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Exploration for, and production of, valuable minerals in Mozambique continue to advance

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 There have been a number of recent developments involving smaller mining companies, both local and foreign, in Mozambique recently. These involve both exploration and production activities.  

Vale confirms Moatize production target, while govt seeks artisanal mining cooperatives

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A senior executive of Vale Moçambique, the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian major mining group Vale, has told local journalists that the company’s production target for its Moatize coal operation this year is 13-million tons of both metallurgical and thermal coal. This will be a 120% increase... 

Aim-listed miner developing Moz limestone project and associated forestry, tourism operations

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 Mozambican newspaper “Diário de Moçambique”, which is published in the port city of Beira, capital of Sofala province, has reported that the TCT–Indústrias Florestais (TCT-IF) company is to invest $3-million into its Catapu limestone project. The newspaper cited TCT-IF manager James Whaite as its... 

Vale’s Moatize coal mine sets new production record

By: Keith Campbell     11th August 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale announced that production at its Moatize coal operation in Mozambique hit a new quarterly record during the second quarter of this year (2Q17). This was published in the miner’s recent report “Vale Production in 2Q17”. The mine’s production during the quarter just past... 

Vale’s Moatize coal operation benefiting from increased production and transport capacity

By: Keith Campbell     24th February 2017 Production at the Moatize coal mine, owned by Brazilian mining major Vale and located in the Tete province of Mozambique, hit a record of 5.5-million tons last year, 500 000 t (or 10.7%) higher than in 2015. This was composed of 3.5-million tons of metallurgical – or coking – coal and 2-million... 

Planned developments to improve competitiveness of Moz coal project – Vale

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2016 Brazilian mining major Vale believes that the conclusion of the project finance for the Nacala Logistics Corridor in Mozambique and Malawi will be an important step in increasing the competitiveness of its Mozambican coal operation. This was affirmed by the group’s Investor Relations head André... 

Vale reports reduced costs, losses in Mozambique and rising prices

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Brazilian major mining group Vale has reported, in its publication Vale’s Performance in 2Q16, that its subsidiary in Mozambique produced negative earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $100-million during the second quarter of this year (2Q16). However, this... 

Mozambique’s new Nacala coal line already in line for upgrade

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2016 In Mozambique, the coal transport capacity of the new Nacala Corridor railway route, from the inland Moatize coal field to the port city of Nacala-a-Velha, will be increased with a $3-billion investment in the near future. This was reported last week by Mozambican Cabinet spokesperson Mouzinho... 

Another Mozambique coal railway project develops, while country is hit by debt scandal 

By: Keith Campbell     6th May 2016 The international tender for the construction of a new railway to link Mozambique’s coal fields to the coast closed at the end of last week. The project is being developed by Thai Moçambique Logística, a joint venture between Thailand-based Italian Thai Development Company, which has a 60% share,... 

Vale sees subdued coal market this year as its Mozambique expansion commissions

By: Keith Campbell     11th March 2016 Brazilian mining group Vale expects continued reduced demand for metallurgical or coking coal during this year. The company has metallurgical coal operations in Mozambique and Australia. “Demand will most likely remain subdued with additional supply curtailments being the focus of 2016,” it... 

Mozambique’s coal sector still embattled, but bottlenecks should soon go

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Although Mozambique is an established producer of heavy mineral sands and high-quality rubies and, although important high-quality graphite projects will soon start operation and gold is likely to be added to the country’s mining portfolio in the near future, it cannot be doubted that the mining... 

Mozambique’s coal sector still embattled, but bottlenecks should soon go

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 Although Mozambique is an established producer of heavy mineral sands, of high quality rubies, and although important high quality graphite projects will soon start operation and gold is likely to be added to the country’s mining portfolio in the near future, it cannot be doubted that the mining... 

Searching for coal and explanations in Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2015 In Mozambique, the Provincial Director for Mineral Resources and Energy in Manica province, Olavo Deniasse, has reported that specialists from a Japanese mining company have been prospecting for coal in the province's Mossurize district. He did not identify the company. He told the Noticias... 

Mozambique stacker accident will not delay coal exports, Vale assures

By: Keith Campbell     14th August 2015 Vale Mozambique, the local subsidiary of major Brazilian mining group has given the assurance that the recent collapse of a coal stacker at the port of Nacala-à-Velha (Nacala) will not interfere with its coal exports from that harbour. The miner has also assured that the collapse of the coal... 

Mozambique seeks to facilitate miners great and small

By: Keith Campbell     26th June 2015 Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has urged the country’s informal miners to organise themselves into associations, to help them overcome the difficulties they face. He was addressing informal miners at Montepuez in Cabo Delgado province in the north of the country. Associations would also reduce... 

Weather hampers Mozambique coal operations

By: Keith Campbell     8th May 2015 Brazilian mining major Vale has reported that its biggest coal operation, Moatize in the Tete province of Mozambique, was hit by unusually heavy rains during the first quarter (1Q) of this year, cutting output in comparison with that for the last quarter of last year. This was stated in the... 

Mozambique plans more infrastructure to benefit coal miners and others

By: Keith Campbell     17th April 2015 The Mozambican government has confirmed its plan to construct a new port and railway for the export of coal from the Moatize coal basin in the inland Tete province. This was done by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario when he presented the government’s programme for the five years... 

Indian group recommits to Mozambique as Irish miner restructures

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2015 Private-sector Indian group Jindal will remain in Mozambique, even though the international price of coal has fallen significantly. This assurance has been given by Jindal Africa Director General Chandra Singh. “It is good that there is an awareness of the difficulties through which the... 

