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SA company awarded maintenance contracts on back of Moz coal projects

By: Mia Breytenbach 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... 

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

By: Mia Breytenbach 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
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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 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

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 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
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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 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 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

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 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’

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 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 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 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 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
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TOO COSTLY? Underground coal gasification eliminates additional operating costs associated with coal mining such as stockpiling

BBBEE Wise

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 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’
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XAVIER PREVOST Sasol's Secunda mines are the largest coal producer in the country

IPP prepares final coal tender bid

By: Dylan Stewart 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
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COAL TO POWER The DoE’s request for proposals indicated the aim to procure 1 600 MW of independently produced coal powered capacity

Junior begins mining operations in Mpumalanga

Mining activities at junior coal miner and supplier Wescoal Mining’s Elandspruit mine, in Mpumalanga, have started, coal mining, distributing and processing company Wescoal Holdings acting CEO Waheed Sulaiman said this month. 

Mozambique project confirms sufficient funds to develop until Q1 2016

Following a detailed review of its budget and the implementation of cost-saving initiatives, Mozambique miner Ncondezi Coal Company’s management is confident that it has sufficient cash to support ongoing operations at the Ncondezi coal project in Tete, Mozambique, until the first quarter of next... 

Pro services firm wins greenfield coal tender

In January this year multidisciplinary professional services firm Arup was appointed by coal company Exxaro Resources to complete the design, tender and construction monitoring of the infrastructure and site development of Exxaro’s Belfast coal project, in Mpumalanga. 

South African coal project continues financier search

In June Australian coal company Resource Generation (Resgen) announced that negotiations between itself and a group of potential financiers regarding project finance for development of its Boikarabelo coal project in Limpopo, are continuing. 

Tanzania coal-to-power project begins BFS

By: Dylan Stewart Multi-commodity exploration and mineral project development company Kibo Mining has started with the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the development of its Mbeya coal-to-power project, in south-west Tanzania, Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee tells Mining Weekly. 

Algae can reduce coal-related CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa can benefit from using algae and related plants for carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and cofiring while facilitating mine rehabilitation, says coal expert and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Rosemary Falcon. The research... 

Algae can reduce  coal-related  CO2 emissions
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BENEFICIAL The research into using algae and related plants for CO2 reduction and cofiring is at an advanced stage at the Clean Coal Technology Centre at Wits

Asset management system enables total cost insight

By: Bruce Montiea Physical asset management service provider Pragma’s life-cycle costing (LCC) system enables coal mining companies better insight into the total life-cycle costs of their assets, says Pragma asset care centre manager BJ Mona. He notes that the system was implemented in March last year at a coal... 

Asset management  system enables total cost insight
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IMPROVED ASSET MANAGEMENT Pragma is driving the push towards making the life-cycle costing system widely accessible for the coal mining industry

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established

Minerals processing solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa early this year established a dedicated manufacturing operation at its facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga to produce Aspir coal centrifuges, says company product manager Leon Toerien. “This represents a strategic investment to service... 

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established
LOCALLY PRODUCED Weir Minerals Africa has taken a decision to manufacture and assemble the Aspir coal centrifuges locally

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology

By: Bruce Montiea Coal merchant Afri Coal is investigating a coal processing method to reduce carbon emissions, says company director Pauline Coertzen. Afri Coal is conducting the research and development for this method that it will, once commercialised, provide for its clients that process coal. 

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology
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TRANSPORT COSTS One of the most common challenges of bulk coal distribution is transport costs, from the loading point to the client

Early understanding of social risks should inform project decisions

By: Bruce Montiea Proposed mining projects’ investment and capital expenditure decisions should be informed by an early understanding of social risks, says environmental and social services provider Digby Wells Environmental stakeholder engagement departmental manager Nestus Bredenhann. He states that obtaining a... 

Early understanding of  social risks should inform project decisions
CONSULTATION Mining companies have to communicate the potential environmental impact of their operations to local communities

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed

Global industry body the World Coal Association (WCA) has called for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies, to meet the growing global energy demand, while also reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As coal is currently providing 40% of global electricity, with coal use forecast to... 

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed
CLEAN COAL The World Coal Association calls for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to meet the growing global energy demand while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Rukwa coal to power project development on track

Mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining should have sufficient funding to complete the integrated coal/power definitive feasibility study (DFS) report for its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, by the second quarter of this year, Hume Capital said in a research note last... 

Rukwa coal to power project development  on track
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POWER GENERATION Tanzania currently has less than 1 000 MW of power generation capacity operational out of the 2 000 MW it requires

SA can become a bigger coal exporter

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa has the potential to export more coal, provided there is  rail infrastructure expansion and improvement in the country, says geology, mining and environmental consulting services provider MSA principal coal consultant Philip Mostert. He notes that South Africa currently exports... 

SA can become a  bigger coal exporter
RAIL CAPACITY Transnet is considering upgrades to its various rail tracks leading to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal
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