Maputo, Mozambique — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 March 2010 – The Matola coal terminal (TCM) in the Mozambiquan port of Maputo has completed all the required operations to double its cargo handling capacity from two million to four million tonnes a year.
Local daily newspaper ‘Noticias’ reports that the doubling of the terminal’s capacity represents the completion of the first and the second phases of its expansion project. It adds that the third phase “’ which will increase the handling capacity to six million tonnes “’ should be completed by August.
allAfrica.com quotes the newspaper as reporting that as part of its plans for future development, the owner of the terminal, the Grindrod group, has been negotiating with the South African transport utility Transnet for assurances that the rail system can respond to likely increased demand for coal and magnetite “’ the main minerals exported through the Matola terminal.
According to the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative (MCLI), the Matola terminal can receive vessels of up to 45 000 tonnes, but the project underway would allow vessels of up to 250 000 tonnes to dock at the mineral quay
This will call for dredging the approach channel to a depth of at least 11m, which Grindrod expects to be done before the end of September.
Feasibility studies are underway to establish the potential of the market with a view to possibly increasing the handling capacity of the terminal to 10 million tonnes a year. This project is scheduled for completion by mid-2010. If the studies are favourable and a positive decision is made, this level could be attained by 2012.