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Makomo Resources Implore ZESA Holdings To Consider Capacitate Coal Miners To Cut Power Imports

Coal News - Published on Tue, 11 Jun 2019

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The Hearld reported that Makomo Resources, the country’s biggest coal mining company by output, has implored ZESA Holdings to consider capacitating local coal miners so that they produce more coal to preserve the scarce foreign currency and create more jobs. The call follows the announcement by acting ZESA chief executive officer Engineer Mr Patrick Chivaura that the only way out of the current electricity generation and supply bottlenecks would be overcome if the country imported more power. Mr Chivaura told miners that Zimbabwe required USD 20 million to import 600 MW of electricity per month. He said the load shedding being experienced was due to reduced imports, which have plummeted to 100 MW from 450 MW in the past.

Eskom of South Africa and Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa are open to increasing power exports to Zimbabwe, but only after ZESA has honoured its USD 83 million debt, and craft a workable payment plan. But Makomo Resources director Mr Raymond Mutokonyi told The Herald that while power imports were important for the short-term, there was need to capacitate coal miners to ensure adequate coal to fire thermal power stations. Mr Mutokonyi believes the move would help the country to conserve forex and create more jobs at coal mining firms.

Mr Mutokonyi said that “We are a bit concerned with the statement that came from the ZESA chief executive officer that the priority is to import power from Eskom to avert national power shortages. We believe internally, if the core mines are capacitated and running, we should be able to guarantee the base-load at Hwange Power Station and the small thermals.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 11 Jun 2019
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