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Newly empowered Sasol Mining sets sights on rights conversions 

By: Matthew Hill     11th October 2007 Sasol Mining hopes to have its mineral rights converted next year after announcing a R1,9-billion empowerment deal. The transaction will boost the company's empowerment level to what government requires. The coal-miner revealed a R1,9-billion black economic-empowerment deal on Thursday,... 

Sasol Mining unveils R1,9bn empowerment deal

By: Matthew Hill     11th October 2007 The mining subsidiary of world number-one fuel-from-coal producer Sasol, Sasol Mining, will sell one-fifth of its shares to a group made up of women for nearly R1,9-billion.  

Thermal coal headed for undersupply - SACMH

By: Matthew Hill     9th October 2007 The global thermal coal market is headed for a five-year period of undersupply from 2009, South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) said on Tuesday. 

Malcolm Campbell joins newly-formed Jonah Coal as COO

By: Matthew Hill     9th October 2007 The partners in the recently formed coal-miner Jonah Coal on Tuesday said they had appointed AngloCoal�s Malcolm Campbell as COO. 

Former banker Miller to head new coal firm

By: Matthew Hill     8th October 2007 Former Nedbank Capital corporate financier Paul Miller will be the CEO of a start-up coal company, to be called Keaton Energy, he said on Monday.  

Mineral-processing technology provider wins export award

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th October 2007 Mining and minerals-processing equipment supplier Multotec was named this year's winner in the large manufacturing category of the Gauteng Exporter of the Year Awards, hosted by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). 

Scharrig buys 50% of Koornfontein colliery

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2007 JSE-listed mining services firm Sharrig Mining (Schamin) has bought a 49,998% in the Koornfontein coal mine, in Mpumalanga, for R150-million from Investec Bank and Coronation Capital, it said on Thursday.  

GVM progresses exploration at coal prospects

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     1st October 2007 JSE-listed GVM Metals has reported progress in its efforts to establish itself as a significant coal producer through a number of coal projects. 

Capacity 'speed bumps' need smoothing for coal expansions to succeed

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th September 2007 Going forward, 'the global coal supply and demand balance is likely to loosen, and prices will drop, but this will only happen if expected coal-mine capacity expansions take place - otherwise the supply and demand will remain tight,' explains AME Mineral Economics senior coal analyst... 

Large cargo ships being built to meet strong commodities demand

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th September 2007 Considering the reliance on transport infrastructure to cope with the increasing supply and demand of commodities, particularly thermal coal, many bulk materials handlers are led to question if and when the freight bubble will burst? And whether or not there will be enough vessels to carry the... 

SA mulls over proposals to regulate coal sector

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2007 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) confirmed on Thursday that it was considering proposals to tighten regulations governing South Africa's coal industry. 

GVM buys additional SA coal interests

By: Liezel Hill     26th September 2007 Australian-based GVM Metals has agreed to buy a 60% stake in Tshikunda Mining, for R20-million, the company said on Wednesday. 

SACMH targets 1,2mt/y output

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th September 2007 Newly JSE-listed empowered coal miner South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) is targeting production of 1,2-million tons of run of mine (ROM) coal in the next 12 months, at its recently acquired Ilanga and Umlabu coal mines.  

Having to mine majors' 'little mongrel dogs' a challenge for coal juniors

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     21st September 2007 Access to quality coal reserves and the ability to grow the coal reserve base are some of the key factors that play a role in ensuring sustainability for black economically-empowered junior coal miners, says South African coal-miner HCI Khusela Coal MD Fleur Honeywill. 

Petmin lifts profit 53%

By: Matthew Hill     19th September 2007 Coal and anthracite producer Petmin reported on Wednesday an after-tax profit for the year ended June 30 of R74,4-million, which was a 53% increase on the previous year�s figure.  

Transport constraints, labour stoppages weigh on SA mining output

By: Matthew Hill     17th September 2007 South African coal exports were hit by "inadequate" transport infrastructure in the second quarter, a report on mining production stated on Friday. 

In-seam coal exploration tool emerging from collaborative research initiative

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th September 2007 Coaltech, a collaborative research initiative between the mining industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, government and institutions of higher learning, is in the final stages of developing an in-seam exploration tool, says Coaltech manager Johann Beukes. The tool can... 

Domestic output likely to displace coal imports as India builds industry

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th September 2007 The amount of coal imported by India is likely to drop over the next five years, despite the fact that the overall demand for coal in the country is expected to leap from 600-million tons a year currently, to over 750-million tons a year by 2011. 

