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Coal News

South African coal prospects are under scrutiny

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 The world’s largest resources group, BHP Billiton, is investigating a number of growth projects to expand its production of energy coal in South Africa. 

Varsities collaborate in support of coal

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 South African universities that present mining courses are making a concerted effort to combine their expertise in the coal sector. 

Varsities collaborate in support of coal

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 South African universities that present postgraduate and industrial courses are making a concerted effort to combine their expertise in the coal sector. 

Miners', Spoornet sign rail-renaissance deal

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2005 An innovative collaboration between South Africa's miners and the country's rail utility was sealed yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Chamber of Mines (CoM) and State-owned rail utility Spoornet. 

Coal giant fights infrastructure battle on two continents

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 The energy-coal division of the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is working with authorities and service providers in both Australia and South Africa to overcome serious infrastructure constraints that are hampering its ability to grow exports. 

Landau wins for the environment

By: andrew lanham     11th March 2005 You can tell a lot about a mine simply by driving up to the front gate. 

SA's contribution to Anglo falls sharply

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2005 South Africa's contribution to Anglo American's headline earnings fell sharply to just 25% of the record $2,689-billion reported by the company in 2004 - well down on the 34% level of 2003 and a significant swing form the country's dominant position of just four years ago. 

Yomhlaba ready to interdict Ingwe if evidence is not forthcoming

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2005 South African mining junior Yomhlaba, which this week lost a contract with Ingwe Coal amid allegations of fraud, said it would apply for a court interdict by the end of business today (Friday), unless Ingwe is able to provide evidence to support the contract termination. 

Fording River coal-mine, Canada

By: Colleen Smith     25th February 2005 Name: Fording River coal-mine. Location: Located 30 km from Elkford, British Columbia, Canada. Brief history: Production at Fording River began in 1971, with the first shipment of metallurgical coal in April 1972. In 2003, ownership of Fording River was transferred to Elk Valley Coal, which is... 

Anglo sure of rights conversions, but SA's contribution falls sharply

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2005 Mining house Anglo American says it is making good progress in preparing its South African companies for conversion of their mineral rights from the old to the new order in line with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. 

Coal sector embracing transformation

By: Helene Le Roux     18th February 2005 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) is changing the structure of the South African coal-mining industry.?Large mines owned by mining companies such as Ingwe, Sasol, AngloCoal Eyesizwe and Kumba 

Resources giant unveils new plan for meeting insatiable demand

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2005 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton yesterday outlined a four-pronged strategy for meeting seemingly insatiable demand for its suite of commodities, which range from oil and gas, through to iron-ore, nickel and manganese. 

Waterberg coal ideal to fill power gap, says Fauconnier

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2005 Waterberg coal resources represented the ideal energy source to fill South Africa's looming electrical power gap that would occur between the depletion of coal reserves in Mpumalanga and the arrival of hydro power from Inga, Kumba Resources CE Dr Con Fauconnier said yesterday. 

Gravimeter takes exploration to new heights

By: abdul cook     4th February 2005  

Some work for locals as Chinese win main contract at coke project

By: Zonika Botha     28th January 2005 Some 34% of Ispat Iscor’s new R450-million coke oven battery expansion project at its Newcastle plant in northern Kwazulu-Natal will be undertaken by South African companies. 

Rural plan helped win coal tender

By: Keith Campbell     28th January 2005 ONE of the factors which resulted in the consortium led by Brazil’s mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) winning the tender to develop the Moatize coal project in north-west Mozambique was a rural development plan for the Moatize region of the Zambesi Valley. 

'Coal's negative effects often overstated'

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th January 2005 Reacting to recent media reports about the environmental implications of coal combustion, Minerals Bureau chief mineral economist: coal and hydrocarbons Xavier Pr 

Infrastructure constraints hampering coal industry

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th January 2005 While the international coal market would appear to be turning in favour of South African coal producers and exporters, doubts still persist about the country's current readiness to take full advantage of these conditions. 

