Rio Tinto declares force majeure after Mozambique flooding

Feb 22, 2013 | 11:40 AM | Michelle Madsen

Tags  coking coal, Rio Tinto, Benga Mine, Eqstra Holdings, Eqstra Mozambique, Walter Hill, CFM, rail transport coal

LONDON — Anglo-Australian mining major Rio Tinto Plc has declared force majeure on coking coal shipments from its Benga Mine in Mozambique after severe flooding halted rail movements.

Flooding has damaged the Sena rail line, the primary transport route for coal exports from the southeast African nation’s coal-rich province of Tete.

All mining operations at the Benga Mine were suspended Feb. 20, according to Rio Tinto subsidiary Eqstra Mozambique Ltda., which operates the mine. ....

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