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A lack of successful resettlement programmes in Mozambique – NPO

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a report from independent human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2013 that indicated the negative impact of the mining industry on the local Mozambique community, it remains unclear whether the government and mining companies operating in the region are implementing lessons... 

Coal producer to start expansion phases this year

By: Mia Breytenbach London-listed coal producer Beacon Hill Resources expects to start construction on Phases 2B and 2C of the coking coal washing plant in September at its Tete-based Minas Moatize coking coal project, assuming all fundraising and final financing proposals for the project proceed according to plan.... 

Coal producer to start  expansion phases this year
PLANT UPGRADE The coal handling process plant design capacity for Phases 2B and 2C will be 3.2-million tonnes

Coal project aims to produce more than 10m tonnes in 2015

Multinational Indian mining, steel and power conglomerate Jindal Steel & Power subsidiary Jindal Africa reports it is moving into Phase 2 of its Chirodzi coal mine project, in Mozambique’s Moatize district. Following the completion of this phase, the mine is expected to yield more than... 

Coal project aims to produce more than 10m tonnes in 2015
EXCESS YIELD The second phase at Chirodzi mine will entail achieving production growth of ten-million tonnes in three years

Heavy minerals explorer homes in on Inhambane

By: Mia Breytenbach London-listed exploration and development company Savannah Resources has started a second scout drilling programme at its 180 km2 Jangamo heavy mineral sands (HMS) project in Inhambane, Mozambique, and plans to start its heliborne magnetic survey of the licence area this month, Savannah Resources... 

Heavy minerals explorer homes in on Inhambane
RESOURCE RESULTS Savannah's drilling programme will define the grade and the extent of the heavy mineral deposit

Marketable coal production in Mozambique to increase by 67%

By: Mia Breytenbach While coal production has rapidly increased since exports in Mozambique started in 2011, research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie expects the country’s marketable coal production to increase from six-million tonnes in 2013 to about ten-million tonnes this year, says coal research senior... 

Marketable coal production in Mozambique to increase by 67%
PRODUCTION GROWTH Marketable coal production in Mozambique is expected to increase to about ten-million tonnes this year

Mining contract to increase in 2015

By: Mia Breytenbach There have been significant delays for several mining projects currently under way in Mozambique, owing to challenges facing the industry, including licensing, relocation, transport and infrastructure challenges. Consequently, South African black-owned hospitality services and facilities... 

Mining contract to increase in 2015
Photo by Ilan Solomons
SKILLS TRANSFER Tsebo Outsourcing at this year’s Investing in Africa Mining Indaba

Moz gold project: first production slated for 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach Mozambique-focused gold explorer Auroch Minerals aims to raise the $5-million required to finalise and complete the definitive feasibility studies for Stage 1 of its Manica gold project as soon as possible to remain on track for the project’s first stage of production, which is estimated for... 

Moz gold project:  first production  slated for 2016
Photo by Reuters
ON THE GOLD TRACK Stage 1 of the Manica Gold Project will produce 172 752 oz of gold over eight years

Multimillion-rand camp project nearing completion

By: Mia Breytenbach Remote camp solutions provider Dynamic African Projects expects to complete construction of a multimillion-rand construction camp for a gas and petrochemicals company in Mozambique’s Inhambane province by the end of June. “The camp, when completed, will accommodate about 500 people,” says company... 

Multimillion-rand camp project nearing completion
CAMP CAPABILITY Dynamic African Projects has completed camp projects for several international mining companies

Pig-iron plant construction expected to start in 2015

By: Mia Breytenbach Mozambique-focused exploration company Baobab Resources aims to complete the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its flagship pig-iron and ferrovanadium project in the country’s Tete province by the end of this year, says Baobab Resources MD Ben James. Meanwhile, the company is conducting... 

Pig-iron plant construction expected to start in 2015
Photo by Bloomberg
PROVING POTENTIAL Baobab Resources’ 759-million-tonne global pig-iron resource can potentially increase production from one-million tonnes to four-million tonnes a year

Rental power attractive option for Moz mines 

By: Mia Breytenbach The outsourcing of power supplies is growing in Mozambique, as mining companies increasingly recognise the benefits of rental power, says temporary power generation company Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin Foster. He adds that confidence in rental power is gaining momentum... 

Rental power  attractive option for Moz mines
ATTRACTIVE OPTION Aggreko supplies power to mining operations across and Africa and throughout the world

RRL Grindrod Company Profile

To expand its footprint in Mozambique, Pretoria-based locomotives manufacturer Grindrod Locomotives is developing an additional $10-million locomotive maintenance and repair hub in the port city of Beira, in the Sofala province, to service the fleets of Mozambique’s mining industry. “Grindrod is... 

