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Tete Province

Tete, Province of Mozambique
Tete, Province of Mozambique
Country Mozambique
Capital Tete
 • Total 98,417 km2 (37,999 sq mi)
Population (2007 census)
 • Total 1,783,967
 • Density 18/km2 (47/sq mi)
Postal code 23xx
Area code(s) (+258) 252

Tete is a province of Mozambique. It has an area of 98,417 km² and a population of 1,783,967 (2007 census).[1]

Tete is the capital of the province. The Cahora Bassa Dam is situated in this province.


  • Districts 1
  • Coal resources 2
    • History of coal discovery 2.1
    • Coal reserves 2.2
      • Moatize coal deposit 2.2.1
    • Local coal geology 2.3
    • Coal licenses 2.4
    • Investment in coal development 2.5
    • Community impacts 2.6
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


On March 21, 2013, Mozambique's Assembly of the Republic authorized the creation of 13 new districts throughout the nation. Two were added to Tete.[2] Tete Province's districts include:

Coal resources

Provincial map

History of coal discovery

In 1859 Richard Thornton completed the first studies of coal occurrence in the Tete Province as part of an exhibition under Dr. David Livingstone.[3] In his report from the trip, Mr. Thornton stated that the coal, which was dug by natives from an outcropping seam on the bank of the River Muntizi, showed no tendency to cake; was free-burning; contained very little sulphur or iron although a large proportion of ash along with a small amount of gaseous matter [4]

Coal reserves

Moatize Coal Mine, Tete Province, Mozambique

The Tete Province is reported to host coal reserves of approximately 6.7 billion tons, of which 3 billion tons represent sub-economic or economic grades.[5] Now, the province is regarded geologically as the largest undiscovered coal province in the world and it is estimated that the Province could be producing 25% of the world's coking coal by 2025.[6]

Moatize coal deposit

The largest coal reserve presently discovered in the Tete Province is the Moatize metallurgical and thermal coal deposit which contains 2.4 billion tons of coal and is located with the Moatize sub-basin.[7] Vale SA bid US$122.8 million for exploration and development rights of the project in 2008.[8] Today, the project is a working mine which has now doubled its original output and is producing 22 million metric tons of coal per year [9]

Local coal geology

Most coal resources are located within the remnants of the Ecca Rock Group, member of the Karoo Supergroup, and are hosted within the Zambezi graben.[10] The coal seams were formed during the early and late Permian and deposits are associated with non-marine terrestrial clastic sedimentary sequences of the Karoo Supergroup.[11] Depositional environments were primarily fluvial and deltaic but also included some minor lacustrine and shoreline settings.[12]

Coal licenses

In Mozambique, 95% of coal licenses issued have been granted to forty different companies operating within the Tete Province.[13] On 29 September 2011 the Mozambican government suspended the issuing of new coal licenses in the Tete Province in order to assess to what extent companies currently hold licenses in the Province and whether they are complying with contracts signed by the government.[14]

Investment in coal development

A large amount of investment has been made portending to the development of coal resources and infrastructure required for mining and development. The International Finance Corporation, member of the World Bank Group has announced that it will invest up to US$5 million in Baobab Resources Plc's exploration projects with the intention of fostering economic development.[15]

Queue to cross the Tete Suspension Bridge, Mozambique

In 2011 Vale approved a US$6 billion expansion of its Moatize coal project in order to increase output from 11 million tons per year mined initially to 22 million tons per year.[16]

The Mozambican government have undertaken a US$375 million refurbishment of the 600 km rail link between Moatize and Beira [17] which was severely damaged during the Mozambican Civil War. Furthermore, a deep-water international port facility is being constructed in Beira. In addition to this port at Beira, a coal terminal at Chinde, north of Beira is being planned by coal producers that will have a 20 million tonne terminal and whose opening will coincide with the beginning of production at the Zambeze Project, owned by Rio Tinto, in 2015.[18] The link between Beira Port and the Tete Province is being referred to as the 'Beira Corridor', along which there are now plans to upgrade all major rail freight routes so that they have the capacity to transport coal resources.[19]

Community impacts

Tete, Mozambique

Local communities have been relocated from their land in order for the development of coal resources to commence. Vale relocated 5,000 people into new 'settlements' in order to develop its projects.[20] The 'settlements' offered new housing and infrastructure however, people must pay for any energy which they consume.

