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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)
 
 
  10 January, 2018  
 
Goods traffic to resume between Cuamba and Lichinga
 
Goods traffic is to return to the branch line between the cities of Cuamba and Lichinga, in the northern Mozambican province of Niassa, under an agreement reached between the Niassa provincial government and the Northern Development Corridor (CDN), the private-led consortium that operates the line.

 
  9 January, 2018  
 
Chimoio government distributes seeds
 
The government of Chimoio city, in the central province of Manica, has distributed 2,000 tonnes of vegetable seeds to poor peasant farmers in the city’s green belt.

 
  8 January, 2018  
 
Essar Ports to invest in Beira
 
The ports arm of the Indian Essar group claimed on Monday that it will invest US$500 million over the next 30 months to expand capacities at two existing Indian projects, at Hazzira and Salaya, and to build a new coal terminal in Mozambique.

 


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