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Expert highlights coal projects ‘likely to succeed’

By: Dylan Stewart The four new coal mines being developed by energy and chemical company Sasol are highly likely to succeed as a result of two fundamentals: reserves and market, says mining and project finance evaluator XMP Consulting chairperson Xavier Prevost. 

Expert highlights coal projects  ‘likely to succeed’
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XAVIER PREVOST Sasol's Secunda mines are the largest coal producer in the country

IPP prepares final coal tender bid

By: Dylan Stewart South African independent power producer (IPP) KiPower is preparing to submit a bid in response to a tender from the Department of Energy (DoE) under its Coal Baseload IPP Procurement Programme to supply coal-powered electricity to State-owned power producer Eskom, says KiPower chairperson Ayanda... 

IPP prepares final  coal tender bid
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COAL TO POWER The DoE’s request for proposals indicated the aim to procure 1 600 MW of independently produced coal powered capacity

Junior begins mining operations in Mpumalanga

Mining activities at junior coal miner and supplier Wescoal Mining’s Elandspruit mine, in Mpumalanga, have started, coal mining, distributing and processing company Wescoal Holdings acting CEO Waheed Sulaiman said this month. 

Mozambique project confirms sufficient funds to develop until Q1 2016

Following a detailed review of its budget and the implementation of cost-saving initiatives, Mozambique miner Ncondezi Coal Company’s management is confident that it has sufficient cash to support ongoing operations at the Ncondezi coal project in Tete, Mozambique, until the first quarter of next... 

Pro services firm wins greenfield coal tender

In January this year multidisciplinary professional services firm Arup was appointed by coal company Exxaro Resources to complete the design, tender and construction monitoring of the infrastructure and site development of Exxaro’s Belfast coal project, in Mpumalanga. 

South African coal project continues financier search

In June Australian coal company Resource Generation (Resgen) announced that negotiations between itself and a group of potential financiers regarding project finance for development of its Boikarabelo coal project in Limpopo, are continuing. 

Tanzania coal-to-power project begins BFS

By: Dylan Stewart Multi-commodity exploration and mineral project development company Kibo Mining has started with the bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the development of its Mbeya coal-to-power project, in south-west Tanzania, Kibo CEO Louis Coetzee tells Mining Weekly. 

Algae can reduce coal-related CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa can benefit from using algae and related plants for carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and cofiring while facilitating mine rehabilitation, says coal expert and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Rosemary Falcon. The research... 

Algae can reduce  coal-related  CO2 emissions
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BENEFICIAL The research into using algae and related plants for CO2 reduction and cofiring is at an advanced stage at the Clean Coal Technology Centre at Wits

Asset management system enables total cost insight

By: Bruce Montiea Physical asset management service provider Pragma’s life-cycle costing (LCC) system enables coal mining companies better insight into the total life-cycle costs of their assets, says Pragma asset care centre manager BJ Mona. He notes that the system was implemented in March last year at a coal... 

Asset management  system enables total cost insight
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IMPROVED ASSET MANAGEMENT Pragma is driving the push towards making the life-cycle costing system widely accessible for the coal mining industry

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established

Minerals processing solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa early this year established a dedicated manufacturing operation at its facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga to produce Aspir coal centrifuges, says company product manager Leon Toerien. “This represents a strategic investment to service... 

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established
LOCALLY PRODUCED Weir Minerals Africa has taken a decision to manufacture and assemble the Aspir coal centrifuges locally

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology

By: Bruce Montiea Coal merchant Afri Coal is investigating a coal processing method to reduce carbon emissions, says company director Pauline Coertzen. Afri Coal is conducting the research and development for this method that it will, once commercialised, provide for its clients that process coal. 

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology
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TRANSPORT COSTS One of the most common challenges of bulk coal distribution is transport costs, from the loading point to the client

Early understanding of social risks should inform project decisions

By: Bruce Montiea Proposed mining projects’ investment and capital expenditure decisions should be informed by an early understanding of social risks, says environmental and social services provider Digby Wells Environmental stakeholder engagement departmental manager Nestus Bredenhann. He states that obtaining a... 

Early understanding of  social risks should inform project decisions
CONSULTATION Mining companies have to communicate the potential environmental impact of their operations to local communities

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed

Global industry body the World Coal Association (WCA) has called for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies, to meet the growing global energy demand, while also reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As coal is currently providing 40% of global electricity, with coal use forecast to... 

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed
CLEAN COAL The World Coal Association calls for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to meet the growing global energy demand while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Rukwa coal to power project development on track

Mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining should have sufficient funding to complete the integrated coal/power definitive feasibility study (DFS) report for its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, by the second quarter of this year, Hume Capital said in a research note last... 

Rukwa coal to power project development  on track
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POWER GENERATION Tanzania currently has less than 1 000 MW of power generation capacity operational out of the 2 000 MW it requires

SA can become a bigger coal exporter

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa has the potential to export more coal, provided there is  rail infrastructure expansion and improvement in the country, says geology, mining and environmental consulting services provider MSA principal coal consultant Philip Mostert. He notes that South Africa currently exports... 

