The Ngaka Coal Project is Tancoal’s flagship project. Located in the vast coalfields of south western Tanzania, the Ngaka Basin has the potential to host up to 1 billion tonnes of high quality thermal coal.

The Ngaka Basin comprises the Mbalawala sub-basin in the south and the Mbuyura-Mkapa sub-basin to the north. Tancoal has a total coal resource of 367 million tonnes, and expects this figure to increase significantly as further drilling at Mbalawala and Mbuyura-Mkapa is conducted.

Coal mining commenced at Ngaka in August 2011, with initial mining conducted by a simple, low cost “truck and shovel” operation, and presently selling up to 600,000 tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of unwashed coal to Tanzania’s domestic customers.

As the mining rate increases, Tancoal will ramp up coal production to meet the requirements for the Power Station expected to come on-line in 2021.

In addition to supplying coal for domestic customers and the Power Station, the Ngaka Coal Project plans to produce between 2-3Mtpa of coal for export.

Key Facts

  • Tancoal BFS complete and positive
  • JORC-compliant resource of 367 million tonnes upgraded in October 2017

The Ngaka Thermal Coal Project is Intra Energy’s most advanced and exciting development project. Intra Energy operates the Ngaka coal project through  a joint venture between Tancoal Energy Limited (Tancoal), 70% owned by Intra Energy and 30% by the National Development Corporation (NDC) of Tanzania.

Wave Engineering Solutions released a Bankable Feasibility Study in September 2010 for the commercialisation of a thermal coal resource. This study confirms the economic viability of Atomic’s coal reserves at Mbalawala Block, Ngaka Coalfield. The reserve estimate used in this study was prepared by Coffey Mining Australia in accordance with the JORC Code (2004).