Matola Coal Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor

Matola Coal Terminal is located at Maputo port in Maputo, Mozambique, at the south of the Mozambique Channel in the southwest Indian Ocean. It is owned by the Grindrod Group.

The terminal has an annual capacity of 7.5 million tonnes. There are plans to increase capacity to 20 million tonnes.

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The Matola Coal Terminal, locally known by its Portuguese name Terminal de Carvão da Matola (TCM), is a dry bulk terminal operated by the South African freight and logistics company Grindrod. According to the Grindrod website (2015): "The terminal's most recent expansion phase (Phase 3.5) was completed in October 2013 and has increased the terminal’s annual export capacity from 6 to 7.5 million metric tons. Phase 4, which will increase the terminal capacity to more than 20 million tons, is currently in the advanced feasibility stage. Grindrod continues to work closely with CFM (Mozambique's national railway company) and South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail to create export capacity for both the established and junior coal mining communities of southern Africa."[1]

Phase 4 would require excavation and land reclamation, the construction of two new berths, a stockyard and railway infrastructure. The final terminal footprint would be in the region of 120 hectares (excluding any reclaimed areas). Grindrod also has a 48,000m² footprint in Maputo Main Port where sized coal destined for the Turkish market is exported.[2]

In late 2014, Transnet SOC Ltd., South Africa’s state-owned rail operator, agreed to a deal with Mozambique and Swaziland to boost co-operation and ease the delivery of coal exports through harbors to India and Brazil. Transnet announced that government-owned companies from the three countries would manage a joint-operating center in Maputo (Mozambique’s capital), whose mission will be to oversee the freight-rail route from Maputo through Swaziland to Richards Bay Coal Terminal, north of Durban in South Africa.[3]

As of mid-2017, dredging was underway to deepen the Matola terminal's coal berth to 15.4 meters to allow loading of Panamax vessels. Other concurrent improvements at the terminal included extension of the terminal's quay and ship loader.[4] As of February 2018, further expansion plans for the Matola coal terminal remain uncertain, as Grindrod has removed all mention of the Phase 4 expansion from its website and simply lists the terminal's export capacity as 7.5 million tonnes.

Project Details

  • Operator: Grindrod Group
  • Location: Maputo, Mozambique
  • Existing Capacity (Tonnes): 7.5 million
  • Additional Proposed Capacity (Tonnes) 12.5 million
  • Status: Proposed expansion
  • Type: Exports
  • Coal Source:
  • Cost of expansion:
  • Financing for expansion:

Contact Details

Matola Coal Terminal
PO Box 96
Tel: +258 21 359 100
Fax: +258 21 350 111

Articles and resources


  1. "Grindod Terminals" Grindrod website, accessed January 2015
  2. "Coal Terminal" Porto de Maputo website, accessed January 2018
  3. "Transnet Agrees to Railway Deal With Mozambique, Swaziland" Bloomberg News, September 22, 2014
  4. "Grindrod : Record volumes for Terminal De Carvão da Matola, (TCM) and gearing up to load Panamax ships" 4 Traders, July 6, 2017

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External resources

  • CCFB, "Beira Rail Concession", Workshop on Large Project Finance, Maputo, Mozambique, February 7, 2008. (Powerpoint Presentation).

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