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Continuous miners supplied to local colliery

By: Mia Breytenbach The mandate for the South African subsidiary of Germany-based underground mining equipment and industrial gearboxes supplier Eickhoff is to focus on supplying continuous miners to the local coal mining industry, Eickhoff South Africa (SA) MD Francois van Tonder tells Mining Weekly. While pursuing... 

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to current coal prices, depleting coal reserves and the increasing need for infrastructure investment, the local coal mining industry is focusing more on efficient mining and processing using existing infrastructure without added capital investment, says mining services group Ukwazi... 

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines
UNCERTAIN FUTURE Coal price uncertainty heightens the need for coal mines to decrease unit costs of coal products to remain competitive

Local colliery to receive new simulator range

By: Mia Breytenbach Global advanced training simulator provider ThoroughTec is delivering its new Cybermine Soft Rock mining simulator range to mining major BHP Billiton’s Khutala colliery – one of South Africa’s biggest collieries – in Mpumalanga. The Cybermine Soft Rock range of mining simulators includes a... 

Local colliery to receive new simulator range
EFFECTIVE TRAINING ThoroughTec’s high-fidelity simulators are designed to be as realistic as possible, from cab appearance to the authentic replication of operator interfaces

Moz coal industry ‘reeling’ from price decrease

By: Mia Breytenbach While the South African coal mining industry remains steady, primarily owing to strong domestic demand from State-owned power utility Eskom, the Mozambique coal industry is “reeling” from decreased global coal prices, says multinational Indian mining, steel and power conglomerate Jindal Steel &... 

No imminent increase in global coal prices expected

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to the current depressed coal prices and lower international demand for coal, the global coal export market is facing one of its poorest periods in many years, says Pretoria-based coal consultancy XMP Consulting senior analyst Xavier Prévost, who tells Mining Weekly that he does not foresee... 

No imminent increase in  global coal prices expected
EUROPEAN DEMAND A marginal increase in coal exports from South Africa to the European market might become a reality

Rescue One

In its endeavour to eliminate unnecessary deaths in the mining industry, Rescue One develops, manufactures an distributes evacuation systems for underground mines, assisting mineworkers to quickly reach a place of safety in the event of an emergency. Established in 1996, Rescue One’s main... 

Rescue One

Supplier homes in on coal processing equipment

By: Mia Breytenbach Having proven the efficiency of its consumable products in the local coal mining industry through several successful contracts, screening and vibrating equipment supplier Aury Africa will focus on supplying and proving the efficiency of its coarse- and fine-coal centrifuges to the South African... 

Supplier homes in on coal processing equipment
PROVEN RESULTS With an established target market for its coal centrifuge baskets, Aury Africa will now market its coal centrifuge machines

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP

By: Dylan Slater The sheer size of the storage bunker constructed for the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, posed a daunting challenge for engineers and contractors in terms of design and construction, reports... 

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP
Photo by Bloomberg
AWARD-WINNING DESIGN Exxaro presented LSL Consulting with an award for its innovative design of the coal dispatch systems at the expansion project

Digital document control enhances workflows

By: Dylan Slater Project managers, consultants, vendors, contractors and engineers working on diversified mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), in Lephalale, Limpopo, have drastically cut lead times on technical clarifications and project concessions during project design,... 

Digital document control  enhances workflows
STEVEN GOLDING SSG's CEO was instrumental in providing input during the prefeasibility and feasibility studies required for the project

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain

Operations at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, owned by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, experienced a setback following heavy rainfall in March. 

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain
BROWNFIELD EXPLORATION The Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project is a brownfield expansion whereby the existing opencast pit will be mined at an accelerated rate

Progress at Medupi

The Limpopo-based Medupi power station, which has been under construction since May 2007, will be a direct consumer of coal mined from diversified mining group Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk mine, also in Limpopo. 

