Tete, Mozambique — 26 April 2012 – The first coal mined by Anglo-Australian diversified mining giant Rio Tinto in Mozambique is scheduled for export to the Asian market “’ specifically India “’ in mid May.
Revealing this here, Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique managing director Eric Finlayson said that the trains and coal trucks acquired by the company to carry the coal mined in Moatize to the port of Beira along the Sena railroad had been tested and approved by state rail and port manager, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique.
News Agency Macauhub quotes the Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias as pointing out the importance of also finishing building work at the provisional coal terminal at the rail and port complex in Beira, as export capacity is currently limited by development of facilities to transport the product.
Finlayson added that the Rio Tinto group was setting itself up in Mozambique to become the largest exporter of coal from the Moatize basin, a region which has extensive coal reserves.
Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest mining companies and operates in 40 countries with around 77,000 workers. Each year it exports 230Mt of iron ore from Australia, and also sells aluminium, copper, diamonds and other minerals.
Source: Macauhub News Agency, via Noticias. For more information, click here.