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Rio Tinto closes $220m Mount Pleasant sale

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 Diversified mining major Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets, in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, for $220.7-million plus royalties. The group sold the project, which would produce 10.5-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal when in production, to Mach... 

Coal major expects production increases despite Inyanda closure

     29th July 2016 Thermal coal production from commercial mines owned by mining company Exxaro is expected to increase by 12%, mainly owing to the inclusion of coal producer Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) and higher production at the Grootegeluk coal mine, in Limpopo, and the North Block Complex coal mine, in... 

Coal major expects production increases despite Inyanda closure
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENTS The timing of the truck replacement programme at Grootgeluk is being refined, which will affect future years' capex

Elandspruit on track to deliver 200 000 t/m of coal 

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 Coal production at the Elandspruit mine, in Mpumalanga, is on track to reach 200 000 t/m run-of-mine (RoM) with the development of the colliery’s underground mining project, says coal mining and trading company Wescoal Holdings CEO Waheed Sulaiman. 

Elandspruit on track to deliver  200 000 t/m of coal
Wescoal project manager Ettienne Strydom explains the progress made at the Elandspruit open pit mine, in Mpumalanga. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 The Mabesekwa coal mine, in Botswana, is at an advanced stage of the Mabesekwa Export independent power producer (MEIPP) project and will seek to secure its mining licence and agreements to supply electricity to the South African Coal Baseload IPP programme and the domestic Botswana Greenfield... 

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead
Photo by Duane Daws
ROBUST LIFE EXPECTANCY The Mabesekwa mine's coal reserves are forecast to last well over 50 years

New Largo, Thabametsi top projects on coal analyst’s radar

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 Coal mines are being built close to power stations to increase their profitability, says consulting service XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. Two such coal projects under development are diversified miner Anglo American’s New Largo project, in Mpumalanga, and mining company... 

New Largo, Thabametsi  top projects on coal  analyst’s radar
WEALTHY WATERBERG The Waterberg area, in Limpopo, has more than 48-billion tons of coal in reserve

Coal production remains lucrative for South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Coal industry role-players remain confident that the commodity will continue to play a crucial role in energy production in South Africa and worldwide amid and despite the depressed coal market, which could drive more mines to closure. The low commodity price has resulted in local mines having to... 

Coal production  remains lucrative  for South Africa
BUILT FOR TONNAGE Joes Kwatani MD Kim Schoepflin and CEO Derrick Alston

Company renames asset, invests in renewables

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Sandton-based coal mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC) has renamed its flagship Rietkuil coal asset, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, the Nsele coal project after the re-evaluation of the project, which will now supply coal to State-owned power utility Eskom instead of exporting B-grade... 

Company renames  asset, invests  in renewables
HEINE VAN NIEKERK Delta Mining Consolidated will be able to supply State-owned power utility Eskom's Matla, Kriel, Kusile and Kendal plants with in spec coal

New CEO holds stock in coal

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Coal is the future of power generation worldwide, emphasises Australian exploration company Minergy’s newly appointed CEO Andre Bojé. “Coal remains the cheaper option . . . and I believe that while the commodity is currently struggling with a low price, it will soon pick up,” he states. 

New CEO holds  stock in coal
ANDRE BOJE The market points to the fact that it is not conducive to open greenfield projects to produce thermal coal for the international or regional market

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions

     11th March 2016 Strategically matching solutions to specific customer needs and applications along with emphasis on the overall improved durability of traditional coal dewatering screens, remains key within the coal processing industry, as it lowers operating costs. This is according to mining machinery producer... 

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions
MATCHING SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals’ latest developments in coal screen machine technology are focused on increasing the size and mechanical durability of its coal duty vibrating screen line

SA still Africa’s chief coal producer for now

     11th March 2016 South Africa will continue to be Africa’s dominant coal producer for the foreseeable future, says international trade credit insurer Coface industry analyst Andries Louw. However, he notes that with current international developments and the global economy changing, it is difficult to forecast... 

SA still Africa’s chief  coal producer for now
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL EXPORTS DOWN South African coal producers are facing a tough future as import opportunities are decreasing

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade

     11th March 2016 Accurate sampling in coal mining operations provides coal producers with a distinct advantage within the industry, says minerals processing company Multotec. The company believes that by creating a clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied, process managers can achieve... 

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade
PRECISE SCREENING A clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied will enable process managers to achieve an early indication of the final grade and yields of a product

Supplier boosting productivity with new casting machine

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Screening and vibrating equipment supplier Aury Africa intends to boost its productivity this year with the acquisition of a new polyurethane casting machine. The multimillion-rand machine will enable the Boksburg-based company to produce its own polyurethane screening panels, liners and wedges... 

