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Weekly Features

China to stir coal market again in 2017

     17th March 2017 China will again generate significant volatility in the global coal market in 2017 as the government strives to balance smooth and cheap coal supply to households and steel mills with environmental concerns about coal use, according to Fitch-affiliated market analyst BMI Research.  

Demand high for on-site coal labs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Coal analysis firm Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) says high demand for on-site analysis laboratories persists, as these facilities provide companies with quicker and more effective coal analysis and processing, compared with off-site laboratories, which can take a working day to produce... 

Demand high for  on-site coal labs
OVERLOOKED COLLIERY The compact on-site laboratory at Overlooked is equipped with the full scope of equipment and is operational 24/7

Developer aims to consolidate alliance with coal marketer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy is pursuing the establishment of a more solid partnership with coal marketing and trading house HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered thermal coal supplier HMS Bergbau.  

Developer aims  to consolidate alliance with coal marketer
MASHALE PHUMAPHI Shumba Energy's partnership with HMS Bergbau Africa will improve its international market position

Major contract wins for Botswana office

     17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Major contract wins  for Botswana office
STEPHEN STACEY Hatch’s new office in Gaborone was established to consolidate its presence in the Southern African region

Medium-density tile offers cost savings

     17th March 2017 Ceramic wear solutions supplier Multotec Wear Linings has developed a medium density (MD) alumina ceramic tile for low- to medium-wear applications, which it says will lead to cost savings in coal and power generation plants.  

Medium-density tile offers  cost savings
RESPONDING TO DEMAND The Multotec medium-density ceramic tile is a response to customer requirements for a more cost-effective ceramic wear tile

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry

     17th March 2017 To help facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that formalises their long-term collaboration.  

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry
CHRISTIAN BACH Clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 The Coaltech Research Association plans to further evaluate a new, dry dense medium separation (DMS) process later this year at a pilot plant at a coal mine in Witbank. Since mid-2015, Coaltech has been investigating the new process that was commercialised by electricity and coking company... 

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits
FGX DRY-PROCESSING UNIT A layer of coal is subjected to a high-frequency vibration to separate coal from stone

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

New entrants lack experience in coal
Photo by Bloomberg
COAL INSIGHT To make good business decisions and deliver quality coal, insight is needed into the complications of coal handling, sampling and analysis

Strikes threaten coal sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 If an agreement cannot be reached on the future structure and form of wage negotiations in the coal sector, unions have threatened to strike, says Solidarity mining industry deputy general-secretary Connie Prinsloo.  

Strikes threaten coal sector
DIFFERING OUTCOMES Over time, the coal wage agreements have increasingly reflected different settlement levels between coal companies

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 Industrial plants and systems engineering, construction and service specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) is one of five business areas of global engineering company thyssenkrupp. tkIS has a global network of roughly 19 000 employees at 70 locations, enabling the company to supply... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

UCG power plant developer eagerly awaits procurement programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Multifaceted resource and technology company African Carbon Energy (Africary), which plans to develop an underground coal gasification (UCG) power plant project at its one-billion-ton coal deposit in Theunissen, in the Free State, says it has been bid-ready for the domestic gas independent power... 

UCG power plant developer eagerly awaits procurement programme
JOHAN BRAND & DR JOHAN VAN WYK The production well of an underground coal gasification process produces clean-mined coal

Aus alarm launched in South Africa

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Mining safety solutions company Nautitech Mining Solutions has launched an alarm system based on thermal analytics. The associated camera has the ability to positively identify personnel that are within the hazardous areas. The Australian company, which introduced its products to the South... 

Aus alarm launched in  South Africa
DANGER ZONE The alarm system enables the thermal camera system to positively identify a person in or in close proximity to a hazardous area

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank

     16th September 2016 Australian coal company White Energy’s River Energy joint venture (JV) with investment firm Black River Asset Management has entered into an agreement with a major Witbank coal mine to build a binderless coal briquetting (BCB) plant. White Energy announced in June that, while the major commercial... 

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank
CESSNOCK BCB TEST PLANT The binderless coal briquetting plant is used to turn an environmental liability into a revenue stream

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies  to ensure sustainability
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Electronic equipment supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition

     16th September 2016 Global engineering solutions distributor RS Components SA attended the Mining & Technical Travelling Exhibition (MTE) Lephalale Mining and Industrial Expo on September 1, at the Mogol Club in Lephalale, in Limpopo, home to Grootegeluk, one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world, along... 

Electronic equipment  supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition
GROOTEGELUK COAL MINE The Lephalale mine is one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies

     16th September 2016 Its is becoming apparent that, in the future, the use of coal is only going to be acceptable if used in clean coal technologies, as the world shifts to a high efficiency, low-emissions and low-carbon economy, says nonprofit coal and energy organisation Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF). To achieve... 

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies
Photo by Victor Moolman
UNDERWHELMING COAL GRADES South Africa should look into coal beneficiation to upgrade low-grade coals

Positive company culture yields positive results

     16th September 2016 The way a company treats an employee has a direct effect on the experience that clients will have with said company, says sampling and analytical service provider Umzamo Analytical Services CEO Audrey Ndlovu. It follows then that a negative or unproductive company culture will result in negative... 

