships envisaged cannot dock at Maputo. An ocean terminal at Ponta Dobela, however, where the approach channel would not need to be dredged, could take ships of any size.

The project for the new port has been on the drawing board for years. The likelihood of increased mineral exports makes its construction an urgent requirement, particularly as the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay cannot handle the demand.  

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