Zimbabwe okays export of 200,000 tonnes of excess thermal coal

Zimbabwe has allowed the export of 200,000 tonnes of excess thermal coal because of limited intake at its biggest coal-fired power plant, which is beset by frequent breakdowns.

The southern African nation’s six coal miners have a standing arrangement to supply 300,000 tonnes of coal to Hwange power station every month but constant breakdowns of ageing equipment have led to lower coal consumption. The power coal stockpile has been growing, hence, Zimbabwe Coal Producers Association requested to be allowed to export some of it, which has been granted. Zimbabwe usually does not allow the export of power coal to ensure adequate domestic supply.


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