Maputo, Mozambique — 27 August 2013 – Indian company Coal India Africana has formally launched its exploration project for a coal mine in Samoa, in the north of the Moatize district of Tete province, in Mozambique.

Macauhub News Agency quotes the Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias as reporting that company spokesman Pranab Kumar Das said at the opening ceremony that initially US$37.48 million would be spent on construction of buildings to train the workforce and for social projects.

He added that after a public consultation and approval of the environmental impact study, the company had started test drilling in December 2012 to collect samples to check the quality and quantity of coal in the block.

“We already have the report approved by the Coal India Africana board on the activities to be carried out in the initial phase of the project, and after the later launch of mining operations,” said Pranab Kumar.

The company, which is now recruiting and training staff to handle mining equipment, expects to take on around 350 workers when mining begins.

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