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Govt clears concerns on HCCL equipment

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Government has cleared suspicion that Hwange Colliery Company may have acquired second-hand mining equipment following a series of faults that affected its performance, but insisted that the new machinery should perform. HCCL acquired the equipment from state- owned Indian mining equipment manufacturer, Bharat Earth Moving Equipment Limited, but encountered recurrent problems mostly on the excavators, resulting in missed production targets. Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister Fred Moyo said Government vetted the equipment to verify concerns that HCCL may have bought used equipment, which would explain the performance related problems on some of the equipment. The assessment revealed that the equipment was indeed new and was acquired from India’s biggest state-owned manufacturer of mining equipment, BEML, using a loan the coal miner secured from the Indian Export and Import Bank. The faulty excavators were part of a $32 million equipment supply deal, but only half the value had been delivered. – Herald

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