Maputo — Four more coal mining companies will over the next three years commence operations in the central Mozambican province of Tete, increasing to seven the number of multinationals mining in the area.
The companies are Jindal, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), Ncondezi and Minas de Revuboe, and they join Vale, Rio Tino and Minas Moatize who are already coal mining in Moatize.
The Indian company Jindal has a mine in Changara, while ENRC is located in the district of Cahora Bassa. Both Ncondezi and Minas de Revuboe have their mines in Moatize.
Interviewed in the newspaper "Diario de Mocambique", the provincial director of mineral resources, Manuel Sithole, said "the companies are completing the installation of equipment and are preparing to begin production".
There are more than thirty coal mining companies in Tete province carrying out coal surveys, mainly in Moatize, Changara and Cahora Bassa.
According to Sithole, "the surveys are proceeding satisfactorily, as shown by the fact these four companies will soon begin production".
The Mozambican government has already awarded well over 100 coal exploration licences, mostly in Tete province where there are huge proven reserves.
Seven coal basins have already been identified with huge potential in the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Tete and Manica.
Over recent years the country has registered massive interest from international mining companies which could turn Mozambique into one of the world's largest coal producers and exporters.