President Mnangagwa to commission Binga giant coal plant

Source: The Herald – Breaking news.

President Mnangagwa to commission Binga giant coal plant
 President Mnangagwa has arrived at Muchesu coal Mine in Binga. He is being welcomed by Vice President Chiwenga, Minister of Mines Winston Chitando, Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo, Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Development Richard Moyo, Muchesu Coal Mine General manager Mr Jacques CorMack.

Nqobile Bhebhe in Binga

President Mnangagwa has arrived here at Muchesu Coal Mine in Binga ahead of the official commissioning of the giant coal plant.

He was received by Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Winston Chitando, Local Government and Public Works minister, July Moyo, Minister of State Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Matabeleland North Richard Moyo, senior government officials, mine executives and Binga Local board officials.

Local traditional leaders and hundreds of jubilant villagers are also present.

Upon arrival, President Mnangagwa went into a closed door briefing.

He is expected to tour the plant site.

Muchesu Coal Mine is one of the signature investment projects under the Second Republic, which is expected to yield high-value benefits for locals and the economy at large.

Matabeleland North has vast mining activities that have been critical to the growth of the province and the country’s attainment of Vision 2030 for an upper middle income society.

The province is the hub of coal to energy value chain investments which will unlock up to US$1billion under the coal and hydro carbon focus.

The mining of coal at Muchesu has started with 10 000 tonnes being produced each month. Production will be scaled up to 20 000 tonnes per month in six to eight months’ time.

A total of 20 households were successfully relocated to new houses.

Muchesu is a strategic coal asset in Southern Africa with over 2.6 billion tonnes of coking and thermal coal.

It covers 19 236 hectares of the highly prospective Karroo mid-Zambezi coal basin, located in the established Hwange-Binga mining area in north-western Zimbabwe.