Maamba collieries – empowering community and workforce safety

Maamba Collieries Ltd (MCL) has scaled-up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, implementing stringent preventive safety measures.

SHEQ Manager Yotham Phiri said MCL is treating the global pandemic with utmost seriousness, and taking all measures to ensure the health and safety of its staff, while also sensitising the community.

He said “We are alive to the gravity of the situation and are taking every possible precaution to prevent the COVID-19 infecting our people. Measures we have implemented include daily fumigation of all MCL buildings, equipment and vehicles to minimise contamination, as well as stopping all visitors. Our safety team is working hard to ensure every entry point to the mine and all buildings have sanitising equipment for our staff to use.”

HR and Administration Manager Bwali Ndau highlighted that measures to minimise person-to-person contact, ensuring social distancing and personal hygiene have been put in place. Also, special COVID-19 advisory posters have been posted at multiple locations to remind everyone of necessary precautions. As an added precaution, MCL has advised all employees who had travelled abroad on vacation, not to return to Zambia and has stopped non-essential travel within the country, until the situation returns to normal.

MCL interventions against COVID-19 have also extended to the sensitisation of the local community, special sessions for school children on hygiene, helping the community with materials to ensure hygiene, as well as donating a critical care ventilator for treatment of infected personnel.

Meanwhile, in support of the request of the Sinazongwe Council, MCL is donating much-need materials for the COVID-19 Isolation Site – including N95 masks, disposable overalls, gumboots, gloves as well as hand-washing facilities and personal hygiene items including liquid hand wash soap, detergent and much-needed fuel for vehicles.

Maamba Collieries is a key player in Zambia’s energy sector feeding 300MW into the national grid. Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, MCL has ensured it remains at the forefront in the fight against the deadly virus in the country, through a strong demonstration of commitment to stringent safety measures and community awareness.

Source: Mining News

Maamba Colliers LTD Extract from 2019 Annual Report

MCL reported total revenue of ZMW2,486.60 million (US$ 222.10 million) for the financial year ended 31 March 2019 [(2018: ZMW1,172.00 (US$122.73 million)] and had profit after tax of
ZMW554.21 million (US$49.50 million) [(2018: ZMW148.87 million (US$15.59 million). The increase in revenue was due to increased demand for high grade coal from customers and steady production from the thermal power plant, while profit was driven by increased revenue and a deferred tax liability.

During the period under review, Maamba experienced liquidity challenges as a result of late receipt of payments from off takers. Efforts were made to restructure the payments of
outstanding receivables indicating commitment from both parties to rectify the situation. Management of Maamba were committed to cost efficiency measures and remains positive as the company looks forward to the restructuring of tariffs that would remedy systemic mismatches in the sector.

There were no dividends declared during the year under review (2018: Nil).

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Maamba moves power plant pumps to keep Zambia powered

ambia’s Maamba Collieries has relocated water pumps to a new location in the Kariba lake, to provide water for the boilers of its 300 MW coal-fired power plant.

The company said in a release on Friday that this was necessitated by falling water levels in the Kariba lake.

Maamba operates two 150 MW power generating units, each consuming  9 000 m3/d of water when running at full capacity.

The company attributed the low water levels in the area to low rainfall during the last wet season in the country.

“Installing the pumps at a deeper location was not easy in crocodile- and hippo-infested waters, as these had to be kept at bay as men worked in knee-deep waters. We often had to seek the assistance of wildlife wardens to ensure safety,” said mining manager Scott Phiri.

The pump relocation was done within three weeks, with temporary power lines and substations having been set up, as well as a road created to transfer the two 132 kW pumps.

Maamba supplies 10% of Zambia’s current installed electricity generation capacity.

Source: Mining Weekly 

Continued Falling Water Levels At Kariba Dam Forces Maamba Collieries To Relocate Its Pumps

By Patricia Mbewe

Maamba Collieries ltd has relocated its pumps to a new location in the Kariba Lake to provide water essential for the boilers of its 300-megawatt power plant following falling water levels in Kariba.

Maamba Collieries runs two power generating units, with a capacity of 150 megawatts, each of which consumes about 9,000 cubic meters of water a day when running at full capacity.

Low rainfall during the last wet season caused water levels at the primary location of the pump station in Lake Kariba to drop dramatically from the usual 9-metre depths to zero levels leading to the water at the pumps running dry.

Maamba Development Trust Manager Jethro Sikalunda has said in a statement that mindful of the power crisis in the country and the need to generate essential power, the company redeployed its pumps to a new location in order to keep the thermal plant of the country’s largest independent power producer operating at full capacity and avoid further load-shedding.

Mr. Sikalinda however said the water at the temporary pump station set up about 400 meters from the original suction point, also dried up last year, despite dredging efforts to sustain water depths.

