Makomo reassures coal supply for Hwange Expansion project

By Luckmore Safuli

Coal producer Makomo Resources has reaffirmed its commitment to supply coal for the Hwange Expansion project with the construction of a 34 million United States dollar conveyor on the cards.

The country’s largest coal producer which is among the companies contracted to supply coal for the 1.5 billion United States dollar Hwange 7 & 8 Expansion project says it is in the processing of opening a new pit to meet the required volumes.

Makomo Resources Mine Manager, Kuda Nyabonda said the mining firm is still pursuing construction of the multi-million dollar 12.5 kilometres conveyor belt to ferry coal from the mine to the Hwange Expansion project site.

“One of the items in the contract is the construction of the conveyor belt to ferry coal from the mine to the power station for a stretch of about 12.5 kilometres. From our side, we have already started work with the designs currently in place and we have also surveyed the route. The only remaining issue is securing funding for the project.”

According to the initial arrangement, coal and limestone supplies to the power station were supposed to commence on the 21st of March, however, due to the impact of COVID-19, the plans were rescheduled.

Meanwhile, the coal producer which is owed 220 million Zimbabwe dollars for coal supplied to the Zimbabwe Power Company says delayed payments have impacted on the firm’s ability to carry out its operations and execute some of the panned projects.

“We are currently owed around ZWL$220 million dollars for coal supplied to ZPC and some of the coal was delivered in June.”

Apart from coal and limestone, water is a vital input for the generation of electricity at the Hwange Expansion project and work is expected to commence soon on the Deka Pipeline Expansion project with a view to guarantee water supply.