Mbalam Coordinates: Country Cameroon Province East Province Division
There are two other places in Cameroon with the same name.
A 490 km railway connection to a deepwater port is required to exploit these ore deposits efficiently. Several routes were planned using Quantm software. The railway will start at an elevation of about 650m at the mine, proceed along a fairly level alignment for 350km, drops steeply for 100 km down to the coastal plain, then traverses that plain for 50 km to the port. The gradients generally favour loaded trains.
In September 2010, Sundance Resources signed a memorandum of understanding with CRCC China-Africa Construction Ltd, which outlined construction plans for a 490 km railway linking the planned iron ore mines to a proposed port near Lolabé. Another Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC), will build the port.
The new railway is expected to carry 35 million tonnes of ore per year for 25 years. 
- ^ http://imagesignal.comsec.com.au/asxdata/20071026/pdf/00774678.pdf
- ^ "Railway Gazette: Mbalam ore railway scoping study agreed". http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/mbalam-ore-railway-scoping-study-agreed.html. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- ^ Sydney Morning Herald 7 April 2011, pB4
- ^ http://www.miningweekly.com/article/sundance-signs-rail-deal-with-chinese-firm-for-mbalam-project-2010-09-08
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