Sasol targets coal-rich China for synthetic-fuels investment 

By: Matthew Hill     13th September 2007 The world's biggest producer of liquid fuels from coal, Sasol, is conducting feasibility studies into the possible construction of two such plants in China, where it was currently in "hard-nosed" commercial negotiations, its head said on Thursday. 

State funding crucial to advance clean-coal technology

By: Matthew Hill     11th September 2007 Government grants for research and development into carbon capture and storage (CCS) were critical for the big technology push required in this arena, Anglo American said on Tuesday. 

Sasol considers Free State, Waterberg sites for new coal-to-liquids plant

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2007 JSE-listed Sasol was evaluating coal sites in the Free State and Waterberg, in Limpopo, to possibly build a greenfields coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, executive director Benny Mokaba said. 

Coal-miners Springlake, Kangra ink wage deal with SA unions

By: Matthew Hill     7th September 2007 Coal producers Springlake and Kangra have struck a two-year wage deal with unions, the Chamber of Mines (CoM) said on Friday. 

Steel company enters into MoU with coal-miner

7th September 2007 Global steel company Tata Steel, and junior mining company Riversdale Mining (Riversdale), which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that the companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU), whereby Tata Steel will become a strategic investor in... 

Mongolian coking and thermal coal prefeasibility study on track

7th September 2007 Mineral exploration company QGX has commissioned mining and energy advisory comapany Minarco-MineConsult (MMC) to complete a pre-feasibility study on its 100% owned coking and thermal coal project at Baruun Naran in Mongolia. 

Precast concrete block protects environment at coal mine

7th September 2007 Construction services company Concor Technicrete's Escoline precast concrete block, which is already used to help prevent possible leakages from fuel storage and sewage farm installations, has been harnessed into a similar environment protection role at the Tavistock coal mine in the... 

Conference to cover coal fines treatment technology

7th September 2007 QVA Process Technologies' (QVA) Peter Hand and Mark Craddock are presenting a process where fines can easily be treated down to 150 microns, thereby reducing the need to discard the -1-mm fraction. 

New reserves a priority for South African coal industry

7th September 2007 Department of Minerals and Energy chief mineral economist Xavier Prevost says that the foremost issue facing the South African coal industry this year and in 2008 ought to be the finding and prospecting of new coal reserves, to replace the existing collieries that are due to close ahead of 2020. 

Fledgling coal mining company tunnels lower for higher results

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th September 2007 Fledgling coal mining company South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) is looking to extend local reserves by mining ultra-low seams, which were previously deemed too low for mining activities, says SACMH operations director Peter Swanepoel. 

Local coal conference attracts international experts

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th September 2007 The South African Coal Processing Society's (SACPS) biannual coal conference, which will be held from September 10 to September 14, 2007, is bringing a host of international coal preparation experts to South Africa to address delegates. 

SA to host international coal symposium

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th September 2007 The 24th International Pittsburgh coal conference, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 10 to September 14, 2007, will be devoted to all aspects of coal, energy and the environment, with a particular emphasis on protecting the environment, while effectively making... 

New coal-washing plant under design for Botswana colliery

7th September 2007 Process plant design specialist company DRA Minerals Projects has been commissioned by mining company Debswana to design and construct a coal washing plant at its Morupule colliery. 

Conference paper to highlight cyclone technology developments

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th September 2007 One of the papers to be delivered at this year's South African Coal Processing Society (SACPS) coal conference will highlight the latest developments in the dense medium separation (DMS) process through the use of cyclones. 

Clean-coal technology increasingly key to SA industry - Saneri

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     7th September 2007 The South African coal industry will benefit substantially by employing clean coal technology, says Wits SANERI chair in Clean Coal Technology Professor Rosemary Falcon. 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal project update

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2007 Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) expansion and coal line, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Three-year wage deal for coal-terminal workers

By: Matthew Hill     7th September 2007 The world's biggest single coal export terminal, Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), has struck a three-year wage deal with its workers' unions to increase their wages by 8% this year, and consumer inflation plus 1% for two years thereafter, it said on Friday. 

Coal giants keep home fires burning

7th September 2007 Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa reports that the main participants in the South African coal industry produce more than 10-million tons of coal a year. 

Resources more than doubled at E Cape coal project

By: Matthew Hill     4th September 2007 South Africa-focused coal and energy company Strategic Natural Resources (SNR) has boosted its Eastern Cape coal resources at Indwe to 40-million tons, it said on Tuesday. 

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