Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL)
Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) wishes to engage in coal mining activities in the Western Area coalfield located in Deka Safari Area. HCCL was awarded Special Grant No. 5950 in July 2015 to prospect for coal and coal-bed methane over the Western Areas Coalfield. The area of interest is located some 25km west of Hwange town in the Deka Safari Area. The project area is located approximately 22km west of Hwange town. The coalfield can be accessed from the Old No.3 colliery via the Bumbusi dirt road to Sinamatela camp. The coalfields occupy an area of approximately 9 685 hectares.
Hwange Colliery Company Limited appointed Environmental Guardians Services to conduct an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The coal mine will be developed as an open-cast mine. Opencast or open cut mining is only economic when the coal seam is near the surface as depicted by the picture below.
However, Hwange Colliery Company is yet to commence coal mining in the Western Area.
Geological Mapping of the Project Area