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Vale Restarts Coal Shipments From Mozambique Mine After Halt

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May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Vale SA, the world’s biggest iron-ore producer, said it restarted coal transport from its Moatize mine in Mozambique’s northwestern Tete province today.

The Sena rail line’s operations had been disrupted on May 12 for the second time this month by a group of potters who wanted to claim further compensation after leaving their homes for the mine’s development.

“Since 6:30 a.m. today the coal mine in Moatize Vale has been unlocked, allowing normal movement of workers to the mine, and restoring the coal flow through the Sena line,” the company’s local office, based in Maputo, the capital, said in an e-mailed statement.

People working at 60 potteries that in April last year resettled in Cateme, 60 kilometers (37 miles) away from the Moatize area, are striking for payments for the time they had to halt work. Vale paid 60,000 meticais ($1,980) per oven and doesn’t need to make further payments, it said. The potters withdrew after Vale promised to negotiate, said their leader, Refo Agostinho Estanislau.

Vale is spending $4.4 billion on rail and port facilities in Mozambique to export coal from Moatize, having exhausted existing capacity.

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