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Coal News

Moving-bed jigs commissioned at colliery

     4th October 2002 The removal of rock from coal results not only in clean coal, but also reduces wear on downstream process machinery. 

New jigging plant part of plant upgrade

     4th October 2002 Project management and engineering company, Dowding, Reynard and Associates (DRA) has commissioned a jigging plant as part of a plant upgrade at Ingwe’s Optimum colliery. 

International alliance opens doors to South African coal industry

By: marisa rodrigues     4th October 2002 Three of the world’s leading manufacturers of components for the mining industry, have formed a strategic alliance, which will result in a complete mining package being made available to their customers worldwide. 

Improved coal spiral developed

     4th October 2002 Ongoing research and development efforts, combined with a sensitivity to market needs, have resulted in the development of an improved two-stage, seven-turn coal spiral by Multotec Process Equipment. 

Collieries standardising on conveyor gearboxes

     4th October 2002 Since the inception of Sasol in the early 1980’s, four generations of Hansen industrial gearboxes, about 3 000 units, have been delivered to five Sasol collieries (Middelbult, Brandspruit, Bosjesspruit, Twistdraai, and Syferfontein) and to Sasol Synfuels in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Coal-terminal expansion delay worries new entrant

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th October 2002 The project to expand the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) to 82-million tons a year, delayed several times following its announcement in 2000, is still shrouded in uncertainty, a situation which Eskom Enterprises, one of the project promoters, describes as “a cause for great concern”. 

Colliery may expand on back of power demand

By: Joanne Delaurentis     4th October 2002 Increases in the demand for electricity experienced over the last year may result in increased production from Anglo Coal’s New Denmark Colliery (NDC) in the future, says mine manager Ben Magara. 

Greater power-generation role sought

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2002 That Sasol Mining intends offering coal supply to South Africa’s power-generation industry has been indicated once again, this time by Sasol CE Pieter Cox. 

Uncertainty lingers over coal terminal expansion

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd October 2002 Uncertainty reigns over plans to expand the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in KwaZulu-Natal, fueling speculation that the entire project could face an overhaul. 

New R1,2bn coal-mine plan for Mpumalanga

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2002 An application for permission to build a new R1,2-billion coal-mine in Mpumalanga has been submitted to government by South Africa's largest coal producer, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Coal to remain South Africa's energy base

By: Keith Campbell     27th September 2002 Coal will continue to be the basis of the South African economy for many years yet, despite falling out of environmental favour. 

New R1,2bn coal-mine plan for Mpumalanga

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2002 An application for permission to build a new R1,2-billion coal-mine in Mpumalanga has been submitted to government by South Africa’s largest coal producer. 

Coal has role in sustainable development – report

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th September 2002 Coal has a major role to play in assisting sustainable development, says a report prepared for the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) by the Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB). 

Coal BEE sees growth from utility and exports

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2002 Black-empowered coal company Kuyasa Mining is positioning itself to benefit from anticipated off-take growth from electricity utility Eskom, as well as to play a role in export markets that may open up to it should the coal export regime, centred at Richards Bay, be liberalised. 

Accelerating coal research will pay, says US report

     13th September 2002 The payoff from accelerating research and development (R&D) in coal generation technology could be between $300-billion and $1,3-trillion, and the prime beneficiary would be the power-consuming public, according to a study cosponsored by EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) and LCG... 

New coal-miners face many obstacles

By: marisa rodrigues     13th September 2002 The coal industry is attracting much interest from entrepreneurs, many of them from previously-disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Technology set to limit coal's harm

By: Deborah Spicer     13th September 2002 Coal will continue to have almost the same share of the fuel market over the next two decades, predicts the International Energy Agency (IEA), an agency set up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to ensure oil security. 

Minister wants cleaner coal

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2002 South Africa’s Minister of Minerals and Energy believes that the country’s coal-mining industry needs a “paradigm shift” in this era of sustainable development, Mining Weekly can report. 

