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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.
(AIM)
 
 
  4 September, 2017  
 
Over twenty thousand farmers benefit from mechanisation programme
 
From October 2016 to July this year, 21,045 Mozambican farmers benefitted from tractors to plough their lands, and other technological packages to improve agricultural production and productivity.

 
  2 September, 2017  
 
Moatize – Macuse project to begin in late 2018
 
The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communications announced in Maputo on 1 September that the construction of a new railway from the western province of Tete to Macuse, on the coast of Zambezia province, should begin in late 2018, and be concluded in the first quarter of 2021.

 
  23 August, 2017  
 
Five billion meticais for road maintenance
 
The Ministry of Public Works expects to spend five billion meticais on routine road maintenance this year.

 


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