RRL Grindrod Company Profile

Company consolidates Moz operation

By: Chantelle Kotze South African black-owned hospitality services and facilities management company Tsebo Outsourcing Group tells Mining Weekly that it is consolidating its Mozambique operations to better support the needs of the mining and the onshore and offshore gas industries being developed in the country. 

Company grows client base in Mozambique mining sector

By: Chantelle Kotze Physical asset management service provider Pragma has completed the implementation phase of an Asset Care Centre (ACC) at diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Benga mine. 

Company positioned for growth in Mozambique

With the economy of Mozambique ready for a robust recovery, specialist geotechnical contractor Esorfranki Geotechnical is positioned to strengthen its already well-established market position in that country. 

Company to open Mozambique branch this month

By: Chantelle Kotze Screening and vibrating equipment solutions supplier Aury Africa will officially open a new branch in Tete, Mozambique, this month. 

Lack of skills, social licence to mine a challenge in Mozambique

By: Chantelle Kotze The success of the mining industry in Mozambique will depend on how well skills and service expertise are transferred to Mozambican nationals, says global resource consulting group SRK Consulting South Africa chairman Roger Dixon. 

Mining group to initiate drilling programme in September

By: Chantelle Kotze Midtier mining group Gold One’s Tulo shear-hosted gold mineralisation exploration target, in the north-western part of Mozambique, 20 km south of Tanzania, will start an exploration diamond drilling programme in September. 

Mining operations must be wary of community impact – consultancy

By: Chantelle Kotze Although significant mining operations impacts on the environment, the opportunities to develop a country, its local communities and its infrastructure are far greater. 

Mining resettlements disrupt food, water supply

Many of the 1 429 households resettled to make way for Brazilian mining group Vale and mining major Rio Tinto’s international coal mining operations in Tete, Mozambique, have faced serious disruptions in their access to food and water, independent human rights protection organisation Human Rights... 

New office to service Mozambique mining industry

With several opportunities in Mozambique’s flourishing mining industry, mining equipment and service provider Sandvik Mining is expanding the footprint of its already established office to support customers’ operations in all disciplines of mining in the country. 

Ports authority improves operations

By: Chantelle Kotze Parastatal authority the Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) will undertake terminal capacity upgrades, present skills training programmes and acquire new operational equipment this year, communication and image manager Soraia Abdula tells Mining Weekly. 

Tete project set to produce low-cost beneficiated pig iron

By: Chantelle Kotze Aim-listed Mozambique-focused explorer Baobab Resources says the geographic position of its greenfield pig iron and ferrovanadium project in Tete, Mozambique, holds many advantages.  

Consulting company awarded ongoing contracts at Moatize

By: Leandi Kolver Owing to the success of the first tailings storage facility (TSF) at Brazilian mining company Vale’s Moatize project, in Mozambique, ground engineering and environmental company Golder Associates has been approached by the miner to design a second tailings dam at Moatize, and will also be a part... 

Drilling started at Changara coal project

By: Leandi Kolver Drill rigs have been mobilised and a drilling programme aimed at identifying the resource potential of coal producer Beacon Hill’s Changara coal project, in Mozambique’s Tete province, started in April this year. 

EIA for proposed phosphate mine undertaken

By: Leandi Kolver Environmental-impact assessments (EIAs) for a proposed phosphate mine and processing plant in Nampula province, Mozambique, are being undertaken by consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Extensive experience in African operations used to secure success

When supplying services to Mozambique operations, remote hospitality provider Fedics Site Services calls on the experience it has gleaned from operating across Africa for the past 41 years, says sales and marketing manager Denis Hourquebie.  

Feeder breaker sold to Mozambique coal mine

A MinPro FB1014 feeder-breaker will be delivered in mid-July to a coal mine in Mozambique by materials and minerals processing technology provider IMS Engineering, a step the company believes furthers its aim of regional expansion. 

Mining industry contributing significantly to Mozambique GDP

By: Leandi Kolver The successful development of Mozambique’s coal projects coupled with the start of offshore gas production, subsequent to recent discoveries, could potentially lead to the discontinuation of global aid to the country in the long term, says advisory firm KPMG mining in Africa director Ian Kramer. 

Mozambique coal output expected to jump to 100 Mt/y in next decade

About 36 mining companies are currently active in Mozambique’s Tete province, with activities being dominated by diversified miner Rio Tito and Brazilian mining company Vale.  

Screen manufacturer opens office in Mozambique

By: Leandi Kolver A new office and warehouse, located in Mozambique’s Tete province, is currently being registered by screen manufacturer Aury Africa, with another possible office to be opened in Beira.  

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