Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 20 February 2013 – Brazilian mining giant Vale has quoted reasons of force majeure to explain its inability to fulfill its contracts to supply coal mined in Mozambique’s Tete province, according to a statement issued here.
As reported by miningreview.com yesterday, the Sena railroad has come to a standstill due to torrential rains and derailments that have washed away parts of the line and even some small bridges. This has meant that Vale Mozambique has been unable to transport around 250,000t of coking coal, reports Macauhub News Agency.
Until December of last year the Brazilian mining company had transported over 2Mt of coal along the Sena railroad on 1,000 trains, while Rio Tinto transported 35,000t of coal.
According to the Mozambican press, officials from the Vale group are currently in Mozambique to assess the situation and the lack of infrastructure and inefficiency of the Sena line, and to plan to “deal with this at the highest level soon.”
As well as the 10km of railroad destroyed in last week’s derailment, rains in Mozambique have led to huge losses on the line and in some places the water has washed away the rails, sleepers and ballast, and even destroyed some small bridges.
Source: Macauhub News Agency. For more information, click here.