By Mining Reporter – Friday 13 September 2019
A PROSPECTIVE investor willing to undertake coal mining in Binga has revealed to the local authorities that over a billion coal reserves are available for exploitation in the resort town.
Binga is a growing small town in the western side of Zimbabwe sharing economic boundaries with Hwange on the western side and Nyaminyami on the eastern side.
In an interview with Mining Index, Binga Rural District Council Agriculture and Tourism Officer Sam Mwinde revealed that a prospective miner had visited the area to undertake coal exploration.
“There are mining opportunities in Binga particularly of coal. Of late, we have one company that had come in the area to explore and trying to make deeper research on the type of coal that is available.”
“The results of research have shown that there is good quality coal suitable for producing coke but at the moment exploitation has not taken place so we are still waiting for the same company to come back,” said Mwinde.
“Basing on the results they managed to get, and after quantifying, they were talking of around 1.2 billion tonnes of coal which needs to be tapped.”
He said the company has both local and foreign directors.
Similarly, significant deposits of coal are also available in Mbire, north of Zimbabwe but no meaningful mining activities are happening to extract the mineral. ENDS//