Progress at Medupi
COLOSSAL POWER Medupi power station will be the fourth-largest coal plant in the southern hemisphere and the biggest of its kind with dry cooling in the world

Bigger ships possible after port expansion

By: Dylan Slater Following the upgrade, namely Phase 3.5, completed last year, the Mozambique-based Terminal de Carvao da Matola (TCM) now has 25% additional capacity, from six-million tons yearly to 7.5-millions tons yearly, increasing the ports potential to export magnetite, iron-ore and coal. 

Bigger ships possible  after port expansion
STILL IN THE MIX There has been a shift in cargo mix over the last 12 months with magnetite exceeding coal as the primary commodity exported from Mozambique's TCM during that time

Engineering Top Tech

Established in 2010, Engineering Top Tech Mpumalanga is a subsidiary of KwaZulu-Natal-based mobile equipment supplier Engineering Top Tech Co (ETT), located in Richards Bay, which has been supplying mobile equipment solutions to mining companies, smelters and construction houses since its... 

Engineering Top Tech

Eskom-bound low-grade coal could soon face global demand

The construction of new thermal power stations in India might prompt an increase in the export of low-grade South African coal to fuel these new power stations, reports international credit insurer Coface. 

Eskom-bound low-grade coal could soon face global demand
COAL UNDERMINED Because South Africa has substantial coal reserves, the potential exists to expand its coal exports

Project to recover ultrafines from Moz coal mine

By: Dylan Slater Environmental and process technologies company Enprotec has taken on its first cross-border project, with the installation of an ultrafine recovery and dewatering plant, at Jindal Africa’s Chirodzi coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province. 

Project to recover  ultrafines from Moz coal mine
JAYSON JACOBS Chirodzi ultrafine materials are rich in coking coal

Record-breaking coal deliveries at Richards Bay

South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) attributes its record-breaking 2013 performance to the initiatives recently undertaken by the company to improve the country’s coal supply chain. 

Record-breaking coal  deliveries at Richards Bay
RECORD COAL EXPORTS Last year’s total exports amounted to 70.8-million tons

Rescue organisation launches drill rescue unit for collieries

Mining-focused rescue organisation Mines Rescue Services of South Africa (MRSSA) last month launched a new rescue drill unit for the retrieval of trapped coal miners. 

Rescue organisation launches drill rescue  unit for collieries
SAFE DELIVERY Representatives from Mines Rescue Services South Africa, the Department of Mineral Resources and the Chamber of Mines’ Collieries Committee welcome Goedehoop assistant mine manager Lebo Mpasha back after a simulated rescue at Goedehoop colliery

Spin filters increase safety on coal mines

By: Dylan Slater When used in coal mining and materials handling processes, inertial spin filter technology for industrial dust separation can help eliminate the risk of coal-dust explosions and fires and create a safer working environment for mining company personnel, says Pretoria-based specialised engineering... 

Spin filters increase  safety on coal mines
IAN FRASER Inhaled coal dust is a serious health hazard and, in addition, an atmosphere loaded with coal dust can catch fire or even explode

Supplying Eskom is coal industry’s greatest challenge, says professional services firm

By: Dylan Slater The greatest and most immediate challenge currently facing the South African coal sector is security of supply for State-owned power utility Eskom, says professional services firm KPMG Africa mining transaction leader Werner Jacobs. 

Supplying Eskom is coal industry’s greatest challenge, says professional services firm
WERNER JACOBS The key issue is increasing the capacity of the rail link to enable junior miners to gain access to Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Botswana Resource Sector Conference set to attract large turnout

By: Ilan Solomons Botswana based conference company Capital Conference’s Botswana Resource Sector Conference 2014, which will take place at the Gaborone International Conference Centre, in Botswana, from June 10 to 11, is set to attract more than 400 global delegates, says conference coordinator Emma Rynn.... 

Botswana Resource Sector Conference set to attract large turnout
DRAWING THE CROWDS More than 100 delegates have confirmed their attendance for this year’s conference

De Wittekrans project could boost miner to midtier level

By: Ilan Solomons ASX- and Aim-listed coal mining company Continental Coal’s De Wittekrans coal mine could potentially make it a genuine midtier mining company, stated Continental Coal CEO Don Turvey, at the Sasfin Investor’s Auditorium plenary session at the 2013 Joburg Indaba in October. At the event, held in... 

