London, England — 25 February 2013 – Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has suspended all of its mining activities in Mozambique because the Sena railroad, which links the Tete province to the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean coast, has come to a standstill.
On Monday, Brazilian mining company Vale took the same step as it was unable to transport its coal produced in Moatize, in Tete province, as the Sena railroad was down. It has not been operating for a week, mainly because of the floods affecting the region, but also due to a derailment on the line, reports Macauhub News Agency.
In a statement issued here, Rio Tinto quoted the legal term “force majeure” to justify halting its operations in Moatize.
According to the group, state port and rail company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM) “is making efforts to return traffic to the line as soon as possible.” There is no indication as to how long this might take.
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