Africa Mining: Malawi seeks to get its house in order for a burgeoning mining sector

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Malawi Kayelekera mine site

Malawi published its first EITI Report for 2014/2015 in April 2017.  The mining sector in Malawi accounts for less than 1% of the country’s GDP and about 1% of government revenue, but developing the sector has become a government priority. The petroleum sector is at exploration stage. Continue reading

Mozambique Coal Logistics: Exports from to increase with inauguration of the Nacala coal terminal

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Aereal view of the Nacala Coal Terminal ship loaders.

The inauguration on Friday of the coal terminal at the port of Nacala-a-Velha and the railway line to transport ore mined at Moatize is expected to increase exports and even make coal the main product exported by Mozambique, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) reported recently. Continue reading

Mozambique Coal Logistics: Nacala coal terminal to operate in full speed yet this month

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Nacala Coal port terminal in Mozambique. Photo: Vale/ITIE Mozambique

The coal terminal at the port of Nacala-a-Velha, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, will officially start operating on Friday, marking a new phase in the process of transportation and export of coal mined in Moatize, Tete province, the northern logistics corridor company CLN. Continue reading

Africa Oil & Gas: SacOil awarded licence extension for Block 1, onshore Malawi

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Block 1, onshore Malawi

SacOil has announced that an eight month extension of the current licence term of onshore licence, Block 1 – located in the northern part of Malawi – has been granted with the expiry date now confirmed as 12 August 2017.

To date, SacOil, as operator, is in the process of finalising the environmental and social impact assessments as well as the evaluation and processing of the countrywide gravity and magnetic data over Block 1. In addition, SacOil is in the process of performing a desktop study on the area, which is yielding encouraging results.

The extension allows to SacOil to complete its work program for the licence, which includes the acquisition of infill gravity and magnetic data and completing geological field work over the licence.(source: SacOil)

Africa Renewables: Malawi’s solar power revolution starts by bringing schoolchildren out of the dark

At t Martin’s school in Nambuma, Malawi, teachers will use the lamps to prepare lessons in the evening and to charge up mobile phones for themselves and others. Photograph: John Vidal for the Guardian

At t Martin’s school in Nambuma, Malawi, teachers will use the lamps to prepare lessons in the evening and to charge up mobile phones for themselves and others. Photograph: John Vidal for the Guardian

Young Kennedy is astonished. His face lights up in the single room in the straw-thatched house. So does the book he is reading with his friend, Nellie. The two excited nine-year-olds from the village of Gumbi in western Malawi have just done what about 600 million others in sub-Saharan Africa have never been able to do – switch on an electric light in their homes to read a book in the dark. Continue reading

Malawi Mining: Paladin denies waste discharge claims

Paladin officially ceased uranium production at Kayelekera in May last year, placing the mine on care and maintenance

Paladin officially ceased uranium production at Kayelekera in May last year, placing the mine on care and maintenance

Uranium miner Paladin Energy has slammed reports by non-government organisations (NGOs) in Malawi, implying that the company had begun discharging waste materials from the Kayelekera mine into the local river system. Paladin officially ceased uranium production at Kayelekera in May last year, placing the mine on care and maintenance. Mining operations were suspended in February, but ore processing continued. Continue reading

Mozambique Energy Industry: CESUL Project Feasibility studies to be concluded soon

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Power Lines

The feasibility studies for the Project for Regional Development of Energy Transport between the Centre and the South (CESUL) in Mozambique are almost complete and are due for submission in the first few months of 2015, said a source from the Norwegian Embassy in Maputo, quoted by Macauhub. Continue reading

Mozambique Mining Industry: “Boost Logistics to increase competitiveness of country’s coal”, economists say

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Vale Nacala Corridor project

The President of the Mozambican Association of Economists, Tobias Dai, Tuesday in Maputo called for public-private partnerships to be created for the development of a logistics chain to increase the international competitiveness of the coal mined in Mozambique. Continue reading

Mozambique Oil & Gas Industry: NuEnergy Gas targets coalbed methane reserves in the country

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NuEnergy Gas has signed an exclusive agreement with a Mozambican company to explore and develop coalbed methane (CBM). Exploration activities will be undertaken in the Tete Province, the Australia-based company added. Continue reading

Mozambique Mining Industry: Vale Moçambique posts loss of US$44 million in 1st quarter

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Vale Moçambique, a subsidiary of Brazilian group Vale, posted a loss of US$44 million in the first quarter, the recently arrived director Pedro Gutemberg, who replaced Ricardo Saad, said in Maputo.

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