Chinese company exploiting heavy sands in Chibuto to build Chongoene port | Mozambique

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Chonguene district, in Gaza province, will have a port to facilitate the flow of mining production from the region, announced the Prime Minister of Mozambique, Adriano Maleiane.

The construction of the port of Chonguene will be financed by the Chinese-owned company Dingsheng Minerals, which has been exploiting the heavy sands of Chibuto, a neighbouring district, since 2018.

“They need an area that facilitates access to the sea and they are going to invest in Chonguene”, explained Adriano Maleiane, cited on Saturday by Rádio Moçambique.

The Chinese capital company awaits the approval of the environmental impact studies for the start of the works, added Adriano Maleiane, without advancing the amount necessary for the construction of the port or the project deadlines.

Dingsheng Minerals has been operating in Chibuto district since 2018, the year in which the company installed a unit with the capacity to process 10,000 tons of sand daily.

The concession to Dingsheng has a term of 25 years and, during this period, the company is expected to extract one million tons of ilmenite (titanium and iron oxide) annually, in addition to heavy sands.

Source: Lusa

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