Modern equipment key to achieving US$12 billion mining economy

By Mhlomuli Ncube

Hwange Colliery Company is targeting increased production output after one of its contractors at Chaba Coal Mine secured modern mining equipment.

A new production era is unfolding at mining giant Hwange Colliery after the contractor at its Chaba Coal Mine took delivery of new equipment this week.

“Each scoop of the bucket is going to give us approximately 16 tonnes per load. What we expect is working every day, we are going to move more than 100 thousand tonnes of material for the customer. In the next 2 weeks, they should be moving on their own with all the pieces that you see scattered around here mounted. The anticipated tonnage of coal output is 150 thousand tonnes per quarter which is a huge investment in terms of coal. That coal will go to ZPC which increases our generation capacity and with a dedicated supply of coal, we should not have electricity challenges,” said Mr Joseph Jimu – Barzem Workshop Manager.

Hwange Colliery Company Managing Director, Dr Charles Zinyemba explained the significance of the new equipment to their mining operations.

“That equipment is destined for our contractor who is mining at Chaba. It will allow or enable the contractor to increase production,” he explained.

The anticipated increased production capacity at Hwange Colliery dovetails with the country’s target to attain a US$12 billion mining economy by 2023.