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Jindal to develop Mmamabula east coal field

Jindal Botswana has decided to develop the Mmamabula east coal field and plant projects.

Addressing councillors during Mahalapye Sub-council meeting recently, the project manager, Mr Neeraj Saxena said the company acquired CIC Energy Corp in September last year.

Mr Saxena said CIC no longer existed and therefore Jindal was the sole owner of all the assets of CIC.

He said Jindal aimed at producing 300MW of power by 2015 and a further 300 MW by 2018 as per the government’s coal roadmap.

He said the company had proposed to develop 600MW under phase one and another 300MW in phase two.

However, he said phase two of the project would be implemented at the request of the government or pursuant to the requisite demand for power in neighbouring countries or other energy intensive users.

He said the plant would use coal mined from the Mmamabula coal field. Mr Saxena said the power plant was a critical part of the Mmamabula project, adding that work on the plant foundations would start on May 31.

He said a lot of infrastructure work was supposed to be done prior to the deadline. He said Jindal Mmamabula Energy project phase two included Mmamabula Coal Mine, Mmamabula Power Plant, Bowapitse Wellfield, Rail Link and Services, access road, airstrip and a residential village.

He also said the project objective was to construct a rail link, upgrade the Capricorn road and develop water supply pipeline and airfield for facilitating the development of the project.

He said the development of the airfield was to provide safe access to site, saying it would also be used to fly in management and contractors during construction and operations.

In addition, the airfield might be used for emergencies and equipment. “The project also aimed to develop a residential village towards facilitating construction and operation of the Jindal Mmamabula Energy Project phase one for the purpose of housing the workforce for the project north east of Mmaphashalala,” he said.           

He said he hoped Mmamabula Energy Project would be completed by December 2015. Councillors appreciated the update saying the project would add value in the sub-district.

Councilor Lazarus Lekgoanyane of Debete ward said the Mmamabula project would aid the ailing economy as well assist in terms of employment opportunities.

Cllr Lekgoanyane promised to support the project to ensure that it was fully implemented. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Lesedi Chikumbudzi

Location : MAHALAPYE

Event : Sub-council meeting

Date : Mar 10 Sun,2013

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