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    13 July, 2017
Mozambican coal to be shipped to Australia
Maputo, 13 Jul (AIM) – The Brazilian mining giant Vale is to export coking coal from its open cast mine in Moatize, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, to Port Kembla in Australia for the first time.

According to the Platts news service, 70,000 metric tonnes of metallurgical coal will shortly be shipped from the northern port of Nacala to Port Kembla in eastern Australia.

Platts noted that “the import of Mozambique coal is symbolic because Australia is the largest seaborne exporter of metallurgical coal in the world, the bulk of which is premium hard coking coal, prized for its high Coke Strength after Reaction”.

Last year Australia exported 172 million tonnes of coking coal, which is over two-thirds of the global seaborne market of 259 million tonnes.

In May, the consortium formed by Vale, the Japanese multinational Mitsui, and Mozambique’s publicly-owned port and rail company, CFM, formally inaugurated the Nacala Logistics Corridor (CLN). This is the new railway and coal terminal which Vale believes will be determinant for the success of its coal mining at Moatize.

The Nacala Logistics Corridor required an investment of US$4.4 billion. It includes a 912 kilometre long railway, running from Moatize to a new mineral port at Nacala-a-Velha. Although the corridor was formally inaugurated in May, it began operating in early 2016. Last year the Nacala-a-Velha port exported 6.5 million tonnes of coal, and this year exports are expected to reach 11 million tonnes. Within the next two years the railway and port are projected to reach peak capacity of 18 million tonnes of coal a year.

It is these increased volumes that will reduce operational costs and make Vale’s Moatize coal project competitive on the world market.
  11 June, 2018  
Action plan on women, peace, and security launched
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Cidalia Chauque, on 11 June in Maputo launched a National Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security, for the 2018-2022 period, intended to strengthen the government’s actions in promoting human rights and gender equality.

  8 June, 2018  
President Nyusi hopes to sign peace deal in Gorongosa
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 7 June that he would like to sign the definitive peace agreement with the opposition party Renamo in the central district of Gorongosa.

  6 June, 2018  
Toll gates for Beira - Zimbabwe highway
The Mozambican government on 5 June authorised the country’s Road Fund to set up three toll gates along the Beira-Zimbabwe highway, which crosses the central provinces of Sofala and Manica.


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