Rukwa mine project can support 300MW coal-fired power station in Tanzania

coal africaThe coal deposit can be mined for a minimum of 27 years. (Image source: Navin Kirloskar/Flickr)Kibo Mining’s Rukwa mine project can generate enough coal to support a 300MW coal-fired mine-mouth power station in Tanzania, according to a study

The report is part of the definitive mining feasibility study (DMFS) for the Rukwa coal project.

Kibo Mining said that the mine power station at Rukwa would require 28.8mn tonnes of coal over 20 years, which amounts to around 48 per cent of the currently mineable resource of 60mn tonnes.

The remaining 52 per cent can be extracted from the 35km strike length of Rukwa deposit for 40 years, the firm added.

There would be enough fuel left to sustain an additional 600MW capacity for a further 30 to 40 years, according to Kibo Mining.

Louis Coetzee, chief executive of Kibo Mining, said, “We are delighted with the latest results of the ongoing work at Rukwa. The progress made with Stage 1 of Phase 1 of the Rukwa DMFS confirms the robust technical and economic fundamentals of the project and its suitability to support a 300MW power station for up to 40 years.”

The company added that discussions are in progress to finalise heads of terms for power purchase, coal sale and grid connection agreements.

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