Coal Mining giant Co-Ash Resources (CAR), a partner of Zimbabwe’s HWANGE Colliery Company pledged an amount of $7m towards the pilot stage of its coal waste fired power plant that would generate authorized 1,000 MW of energy in the country, AllAfrica reported.

The commencement of the 20MW project was shifted from December 2015 to Q1 of 2016 to allow for the completion of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) study, according to East African Business News.

In efforts to address power deficit in the region, the coal waste fired power plant will be developed over a period of ten years.

Meanwhile, a feasibility study on a 250 MW integrated plasma gasification combined cycle (IPGCC) has been completed among Hwange, CAR, Five, Hatch, GE, and Alter NRG. The study is to confirm the technical and base framework for the implementation of the IPGCC first IPP licensed unit.

Earleir in June, Hwange was reported to have cut 1,000 jobs this year from a total workforce of 3,000,  to make the coal miner more viable. The firm produces 150,000 tons of coal a month and it was working to double the output by end of the year.