Coal Export Drive Gathers Pace

From Mmegi Online

Botswana’s ambitions to become a major coal exporter is gathering pace after a 34-wagon train carrying 1,600-tonne consignment from Sese deposit and Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) arrived in the port of Maputo in Mozambique last week.

The coal export trial, the second of its kind this year, was conducted through a partnership between Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) listed African Energy, Morupule Coal Mine, logistics company, Grindrod Mozambique and international coal trader, Vital Coal South Africa. African Energy owns Sese deposit in Botswana.

The company says the trial run through Zimbabwe took three days and proved the feasibility of the Maputo route for bulk exports of coal to overseas markets. “The first ever export trial of Botswana coal has been successfully concluded, marking a milestone achievement for the country and for our Sese coal and power project.

“The coal has been unloaded at the Maputo Coal Terminal which is owned and operated by Grindrod and will be stockpiled for eventual export sale by international energy trader, Vitol Coal,” said African Energy in a statement.Early this year, African Energy tested the same 1,300km route between Francistown and Maputo with a 25-tonne consignment although the coal was not commercially sold in Mozambique.

This time, African Energy says they have transferred ownership of the coal to Vitol. The consignment has been unloaded and stockpiled at the Maputo Terminal.”The coal stockpile will be sold and subsequently loaded into bulk carriers at the terminal as part of routine coal export operations, marking the first time that Botswana coal has been exported to overseas markets,” says the energy firm, which is at an advanced of opening Botswana’s second coal mine at Sese.

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