Rio Tinto have established the 'Riversdale Training Centre', Tete, where currently 28,300 candidates are registered and 1,172 people have been trained in various civil trades and building.[21] At the Moatize Coal Mine, 90% of Vale's employees and contractors are Mozambicans.[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Total Population By Provinces - 2006".  
  2. ^ (21 March 2013). "Mozambique Bill Creating New Districts Passed."
  3. ^ Hatton & Fardell (2011) ' 'New discoveries of coal in Mozambique: development of the coal resource estimation methodology for international resource reporting standards' '. International Journal of Coal Geology. Article in Press.
  4. ^ Richard Thornton (1859, February 23). ' 'On the coal found by Dr. Livingstone at Tete, on the Zambesi, South Africa' '. Proceedings of the Geological Society. Lyell Collection.
  5. ^ ENRC (2009) ' 'Exploration Report on Licenses in the Tete Province, Cahora Bassa District, Mozambique' '. ENRC Internal Company Report. Tete, Mozambique.
  6. ^ The International Resource Journal (2011). ' 'Talking Tete - Mozambique's new mining epicentre' '. Retrieved October 27, 2011, from 'The International Resource Journal':
  7. ^ ENRC (2009) ' 'Exploration Report on Licenses in the Tete Province, Cahora Bassa District, Mozambique' '. ENRC Internal Company Report. Tete, Mozambique.
  8. ^ International Finance Corporation (2008). ' 'Mozambique: Moatize Coal Deposit' '. International Finance Corporation Infrastructure Advisory Success Stories Report. Washington, DC.
  9. ^ Vale (2010). ' 'Expansion of Moatize, Mozambique.' ' Retrieved February 2, 2012 from Vale:
  10. ^ Cairncross, B. (2001). An overview of Permian (Karoo) coal deposits of Southern Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 33 (3-4), 529-562.
  11. ^ Cairncross, B. (2001). ' ' An overview of the Permian (Karoo) coal deposits of southern Africa ' '. African Earth Sciences, 33, 529-562.
  12. ^ Cairncross, B. (2001). ' ' An overview of the Permian (Karoo) coal deposits of southern Africa ' '. African Earth Sciences, 33, 529-562.
  13. ^ Hatton, William; Fardell, Anna (1999). "New discoveries of coal in Mozambique — Development of the coal resource estimation methodology for International Resource Reporting Standards". International Journal of Coal Geology (Amsterdam:  
  14. ^ Mining News (2011). ' ' Mozambican government suspends granting of coal mining licenses in Tete Province' '. Retrieved 26 January 2012, from Mining News:
  15. ^ International Finance Corporation (2009). ' 'ICF Finances Mining Exploration in Mozambique to foster economic growth' '. Maputo, Mozambique. Retrieved January 26, 2012, from IFC:
  16. ^ Agnieszka Flak (2011, November). ' 'Vale plans $6 billion expansion of Mozambique coal mine' '. Maputo, Mozambique. Accessed 25 January 2012 from Reuters:
  17. ^ ENRC (2009) ' 'Exploration Report on Licenses in the Tete Province, Cahora Bassa District, Mozambique' '. ENRC Internal Company Report. Tete, Mozambique.
  18. ^ Els, F. (2011, November 22). ' ' Coal and ports investments set to transform Mozambique' '. Retrieved January 26, 2012 from
  19. ^ Egon Cossou (2010, July 23). ' ' Mozambique gambles on trade super highway' '. BBC World Business News. Retrieved January 29, 2012 from BBC News:
  20. ^ Murphy, A. (2011). ' 'Mozambique Coal Mine Brings Jobs, Concerns' '. Retrieved January 25, 2012, from NPR:
  21. ^ Woodley, A. (2010). ' ' Riversdale: A new supply of hard coking and thermal coal' '. Retrieved January 26, 2012, from Rio Tinto:
  22. ^ Vale (2010). ' 'Expansion of Moatize, Mozambique.' ' Retrieved February 2, 2012 from Vale:

External links

  • (Portuguese) Province of Tete official site
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