Joy Mining Machinery South Africa has partnered with SBS Mining, a division of Peter White Mining, to supply a suite of continuous mining equipment to Tumelo colliery, near Pullenshope, in Mpumalanga.
The equipment comprises one 12HM31-B continuous miner and four 10SC32-56C shuttle cars. The Joy continuous miner features the latest Joy technology, including the Optidrive (ac Variable-frequency drive) traction system, and the FACEBOSS state-of-the-art on-board machine control system.
The Tumelo coal mine is located on the farm Boschmanskop, south of the Optimum colliery, and near Eskom's Hendrina power station. This box-cut operation began at the end of March 2008, when the first series of blasting occurred, with plans to enter production this month.
Jointly owned by Mmakau Mining and Total Coal South Africa, the Tumelo coal mine, will be operated by SBS Mining, an independent mining contractor. The mine will be a conventional bord-and-pillar operation accessed by a boxcut and a ramp, with the mine extending to a maximum distance of about 3,5 km from the portal.
The Tumelo coal mine will focus on the No 2 seam, which presents an economic mining height in excess of 2,2 m over most of the area. Production is expected to be 70 000 t/m.
"Our association with Joy goes back many years, to the opening of the Forzando colliery, the flagship of Total Coal South Africa, where the company supplied the first and subsequent suites of equipment. We look forward to working closely with Joy over the next couple of years to assist us to increase production and lower the cost of coal mined over the life cycle of our equipment," says SBS Mining MD Gordon Bruins.
Tumelo will supply coal to the Forzando coal mine. Forzando and Tumelo are about 34 km apart, and plans are under way to connect the two mines by an existing road, newly tarred by Tumelo coal mine, in order to transport raw coal to the Forzando coal washing plant at the Forzando mine complex.
Upon depletion of the No 2 seam, pockets of easily accessible No 4 seam exist which, market conditions allowing, could result in the purchase of a suite of lower height machinery in order to turn this reserve to favour and extend the life-of-the mine by two to three years.
"The Tumelo coal project is important to Peter White Mining and to Joy. We are committed to playing our part in making it a world-class operation," says Joy South Africa MD Jason Savage.
Tumelo will provide about 100 permanent jobs and most of the coal will be for the export market. The mine has sufficient resources to operate for about seven years.