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Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Global coal demand stagnates

16th March 2018 By 2022, global coal demand is expected to reach 5.53-billion tonnes of coal equivalent, the same as the average of the last five-year period, which means that coal use will have had a decade-long period of stagnation, according to nonprofit organisation that advocates for a clean and affordable... 

Global coal demand stagnates
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ENERGY SOURCE Global demand for coal will remain flat until 2022

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means
LONGWALL COAL MINING A longwall miner used to extract coal in underground coal mining allows for a higher extraction rate of coal

Innovative sizer equipment added to product range in SA

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Key mining equipment supplier Takraf Africa will officially launch the Takraf sizer equipment range onto the southern African market later this year, following its official launch in Europe in 2016. The sizer equipment, which has potential for application in coal mining, is already available on... 

Innovative sizer  equipment added to product range in SA
INNOVATIVE SOLUTION Takraf's sizer equipment will be showcased during the Electra Mining Africa Expo at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg from September 10 to 14

Liviero chooses Komatsu equipment for coal operations

16th March 2018 When mining and construction company Liviero Mining elected to increase its dozer fleet to raise output at two major coal-producing sites in Mpumalanga, at Tweefontein where the company provides contracting services for a diversified mining company Glencore and Vanggatfontein, which it manages... 

Liviero chooses Komatsu equipment for coal operations
PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY Komatsu's range of opencast equipment moves in the region of 40 million banked cubic meters of material a year

OLI South Africa

16th March 2018 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrators manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. Equipment failures caused by inadequate corrosion protection have been reported... 

OLI South Africa

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset
NEW COAL ASSET Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is ready to start mining

Association focuses on clean coal technologies

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While the development of clean coal energy is an imperative amid climate change, the worthwhile gains are more in the downstream use of coal than in the mining and beneficiation of raw coal, says South African coal mine research association Coaltech CEO Henk Lodewijks. He tells Mining Weekly that... 

Association focuses on clean coal technologies
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SEQUESTRATING METHANE Coaltech is looking for methods to remove methane from coal during production before it reaches the atmosphere

Coal remains a main source of energy in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Coal will maintain its status as a robust, baseload energy source for the foreseeable future in Africa,  says South Africa-based diversified resources company Exxaro coal operations executive head Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, who tells Mining Weekly that coal is cheap and that more than 1 600 coal-fired... 

Coal remains a main source  of energy in Africa
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ENERGY SOLUTION Exxaro has projects in the pipeline over the next five years

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Colenso power project set  for construction in 2019
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POWER SUPPLY The Colenso power station will provide baseload power to stabilise the national power grid

Canyon Coal hones in on SA coal projects

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 South African coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal says five new opencast and two new underground projects are at an advanced planning stage as part of the company's vision to achieve coal output of 10-million tons a year and so become a midtier coal miner by 2019. "We are also very... 

Canyon Coal hones in on SA coal projects
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PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE Canyon Coal is planning five opencast and two new underground projects

S Africa’s coal mining set for growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Coal mining and mining in general have received a boost in confidence following the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who has committed to transforming mining from "a sunset to a sunrise industry". This is likely to solve policy uncertainty and lure investors, says... 

S Africa’s coal mining  set for growth
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SUNRISE INDUSTRY South Africa is regarded as a source of a good-quality coal by European countries

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

22nd September 2017 As the market leader in engineered wear-protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, WASA has been servicing the sub-Saharan Africa market since 1976. WASA is part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries worldwide.... 

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel Foundation co-founder and executive committee member Professor Rosemary Falcon. Despite South... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology
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ROSEMARY FALCON The Fossil Fuel Foundation’s co-founder and executive committee member believes circulating fluidised-bed combustion is the preferred technology

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that this practice is effectively enabled through increased mechanisation. While an... 

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines
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SECOND CHANCE The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Power generation stakeholders and key industry players are investigating ways of deriving the most benefit from lower coal qualities, says independent mining advisory company Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that companies are implementing new technologies to... 

