Maputo, Mozambique — MININGREVIEW.COM — 02 September 2009 – The world’s biggest iron ore producer, Vale SA, and India’s largest steelmaker, Tata Steel Limited, are involved in coal-mining viability studies in northern Mozambique, according to a government official.
Niassa provincial governor Arnaldo Bimbe told Bloomberg News in an interview that the two companies had been evaluating the potential of the Manhamba basin in Mozambique’s northern Niassa province, about 3 000 km from the capital, Maputo. He added that the government had estimated that this area had more than 3 million metric tonnes of coal reserves.
Bimbe said that in addition to the Manhamba basin, there were indications of coal deposits in the Majune district, about 100 km east of the Niassa provincial capital, Lichinga.
“We have not yet ascertained the real quantity “’ the viability studies will help us know the real potential,” he added.
Tata and Vale have also won coal-mining concessions in Mozambique’s northwestern province of Tete, Bimbe revealed.