Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL)
MCL is the largest coal mining company in Zambia. It has total estimated reserves of 140 million tonnes comprising high grade and thermal grade coal, spread over 1070 hectares out of a total concession area of 7900 hectares at Maamba, in Sinazongwe district of Southern Province.
Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pte Limited, a subsidiary of Nava Bharat Ventures Limited, holds a majority equity stake in MCL. The balance is held by ZCCM-Investment Holdings Plc, an investment company of Government of Republic Zambia. The Company has revived coal mining operations and is presently establishing a 300MW coal fired power plant in Phase-I. The total investment is around US$ 800 Million.
MCL employs scientific mining methodology and modern heavy earth moving equipment for coal mining. The Company operates a state-of-the-art, environment friendly, Coal Handling and Processing Plant which ensures consistent quality to meet customer requirements. MCL has achieved significant improvement in the management of coal dumps, mitigating air pollution.
In recognition of these achievements, MCL bagged the prestigious " Environmental Award 2012 ” from Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).
To meet the growing demand for power, MCL is setting up a mine-mouth, 300MW ( 2 x 150MW ) Coal Fired Power Plant, which will utilize the thermal grade coal from the coal mine as fuel.
The Power Plant will employ Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion (CFBC) technology which is well known for environment friendly operation.
SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corp., China, one of the largest EPC Contractors for power plants, substations and transmission lines, is implementing this power project.
Apart from meeting the energy needs of Zambia, the project, is expected to contribute significantly to the social and economic development in the Southern Province of Zambia.
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Social Management and Community Services
MCL believes in an inclusive programme for discharging its Corporate Social Responsibility which is the core of all developmental activities. For this purpose, the Company constituted the Maamba Development Trust (MDT) which takes care of all the non-core mining activities as well as community development works in and around Maamba with particular emphasis on health, education and sports, aside from other livelihood development activities.
The Company has focused its efforts on protected water supply, storm water drainage and sanitation system in and around Maamba. MCL inculcates safety culture, principally among the personnel involved in active mining and coal processing operations.