The mining of coal at Hwange Collieryâ€™s two underground mines which had been stopped due to flooding caused by incessant rains has now returned to normal with production now reaching between 10 000 to 12 000 tonnes per day.
The first part of the 2010-2011 rainfall season affected the extraction of coal at Hwange Collieryâ€™s two underground mines as flooding forced production to come to a halt.
The mining concern lost a weekly production loss of between 70 000 to 84 000 tonnes since on average production normally ranges between 10 000 to 12 000 tonnes daily.
Hwange Colliery Marketing Manager, Mr. Charles Zhou said this year Hwange District received lots of rains which ended up affecting coal production at the mine, but confirmed the resumption of coal mining.
During the flooding of the underground mines, mining equipment was submerged making it impossible to bring to the surface the fossil fuel but this has since been rectified.
Mr. Zhou said the flooding of Hwange mines affected the production of power and industrial coal.
Hwange Colliery Company is the countryâ€™s current sole coal producer and exports the product to Zambia, South Africa and recently Tanzani, but plans areÂ afoot to expand the exports to Australia following floods in that country.