He explained that despite dredging, the temporary pumping site also ran dry, forcing yet another relocation of the pumps further up the lake in deeper waters.
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Source: Zambia Observer

Zambia’s largest IPP is transforming the face of Maamba

Contributing around 10% of the nation’s electricity generation capacity has a huge impact on the nation’s energy security and the economy in general, but for Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL), its endeavours do not stop there.

The sponsors and management of MCL understand that no business can be successful, unless the community around it shares in that success. Towards this vision, the company has set up the Maamba Development Trust (MDT), whose motto is, “Making a Difference…”.

The objective is to spearhead social and economic development in Maamba, Sinazongwe District, and in other areas where Maamba Collieries operates. MCL’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives are part of the company’s social investment policy, centered on community development and improving the living conditions of the people.

The initiative is built on four pillars – education, health, infrastructure development and sports, apart from conserving the environment as well as assisting with other needs of the community.

On the education front, MCL runs the Maamba Private School with over 500 local students and a Nursey for around 160 toddlers, while also providing regular support to the GRZ-run school for differently abled children.

Towards improving health facilities, MCL partnering with the Ministry of Health, is setting up a state of the art eye care unit in Maamba General Hospital to provide eye care to the needy in the district and beyond.  

MCL is also in the final stages of building a clinic near Lake Kariba which will provide access to medical facilities for around 10 remote villages and fishing camps.

The cornerstone of MCL’s CSR interventions has been laying new roads in the Maamba Township – roads which had not seen any work for over four decades – thereby providing dust free and safe roads to travel.

On the sports and fitness front, the company sponsors the First Division Maamba Energy Stars F.C., and provides access to the sporting facilities including golf, tennis, squash and badminton to the local community of Maamba Township.

Meanwhile, the Company has been contributing to the development of the youth and less privileged by running TEVETA approved welding & metal fabrication & power electric courses in its modern, well-equipped Training Centre.

Towards sustaining the livelihood needs of the people, the Company runs tailoring and carpentry classes for the local women and menfolk, skills which they can use for supplementing their meagre income.

“In order for us to mitigate the impact of mining and thermal power generation operations, environmental conservation remains a key focus area. We endeavor to plant over 30,000 trees every year and continuously undertake rehabilitation of waste dumps in order for us to preserve our environment,” said Head Corporate Affairs PJ Sudhir.

Meanwhile, MDT Manager, Jethro Sikalunda highlights that, “MCL also provides much needed access to water for the people of Sinazongwe, by pumping water through a 28-km pipeline from Lake Kariba to SWASCO – to meet the community needs for potable water”.

He added that, “The company also provides support to the three chiefs in its area of operations”.

With the support of all stakeholders, MCL has been   transforming the face of Maamba, bringing much-needed social and economic empowerment, and essentially, MAKING A DIFFERENCE by improving the lives of the community in Maamba and the district of Sinazongwe.

Source: Mining Review Africa

Zambia’s Largest Independent Power Producer Transforming Face Of Maamba

Zambia’s Largest Independent Power Producer Transforming Face Of Maamba.

Contributing around 10% of the nation’s electricity generation capacity has a huge impact on the nation’s energy security and the economy in general, but for Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL), its endeavours do not stop there.

The sponsors and management of MCL understand that no business can be successful, unless the community around it shares in that success. Towards this vision, the company has set up the Maamba Development Trust (MDT), whose motto is, “Making a Difference…”

The objective is to spearhead social and economic development in Maamba, Sinazongwe District, and in other areas where Maamba Collieries operates. MCL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives are part of the company’s social investment policy, centered on community development and improving the living conditions of the people. The initiative is built on four pillars – education, health, infrastructure development and sports, apart from conserving the environment as well as assisting with other needs of the community.

On the education front, MCL runs the Maamba Private School with over 500 local students and a Nursery for around 160 toddlers, while also providing regular support to the GRZ-run school for differently abled children.

Towards improving health facilities, MCL partnering with the Ministry of Health, is setting up a state of the art eye care unit in Maamba General Hospital to provide eye care to the needy in the district and beyond.  MCL is also in the final stages of building a clinic near Lake Kariba which will provide access to medical facilities for around 10 remote villages and fishing camps.

The cornerstone of MCL’s CSR interventions has been laying new roads in the Maamba Township – roads which had not seen any work for over four decades – thereby providing dust free and safe roads to travel.

On the sports and fitness front, the company sponsors the First Division Maamba Energy Stars F.C., and provides access to the sporting facilities including golf, tennis, squash and badminton to the local community of Maamba Township.