'Coal's negative effects often overstated'

7th January 2005 Reacting to recent media reports about the environmental implications of coal combustion, Minerals Bureau chief mineral economist: coal and hydrocarbons Xavier Pr 

Coal technology gives empowered junior an edge

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th December 2004 Yomhlaba Resources, which listed on the JSE Securities Exchange’s alternative board AltX last week, is creating employment and black empowerment opportunities through its single operating subsidiary Yomhlaba Coal, as well as revamping South Africa’s countryside by beneficiating... 

Rail-service boost expected for Matola

By: tom robbins     10th December 2004 Bulk harbour terminal operator African Portland Industrial Holdings (API) is cautiously optimistic that Transnet will improve the rail service to Maputo’s port, the missing link in the company’s plans to grow capacity at the Matola Coal Terminal (TCM). 

Xstrata terminates JV with SA's Total Coal

7th December 2004 Global miner Xstrata Coal announced yesterday that Tavistock Collieries, a wholly-owned subsidiary, has terminated its joint venture agreement with Total Coal South Africa (TCSA), for the ATC and ATCOM mines. 

Bullish on coal, miner bids to double output

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd December 2004 Diversified mining company Kumba Resources plans to double coal production to 40-million tons a year by 2010. 

Big Waterberg power generation plan mooted

By: Helene Le Roux     3rd December 2004 Diversified miner Kumba Resources is mooting plans that could grow its importance as a supplier of thermal coal to the local energy sector.?Kumba Resources GM Coal Ernst Venter says that the company has been engaging national 

Newly-listed junior hunts coal, diamond opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2004 Empowered junior miner Yomhlaba Resources, which made its debut on the JSE Securities Exchange's alternative board (AltX) yesterday and which currently toll-treats discard coal for large mining concerns, plans to used its new financial muscle to buy its own coal dumps and supply power utility... 

Brazilian giant targets 2009 Moatize start

By: Keith Campbell     26th November 2004 Brazilian diversified mining, logistics and energy group Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) expects that its planned coal-mine at Moatize in north-west Mozambique will come into operation in 2009. 

At last, coal-terminal expansion poised to clear final hurdle

By: Helene Le Roux     24th November 2004 Diversified resources company Kumba Resources is confident that the Transnet board will approve the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT) next month. 

CVRD wins bid to develop Moatize coal project

By: jenny furness     16th November 2004 The right to develop the Moatize coal deposit, in Tete Province of Mozambique, has been won by a consortium headed by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), of Brazil. 

Safety and productivity dovetail at Kriel

By: andrew lanham     12th November 2004 Kriel’s 27 years of operation makes it a senior citizen when ranked among its peer mines in the Witbank coalfields. 

Growing interest in the reopening of Swazi mine

By: Jill Stanford     12th November 2004 FOREIGN interest in reopening Swaziland’s major coal-mine, the Emaswatini coal-mine in the Lubombo area, is heating up. 

SA equipment firm in Malawi coal-mine deal

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th November 2004 Malawi - South African supplier of engineering equipment Barloworld has entered into a contract with Malawian coal firm Mchenga Coal Mines to supply equipment to the mining firm, which has embarked on a resource expansion project in its Livingstonia coalfield in northern Malawi. 

Colliery breaks continuous-mining record

12th November 2004 Greenside Colliery recently broke the AngloCoal continuous-mining record using batch haulage by producing 147 066 t with the Joy 12HM31B continuous miner and three Joy 10SC32C 20t shuttle cars at Mapula section at the Daylight shaft in July this year. 

New mine halfway

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 Coal to be accessed from four adits from boxcut sidewalls 

Sasol Mining into second half century

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 One of the foundations of the success of Sasol Limited in the last decade has been the strength of Sasol Mining’s operations. 

450 000 t/y market-coke project for SA

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2004 Steel group Ispat Iscor confirmed yesterday that it had approved the construction of a new coke battery at its Newcastle facility in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Kumba-Anglo in move to develop Oz coking-coal project

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st October 2004 In a bid to further consolidate its position in Australia, South African iron-ore giant Kumba Resources has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with its main shareholder, Anglo American, to develop a coking-coal-mine in central Queensland. 

Coal-miner to begin Malawi exploration

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th October 2004 Malawi - Malawian coal-mining firm Mchenga Coal Mines is preparing to carry out a core drilling programme as part of its exploration initiative for additional coal reserves in its northern Livingstonia coalfields. 

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