Abstract: Heavy ore mining in the Chibuto area of the Gaza Strip in southwestern Sambik has been confirmed, and the provincial director of mineral resources and energy, Castro Elias, told the Mozambican news agency at the end of last month, adding that this would be fundamentally Change the quality of life of the local population.
The heavy ore mining in the Chibuto area of the Gaza Strip in southwestern Sambik has now been confirmed, and the provincial director of mineral resources and energy, Castro Elias, told the Mozambican news agency at the end of last month that he added that this would fundamentally change the local The quality of life of the population.

The concession for the use of Chibuto heavy ore is held by the China Group Dingsheng Mining Company, and the current first phase covers an area of 10,000 hectares. However, in the second phase, this may increase to 15,000 hectares.

Prosperity is currently installing a processing platform with a daily processing capacity of 10,000 tons of sand. Elias reported that the miner is currently preparing to install another nine processing platforms. These will be put into operation in the middle of next year, with a daily output of 100,000 tons.

According to reports, the best way to transport ore is currently being studied. The initial plan was to build a railway line from Chibuto to Lionde (Chókwè district in Gaza), where it would connect the main line from the capital Maputo to Zimbabwe, and these minerals would be transported to the port town of Matola (actually Export to the suburbs of Maputo.

“After more in-depth research, the conclusion is that it is more feasible to establish a port in Chongoene,” he said.

Heavy ore sand can provide ilmenite and rutile, as well as zircon sand. Ilmenite and rutile are titanium minerals, which produce titanium dioxide pigments, titanium metal and welding electrodes. Zirconium is important for the ceramic industry and is used in the production of wall tiles and sanitary ware, as well as in the foundry and refractory industries.

According to reports, the prosperous Chibuto operation is mainly concentrated on titanium minerals. According to reports, the Chibuto deposit has a reserve of 500 million tons and has a planned operational life of 15 years. As of 2017, the project has invested $471 million.

Chibuto will be the fourth heavy ore project to begin operations in Mozambique. The first was the Moma business of the Irish company Kenmare Resources in Nampula province, which began production in 2007. The second is the Angoche project of the China Group's African Great Wall Mining Development Group, which is also located in Nampula province, with a focus on extracting zirconium (this is operated by the African Great Wall subcontractor Haiyo). The third is also the Great Wall Project of Africa, the Quelimane project in the province of Zambézia, which began production in 2013. British mining company Savannah Resources and Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto are currently working together on production.