HWANGE Colliery Company’s Chaba open cast mine has significantly improved its coal production over the past three months, the company announced last week.
Coal output from Chaba went up to 117 000 tonnes in June from 22 000
tonnes in April.
The beleaguered coal miner said in an update to its customers that Chaba and the 3 Main underground mine were “fully operational”.
“Both should see improved production as two shuttle cars are delivered to the underground mine and 10 haulage trucks delivered to Chaba open cast mines during the months of July and August,” said Hwange in the update signed by Clifford Nkomo, the marketing and public relations manager.
“Thereafter production is expected to increase (to) levels which exceed national demand,” the company said.
Zimbabwe has been battling acute coal shortages that have forced many companies — the bulk of which are involved in industrial and agricultural processes — to resort to imports from Botswana and South Africa.
Inadequate coal supplies have affected the country’s winter wheat crop, and power utility, Zesa, has complained that power generation had been heavily affected by inadequate coal supplies from Hwange.Steel maker Zisco also recently said it was working at 50% capacity because of poor coal supplies. — Staff Writer.