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Mchenga coal mine to increase monthly production

May 23, 2024 / Wahard Betha
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Mchenga exhibited at the Malawi Mining Investment Forum

Rumphi based Mchenga Coal Mine (MCM) says it is working on increasing its production capacity from the current 1,200 metric tons per month to 4,500 metric tons.

Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the Malawi Mining Investment Forum in Lilongwe, MCM Acting Mine Manager Assan Tembo said in order to meet the production target, the company plans to open new mining sites within the license areas which will be operating concurrently with the old mining sites.

Tembo said the company is also working on repairing machinery which stopped working resulting in low production.

 “Recently we were facing challenges due to very heavy rainfall which resulted in high water levels in the mines but we are now ready to resume production, and anytime soon maybe in the next two months our production will go up to 4500 per month after opening the new mines,” he said.

Tembo assured customers that Mchenga will continue providing coal of good quality despite increasing production.

 “If you remember, since we started mining, people have been saying Mchenga coal is of the best quality. It is the same coal we are mining. We promise to maintain the same quality of coal after opening the new mine. It is good quality coal, and industries like cement production, which needs quality coal, will like our coal,” said Tembo.  

Mchenga’s labour force currently comprises 285 employees, and they provide workers and their families amenities which include a clinic, a primary school, kindergarten, a subsidized shop, sporting facilities, electricity, a club with Digital Satellite Television, a maize mill and portable water.

The Company also provides industrial attachments to various students from technical colleges and universities in Malawi including interns from Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Malawi University of Business and Applied Science (MUBAS) and University of Malawi – the Polytechnic.

Mchenga produces sub-bituminous coal of high calorific value of 5800-7400kcal/kg and low ash content of around 14-24% and its major customers include Limbe Leaf, Cement Products, Kanengo Tobacco Processors, CP Feeds Group, Castel Malawi, Alliance One, East Metals and Miscor.

The mine is located in Livingstonia Coalfield, which hosts a number of coal mines including Chombe, Jalawe and Kaziwiziwi.

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