Vale coal operations
at Moatize in Mozambique
Maputo, Mozambique — 17 May 213 – Brazilian multinational diversified metals and mining corporation Vale SA “’ the world’s biggest iron-ore producer and second-largest mining company “’ says it has recommenced the transport of coal from its Moatize mine in the north-western province of Tete in Mozambique.

Bloomberg News reports that the Sena rail line’s operations were disrupted twice this month by a group of potters who wanted to claim further compensation after leaving their homes for the mine’s development.

“Since 6:30 a.m. today the coal mine in Moatize Vale has been unlocked, allowing normal movement of workers to the mine, and restoring the coal flow through the Sena line,” the company’s local office here said in an e-mailed statement.

People working at 60 potteries that in April last year resettled in Cateme, 60 km away from the Moatize area, are striking for payments for the time they had to halt work. Vale paid US$1,980 per oven and doesn’t need to make further payments, it said. The potters withdrew after Vale promised to negotiate, said their leader, Refo Agostinho Estanislau.

Vale is spending US$4.4 billion on rail and port facilities in Mozambique to export coal from Moatize, having exhausted existing capacity.

Source: Bloomberg News. For more information, click here.