Vale Moçambique, a subsidiary of Brazilian group Vale plans to launch the second phase of its coal mining project in Moatize, Tete province, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The newspaper added that at the beginning of the new phase the mining group plans to double production to about 17 million tons of metallurgical coal and 5 million tons of thermal coal over the next two years.
Noting that the city of Maputo on 28-30 October will host the 4th Annual Conference on Coal, Notícias also reported that the director of Vale Moçambique, Pedro Gutemberg, is expected to announce the beginning of the second phase of the project as well as initiatives that the company intends to develop to ensure the sustainability of coal mining in Mozambique.
Gutemberg is also expected to analyse export market behaviour and talk about ways to overcome the challenges associated with lack of logistics infrastructure.
The Vale group is engaged in the construction of a railway line as an alternative to the Sena Railroad, which will allow coal to be carried from Tete to the deepwater port of Nacala, in Nampula province. (mchb/MZ)