History and location

Mozal Aluminium is located just 20 kilometres west of Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.

The land where the smelter sits was originally farming land and through negotiation, the farmers agreed to be relocated with compensation and new dwellings.

Construction of our Mozal operations started more than 20 years ago, and included a new berth at the nearby port of Matola, access roads and a bridge. Not long after the smelter opened in late 2000 expansion plans were already underway to double its capacity.

Backed by a US$2 billion investment, the smelter was the largest private investment in the country and the first large, direct foreign investment, helping rebuild Mozambique after a period of unrest.

South32 owns 63.7 per cent of Mozal Aluminium, while Mitsubishi Corporation (through MCA Metals Holding GmbH), the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited and the Government of the Republic of Mozambique (through preference shares) share the remaining ownership interest. 

Smelter operations

Mozal Aluminium is the largest industrial employer in the country, making a significant contribution to the local economy.

To support the development of the downstream aluminium industry in Mozambique, a portion of liquid metal is supplied to Midal Cables, a local company that sells products in the domestic and export markets.

Our commitment to biodiversity and environmental management

We are committed to protecting natural resources including water, biodiversity, air and surrounding ecosystems. We work hard to be responsible stewards of the environment and treat natural resources with care so that they are available for future generations. Our commitment to biodiversity and environmental management is outlined in the following Mozal Documents: Environmental Management Responsibility and Biodiversity Assessment.

Mozal Aluminium

Our Mozal operation turns 20

The Mozal project was conceived when Mozambique was emerging from the devastating civil war, with the aim of using foreign investment to boost the national economy through beneficiation.

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Playing our part

Since the beginning we have worked towards improving Mozambique’s economy and the lives of its people.

By establishing the Mozal Community Development Trust in 2000, with a US$34 million investment, allowed 200 projects addressing major challenges in the region to get underway.

We have helped build eleven schools, trained teachers, refurbished five local clinics, helped more than 100 small businesses and provided finance to farmers’ associations-increasing food production. The trust has also contributed to the Malaria Control Program- in partnership with the Lebombo Spatial Development Initiative-aimed at eradicating malaria in the region.

Mozal supporting local university 2021
Engineering Education in Mozambique

Mozal supporting engineering at Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane University.

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Mozal bursaries 2020
Mozal awards bursaries to 40 female students

Forty female students in Mozambique awarded bursaries by Mozal for studies in in industrial mechanics and electricity

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Improving lives in Mozambique

An agricultural program has helped improve the lives of more than 600 local farmers.

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Get in touch with Mozal Aluminium

Samuel Gudo
Samuel Gudo

Samuel Gudo, Vice President Operations

Sam became Vice President Operations in September 2016, prior to which he was General Manager at Mozal. He began his career at Mozal in 1999 and has since held various leadership roles in maintenance, production and corporate affairs. Sam holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Gil Cumaio, Corporate Affairs

Beluluane Industrial Park
Boane District
Phone: +258 21 735700