The Ncondezi Group’s licences are located in the Zambezi Basin in the Tete Province, which is situated in the north-west of Mozambique. The coal in Mozambique’s Tete Province has been known about for many years, the artist/explorer Thomas Baines is reported to have first painted a coal outcrop on the banks of the Zambezi in the late 1850s.
The provincial capital of Tete lies on the west bank of the Zambezi River and is estimated to have a population of approximately 170,000. The local airport in Tete provides access to daily commercial flights to and from Maputo and Johannesburg, South Africa. The Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme, the biggest of such schemes in southern Africa, is also situated in the region. The coal mining town of Moatize on the east bank of the Zambezi River, lies 17 km east of Tete on National Road 103 (EN103) that leads east towards the Ncondezi Project.
The Ncondezi Project is located at 15°52’0.00 S 33°54’36.00E, approximately 40km northeast of the provincial capital Tete, and around 25km from the Sena railway, in a region known locally as the Minjova area. The Ncondezi Project covers an area of approximately 38,700ha and is accessed through several dirt roads and bulldozed tracks.