India-based Jindal Poly Films subsidiary Jindal Resources has been awarded coal blocks for geological prospecting and exploration in Mozambique.

The company bid for the tender, issued by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Mozambique, and obtained Block-2, located in Moatize district, Tete province.

The allotted blocks cover an area of 14.8 million square meters and have a potential resource of 150 million tons of coal including coking/thermal coal.

The company’s other subsidiary, Jindal Metal and Mining, has entered into a joint venture agreement with a Mozambique entrepreneur for the exploration and mining of coal.

The exploration licence, also situated in Tete province, around 80km south-west of Tete in Changara district, is expected to contain a resource of 300 million tons of coal including coking/thermal coal, according to Jindal Poly Films.