According to the company, the official opening follows a series of milestones already achieved by it in Mozambique. These include the signing of a mining contract and approval of the Environmental Licenses for the Benga coal project and the Benga power project.

Other contracts and agreements include the CHP plant supply contract, a resettlement action plan, and the project labor agreement, which was signed with SINTICIM (the Mozambican national construction and mineworkers union).

Last year, the Government of Mozambique gave the Benga coal project the green light by approving the mining contract that was lodged by Riversdale. Subsequently, in October, Riversdale and Tata Steel revealed the approval of stage 1 of the Benga coal project, following the review of the feasibility study.

Around 15% of the project’s capital expenditure will be spent in the local market, creating opportunities for the local small businesses and industry in the Moatize region, Riversdale said.