Vale reports increased production in Mozambique while Tata Steel decides to leave

By: Keith Campbell     27th February 2015 Brazilian mining major Vale has reported its Moatize coal mine in Mozambique set a new production record last year. This was revealed in the group’s recently published 2014 and 4Q14 Production Report. It also set a new record for quarterly production during the fourth quarter (4Q). It further... 

Mozambique assures miners about transport, while Indian company posts poor results

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2015 The Mozambican government is creating the framework which will allow mining companies to transport their coal from the Moatize basin in the province of Tete to the coast. This assurance was given last week by Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita. He was responding to complaints... 

Mozambique coal sector sees disruptions, deals and bankruptcy

By: Keith Campbell     23rd January 2015 Railway traffic on Mozambique’s Sena line, used to convey coal (along with other cargo and passengers) mined in the Moatize basin in Tete province to the port city of Beira for export, was disrupted from the morning of January 7 to January 11, as a result of torrential rains. This was reported by... 

Mozambique continues to attract coal miners, despite low market prices

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2014 Two more companies have been granted coal mining concessions in the Tete province of Mozambique, despite the fall in global coal prices which have put the already operating mines in the province under pressure. The new concessions were granted to the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (better... 

Vale to dispose of parts of its Mozambique coal and infrastructure projects

By: Keith Campbell     14th November 2014 Brazilian major mining group Vale has revealed that it will, in the near future, announce the sale of a share in its Moatize coal operation in Mozambique. This was stated by group CEO Murilo Ferreira in a recent teleconference about Vale’s financial performance during the third quarter (3Q14).... 

As one miner leaves Mozambique, others plan to further develop their projects

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 Mining major Rio Tinto announced on October 8 that it had concluded the sale of Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique (RTCM) to India’s State-owned Indian Coal Ventures Private Limited (ICVL), “following the fulfilment of all conditions precedent and receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals,” as the... 

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Water treatment and process services company Nalco Africa, an Ecolab company, has completed the first installation of its rail car topping system at a coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province. “The rail car topping system, which was completed and commissioned in August, comprises a spraying system... 

Imperial Logistics moves into the Copperbelt

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2014 Logistics and supply chain group Imperial Logistics has extended its African footprint into northern Zambia, with the establishment of a transport depot in Ndola, in the Copperbelt province. The new Zambian registered business forms part of group company Snyman Transport, and will operate as... 

Moz to start exporting coal through Nacala by December

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2014 The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communications has reaffirmed that the country will start exporting coal from the Tete basin through the port of Nacala by December. This was made clear at the 32nd meeting of the Ministry’s Coordinating Council, which was held in Tete.  

Moz gold project: first production slated for 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th June 2014 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... 

RRL Grindrod Company Profile

     6th June 2014 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... 

Mozambique benefiting from mining taxes but needs to improve infrastructure

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2014 The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has calculated that Mozambique has extracted $1.3-billion in capital gains taxes from transactions involving mining and hydrocarbons projects. This is equivalent to 9% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. The most recent example was in... 

Moatize coal operation awaits new infrastructure to achieve full capacity

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2014 Brazilian mining major Vale’s Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique remains constrained by logistical inadequacies, although its output was slightly higher in 2013 than in 2012. However, the miner remains confident in the future of the mine. “Moatize is being developed to be a... 

Brazil’s Vale gives assurances on commitment to Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     31st January 2014 Brazilian mining major Vale’s President and CEO Murilo Ferreira has assured that his group has a long-term perspective regarding Mozambique and its investments in that country. He did so during a visit to the African country which took place from January 11 to January 13. He was accompanied by... 

Vale sees Moz mine as a ‘new reference’ for its coal business

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2014 Brazilian global major mining group Vale believes that its Moatize coal operation in the Tete province of Mozambique “will establish a new reference in the coal business”. In a presentation in New York last month, Vale Executive Officer: Fertilisers and Coal Roger Downey affirmed that “Moatize is... 

Vale announces 2014 investment plans for Mozambique

By: Keith Campbell     13th December 2013 Brazilian global major mining group Vale has revealed that it plans to invest $2.573-billion in its Mozambican coal and associated logistics projects next year. This figure excludes funding for operation and maintenance. The miner classifies its activities in the south east African country as... 

Mozambican coal attracts Spanish, while two new projects are launched

By: Keith Campbell     18th October 2013 Spanish business is eager to get involved in Mozambique’s coal and natural gas sectors. This became clear at the Spain-Mozambique Business Summit in Maputo, held on October 8 and 9. The interest is both in the exploration and exploitation of these natural resources and in the establishment of the... 

Mozambique bottlenecks not discouraging Vale nor stopping growth

By: Keith Campbell     27th September 2013 Logistical difficulties in Mozambique have not altered Brazilian mining major Vale’s plan to invest $8-billion in the south east African country. The group’s local subsidiary, Vale Mozambique, has developed and operates the Moatize coal mine in the interior province of Tete. The coal then has to... 

Moz coal output ramping up but greater rail capacity needed

By: Keith Campbell     26th July 2013 Vale Mozambique, the subsidiary of Brazilian major diversified mining group Vale, has reported that its Moatize mine, in the Mozambican province of Tete, had set a new monthly production record in June – 509 000 t. Moatize produces mainly metallurgical, but also some thermal, coal, which is... 

Vale seeks peace with potters, continues training Mozambicans

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2013 Brazilian mining group Vale has been negotiating with potters who blockaded its Moatize coal mine in the Tete province of Mozambique for about 24 hours in the middle of last month, the Mozambican newspaper O País reported recently. The potters were complaining that the compensation that they had... 

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