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Billions invested to develop large mine assets

By: Ilan Solomons Once completed, diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP), in Mpumalanga, would have mine assets worth several billion rands, which would be critical to ensure the success of the mine, said TOP GM Allen Butcher during Mining Weekly’s visit to the site last month. He... 

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach Materials handling consultancy LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) and the discards backfill project at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, which is owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals... 

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way
NEARING COMPLETION LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project at the Grootegeluk coal mine this month

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) management team aims to ensure that no fatalities occur on site during the construction phase of the project and that this record is extended to the mine’s 26-year life-of-mine. “TOP’s management has placed... 

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL PROCESSING The coal processing plant comprises a three-stage crushing process, which reduces the coal from about 1.5 m to less than 50 mm

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts

By: Mia Breytenbach As coal and metals mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) nears completion, project management firm SSG Consulting will facilitate the contract closeouts of the various contractors and companies involved in the GMEP until the end of the year. SSG senior consultant at... 

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts
KEY ACHIEVEMENT KEY360 has reached a record high of facilitating more than 11-million transactions for Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The model applied by mining and metals major Exxaro to its Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) 

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy
MODEL POTENTIAL The success of the first Grootegeluk mine can be attributed to its supplying coal to State-owned power utility Eskom’s adjacent Matimba power station

Grootegeluk Medupi expansion nearing completion

By: Mia Breytenbach Coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources’ Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) is 97% complete, with total project costs still estimated at R10.2-billion, according to the company’s 2013 Integrated Report. The GMEP is a brownfield expansion project and forms... 

Grootegeluk Medupi  expansion nearing completion
RAMPING UP Exxaro noted in its interim results for the six months ended June 30 that optimisation and performance testing is in progress until full ramp-up

New hydraulic products could benefit GMEP

By: Mia Breytenbach Having supplied hydraulic cylinders, pumps and torque wrenches to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station and coal and metals major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk-Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) over the past three years, the South African branch of US-based high-pressure equipment company... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market

By: Ilan Solomons About 75% of the coal from diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) will be exported through the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, while the rest will be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom and other... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market
PIT PROGRESSION The coaling and associated materials handling at the Tweefontein Optimisation Project will be undertaken using truck and shovel mining methods

R8bn project on time and under budget

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) – a brownfield expansion of the existing Tweefontein operation − was on course to reach steady-state plant production of 12.4-million tons a year by August 2015, the company told Mining Weekly during a site visit last month.... 

R8bn project on time and under budget
YIELDING RESULTS The Tweefontein Optimisation Project’s yield will be about 60%, which will result in about seven-million tons of processed coal product

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... 

Continuous miners supplied to local colliery
POWER BENEFIT The hydraulic traction system eliminates the need to fit the continuous miners with additional electric motors and expensive inverters that require more power

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
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