Lusaka, Zambia — 15 May 2012 – Australian-based and listed African Energy Resources has discovered another coal resource close to the two existing mines in the Sinazongwe area of Zambia’s Southern Province.
The “Times of Zambia” newspaper, quoted by allAfrica.com, reports that the company has unearthed the prospective coal mine near the Maamba Collieries and Collum Coal Mine, and is examining the possibility of adding it to the firm’s African coal inventory.
The report states that multiple coal seams were intersected in the completed core holes, which are open along strike and down dip, while the raw coal calorific values returned ranged from 10 to 26 megajoules per kilogram. In mid-2011, reconnaissance exploration identified coal bearing sediments with a strike length of about 10km.
The sediments are mapped by a geological survey as the extension of the stratigraphy that hosts the Maamba Colliery and the Collum Coal Mine, Zambia’s only two coal-producing mines.
African Energy now plans to test the coking properties of the coal, as well as undertake washing yield analysis, which will determine if the coal has the potential for one or two products.
In another development, using its Sese thermal coal project in Botswana, African Energy recently completed a milestone rail delivery of coal to Maputo.
Through the delivery, the company demonstrated that the transport of Sese coal via rail to the east coast of Africa using existing infrastructure was possible. The trial shipment is viewed as a huge step in African Energy’s ambitious plans to fully exploit its coal resources with exports and power plants as the primary targets.
Importantly, the east coast of Africa is considered an ideal location from which region’s coal may be ultimately exported to Asian markets. There is also a growing regional market in Southern Africa, with the power pool facing a net regional electricity-generating deficit as Eskom exports scale down. Then there are the export markets where demand remains high, especially in India.
When fully developed, the new mine would join the Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pte Ltd-run Maamba Collieries Limited which was incorporated in 1971 under the ownership of the Zambian Government through then ZIMCO. The only other existing coal mine in Zambia is Collum, which is run by Chinese.
Source: allAfrica.com. For more information, click here.