SA can become a  bigger coal exporter
RAIL CAPACITY Transnet is considering upgrades to its various rail tracks leading to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Suitable rail infrastructure can facilitate access to increased coal resources

By: Bruce Montiea The establishment and maintenance of efficient and accessible rail and port infrastructure, and the regional linking thereof, could enable State-owned electricity provider Eskom to access a reliable supply of affordable coal, says mining engineering and strategic consultancy services firm Ukwazi... 

Suitable rail infrastructure  can facilitate access to  increased coal resources
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INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY The regional linking of infrastructure will make it easier for South Africa to tap into the coal resources of neigbouring countries

‘Carbon capture’ distribution centre strengthens coal miner’s operations

By: Bruce Montiea Coal miner and supplier Wescoal Holdings’ new “carbon capture  distribution centre”, launched in November last year, is helping the company reduce its carbon footprint and survive challenging market conditions , says CEO Andre Boje. “The ‘carbon capture’ site substantially reduces the company’s... 

‘Carbon capture’  distribution centre strengthens coal  miner’s operations
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Wescoal’s housing programme aims to deliver one house per month to disadvantaged members of the Arbor community, in Mpumalanga

Billions invested to develop large mine assets

By: Ilan Solomons Once completed, diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP), in Mpumalanga, would have mine assets worth several billion rands, which would be critical to ensure the success of the mine, said TOP GM Allen Butcher during Mining Weekly’s visit to the site last month. He... 

Billions invested to develop large mine assets
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ALLEN BUTCHER Tweefontein Optimisation Project recorded 5-million injury-free work hours between the period of November 2012 and February this year

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach Materials handling consultancy LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) and the discards backfill project at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, which is owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals... 

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way
NEARING COMPLETION LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project at the Grootegeluk coal mine this month

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) management team aims to ensure that no fatalities occur on site during the construction phase of the project and that this record is extended to the mine’s 26-year life-of-mine. “TOP’s management has placed... 

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations
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COAL PROCESSING The coal processing plant comprises a three-stage crushing process, which reduces the coal from about 1.5 m to less than 50 mm

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts

By: Mia Breytenbach As coal and metals mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) nears completion, project management firm SSG Consulting will facilitate the contract closeouts of the various contractors and companies involved in the GMEP until the end of the year. SSG senior consultant at... 

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts
KEY ACHIEVEMENT KEY360 has reached a record high of facilitating more than 11-million transactions for Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The model applied by mining and metals major Exxaro to its Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) 

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy
MODEL POTENTIAL The success of the first Grootegeluk mine can be attributed to its supplying coal to State-owned power utility Eskom’s adjacent Matimba power station

Grootegeluk Medupi expansion nearing completion

By: Mia Breytenbach Coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources’ Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) is 97% complete, with total project costs still estimated at R10.2-billion, according to the company’s 2013 Integrated Report. The GMEP is a brownfield expansion project and forms... 

Grootegeluk Medupi  expansion nearing completion
RAMPING UP Exxaro noted in its interim results for the six months ended June 30 that optimisation and performance testing is in progress until full ramp-up

New hydraulic products could benefit GMEP

By: Mia Breytenbach Having supplied hydraulic cylinders, pumps and torque wrenches to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station and coal and metals major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk-Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) over the past three years, the South African branch of US-based high-pressure equipment company... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market

By: Ilan Solomons About 75% of the coal from diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) will be exported through the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, while the rest will be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom and other... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market
PIT PROGRESSION The coaling and associated materials handling at the Tweefontein Optimisation Project will be undertaken using truck and shovel mining methods

R8bn project on time and under budget

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) – a brownfield expansion of the existing Tweefontein operation − was on course to reach steady-state plant production of 12.4-million tons a year by August 2015, the company told Mining Weekly during a site visit last month.... 

R8bn project on time and under budget
YIELDING RESULTS The Tweefontein Optimisation Project’s yield will be about 60%, which will result in about seven-million tons of processed coal product

Continuous miners supplied to local colliery

By: Mia Breytenbach The mandate for the South African subsidiary of Germany-based underground mining equipment and industrial gearboxes supplier Eickhoff is to focus on supplying continuous miners to the local coal mining industry, Eickhoff South Africa (SA) MD Francois van Tonder tells Mining Weekly. While pursuing... 

Continuous miners supplied to local colliery
POWER BENEFIT The hydraulic traction system eliminates the need to fit the continuous miners with additional electric motors and expensive inverters that require more power

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to current coal prices, depleting coal reserves and the increasing need for infrastructure investment, the local coal mining industry is focusing more on efficient mining and processing using existing infrastructure without added capital investment, says mining services group Ukwazi... 

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines
UNCERTAIN FUTURE Coal price uncertainty heightens the need for coal mines to decrease unit costs of coal products to remain competitive

Local colliery to receive new simulator range

By: Mia Breytenbach Global advanced training simulator provider ThoroughTec is delivering its new Cybermine Soft Rock mining simulator range to mining major BHP Billiton’s Khutala colliery – one of South Africa’s biggest collieries – in Mpumalanga. The Cybermine Soft Rock range of mining simulators includes a... 

Local colliery to receive new simulator range
EFFECTIVE TRAINING ThoroughTec’s high-fidelity simulators are designed to be as realistic as possible, from cab appearance to the authentic replication of operator interfaces
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