Maputo, Mozambique — 05 July 2012 – Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is surveying heavy sands deposits in the Mozambican province of Inhambane and Gaza, as well as conducting studies that could lead to as many as four new coal mines in Mozambique.
Macauhub News Agency reports that, according to Mozambican news agency AIM the group’s executive director of operations, Andrew Woodley confirmed these activities but declined to give further details. If successful, this would mean a third heavy sands project, following those at Chibuto in Gaza province and Moma in the Nampula province.
Woodley noted that the Rio Tinto group was carrying out studies that may confirm the feasibility of up to four large coal mines in Tete province.
One of these mines is related to the Zambezi project, which he said was at an advanced stage, and where the group believed it might start producing coal in 2016. Woodley added that, “the Zambezi has a very strong production growth profile, which may reach over 30Mtpa of unprocessed coal.”
Last week the Rio Tinto group started exporting coal mined in Mozambique by shipping 34,000t of coal to India.
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