According to the latest available data, Tanzania’s production of iron and steel amounted to 56,752t in 2014, compared to 33,384 in 2011.
Iron reserves in Tanzania are located mainly in Liganga, Uluguru Mountains, Mbabala near Lake Tanganyika, Karema, Manyoro Gondite and Itewe.
The Liganga iron ore mine holds the biggest iron resources in Tanzania with proven reserves of 126m t.
Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Ltd (TCIMRL) will invest USD 1.8bn at Liganga for the establishment of iron ore mine and Iron and steel Complex to produce 1.0m t per year of iron and steel products, vanadium pentoxide and titanium dioxide.
The Liganga project is expected to start operation by 2018–2019. Accordingly, Tanzania’s commercial production and exports of iron are set to start in 2018–2019.