Supplier boosting productivity with new casting machine
Photo by Duane Daws
STOCK IS DEAD MONEY The new machine will enable Joest Kwatani to reduce its stockholding as it will be able to produce screening panels as and when needed

Surge enables analytics company to go on Africa offensive

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 The 400% growth rate of Witbank-based coal analysis company Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) last year has prompted the company to broaden its reach into Africa despite the current challenging mining market. According to UAS CEO Audrey Ndlovu, this sudden surge in business is attributed to the... 

Surge enables analytics company to go on Africa offensive
AUDREY NDLOVU Umzamo Analytical Services has become synonymous with providing uncompromised, accurate, analytical results

Turnaround strategies should be collaborative to unlock value

     11th March 2016 Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy group Ukwazi maintains that its opencast coal mining turnaround strategy unlocks value by combining the interrelated processes that exist on a mine. “As commodity prices are at an all time low and markets are under pressure, we believe a... 

Turnaround strategies should be collaborative to unlock value
TEAM EFFORT Ukwazi’s mining turnaround strategy is based on an integrated and transparent process that aligns the objectives of all those involved to collaboratively execute the mine plan

SA company awarded maintenance contracts on back of Moz coal projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2015 Johannesburg-based conveyor maintenance company and supplier African Trading Group has completed the multimillion-rand installation of a conveyor belting system at Brazilian mining major Vale's Moatize 2 expansion project, in Tete province, Mozambique. African Trading Group director LeeAnn... 

SA company awarded maintenance contracts on back of Moz coal projects
TRAILING SUCCESS The project at Brazilian major mining group Vale's Moatize 2 project entailed the construction and installation of about 30 km of conveyor systems

CTL, UCG, mining defunct operations could become prized projects in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2015 Coal-to-liquid (CTL) and underground coal gasification (UCG) projects are set to become more important in the South African coal mining landscape and gain more prominence in the industry, forecasts professional services firm Venmyn Deloitte. Investors and mining companies need to think laterally... 

CTL, UCG, mining defunct operations could become prized projects in SA
Photo by Bloomberg
POSITIONED TO SHIFT Lateral thinking and the shift to new, alternative technologies are required to ensure the survival of South Africa’s coal market and its top projects in the current climate

Elandspruit production set to ramp up as project nears completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2015 Mpumalanga-based Elandspruit colliery will ramp up to produce 335 000 t of run-of-mine (RoM) a month before the end of this financial year, representing at least half of South African coal-mining and -trading company Wescoal’s 2016 financial year coal target of about four-million tons of RoM a... 

Elandspruit production  set to ramp up as project nears completion
FLAGSHIP QUALITY The Elandspruit, located outside Middelburg, has reserves of more than 34-million tons and a life-of-mine of 12 to 15 years

Kriel Occupational & Wellness Centre

     11th December 2015 Independent service provider Kriel Occupational & Wellness Centre, a 100% black, female-owned business, was formed in 2008 to bridge the gap in the occupational health sector identified by director Dr Patience Lindi Mokwena. The women-empowered company, which is focused on servicing the mining... 

Kriel Occupational & Wellness Centre

Producer focuses on colliery enhancement

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th December 2015 Thermal coal producer Keaton Energy’s greenfield Moabsvelden coal project, east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga, remains a short-term growth priority. “The Moabsvelden project is . . . [waiting[ in the wings,” CEO Mandi Glad said in a conference call on the company’s results for the six months ended... 

Producer focuses on colliery  enhancement
Photo by Duane Daws
ADD ON Moabsvelden will be an expansion of the Mpumalanga-based Vanggatfontein colliery, which delivered 1.19-million tons of washed thermal coal from seams 2 and 4

Chute refurbishment under way at coal mine

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 Liner plate expert Rio-Carb will install its chromium carbide (CrC) alloy long-life wear plates later this month in one of the chutes at a Vanderbijlpark-based coal mine, as part of a 16 chute refurbishment project. Rio-Carb key account executive Guss van der Merwe tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Chute refurbishment under way at coal mine
CHUTE REFURBISHMENT Rio-Carb is currently rolling out a 16-chute refurbishment programme at a coal mine in Vanderbijlpark

Continuous miner exceeds production target during trial

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 The Eickhoff CM2H-30 continuous miner supplied to coal miner Total Coal South Africa’s (TCSA’s) Forzando mine, in Mpumalanga, has exceeded the 5.8 t/m tender production rate requirement in 26 measured shifts of eight hours each, achieving an average of 7.23 t/m. The 73 t continuous miner,... 

