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Mining in Mozambique

Contract underpins ‘ongoing commitment’ to developing services

     9th June 2017 Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod Mauritius believes it is well positioned to assist with logistics services for the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, owing to its long operational history in the country with regard to land transport coordination, agency services and port... 

Emerging gas market drives Mozambique expansion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 The emerging gas market is one of the main factors driving gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) decision to expand its existing Mozambique operations. The company’s Mozambique strategy is being driven from its new 8 600 m2 headquarters, which will feature  a sales... 

Emerging gas market drives Mozambique expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
GASSED UP GROWTH The resurgence in oil, gas and mining investment in sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in Afrox growing its existing footprint

Graphite mine advances on back of scoping study

     9th June 2017 The results of a scoping study for a proposed openpit mine and graphite process plant at the Ancuabe graphite project, in north-eastern Mozambique, supports the advancement of feasibility studies on the project, graphite miner Triton Minerals announced last month. 

Graphite mine advances on back of scoping study
PROMISING FINDS Over 92% of the graphite flakes recovered at Ancuabe are larger than 150 µm

Immediate Moz mining outlook remains challenging – consultant

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 Unless there is a definitive turn in the commodity cycle, coupled with stronger global growth, the challenging short-term outlook for the Mozambique mining industry will not change, states commodities consultancy Core Consultants and its partner, business consultancy Core Africa. Both agree,... 

Immediate Moz mining outlook remains challenging – consultant
A COUNTRY FOR COAL Coal is one of the country’s three main mineral commodities

Manica neither complex, capital demanding

     9th June 2017 The Manica gold project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) results demonstrate a robust, simplistic project with an average gold grade of 2.62 g/t producing 215 293 oz over its seven-year life, says diversified miner Xtract Resources. In the DFS results announcement in February, Xtract... 

Manica neither complex, capital demanding
EXPLORING FUTURE PROSPECTS The three nearby prospects for further expansion in the Manica concession area, the Guy Fawkes, Boa Esperanza and Dot’s Luck deposits, all have declared resources

Modest mining industry growth on back of political turmoil

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 Mozambique's mining industry is expected to increase marginally from $640-million in 2017 to $756-million in 2021, largely as a consequence of the challenging operating environment created by escalating political tensions and minimal public-sector support. This forecast is made by research... 

Modest mining industry growth on back of political turmoil
ENTERING A DRY SPELL The Mozambique mining industry has been adversely affected by the 2016 debt scandal, legislative changes and escalating tensions between the government and the main opposition

Montepuez production suffers owing to lower ore grade

     9th June 2017 The Montepuez ruby deposit in Mozambique, owned by gemstone mining and marketing company Gemfields, produced 1.2-million carats of ruby and corundum in the three months ending March 31, declining compared with the two-million carats produced in the previous year’s quarter. The company notes that... 

Montepuez production  suffers owing  to lower ore grade
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY Despite lower production, the quantity of premium-quality rubies recovered at Montepuez increased by 92%

Ruby project ramps up production

     9th June 2017 Having completed the commissioning of its relocated processing plant, miner Mustang Resources reports that it continues to focus on secondary deposits, as part of its strategy to ramp up production at the Montepuez ruby project, in Mozambique. In August last year, Mustang announced that it had... 

Ruby project ramps up production
A TREASURE TROVE In August last year, Mustang announced that it had discovered secondary ruby deposits on its productive Montepuez concession

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022

     9th June 2017 Vibration equipment supplier Aury Africa intends to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance mineral processing equipment to the African mining industry by 2022, with initial focus on Zambia and Mozambique, says director Sydney Parkhouse. He is optimistic that the green... 

Supplier aims to take top spot in Africa by 2022
SYDNEY PARKHOUSE The key factors driving the original-equipment manufacturer’s ongoing success is its expertise and the experience of its new management team

Tete steel project BFS near completion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 SRK Consulting South Africa, a firm of consulting engineers and scientists, has completed its share of work on the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Tete iron-ore mining and steelmaking project, in Mozambique. The BFS for the project, which is expected to start production in the first half... 

Tete steel project  BFS near completion
HENNIE THEART The Tete project has a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant measured resource of 156-million tonnes, grading 36% iron-ore and 13.3% titanium dioxide

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion

By: Victor Moolman     3rd June 2016 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa has experienced significant success over the past 26 years while expanding into Mozambique and further afield in Africa. 

Air filter solution leads mining and industry expansion
MOZAMBIQUE MATTERS RTS Africa has installed several air filtration systems in Mozambique, experiencing only technical challenges related to site constraints

Graphite earmarked for refinement in US

     3rd June 2016 Australian graphene-focused company Metals of Africa plans to source feedstock for its $80-million US plant from its advanced Balama Central graphite project in Mozambique. 

Graphite earmarked  for refinement in US
Photo by Bloomberg
GRAPHITE DEVELOPMENTS Refined graphene will be exported from Bulama Central to the US for final refinement

Majority stake sought in Moz limestone project

     3rd June 2016 Aim-traded, multicommodity mining and natural resource development company focused on Southern and West Africa, Premier African Minerals, has conditionally agreed to pay $2.1-million for an initial 52% interest in Mozambique-based natural resources company TCT Industrias Florestais. Under the... 

Majority stake sought in Moz limestone project
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL LIMESTONE DEMAND TCT believes that there is demand in Mozambique for lime for cement production, agricultural applications and aggregates

Maputo conference highlights potential for growth

     3rd June 2016 Despite the subdued mining situation in Mozambique there is a lot of room for growth across mining, oil and gas, and energy, but public and private entities need to work together to advance the strategy. This was the overall message conveyed at the fifth biennial Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and... 

Maputo conference highlights potential for growth
GOOD TURNOUT More than 1 000 visitors and 59 panellists attended the Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and Energy conference

Potential, risks of Mozambique mining sector outlined

     3rd June 2016 The extractive sector in Mozambique currently represents less than 4% of economic activity in the country but has scope to grow considerably, says international metals and minerals researcher Roskill, which has released its Mozambique African Mining Report (AMR) 2016. 

Potential, risks of Mozambique mining sector outlined
Photo by Duane Daws
VITAL TO GROWTH Mozambqiue's lack of proper infrastructure results in an inability to meet the demands of the mining sector

Titanium minerals production increasing at Moma

     3rd June 2016 Titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources expects mining output through 2016 at the Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, to benefit from a significantly more stable power supply. 

Titanium minerals  production increasing at Moma
BOUNTIFUL MOMA MINE Ore mined at Moma during the first quarer of 2016 increased 120% on the 2015 comparable period

Briefing focuses on foreign investor laws

     5th June 2015 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

     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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

     5th June 2015 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

     5th June 2015 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

     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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

     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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     5th June 2015 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     6th June 2014 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     6th June 2014 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
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