Zambia: New mine on the cards

By Nawa Mutumweno – Indongo Mining Limited is to establish the Mulungwa Coal Mining Project, estimated at $10 million, in Mulungwa Basin, Maamba, in Sinazongwe District,  Southern Zambia.

The company is a Zambian registered company in equal partnership with Jonah Coal Limited of South Africa. The project will involve coal mining whose essential element is an open pit and a coal washing plant with their associated ancillary equipment. When the pit is at full operating capacity, it will produce 840 000 tonnes of coal per annum with a mine life of nine years.

Indongo has since submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Environmental Council of Zambia (ECZ) for consideration.

It has also submitted a Resettlement Action Plan for the local people who will be affected due to the proposed development of this project, which will mainly be household and communal facilities which may in turn lead to the loss of property and livelihood sources.