Continuous miner exceeds production  target during trial
EXCEEDING TARGETS The Eickhoff CM2H-30 continuous miner on trial at Forzando mine has exceeded the 5.8 t/min target, achieving an average of 7.23 t/min

Engineering Top Tech

     18th September 2015 Established more than 20 years ago, Engineering Top Tech designs and manufactures a diverse line of openpit mine support equipment and specialised mobile industrial equipment aimed at improving productivity and safety. Headquartered in Richards Bay, South Africa, Engineering Top Tech manufactures... 

Engineering Top Tech

Enterprise value of local coal producers decreases

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 According to the coal valuation curve of independent mining and minerals management adviser Venmyn Deloitte, the enterprise values of coal companies operating in South Africa have dropped by 30% on average from June 2014 to June 2015. Venmyn Deloitte associate director Chris de Vries tells Mining... 

Enterprise value of local coal  producers decreases
FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL Coal miners are reinvestigating their capital expenditure and expansion programmes to ensure they do not incur unnecessary expenditures

Eskom keeps suppliers at ‘arm’s length’

     18th September 2015 The recent impasse between State-owned power utility Eskom and mining major Glencore’s Optimum Colliery has revealed more clearly the new ‘arms-length’ relationship that Eskom wants with its coal suppliers, but it is unclear whether this path will suit either the energy giant or the coal sector,... 

Eskom keeps suppliers at  ‘arm’s length’
NORMAN MCGEORGE Eskom argues that its cost-plus suppliers are not performing and it is, therefore, not getting its coal at the cheapest possible cost

Gearbox commissioning under way at Moatize

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 Industrial gearbox designer, manufacturer and supplier Hansen Transmissions South Africa (HTSA), a subsidiary of global gearbox company Hansen Industrial Transmissions, is commissioning 39 Hansen P4 multistage industrial gearboxes at mining major Vale’s Moatize coal mine in Tete, Mozambique. The... 

Gearbox commissioning under way at Moatize
GEARBOX COMMISSIONING Hansen Transmission South Africa is commissioning 39 Hansen P4 multistage industrial gearboxes at Vale’s Moatize coal mine

Local documentary receives international acclaim

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 South African documentary The Bliss of Ignorance, which investigates the social and health impacts of coal mining and coal-fired power generation in Mpumalanga, won two awards at film festivals held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in June. The film was awarded the Outstanding Excellence for a Documentary... 

Local documentary receives international acclaim
BUSINESS AS USUAL The DEA has granted a reprieve to Eskom from complying with minimum air-quality requirements

Spin filtration limits electrical equipment failures at coal mines

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 Spin filtration systems should be employed to effectively eliminate electrical equipment failures at coal mines, says specialised engineering services provider RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. He explains that coal dust is exceptionally conductive and can cause expensive electrical... 

Underground coal gasification potential game changer for local energy sector 

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 Using underground coal gasification (UCG) to extract synthetic gas, or syngas, is a potential game changer for South Africa’s energy sector, as it could provide a cleaner, alternative fuel source, says commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr dispute resolution director Jackwell Feris. He... 

Underground coal  gasification potential  game changer for  local energy sector
Photo by Bloomberg
TOO COSTLY? Underground coal gasification eliminates additional operating costs associated with coal mining such as stockpiling

BBBEE Wise

     31st July 2015 BBBEE Wise is an independent black economic-empowerment (BEE) service provider, established in 2007 and born out of the need for businesses to better understand what their BEE status is, thereby empowering them to make more informed and strategic decisions that contribute to their business... 

BBBEE Wise

Expert highlights coal projects ‘likely to succeed’

By: Dylan Stewart     31st July 2015 The four new coal mines being developed by energy and chemical company Sasol are highly likely to succeed as a result of two fundamentals: reserves and market, says mining and project finance evaluator XMP Consulting chairperson Xavier Prevost. 

Expert highlights coal projects  ‘likely to succeed’
Photo by Duane Daws
XAVIER PREVOST Sasol's Secunda mines are the largest coal producer in the country

IPP prepares final coal tender bid

By: Dylan Stewart     31st July 2015 South African independent power producer (IPP) KiPower is preparing to submit a bid in response to a tender from the Department of Energy (DoE) under its Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme to supply coal-powered electricity to State-owned power producer Eskom, says KiPower chairperson Ayanda... 

IPP prepares final  coal tender bid
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL TO POWER The DoE’s request for proposals indicated the aim to procure 1 600 MW of independently produced coal powered capacity
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