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa
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LEGISLATION DERAILING Rail infrastructure is crucial in Africa and South Africa, but can only be finalised once legislation surrounding independent power producers is finalised

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency

22nd September 2017 To avoid incorrect plant control decisions and plant inefficiencies, technologies that measure mining process streams must be implemented directly and in real time. Australia-based bulk materials monitoring company Scantech uses real-time analysis technologies to measure conveyed bulk materials... 

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency
REAL-TIME EFFICIENCY The COALSCAN 9500X is installed on the conveyor and only takes up one metre of belt space

Rail company unlocking coal export potential

22nd September 2017 According to South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet, increasing rail capacity in South Africa is critical for unlocking coal export opportunities, both for neighbouring African countries and for the domestic market. The rail utility discussed its approach to increasing rail... 

Rail company unlocking coal export potential
PROPOSED PROJECT To relieve pressure on the Ermelo–Richards Bay line, Transnet Freight Rail is currently considering the SwaziLink Project, which will divert general freight away from the key coal export line

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability
CUSTOMISED PROJECTS Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Hazardous area control system for coal mining

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Hazardous area control system  for coal mining
METHANE MITIGATION Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control Systems promotes safety and the importance of monitoring mining activities

Strikes threaten coal sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 If an agreement cannot be reached on the future structure and form of wage negotiations in the coal sector, unions have threatened to strike, says Solidarity mining industry deputy general-secretary Connie Prinsloo.  

Strikes threaten coal sector
DIFFERING OUTCOMES Over time, the coal wage agreements have increasingly reflected different settlement levels between coal companies

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 The Coaltech Research Association plans to further evaluate a new, dry dense medium separation (DMS) process later this year at a pilot plant at a coal mine in Witbank. Since mid-2015, Coaltech has been investigating the new process that was commercialised by electricity and coking company... 

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits
FGX DRY-PROCESSING UNIT A layer of coal is subjected to a high-frequency vibration to separate coal from stone

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

China to stir coal market again in 2017

17th March 2017 China will again generate significant volatility in the global coal market in 2017 as the government strives to balance smooth and cheap coal supply to households and steel mills with environmental concerns about coal use, according to Fitch-affiliated market analyst BMI Research.  

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry

17th March 2017 To help facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that formalises their long-term collaboration.  

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry
CHRISTIAN BACH Clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement

Developer aims to consolidate alliance with coal marketer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy is pursuing the establishment of a more solid partnership with coal marketing and trading house HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered thermal coal supplier HMS Bergbau.  

Developer aims  to consolidate alliance with coal marketer
MASHALE PHUMAPHI Shumba Energy's partnership with HMS Bergbau Africa will improve its international market position

Demand high for on-site coal labs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Coal analysis firm Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) says high demand for on-site analysis laboratories persists, as these facilities provide companies with quicker and more effective coal analysis and processing, compared with off-site laboratories, which can take a working day to produce... 

Demand high for  on-site coal labs
OVERLOOKED COLLIERY The compact on-site laboratory at Overlooked is equipped with the full scope of equipment and is operational 24/7

Medium-density tile offers cost savings

17th March 2017 Ceramic wear solutions supplier Multotec Wear Linings has developed a medium density (MD) alumina ceramic tile for low- to medium-wear applications, which it says will lead to cost savings in coal and power generation plants.  

Medium-density tile offers  cost savings
RESPONDING TO DEMAND The Multotec medium-density ceramic tile is a response to customer requirements for a more cost-effective ceramic wear tile

Major contract wins for Botswana office

17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Major contract wins  for Botswana office
STEPHEN STACEY Hatch’s new office in Gaborone was established to consolidate its presence in the Southern African region

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

New entrants lack experience in coal
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COAL INSIGHT To make good business decisions and deliver quality coal, insight is needed into the complications of coal handling, sampling and analysis
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