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Medupi Power Station

Southern Africa’s largest spreader commissioned at Grootegeluk expansion project

State-owned power utility Eskom’s  Medupi power station has comissioned a PA299-2100/50+50  spreader – the largest type in Southern Africa – from mining equipment manufacturer Sandvik earlier this month for the  coal miner Exxaro-owned...
25th July 2014
Ferrous Metals

Pig iron project could boost company profile

Ironveld expects to start production at its pig iron project in 2015
Once pig iron developer Ironveld’s Limpopo-based pig iron project starts production, which is expected in the second half of 2015, the company is likely to become South Africa’s first producer of high-purity iron (HPI), says Ironveld CEO Dr...
25th July 2014
Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain

The Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project is a brownfield expansion whereby the existing opencast pit will be mined at an accelerated rate
Operations at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, owned by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, experienced a setback following heavy rainfall in March.
27th June 2014

ANC’s Mantashe backs fracking to meet SA’s energy needs

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would have to begin in the Karoo to meet South Africa's growing energy needs despite resistance from environmental and other lobby groups, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on...
8th April 2014

Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project, South Africa Restricted

Construction on the Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project is 97% complete.
14th March 2014

Supplying Eskom is coal industry’s greatest challenge, says professional services firm

The key issue is increasing the capacity of the rail link to enable junior miners to gain access to Richards Bay Coal Terminal
The greatest and most immediate challenge currently facing the South African coal sector is security of supply for State-owned power utility Eskom, says professional services firm KPMG Africa mining transaction leader Werner Jacobs.
14th March 2014

Transnet boosts Exxaro’s coal railing, Eskom paying invoices Video Available

Exxaro's Mxolisi Mgojo State-owned rail enterprise Transnet was praised at Thursday’s Exxaro Resources results presentation for boosting the JSE-listed company’s coal exports by 15% last year and facilitating the doubling of them in 2014. But at the other end of...
6th March 2014

Second Waterberg operation has to come to the party – Meyer

PC Meyer consulting's Peet Meyer A second operation in the Waterberg coalfield, where mining major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk colliery was currently the only producing mine, had to come to party to meet the country’s future needs, PC Meyer Consulting exploration geologist Peet...
4th March 2014

Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate

Mac Consulting's Dave Collins At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins...
4th March 2014

Medupi-linked water scheme delayed, but ‘poses no risk’ to start up

The first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP), which is under construction partly to provide water from Mokolo dam to the Medupi power station, is behind schedule, Eskom has confirmed. However, the State-owned...
3rd March 2014

Power, labour pose risks to realising weak-rand benefits in 2014

The weaker rand should be supportive of a reduction in South Africa’s current account deficit over the medium-term, but Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim warns that continued industrial unrest and ongoing electricity constraints remain...
10th February 2014

Hitachi confirms Medupi progress, insists it can meet revised schedule

Engineering group Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) reports that 98% of its scope of work on boiler Unit 6 at the Medupi power station, being built in Limpopo, has been completed. It has also confirmed that it is in a position to meet Eskom’s revised...
14th November 2013
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