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Coal News

Second vehicle maker to head underground

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Mpumalanga Mining & Industrial Show 

Khuthala Colliery, South Africa

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Mine 

Black firm wins Matla No 2

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Black-empowerment coal company Sebenza Mining has been awarded a R4,3-million development contract to ready the number five seam at Matla No 2 shaft. 

Optimum Colliery, South Africa

By: System Author     8th October 1999 Mine 

Shell coal sale to balance struggling coal industry

By: System Author     1st October 1999 In the view of Billiton Coal chairperson Mick Davis, the announcement by Shell that it will sell its coal assets, could enable big industry participants such as Anglo, Rio Tinto and Billiton to begin the consolidation process. 

Full mining contract a success

By: System Author     1st October 1999 Contract Mining & Outsourcing 

SA giant eye big coal sale

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Leading South African-founded resources groups Anglo American and Billiton have confirmed that they may be interested in taking a position in Shell’s coal assets, which are up for sale. 

New 34-year coal-mine

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Klipfontein Coal 

Using reeds to purify mine water

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Reed-bed systems can be used successfully as a water-purification system for coalmines. 

Douglas Colliery, South Africa 

By: System Author     24th September 1999 Mine 

Black outlook for coal sector

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Coal 

Low-smoke fuel to strike sparks

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Coal 

Flotation system is perfected

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Coal 

Conference maps big coalfield’s watershed future

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Coal 

From waste to coke

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Technology which facilitates the cost-effective production of pelletised carbon fines from formerly valueless waste material could revolutionise the South African coal industry 

Portable radio shines at coal-mine

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A new two-way radio model, the GP340, which offer numerous benefits for miners has been introduced by international communications-solution supplier Motorola’s commercial, government and industrial solutions sector. 

New coal leader outlines R1,1bn spend

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The perception that Billiton’s coal business in South Africa is merely a cash cow to be milked by the now London-listed resources group for ventures beyond the borders of the country is incorrect, newly-appointed Ingwe Coal MD Eddie Scholtz tells Mining Weekly. In an exclusive interview,... 

Coal monitor installed

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new dual-energy transmission (Duet) system for direct through-belt ash-in-coal determinations has been installed by AngloCoal at its New Vaal colliery. The low-cost, low-maintenance system was installed within days of its release at a recent Southern African trade show. Manufactured by Scantech... 

Yet another milestone along road to black empowerment

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The coal-mining industry in South Africa continues to contribute to black empowerment with the signing earlier this month of a R6-million coal transportation contract, between Matla Colliery, an Eskom-tied coal-mine managed by Ingwe Coal Corporation, and industrial transporter Haulcon’s... 

51% black-owned mining firm entering coal sector

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Joining the spate of new junior mining and exploration ventures is Johannesburg company Nala Mining, although, based on its conservative approach towards this high-risk business, the company distinguishes itself from the rest. Furthermore, Nala – Southern Sotho for ‘prosperity –... 

Canadians buy SA colliery

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Following satisfactory results from several months of studies, Canada’s AfriOre has exercised its exclusive option to acquire 100% of Teewaters Fuel, owner of Springlake Colliery, from South Africa’s Kangra group. The merchant bank division of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce... 

Coal export prices slide

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Coal export prices have been declining steadily for the past 24 months, and hopes are high that they will reach a plateau at around US$24/t, Minerals Bureau chief mineral economist: coal and hydrocarbons Xavier Prevost tells Mining Weekly. “South Africa has lost export tonnages to most... 

Colliery upgrade completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The upgrade of the plant at Bank Colliery was completed within schedule and budget, and with minimal disruption to the plant’s operations, a success which Brian Barton, the lead Anglo American Technical Services (AATS) control and instrumentation engineer on the project, attributes to the... 

Coal stats remain in the dark

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The lack of good-quality detailed local coal sales and consumption data is cause for concern, and Institute for Energy Studies acting director Chris Cooper reports there is little indication that this situation will change for the better in the foreseeable future. “The reason why companies... 

R53m coal research

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to combat the slump that the South African coal-mining industry finds itself in, national research organisation CSIR Miningtek has instituted a proposed R53-million programme called Coaltech 2020 focused on the coal industry. This programme is the result of a year-long collaborative... 

Big coal study gets under way

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A massive effort to improve the competitiveness of the local coal-mining indus- try to ensure its role as a significant world supplier well into the next millennium, was launched under the Coaltech 2020 banner in April. The programme was launched after a re-evaluation of South Africa’s coal... 

Successful tramming devices

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Datarail 100 system from SA Automation has found extensive application in tramming of ore in coal, gold and platinum mines. These devices are used in many successful installations throughout the industry. The system is certified for use in trade, and is competitively priced when compared to... 

Are coal’s ‘farm fences’ destined to come down?

By: System Author     18th June 1999 It happened in the gold industry when the restrictive ‘farm fences’, which had kept South African gold-mines penned into geologically-irrelevant lease areas, were taken down. Now it looks set to happen in the coal business, as South African coal companies move to boost efficiencies in... 

Second coal-pit developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The development of pit two at Ikhwezi colliery, part of the the black-owned Kuyasa Mining group, near Delmas, Mpumalanga, has been completed and mining has been in progress at the pit since January this year, when Basil Read Mining started work on the box-cut. Development on the site at the... 

Colliery places R100m order

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A R100-million contract to supply all the hydraulic mining shovels required for Ingwe Coal’s Douglas Colliery Boschmanskrans project has been awarded to Komatsu Southern Africa. A total of four Komatsu Demag shovels, including two 685 t units – said to be the world’s... 

900-millionth ton of coal delivered

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Focused on providing world-class transportation of South Africa’s export coal on the ‘coal line’, CoalLink, a strategic business unit of Spoornet, delivered its 900-millionth ton of coal to the Richards Bay coal terminal last month. CoalLink also contributes towards the economy... 

India reviews coal-mining

By: System Author     11th June 1999 In a review of its energy profile for the next century, India has indicated that coal-mining will continue to play a significant role. Energy consumption growth from 1993 to 2010 is estimated to be 2,2% for the world and 7,8% for India. As coal continues to be the main energy source during the... 

Fording River Elkford, British Columbia

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Name: Fording River Location: Fording River Operations is located about 29 km north-east of Elkford, British Columbia. Brief description: The mine produces Canada’s widest range of bituminous coals from a single site. Brief history: The mine began production in 1971 and made its first... 

Will delayed NewCoal beat South Dunes’ deadlines?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 After some significant delays, the process of forming a large new black-empower- ment coal-mining company is back on track – the idea now is to have the new owners in place by the end of the year. In July 1998, South Africa’s two coal giants, Amcoal and Ingwe, announced that they... 

Mines persist with obsolete equipment

By: System Author     4th June 1999 lthough roof-bolting is the most effective means of strata control, the continued use of antiquated strata-control equipment poses its own dangers to the operators of these machines, reveals Rham Equipment MD Robert Alcaraz. Launching a scathing attack against one of the country’s largest... 

How to determine pillar stability

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The movement towards partial coal-pillar extraction, as opposed to full pillar extraction, has resulted in the development of a method to calculate pillar stability by Gauteng rock engineering and methane consultant Itasca Africa, reports MD Dr Nielen van der Merwe. Traditionally, South African... 

Slag dryness is crucial

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The material to be fed into the smelter at Chambishi Metals in Zambia at an initial rate of 350 000 t/y will have a moisture content of less than one per cent, Dowding Reynard & Associates (DRA) project manager John Rees tells Mining Weekly. Slag will be dried virtually completely to accommodate... 

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