MAPUTO, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The former Portuguese colony Mozambique will potentially overtake South Africa and the U.S. in the export of coal in the coming 10 years, reaching the fourth position, the Maputo News Sheet Correio da Manha reported on Friday.
According to a study carried out by the Portuguese Bank Espirito Santo, to reach that position it will be necessary to take good advantage of the country's potential, invest in transport infrastructures to guarantee that the production is exported.
The main line currently being used by the Brazilian mining company Vale and Rio Tinto, the Sena line, will be fully busy by 2020 when the companies reach their peak in coal production.
The companies expect the level of exports to be transported through Beira port around 80 million tonnes a year.
Currently the two major coal producers in Mozambique announced the interruption of their activities as the line is not operational because of the rains that fall intensively in the central region of the country.
Rio Tinto in its statement declared "force majeure" to interrupt its activities in the Moatize line in central Tete province for not succeeding in the transport of coal due to the line which is interrupted for a week.
The Mozambique Ports and Rails CFM responsible for the lines announced on the other hand that it is doing all it can in order to restore its functionality.