De Wittekrans project could boost miner to midtier level
Photo by Duane Daws
DON TURVEY Continental Coal’s De Wittekrans project is expected to deliver about 3.6-million tons a year of thermal coal

Developing coal miner could have the answer to SA’s power problem

By: Ilan Solomons With State-owned power utility Eskom declaring an emergency regulatory protocol last month, requiring key industrial users to reduce their energy load by at least 10% as the national grid edges ever closer to overcapacity, South Africa desperately needs additional power sources – a challenge that... 

Developing coal miner could have the answer to SA’s power problem
ANTHRACITE COAL OUTCROP Independent Power South Africa evaluated the anthracite coal from the Colenso project site and determined that it was perfectly suited to a new circulating fluidised bed combustion power station

Kangala project to ramp up production to 200 000 t a month

By: Ilan Solomons ASX-listed coal miner Universal Coal is ramping up production at its Kangala project in Delmas, Mpumalanga, which is scheduled to produce about 50 000 t of coal between November and December, ramping up to 200 000 t/m by March 2014. Universal Coal is expecting average earnings of A$15-million a... 

Kangala project to ramp up production to 200 000 t a month
FIRST BOXCUT Kangala’s first boxcut started in the first week of June, with the first saleable coal expected in February 2014

Vlakvarkfontein exceeds expectations

By: Ilan Solomons ASX- and Aim-listed coal mining company Continental Coal’s Vlakvarkfontein mine, in Mpumalanga, continues to exceed production targets, having delivered 419 889 t run-of-mine (RoM) coal during the third quarter of this year, with about 1.3-million tonnes of coal expected in 2014. This year’s... 

Vlakvarkfontein  exceeds  expectations
SUPPLYING ESKOM Vlakvarkfontein produces about 120 000 t of coal a month, of which about 100 000 t are allocated to State-owned power utility Eskom

Demand for Southern African coal set to increase

By: David D‘ Oliveira The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that global energy demands should increase by almost 3% from 2005 to 2030. The majority of the energy demand increase during this period is predicted to be for fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Coal is not subject to geopolitical tensions... 

Equipment supplier expands coal sector offering

The offering of specialised equipment supplier Multotec to the coal sector is evolving in line with the latest trends emerging from end-user operations. Multotec site services GM Garth Jones says companies operating in the local and international coal sector form a major customer base for the... 

Introduction of sensor sorting technology in the coal industry imminent

By: Sashnee Moodley Materials and minerals processing technology provider IMS Engineering aims to introduce the dual-energy X-ray sorting system transmission (XSST) sensor-sorting technology to the local coal industry, following a batch test on the machines, which it hopes to complete soon. 

Limpopo coal mining operations threaten environment – hydrologist

By: David D‘ Oliveira The coal mining boom, in the Waterberg area of Limpopo, not only threatens the natural environment but also the scarce water resources and tourism industry of the province, mining consulting firm SRK Consulting’s Johannesburg-based principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Mining Weekly. He... 

New underground soft-rock mining simulation enters coal industry

By: Sashnee Moodley Specialist simulator manufacturer ThoroughTec Simulation has introduced its range of Cybermine high-fidelity underground soft-rock mining simulation training to the coal industry for a realistic training experience, with the benefits of improved safety, increased productivity and increased site... 

Refurbishments, machine assembly completed for coal mine

By: Sashnee Moodley Opencast mining, underground solutions and materials handling equipment supplier Tenova Takraf has delivered and assembled a new Bradford coal breaker for a new coal project in Mpumalanga, as well as completed a major breaker refurbishment and replaced two slew bearings on a stacker and reclaimer... 

South African junior coal miners increasing, challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley South African junior miners had 7% of the local coal market, but were growing in numbers and production, mineral advisory firm XMP consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost said at the Junior Coal Mining Conference held in Melrose, Johannesburg, in May.  

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