Grand old coal-mine placed in hands of closure team

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2002 A closure team has taken over at the historic Rietspruit Colliery in Mpumalanga which has ceased operations. 

Power generation project (environmental project)

     13th September 2002 Name of the project and location Power generation project, Kwazulu-Natal. Project description A study into a new “clean coal” power station at Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, has been revised to 240 MW in terms of generating capacity, up from the original 210 MW. The proposed coal-fired... 

Putin laments coal sector weakness

     13th September 2002 Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled his concern of the imbalances in the Russian energy sector and the failures of the country's export effort, export infrastructure and export pricing discipline. 

Study on for coal-mine expansion

     10th September 2002 The Forzando coal-mine, located just north of Bethal in Mpumalanga Province, is likely to be extended. 

Kumba projects overview

     6th September 2002 Name of the project and location Kumba projects overview. Worldwide. Project description Newly-formed South African resources company, Kumba Resources, has released details of 17 projects currently at various stages of development within Kumba. Four relate to the group’s main business or... 

Coal terminal expansion (port project)

     6th September 2002 Name of the project and location Coal terminal expansion, Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal Project description The long-awaited announcement by the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT) was made in June 2001 to the effect that they intended to go ahead with the... 

Japan considers coal tax in greenhouse push

     6th September 2002 Japan, one of the world's biggest coal importers, is considering a coal tax to encourage the use of cleaner fuels like natural gas, sending a shudder through the shares of the world's biggest producers. 

Another coal empowerment deal struck

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2002 A R30,5-million coal empowerment transaction between the South African coal arm of resources giant BHP Billiton, Ingwe, and emerging black-owned coal group Kuyasa Mining, was concluded yesterday. 

Coal stakeholders commit to clean-up

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2002 During a one-day conference on “Coal and Sustainable Development”, held as a parallel event to the Joburg Summit last week, the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, put forward a proposed declaration regarding coal and sustainable development in developing countries. 

Coal giant in KZN empowerment move

     30th August 2002 Global diversified miner Anglo American said on Friday its Anglo Coal unit had sold its coal reserves in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province (KZN) to black-owned Leeuw Mining and Exploration. 

Accelerating coal research could save billions – report

     29th August 2002 The payoff from accelerating research and development (R&D) in coal generation technology could be between $300-billion and $1,3-trillion, and the prime beneficiary would be the power-consuming public, according to a study cosponsored by EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute) and LCG... 

Talks on sustainable use of coal

     29th August 2002 The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be conducting a "Coal and Sustainable Development" Conference, a parallel event to the Johannesburg World Summit (WSSB), today from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Eskom Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Vryheid community acquires colliery land 

     28th August 2002 Sustainable development is the cornerstone of a deal in which three local communities recently took ownership of land previously owned by Anglo Coal's Vryheid Coronation Colliery (VCC) in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Forum set up to deal with RBCT delays

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2002 A multi-stakeholder forum is being set up in an effort to overcome current delays in the proposed expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA motors for European mines

By: Deborah Spicer     16th August 2002 Having updated its accreditation to ISO 9001-200 last month, East Rand firm Femco Mining Motors now produces a globally-acceptable product, which will boost its export drive. 

Junior eyes coal, gold and PGM opportunities

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th August 2002 A growing mining business, focused on producing specialised coals for the metallurgical industry, with exciting prospective gold projects and an anticipated entry into the local platinum market through a competitive bidding process. 

Value of S Africa's minerals sales rises

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd August 2002 A glance at the Statistics South Africa report for the February-to-April period this year reveals that mineral sales have improved markedly when compared with the same period last year. 

Resources giant likely to gain coal-price rise

     1st August 2002 Resources group BHP Billiton has won around a 12% rise in hard coking coal prices to Japan following long-running negotiations, an industry analyst said yesterday. 

Coal, chrome giant supports empowerment

     30th July 2002 Swiss-based mining and metals group Xstrata reported first-half net profits in line with forecasts yesterday, but said tough commodity market conditions in the first six months had continued into the second half. 

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