Mchenga Coal Mine

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Mchenga Coal Mine is a mine in the Livingstonia coalfield, Rumphi, Malawi.[1]

The mine may provide power to the Rukuru power station and is exported for cement manufacture. It is the second-largest mine in the country, after the Kasikizi Coal Mine.


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The mine began operations in 1987 and it primarily supplies the local market. The was started by a company owned by the Government of Malawi, Mining Investment and Development Corporation. In 1999, 11 years later, it was privatised under the company Coal Products Ltd. At present, the mine is jointly owned by a British-Jamaican investor, Lincoln Bailey, and a Malawian investor, Rafik Gaffar.[1]

In December 2017, China's Hubei Electric Power Construction Engineering Co signed an EPC contract with Mchenga Coal Mines of Malawi to build a 100 MW coal plant in northern Malawi, the Rukuru power station.[2]

In February 2020, Rumphi Police officers were involved in a conflict between Mchenga Coal Mine and community members after the two sides disagreed over corporate social responsibility.[3]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Mchenga Coal Mines[1]
  • Owner: Mchenga Coal Mines
  • Location: Livingstonia coalfield, Rumphi, Malawi
  • Coordinates: -10.715137, 34.154232 (Exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) (2500 t per month)[1]
  • Capacity: 0.9 million tonnes per annum (7,500 tonnes per month)[1]
  • Mineable Reserves: 26.5 million tonnes (1.5 proven reserves, 25 probable reserves)[1]
  • Coal Type: Thermal, Industrial[1]
  • Mine Type: Underground
  • Start Year: 1987[1]
  • Source of Financing:

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