Nacala port a watershed-Mozambique leader

port of Nacala

(2015-06-09) Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has said the new port of Nacala-a-Velha, and its coal terminal, on the coast of the northern province of Nampula, is a step forwards in the industrialization of the country, APA can report Sunday.

Nyusi, who is on a working visit to the province, Nyusi toured the new port receiving detailed explanations on how it will function to export coal from the Moatize coal basin in the western province of Tete.

This undertaking employs 98 workers, of whom 60 to 70 per cent are from Nampula province, Nyusi said.

This is turning into reality the dream of jobs for young Mozambicans, he said.

The port is connected to Moatize by a 912 kilometre long railway which runs across southern Malawi.

Taken together, the port and railway employ 1,909 workers, of whom 90 percent are Mozambicans.

Moatize is owned by Brazil’s Vale, which expects to produce 850,000 tonnes of coal from the mine by the end of this year and ramp it up to 8 million tonnes of hard coking coal and 4 million tonnes of thermal coal by 2013/14.

The port and railway have been leased to the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor CLN, in which the shareholders are Vale, the Japanese company Mitsui, and the publicly owned Mozambican ports and rail company Mitsui.

The Nacala-a-Velha coal terminal can handle 18 million tonnes a year.

CLN’s projections are for about 20 coal trains a day, requiring a fleet of 100 locomotives and 2,700 wagons.

12 ships a month are expected to call at the terminal.
Vale opted for a new port and railway when it became clear that the existing Sena line, from Moatize to the port of Beira, could not possibly cope with the forecast coal exports.

The natural deep-water port of Nacala is a trans-shipment hub for landlocked countries including Malawi and Zambia and has been used to handle regional exports of fertilizer, sugar, wheat and tobacco. Malawi is the biggest user of the port.

Source: APA

Photo: File / Nacala port

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