Meanwhile, the Company has been contributing to the development of the youth and less privileged by running TEVETA approved welding & metal fabrication & power electric courses in its modern, well-equipped Training Centre. Towards sustaining the livelihood needs of the people, the Company runs tailoring and carpentry classes for local women and menfolk, skills which they can use for supplementing their meagre income.

“In order for us to mitigate the impact of mining and thermal power generation operations, environmental conservation remains a key focus area. We endeavor to plant over 30,000 trees every year and continuously undertake rehabilitation of waste dumps in order for us to preserve our environment,” said Head Corporate Affairs PJ Sudhir.

Meanwhile, MDT Manager, Mr. Jethro Sikalunda highlights that, “MCL also provides much needed access to water for the people of Sinazongwe, by pumping water through a 28-km pipeline from Lake Kariba to SWASCO – to meet the community needs for potable water”.

He added that, “The company also provides support to the three chiefs in its area of operations”.

With the support of all stakeholders, MCL has been transforming the face of Maamba, bringing much-needed social and economic empowerment, and essentially, MAKING A DIFFERENCE by improving the lives of the community in Maamba and the district of Sinazongwe.

Maamba Collieries resumes full capacity operations

Maamba Collieries has announced that it has resumed full capacity operations despite being hampered by lack of funds.

And the company Chief Executive Officer Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar has welcomed the review of power tariffs saying this will help Zesco make timely payments.

In a statement issued by Langmead and Baker, Saturday, Shankar said the resumption of operations was a result of sustained efforts by management and equipment suppliers, despite being hampered by lack of funds.

“The 300 MW coal-fired power plant of Maamba Collieries Limited has resumed full capacity operations and is supplying the full contracted power to ZESCO. The country’s largest independent power producer is now supplying almost 25 percent of the nation’s power, based on the estimated 1,080 MW of power currently being distributed in Zambia. “We are happy to inform that both 150 MW power units at Maamba Collieries are now running at their full capacity thanks to sustained efforts by the management with the equipment suppliers, despite being hampered by lack of funds”,” the statement read.

“While referring to the recent shutdowns reported in the media, he added that the modern, eco-friendly coal-fired power plant – the only one of its kind in Zambia – is complex, and due to the nature of its operations, needs periodic robust maintenance and specialised technical support, which comes at high costs and cannot be ignored if production is to be assured. He added that MCL has been facing challenges on this account due to shortfall of funds.”

He said timely payments by Zesco would help the company ensure proactive maintenance of the plant and improve availability of power.

“In this context, the CEO said the recent tariff revision augurs well for the energy industry in Zambia as it should allow ZESCO to make timely payments to its power suppliers like Maamba Collieries, which would ensure proactive maintenance of the power plant and improve availability of power. The present shortage of rainfall in the country has reduced the power generation capacity from ZESCO hydro plants drastically, and energy producers like Maamba Collieries, which are not dependent on rainfall, play a key role in the managing energy deficit using resources available in Zambia without recourse to imports,” read the statement.

“Meanwhile, Maamba Collieries will be working with ZESCO to ensure schedules for mandatory major overhauls are adjusted as far as possible to accommodate ZESCO’s requirement of power and to minimise disruption of the nation’s energy supply, the company added.
Rear Admiral Shankar said: “While the last few months have been very challenging for Maamba Collieries due to shortfall in funds, we will strive to provide uninterrupted power to ZESCO, which will reduce the effects of the current electricity deficit. MCL supplying full output capacity, barring scheduled maintenance breaks, can be a reality in the coming months with ZESCO meeting its payment obligations to MCL in full on the back of additional revenue from the tariff revision and the continued support of Government.”.”

Source: News Diggers

Maamba Collieries in Zambia Sets Record Straight on Load-Shedding

Maamba Collieries in Zambia needs ZESCO to clear outstanding debts owed to the company so it can maintain efficient operations at its 300 MW coal-fired power plant.

Due to a continued shortfall in monthly payments of its power bills by ZESCO, Maamba Collieries (MCL) has not been able to keep up a robust maintenance programme at its modern eco-friendly thermal power plant – which has been contributing significantly to the energy balance of the country.

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The cash flow shortage has resulted in the company being unable to sustain quality proactive maintenance to the 300 MW facility, and the recent forced shutdown of one of its two generation units, halving its power supplied to the national grid of Zambia to 130 MW.

“Maamba Collieries makes a significant contribution to the national grid and provides a vital diversification from the reliance on hydropower that has proved so vulnerable to climate change.

“We stand ready, willing and able to supply significant base load power to Zambia,” says Maamba Collieries CEO, Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar.

“But without payment from ZESCO – our sole source of revenue – we have insufficient funds to pay for costly spare parts and maintenance as also the project dues to our principal equipment supplier whose expertise we depend on, which is not a desirable situation in these times of energy crisis that the country is facing and may face over the next couple of years.”

