[miningmx.com] – MAAMBA Collieries, majority owned by Singaporean
miner Nava Bharat Pte, has pushed back to 2015 the completion of its 300 megawatt
coal-fired power plant in Zambia due to delays in getting environmental approvals, an
official said on Thursday.
Nava Bharat acquired a 65% stake in Maamba in 2009 and the remaining 35% was
retained by the government of Zambia. As part of the deal, Nava Bharat said it would
revive the operations of the Maamba mine and build the coal-fired power plant.
Construction, which was initially due to start last year, would begin next month and
the power project was likely to be completed in 2015 instead of 2014, Maamba COO
Gurram Narayana told Reuters.
“We only got the project approved last week and we have given notice to our
contractor to start work in mid-April,” Narayana said.
“We have delayed to start this project and we hope that by 2015 we should be done.”
According to a detailed layout of the project, the plant would initially produce 300MW
and later add another 300MW.
The investment for the first phase of the project was $750m, Narayana said.