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Hwange moves ahead with open cast production

Hwange colliery
in Zimbabwe
Harare, Zimbabwe — MININGREVIEW.COM — 26 November 2009 – Hwange Colliery Company Limited “’ a Zimbabwean-based company engaged in the mining and processing coal and production of coke and related by-products “’ will later this week receive the first batch of equipment acquired under a US$5 million (R37.5 million) deal with a South African mine equipment firm for its open cast operations.

Revealing this in a report published here, The Herald newspaper said the equipment, which included six 40-tonne dump trucks and two 85-tonne excavators, would be used to support dragline operations in clearing the overlying material before actual mining took place.

“This is meant to assist the dragline to work efficiently in exposing coal so that it can be easily mined,” said company spokesperson Burzil Dube.

“The initial batch of this highly-mechanised equipment, which is coming in under the first phase of the deal between Hwange and an unnamed South African firm, is expected to be at the mine by the end of this week,” he added.
Dube said the equipment would also assist in exposing coal in the shallow areas. The delivery of more equipment was expected early next year, and would include front-end loaders, graders, bulldozers and another excavator.

Hwange “’ the country’s largest coal mine “’ has been failing to meet demand as a result of recurrent breakdowns of its old equipment. The company says it requires at least US$65 million (R487.5 million) to rehabilitate the plant.

All.Africa.com reports that there has been an adequate supply of coal to the domestic market and the Hwange power station since the re-commissioning of the Hwange dragline.