Convoys of trucks carrying consignments of coal from Southern Tanzania are filling up the exit corridor at the One-Stop-Border-Post of Namanga.
At least 100 semi-trailer rigs, with almost 3000 tons of coal drive through the Northern Tanzania border into Kenya with their cargo of combustible sedimentary rocks.
Kenya is just one of the many countries currently importing coal from Tanzania.
The country envisages producing 4.6 million Tons of Coal in 2023.
That output should be more than three times the amount of coal churned out in the previous year.
Tanzania produced a total of 1.5 million tons of coal during the fiscal year which ended in 2022.
Reports from the Tanzania Mining Commission (TMC) reveal that the extracted coal was valued at more than USD 211 Million in 2022 alone, with the figure expected to rise in 2023.
A consignment of more than 800,000 tons of the produced coal was exported overseas while 600,000 tons of the combustible sedimentary rocks were sold within the country.
Local cement factories are reportedly the major consumers of mined coal in Tanzania.
Tanzanian coal bound for the overseas market is usually shipped through the South-Eastern Mtwara Port to overseas countries, including India and Poland.
The country also sells its coal products to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Southern Port of Mtwara is recording a significant upturn in volume of shipments precisely from consignments of coal exports passing through the harbour, with coal playing central role.
The Southern Port which ranks third after Dar-es-salaam and Tanga has shipped 721,000 tons of cargo in the seven month’s period between July 2022 and January 2023.
The Ruvuma Coal Limited and Jitegemee Holdings Company happen to be the major entities pumping business into the Mtwara port.
The two companies export their coal consignments to various overseas destinations.
Seven other establishments are in the process of channelling shipments through the Mtwara Port.
These include the National Mining Corporation (STAMICO), Gold Walk Limited, SEBDO, Aria Commodities International Limited, Marine Tech, Market-Insight and BECCO are among the companies that were finalizing vital processes to start coal through the port.
Coals mined from Tanzania are often exported to India, Senegal, France, Egypt, Poland, Zanzibar, Ghana, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-DRC) and the Netherlands.
The Aria Commodities International Limited for instance handles between 300 and 600 tons of coal every day.
On the other hand the Ruvuma Coal Company has managed to export 990,000 tons of coal and counting.
More than 800,000 tons of the produced coal was sold abroad and at least 600,000 tons were marketed within the country, especially at cement factories.