Maputo, Mozambique — 11 March 2013 – Anglo-Australian group Rio Tinto has re-launched coal mining operations in the Tete province of central Mozambique, following government assurances and an evaluation by an independent body of the technical safety conditions of the Sena railway line, reports Macauhub News Agency.
Confirming the re-start in a statement released here, Rio Tinto’s Mozambican subsidiary said that the owner of the Sena railroad “’ state rail and port company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) “’ had given assurances in an official statement at the end of last week that the railway line had been repaired and was ready once again to receive rail traffic for carrying coal.
“This being the case,” said Rio Tinto Benga Limitada, “and following an evaluation by a recognised and independent body, of the technical safety conditions of the Sena line, we have decided to re-launch coal transport.” The statement added that repairs were provisional and that transport costs would rise.
In February, Rio Tinto quoted the legal term “force majeure” to justify halting its operations in Moatize so that it would not accumulate coal that it could not transport to the port of Beira.
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