Positive company culture  yields positive results
EXPERT ANALYSIS Umzamo Analytical Services has several training programmes and initiatives, and ensures that staff receive training as and when needed

South African coal industry needs to pursue mechanisation

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 South African coal industry stakeholders need to pursue mechanisation if the industry is serious about streamlining operations and improving efficiencies, stresses international market research company BMI Research.  BMI commodities analyst Mitchell Hugers states that the benefits of... 

South African coal industry  needs to pursue mechanisation
USURPER Mozambique's coal prospects are attracting significant foreign investment and its coal sector may outstrip South Africa's in the near future

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source
Photo by Victor Moolman
WASTE NOT WANT NOT The amount of waste coal accumulated by South African coal mines over the past 35 years is about two-billion tons

Rio Tinto closes $220m Mount Pleasant sale

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 Diversified mining major Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets, in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, for $220.7-million plus royalties. The group sold the project, which would produce 10.5-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal when in production, to Mach... 

Rio Tinto closes $220m Mount Pleasant sale

Coal major expects production increases despite Inyanda closure

     29th July 2016 Thermal coal production from commercial mines owned by mining company Exxaro is expected to increase by 12%, mainly owing to the inclusion of coal producer Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) and higher production at the Grootegeluk coal mine, in Limpopo, and the North Block Complex coal mine, in... 

Coal major expects production increases despite Inyanda closure
CAPITAL DEVELOPMENTS The timing of the truck replacement programme at Grootgeluk is being refined, which will affect future years' capex

Elandspruit on track to deliver 200 000 t/m of coal 

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 Coal production at the Elandspruit mine, in Mpumalanga, is on track to reach 200 000 t/m run-of-mine (RoM) with the development of the colliery’s underground mining project, says coal mining and trading company Wescoal Holdings CEO Waheed Sulaiman. 

Elandspruit on track to deliver  200 000 t/m of coal

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 The Mabesekwa coal mine, in Botswana, is at an advanced stage of the Mabesekwa Export independent power producer (MEIPP) project and will seek to secure its mining licence and agreements to supply electricity to the South African Coal Baseload IPP programme and the domestic Botswana Greenfield... 

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead
Photo by Duane Daws
ROBUST LIFE EXPECTANCY The Mabesekwa mine's coal reserves are forecast to last well over 50 years

New Largo, Thabametsi top projects on coal analyst’s radar

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 Coal mines are being built close to power stations to increase their profitability, says consulting service XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. Two such coal projects under development are diversified miner Anglo American’s New Largo project, in Mpumalanga, and mining company... 

New Largo, Thabametsi  top projects on coal  analyst’s radar
WEALTHY WATERBERG The Waterberg area, in Limpopo, has more than 48-billion tons of coal in reserve

Coal production remains lucrative for South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Coal industry role-players remain confident that the commodity will continue to play a crucial role in energy production in South Africa and worldwide amid and despite the depressed coal market, which could drive more mines to closure. The low commodity price has resulted in local mines having to... 

Coal production  remains lucrative  for South Africa
BUILT FOR TONNAGE Joes Kwatani MD Kim Schoepflin and CEO Derrick Alston

Company renames asset, invests in renewables

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Sandton-based coal mining company Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC) has renamed its flagship Rietkuil coal asset, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, the Nsele coal project after the re-evaluation of the project, which will now supply coal to State-owned power utility Eskom instead of exporting B-grade... 

Company renames  asset, invests  in renewables
HEINE VAN NIEKERK Delta Mining Consolidated will be able to supply State-owned power utility Eskom's Matla, Kriel, Kusile and Kendal plants with in spec coal

New CEO holds stock in coal

By: Simon Sonnekus     11th March 2016 Coal is the future of power generation worldwide, emphasises Australian exploration company Minergy’s newly appointed CEO Andre Bojé. “Coal remains the cheaper option . . . and I believe that while the commodity is currently struggling with a low price, it will soon pick up,” he states. 

New CEO holds  stock in coal
ANDRE BOJE The market points to the fact that it is not conducive to open greenfield projects to produce thermal coal for the international or regional market

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions

     11th March 2016 Strategically matching solutions to specific customer needs and applications along with emphasis on the overall improved durability of traditional coal dewatering screens, remains key within the coal processing industry, as it lowers operating costs. This is according to mining machinery producer... 

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions
MATCHING SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals’ latest developments in coal screen machine technology are focused on increasing the size and mechanical durability of its coal duty vibrating screen line

SA still Africa’s chief coal producer for now

     11th March 2016 South Africa will continue to be Africa’s dominant coal producer for the foreseeable future, says international trade credit insurer Coface industry analyst Andries Louw. However, he notes that with current international developments and the global economy changing, it is difficult to forecast... 

SA still Africa’s chief  coal producer for now
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL EXPORTS DOWN South African coal producers are facing a tough future as import opportunities are decreasing

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade

     11th March 2016 Accurate sampling in coal mining operations provides coal producers with a distinct advantage within the industry, says minerals processing company Multotec. The company believes that by creating a clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied, process managers can achieve... 

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade
PRECISE SCREENING A clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied will enable process managers to achieve an early indication of the final grade and yields of a product
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