Maputo — A new tantalite processing unit will be inaugurated, next week, in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Esperanca Bias.
A source from the Mineral Resources Ministry (MIREM) did not specify the cost of the processing unit, but said that it was an investment of an Australian company.
The source explained that the new unit, imported late last year from Australia, has the capacity to process between 30 to 50 tons of tantalite per hour.
The economic and social plan of the Mozambican government envisages, in the current year, the continued promotion of industrial minerals throughout the country, particularly limestone, silica, feldspar and tantalite.
Tantalite is the main tantalum ore. The tantalum extracted from the ore is manly used in the production of electronic components such as capacitors and resistors.