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Botswana Coal Miner Sees Opportunity in Regional Shortages

  • Morupule plans exports to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Expansion plans will see ouput almost triple by 2025

Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants.

Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production to 8 million metric tons by 2025 from 2.8 million tons now and is targeting shipments to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Matthews Bagopi, the business development and strategy manager at Morupule Coal Mine, said in an interview Thursday in the capital, Gaborone. The mine mainly supplies the 600 megawatt Morupule B plant nearby, but also ships to South African cement-maker PPC Ltd.’s slurry plant near Zeerust in the northwest of the country, and Namibia Power Corp.’s Van Eck power plant.