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BEE acquires 25% of Kangra Coal

5th February 2003 Empowerment firm, MCI Resources, the resources arm of Cyril Ramaphosa’s Millennium Consolidated Investments, announced yesterday that it had acquired a 25% stake in Graham Beck’s coal business - Kangra. 

Multimillion-rand market-coke project being studied

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2003 Carbon products manufacturer Suprachem, a subsidiary of steel giant Iscor, is studying a multimillion-rand project to increase its production of market coke, which it supplies to the South African ferro-alloy, foundry and iron and steel industries. 

Anglo Coal acquires stake in Aussie deposit

27th January 2003 Last week, Anglo Coal (German Creek), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anglo American, announced that it had agreed to purchase a 70% interest in the Girrah coal deposit in Central Queensland from Wesfarmers Curragh, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wesfarmers Limited. 

Training facility at Namibian zinc-mine delivers results

24th January 2003 The first zinc cathode was pulled from the electrowinning cells in the tank house at Skorpion Zinc’s training facility site near Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia recently. 

Big change is forecast for the local coal industry

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th January 2003 The face of South Africa’s coal industry, as well as the economy of this coal-dependent country, are both set to change in the near future, predicts the Mineral Bureau’s chief mineral economist, Xavier Prevost. 

Suprachem studying market-coke project

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2003 Carbon products manufacturer Suprachem, a subsidiary of steel giant Iscor, is studying a multi-million-rand project to increase its production of market coke, which it supplies to the South African ferro-alloy, foundry and iron and steel industries. 

US puts $1,3bn behind clean-coal push

22nd January 2003 US Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, recently announced the first eight projects chosen by the Department of Energy in the initial phase of President George W Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative. 

Fresh coal-terminal expansion announcement expected this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th January 2003 The National Ports Authority (NPA) says it will make an announcement regarding the expansion of the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) before the end of this month. 

Columbian coal mine boosts sales

17th January 2003 Colombian coal producer, El Cerrejon, will boost exports to $600-million in 2003 from $540-million last year and hopes to invest $500-million to increase production to 28-million tons a year by 2007, the company's president said yesterday. 

Big change forecast for SA coal industry

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th January 2003 The face of South Africa’s coal industry, as well as the economy of this coal-dependent country, are both set to change in the near future, predicts the Mineral Bureau’s chief mineral economist, Xavier Prevost. 

Fresh coal-terminal expansion announcement expected this month

By: Martin Czernowalow     9th January 2003 The National Ports Authority (NPA) says it will make an announcement regarding the expansion of the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) before the end of January. 

Xstrata increases stake Australian coal miner

9th January 2003 Swiss-based metals and mining firm, Xstrata said yesterday it had acquired a further 11,5% stake in Australian coal miner Oakbridge, from Japan's Tomen, for $58-million. 

Mineral legislation is set to transform coal landscape

By: Zonika Botha     13th December 2002 The new Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development legislation is poised to facilitate greater participation of previously-disadvantaged people in the lucrative South African mining industry. 

Billion-rand coal plan in the spotlight

By: Martin Creamer     6th December 2002 One of the big coal mine expectations for the New Year is the proposed new billion-rand Klipspruit coal-mine, planned in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s coal province. 

Progress in RBCT expansion talks

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th November 2002 The project to expand the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) may at last be a step closer to materialising, however, uncertainty still lingers regarding when the venture could move ahead. 

Drill monitoring and navigation system installed at colliery

22nd November 2002 The application of Megapump, a repump emulsion explosive, can increase blast performance and reduce costs in underground operations. 

BEE coal group eyes Leandra opportunity

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd November 2002 Transference of the ownership of Ingwe’s Delmas colliery, in Mpumalanga, from the stable of large international resources group BHP Billiton into the hands of relatively new black-owned coal-mining entrant Kuyasa Mining has not been without its challenges. 

Xstrata may bid for Aussie coal interest

22nd November 2002 European-based miner Xstrata will make a friendly bid for Australian miner MIM with the two groups having held detailed discussions on a takeover offer, the Australian Financial Review reported on yesterday. 

Antimony, coal lift miner’s earnings

14th November 2002 South African miner, Metorex, reported that its results for the quarter ended September 30 showed a substantial 325% increase from the previous year in attributable earnings, which translated into a 230% increase in headline earnings per share, following the additional 18-million shares issued in... 

Shaft-mounted drive suited to quarrying

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 A product that will benefit conveyor-belt applications in the quarrying sector is the addition of Falk Corporation’s Quadrive shaft-mounted speed-reducer to the range distributed by Voith Turbo, a South African subsidiary of the German engineering giant. 

Miner mulls counterbid for coking coal firm

28th October 2002 Mining giant Anglo American is considering whether to trump Sherritt International's $1-billion hostile bid for Canadian coking coal firm Fording, the UK's Business newspaper said on Sunday. 

State, private-sector alliance is needed for low-smoke-fuel success

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th October 2002 The government and private companies have been urged to join forces in a project to make low-smoke fuel to replace coal as a source of energy for millions of households across South Africa. 

R50m materials-handling contract for coal mine

25th October 2002 A R50-million contract, to expand the plant at Anglo Coal’s Kleinkopje Colliery, has been awarded to bulk materials-handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn. 

Talks continue between ports body and coal terminal

By: Martin Czernowalow     23rd October 2002 Though there is still no indication from the National Ports Authority (NPA) when the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) expansion will proceed, but further negotiations between the various stakeholders are expected to recommence shortly. 

Flameproof plug and socket is proving popular with coal-miners

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 The coal mining industry has reacted positively to a 250 A flame proof plug and socket introduced to the market in June. 

Explosion prevention divisions merge

By: candice haase     11th October 2002 Where it was aimed originally at focusing on coal-dust explosions, the CSIR Kloppersbos facility now also caters for industrial dust explosion prevention. 

Company scoops R58-million contract at local coal-mine

By: marisa rodrigues     4th October 2002 As part of one of the largest materials handling mining projects in South Africa this year, engineering and project-management company Senet, was awarded the contract for the construction of two run-of-mine (ROM) coal crushing tip arrangements for Ingwe’s Kwagga project in Mpumalanga. 

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. 

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