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Zambian coal output soars

World Coal,

Coal production at the Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) mine in Sinazongwe, Zambia, increased from 90 000 t in 2012 to 400 000 t last year.

According to the mining company, this improvement is largely due to a relatively stable policy environment and conditions in Zambia. In a press statement, head of corporate affairs at MCL, Janardhan Lavu, explained that the performance by Maamba Collieries had been good since the mine reopened in May 2010.

Stable economic position

Lavu added that the company had continued to see an upward trend in coal production, explaining that “the good performance in both production and sales can be safely attributed to a fairly stable and growing economic position Zambia occupies”.

This strong performance saw the company record orders from within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Lavu confirmed that Maamba had the ability to produce adequate coal requirements for the whole country.

MCL is a joint venture between the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings and Nava Bharat of Singapore.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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