Maputo, Mozambique — 04 January 2013 – A deposit containing large quantities of high quality iron ore has been discovered in the Chiuta district, in the central region of the Mozambican province of Tete, state newspaper Notícias reports.
Macauhub News Agency reports that a source from the National Mining Directorate told the newspaper that so far the region had inferred deposits of 482 million tons of iron ore, which had been identified by Capitol Resources, a subsidiary of Australian group Baobab Resources.
In his turn, the district administrator of Chiuta, Celestino Checanhanza, said that commercial exploration of the iron ore was expected to begin in 2016. He noted that the iron ore would be the first mineral to be mined in the district which also contains minerals such as copper, marble, titanium and aquamarines.
The administrator of Chiuta said that within two years construction of a branch line of the Sena railroad would begin. The new branch line would start in Moatize and run as far as Manje, the district capital of Chiuta. This would drive development in the region and introduce improvements in the system for distribution of agricultural and silvicultural products, among others.
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