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Briefing focuses on foreign investor laws

New laws pertaining to foreign companies working in Mozambique and new requirements for doing business in the country were discussed at the Gas & Petroleum and Mining Law Mozambique business briefing held in Maputo on April 21. Event organiser African Influence Exchange (AIE) states that the... 

Company delists from London stock exchange

To enable it to access equity funding of about $12-million, Mozambique-focused exploration company Baobab Resources on May 20 delisted its shares from the Aim. In its six-month interim result report for the period ending December 2014, which was released in March 2015, Baobab said that it... 

Company delists  from London  stock exchange
IRON-ORE Baobab has discovered and defined a 759-million-ton iron-ore resource in the Tete province, of Mozambique

Coupling specialist awarded spares contract

By: Pimani Baloyi The South African wing of Germany-headquartered couplings manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract to provide repair work and spares for a major coal operation in Tete, Mozambique. Voith regional sales manager for Africa Hans Voshol explains that the contract follows the company’s supply... 

Coupling specialist  awarded spares contract
GRANT ROBINSON Voith offers products that are reliable, and easy to use and maintain

Dust-A-Side provides reliable solutions to Mozambique mines

Dust-A-Side Mozambique was incorporated in 2013, with operations being steered from the Tete province. Currently Dust-A-Side is involved in Mozambique’s coal mining sector through supplying dust suppression solutions for primary haul roads, secondary haul roads and material handling processes.... 

Dust-A-Side provides reliable solutions to Mozambique mines

Graphite project expandability confirmed

ASX-listed Triton Minerals in March announced that material testing conducted by an independent Asian facility confirmed that the graphite of the Triton Mozambique Graphite (TMG) deposits, in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, can be expanded by up to 1 000 times. Triton MD and CEO Brad... 

Graphite project  expandability confirmed
Photo by Bloomberg
GREAT POTENTIAL The graphite of the Triton Mozambique Graphite deposits can be expanded by up to 1 000 times

Miner confirms high-grade gold mineralisation

Aim-listed Savannah Resources has defined an initial 65-million tons maiden inferred mineral resource estimate (MRE) at its Jangamo heavy mineral sands (HMS) project in southern Mozambique. Savannah CEO David Archer said in December that initial resource drilling was targeting two areas within... 

Mines encouraged to contribute to Moz power grid

By: Pimani Baloyi Organisers of the yearly Powering Africa: Mozambique investment meeting, EnergyNet, say that this year’s two-day event, held last month in Maputo, focused on getting the mining sector and other industries that have energy-producing capabilities to contribute to Mozambique’s national grid to... 

Mines encouraged  to contribute to  Moz power grid
Photo by Duane Daws
MOZAMBIQUE POWER In the past twelve years, the percentage of families that have access to electricity in increased from 7% to 45%

Moz coal conference to focus on attracting foreign investment

By: Pimani Baloyi The sixth yearly Mozambique Coal Conference, to be held on July 27 and 28 in Maputo, will focus on ways to attract further investment in the country’s coal mining industry. The conference will also emphasise the latest developments in the industry, rail and port infrastructure development... 

Moz coal conference  to focus on attracting  foreign investment
ECONOMIC BOOSTER Coal is a significant contributor to Mozambique’s gross domestic product

Moz government, private sector committed to infrastructure development, sustainable mining

By: Pimani Baloyi The private and public sectors in Mozambique have shown a commitment to developing the infrastructure necessary for sustainable mining activity in the country, says strategy and communications consulting firm CV&A Mozambique partner José Pedro Luís. He tells Mining Weekly that although the... 

Moz government, private sector committed to infrastructure  development, sustainable mining
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING GROWTH While Mozambique's mining sector continues to face the challenge of access to infrastructure there has been a surge in development projects aimed at improving the situation

Multimillion dollar coal project in a ‘comfortable’ financial state

Aim-listed energy provider Ncondezi Energy in March reported that following a detailed review of its budget and the implementation of cost saving initiatives, the company’s management was confident that it had sufficient cash to support ongoing operations until the first quarter of next year. The... 

Multimillion  dollar coal project in a ‘comfortable’ financial state
COAL MINING The Ncondezi mine will be an openpit operation, targeting production of 1.5-million tons a year of saleable product

Negotiations under way for Benga mine contract extension

By: Pimani Baloyi Contract mining company MCC is in negotiations with mining consortium Indian Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) to continue providing mining services or a mining solution, for ICVL’s  Benga mine in Tete, Mozambique, as its current contract expires in December this year. MCC, the contract mining and... 

Smelter substation PLC upgrade under way

By: Pimani Baloyi Industrial automation and information solutions provider Rockwell Automation South Africa is upgrading the programmable logic controller (PLC) of mining major BHP Billiton’s joint venture (JV) Mozal aluminium smelter’s 22 kV substation, in Maputo, Mozambique. The PLC upgrade, which is scheduled... 

Smelter substation PLC upgrade under way
MOZAL SMELTER The aluminium smelter is scheduled to undergo phased upgrades over the next ten years

Study recommends ‘greater dialogue’ during resettlement

By: Pimani Baloyi The ‘Mining, Resettlement and Lost Livelihoods: Listening to the voices of resettled communities in Mualadzi, Mozambique’ study published by nongovernmental aid and development organisation Oxfam in April 2015 calls for “greater dialogue” between mining affected communities, the government and... 

Study recommends ‘greater dialogue’ during resettlement
FOOD AID Oxfam recommends that ICVL should offer food packages to the communities until they can secure their own food sources

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... 

A lack of successful  resettlement programmes  in Mozambique – NPO
Photo by Human Rights Watch
UNSUCCESSFUL RESETTLEMENT Many households that were resettled to make way for mining operations had limited access to food and water

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. 

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