The company confirmed that one of its two units was forced to shut down on October 17, 2019 owing to technical fault and requires extensive consultations with the equipment supplier.

A statement from ZESCO on October 18, 2019, attributed an additional three hours of load-shedding to the Maamba shutdown.

Typical of the state-of-the-art technology, the power plant requires intensive regular maintenance involving high expenditure for spares, support services from the equipment manufacturers and other maintenance activities.

However, since commencing supplying power in August 2016, there has been a continuous shortfall in monthly payments received from ZESCO against Maamba Collieries’ power bills, explained Rear Admiral Shankar.

The company has not disclosed the amount of funds owed but explained that the payment shortfall has left it with inadequate cash for conduct of operations and maintenance activities. 

“Maamba Collieries considers the emerging situation as being largely attributable to non-receipt of full payments from ZESCO, leading to MCL being cash strapped, which is increasingly beginning to impact the continued running of the plant and its machinery, and its ability to undertake repairs and proactive maintenance.

Under these conditions we are unable to confirm the timeline for resumption of operations of the unit that is shut down or guarantee continued availability of the second unit currently operating,” says Rear Admiral Shankar.

“We are hopeful of ZESCO’s cooperation in meeting our monthly payments, which would ensure that Maamba Collieries will be able to run its plant at full capacity in these difficult times of acute power shortage,” he added.

Let’s Plan for Load-Shedding

FOLLOWING a dry spell which has adversely affected almost half of the country in the 2018-2019 rainy season, it has become necessary for power utility firm Zesco to ration the supply of power to its domestic and industrial clients.
Erratic rains have resulted in low water levels at Zesco’s hydropower plants such as Kariba Dam and Itezhi Tezhi.
Cutting back on electricity supply to households and industries will certainly have a negative impact on the economy.
However, it has become inevitable in view of the dry spell. If Zesco had a way, it would not resort to cutting back on electricity supply because this will eat into the power utility’s revenue base.
But this is the consequence of climate change which the country did not bargain for, but should now be planning ahead for. Plans that are already in place must be accelerated.
Now, households, businesses – small, medium and big – will have to come to terms with power rationing otherwise known as load-shedding.
When calamities such as droughts hit us, it reminds the country of the sad reality about the country’s over-dependence on hydropower.
Hydropower generation, despite being the country’s mainstay of electricity, is a risky undertaking due to its vulnerability to climate change.
In 2015, the country experienced a severe energy deficit and crisis on account of low water levels resulting in inadequate power generation.
The country’s hydropower resource potential is estimated at over 6,000 MW. Currently, the installed capacity stands at about 2,700 MW.
Of this, small- and medium-sized power generation accounts for less than two percent.
The country has rich potential in renewable energy resources such as biomass, solar, wind and geothermal, which are currently under-utilised.
That is why there has been emphasis of late for the country to seriously consider having a rich mix of energy sources.
Progress has been made with the thermal plant at Maamba Collieries Limited, built at over US$840 million and generating 300 megawatts which is fed into the national grid.
With the help of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group, Government is putting up several solar power projects around the country.
The recent commissioning of the completion of the solar photovoltaic plant for the Bangweulu Power Company Limited in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone is one of the perfect examples of Government efforts in embracing renewable energy.
There are also a couple of other projects in the pipeline.
However, the task of diversifying sources of energy cannot be left to Government alone. The private sector, too, should come on board if the country is to keep pace with economic growth.
At household level, families and individuals should consider switching to gas stoves as well as installing solar panels to ensure their critical gadgets are operational.
Zesco, on the other hand, should publicise the load-shedding schedule so that all power consumers are aware when they are going to be affected.
The power utility should also ensure that the power rationing should not hamper production levels in industries, farms as well as small and medium businesses remaining in business during the load-shedding period.
Zesco should come up with a win-win situation with industry by ensuring that industry is given power at the agreed time so that there is maximisation of limited resources.

Nava Bharat Ventures Ltd. – Update On Maamba Collieries Ltd., Our Zambian Step Down Subsidiary

..70% Receivables realized and Debt down by 25%..

The following perspective is in response to certain enquiries from the investors concerning our step down subsidiary, Maamba Collieries Limited, Zambia (MCL).

MCL has been operating an integrated 300 MW (2X150 MW) coal-fired power plant and selling power under a long term Availability Based Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ZESCO, the local Utility.

ZESCO has been effecting part payments on a monthly basis and bulk payments at different intervals, against power purchase from MCL and Investors will be pleased to know that as on March 31, 2019, MCL has already realized over 70% of the total amounts billed since synchronization of the power plant with the Grid.

We are also glad to inform you that MCL is up to date on all its debt service obligations and the long term debt is down by 25%.

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