Hwange Coal Mines Flooded, ZPC Not Paying The Miners On Time Will Slow Down The Dewatering Process – CPA

Its a case of “when it rains it pours” for both Hwange Coal Mines and Zimbabwe as coal miners are saying the dewatering process might take more time since ZPC has not paid them for the coal they supplied the plant to be used to generate electricity, The Herald reports.

The floods that hit Hwange on Saturday flooded coal mines and they need money to dewater the mines, and ZPC has not paid them, which has grounded power generation at the coal mining town to  0 MW.

Speaking to the publication, Coal Producers Association (CPA) chairman Mr Raymond Mutokonyi said:

It is a disaster in terms of coal mining, as the pits are flooded.

The situation is made worse by the fact that the de-watering process is expensive and most coal miners do not have money to undertake this mammoth exercise since the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) is not paying us for coal supplied

Coal miners are owed in excess of $100 million by ZPC as at January 10, 2020, but we have supplied more coal since then and the figure is now over $100 million. All mines are affected and we hope to start the process of de-watering on Monday (today)

More: The Herald 

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