BRAZILIAN MINER VALE DOUBLES COAL PRODUCTION FROM ITS MINE IN MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO, The Brazilian mining company Vale mined about 10 million tonnes of coal from its open cast mine at Moatize, in the western Mozambican province of Tete between January and October and expects production to reach 13 million tonnes by the end of 2017.

Speaking to reporters visiting the mine, Vale Mozambique official Rogerio Sendela said here that the company produced 5.9 million tonnes in 2016. He was quoted in media reports here Tuesday as saying that the leap in production was attributable to the mine’s second processing plant coming onstream in late 2016.

Vale now has the installed capacity in Moatize to process 22 million tonnes of coal a year — 11 million at each of the two processing plants.

Also contributing to the increased production is the railway line from Moatize to the northern port of Nacala-a-Velha, which runs through southern Malawi and which is now fully operational. Vale largely paid for the construction of this line, and has switched all its coal exports through the port of Nacala-a-Velha from the port of Beira further south. It is thus no longer using the Sena line from Moatize to Beira.

Sendela said the line to Nacala-a-Velha can move 18 million tonnes of coal a year, whereas the Sena line can only carry six million tonnes a year.

Currently, five trains a day, each carrying 120 wagons of coal leave Moatize for Nacala-a-Velha, a journey which takes about 30 hours. Each train carries 7,560 tonnes of coal, which are exported to India, Japan and Brazil, among other markets.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK