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Coal News

Jaw-crusher puts end to instability

By: andrew lanham     1st October 2004 Officials at the Grootegeluk coal-mine in the Limpopo Province do not try to conceal their feelings about the new Sandvik jaw crusher which has put an end to production stoppages in the mine’s largest beneficiation plant. 

Another BEE coal-miner begins operations

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th September 2004 International coal producer Anglo Coal, a division of Anglo American yesterday announced the sale of its Kwazulu-Natal coal reserves comprising an estimated 104-million saleable tons of coal to Leeuw Mining and Exploration (LME), a black economic empowerment (BEE) company. 

SA coal sector must come to grips with EU law changes

By: Martin Czernowalow     22nd September 2004 The South African coal industry could face losing its biggest export market, unless it takes steps to respond to stricter environmental regulations being pursued by European legislators. 

New Mozambique coke plant

By: andrew lanham     17th September 2004 The Mozambique governing agency, Centre de Promocao de Investimentos (CPI,) has granted conceptual approval for the erection of a non-recovery coke plant in Mozambique. 

Sasol-Eyesizwe clarity by mid-2005

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2004 A due diligence exercise by petrochemicals company Sasol and coal-miner Eyesizwe to assess the viability of a permanent coal-mining partnership between the two entities should be completed this year and a final assessment how best to proceed will be made by June next year. 

10 ADTs ordered

10th September 2004 Olifantsfontein based specialist manufacturer of load bodies for commercial vehicles, TFM Industries, is modifying ten Volvo A35D articulated dump trucks (ADTs) for Benoni Sands for use at its coal mine near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga. ? 

R2m power upgrade contract awarded

10th September 2004 The medium-voltage division of ABB Power Technology has won a second contract, worth R2-million, to provide new switchgear for an Xstrata coal-mine near Witbank, in Mpumalanga.? 

Process-technology installations continue to be a success

10th September 2004 Supplier of process technology to the coal industry in Southern Africa for more than twenty-five years, Humboldt Wedag (SA) has during this time affirmed its position as one of the cutting-edge technology solutions suppliers for the minerals processing industry.? 

1 000 custom chutes in operation

10th September 2004 High wear at transfer points at collieries dramatically escalates maintenance expenditure, and yet, according to Weba Chute Systems MD Werner Baller this is one of the areas where solutions are readily available.? 

Water-treatment technology still used at Anglo operation

10th September 2004 A specialist in the implementation of innovative technology applications, IST Technik is playing a vital role in the treatment of water at Anglo Coal’s Landau colliery navigation site in Witbank. ? 

35% increase in production results in additional truck orders

10th September 2004 Leeuwpan coal mine owned by Kumba Resources near Delmas, Mpumalanga, will increase production (currently at 1,5-million t/y) by 35% this year and has therefore taken delivery of a fleet of 10 Caterpillar 740 articulated trucks from Barloworld equipment mining. ? 

Equipment commissioning to take place this month

10th September 2004 An order has been received by Joy Mining Machinery SA from Savmore colliery to manufacture one Joy 12HM31B JNA ll continuous miner and three 10SC22D shuttle cars to supplement the new underground mine, Maquasa West Shaft, which opened during 2003.? 

Another two loaders ordered by mine

10th September 2004 Middelburg plant services company Polyco Plant Services has taken delivery of another two Bobcat 753 skid-steer loaders from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) to work on cleaning applications in the process plant at one of the prominent coal mines in the area.? 

Software developed to improve decision making for coal-mine's geologists

10th September 2004 In an aim to empower Xstrata Coal Limited geologists to do more of the daily resource modelling type work, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants has developed a customised, base menu system in Datamine macros, which allow the mines to significantly improve business decision making, without having... 

Custom sampling system designed

10th September 2004 The ability to provide nonstandard sampling systems enabled Multotec to provide the most appropriate solution for Middelburg Mines Services (MMS) when the time came to upgrade its primary cross-stream sampler.? 

New technology to increase safety

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 The latest technological development from CSIR Miningtek is GoafWarn, a device that is able to provide early warning of, or an indication of, the probability of a large rock instability in coal mines. 

Continuous miner launched

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 The acquisition of the Dash continuous miner product line from Eimco LLC late last year is translating into 

Research aims to extend the life of SA coal mining

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 If the current super-fine coal, which is discarded, can be dried and agglomerated, it could create an additional income of approximately R200-million a year. 

New coal mine proposed in the Belfast complex

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 With South Africa in the midst of a critical energy shortage it seems that coal-mining will sustain the country until an alternative energy source is found. 

Plans unfold for new coal hub

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 A three-phased expansion is planned by Kumba Resources in the Waterberg in the Limpopo Province. 

New probe prevents spontaneous combustion

By: andrea marais     10th September 2004 A new probe called the 316T-Probe is available to monitor spontaneous combustion in coal stockpiles. 

Software assists with coal deposit identification

10th September 2004 South Africa still has considerable coal resources, though challenges in the future will call for mechanised mining in narrow seams, and the extraction of pillars from old workings.? 

R30m contract to boost coal production

10th September 2004 Coal producer Anglo Coal has awarded the contract for a 60 t/h fine coal flotation plant at Greenside colliery to Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA). ? 

Sasol-Eyesizwe clarity by mid-2005

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2004 A due diligence exercise by petrochemicals company Sasol and coal-miner Eyesizwe to assess the viability of a permanent coal-mining partnership between the two entities should be completed this year and a final assessment how best to proceed will be made by June next year. 

New Vaal gears up to meet power demand

By: andrew lanham     3rd September 2004 There is something a bit incongruous about driving through a pleasant suburban area of a Free State town, rounding a corner in the road, and seeing ahead of one the booms of a Bucyrus dragline. 

Empowerment firm buys into Mpumalanga coal-mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd September 2004 A Pretoria-based black economic empowerment company has clinched a deal which will see it acquire a controlling shareholding in one opencast and two underground coal-mines in Mpulamanga for R130-million. 

SA firm exports lattice structure to China coal-mine

3rd September 2004 Steel fabrication and construction company Cosira International has secured another international contract, this time to fabricate steelwork for a lattice column type crane building in China. 

First steps in Kumba-Transnet rail talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2004 South African transport utility Transnet yesterday confirmed that it has already held the first meeting with Kumba Resources ahead of negotiations to review their current agreement regarding the transportation and handling of iron-ore from Kumba's Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, to the export... 

BHPB to increase metallurgical coal capacity

2nd September 2004 Mining giant BHP Billiton yesterday announced its intention to increase metallurgical coal production capacity to around 100-million tons per annum (100% basis) by 2010. 

Iron-ore empowerment options

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2004 Anglo’s share overhang makes equity BEE attractive, but Kumba would prefer an asset-level package. 

Empowered coal-haulage venture launched

18th August 2004 A black economic empowered (BEE) road-haulage company, with a niche in the coal-transportation sector, was officially launched yesterday. 

AngloCoal-Eyesizwe mull R1,6bn coal project

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th August 2004 Coal mining groups Anglo Coal and Eyesizwe yesterday launched a 50:50 joint venture to develop and mine the Arnot North coal reserve, 30 km east of Middelburg in the coal-rich Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. 

Xstrata on commodity bull-run joy ride

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2004 Surging commodity prices underpinned a sharp rise in first-half profits at diversified global miner Xstrata, which believes there is even more to come in the second half as the commodity bull-run continues. 

RBCT expansion announcement in August

By: Martin Czernowalow     6th August 2004 The long-awaited expansion of the privately-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is finally expected to proceed at the end of this month, RBCT CEO Nigel Stevens informs Mining Weekly. 

Iron-ore, coal strength assure SA projects despite rand

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2004 Diversified metals and mining company Kumba Resources reported yesterday that, while it remained committed to its suite of South African projects in the iron-ore and coal sectors, sustained rand strength could stymie future growth opportunities as it was putting pressure on the rates of return of... 

Kumba aims to clarify BEE position by December

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2004 Diversified miner Kumba Resources is working with its majority shareholder, Anglo American, in a bid to prepare the way for the introduction of black economic empowerment (BEE) into the group, and it expects to have made significant progress on the issue by year-end. 

SA makes progress in asbestos-mine rehabilitation

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2004 About 60% – or 111 mines and 578 dumps – of South Africa’s abandoned and ownerless asbestos mines have been rehabilitated by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) since 1986, when the health hazards related to asbestos became increasingly clear. 

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