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Carbon capture could deal with energy-intensive mining industry’s challenge

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 More than 90 % of South Africa’s electricity is generated from coal, resulting in the release of about 440-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year.  

Customised spin filters provide compact solution for Matola

16th March 2012 Industrial solutions provider Rand Technical Services (RTS) has supplied customised spin filter units to product and technical information resource Cleanroom Technologies for a number of refrigeration units for the monitor controls centre room at Matola Coal Terminal in Mozambique.  

Songea coal project assays under way

16th March 2012 A further suite of geophysical density logs is planned in the first quarter of 2012, to better understand and confirm the geometry and thickness of the identified coal intervals at the Songea coal project in Southern Tanzania.  

Environment-friendly cooling method suited to coal mines

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Water solutions provider IDE Technologies is now able to assist coal mines to improve their environmental impact while also saving capital 

$35m, seven-year project loan facility to fund the Penumbra

16th March 2012 Africa-focused coal mining investment and production company Continental Coal Limited (CCL) has confirmed that its South African subsidiary has executed binding loan documentation with Absa Capital, a division of financial services group Absa Bank Limited, and a subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC... 

Junior coal producer plans to move wash plant in 2013

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Junior coal producer South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) upgraded its wash plant at its Umlabu colliery near the end of last year and plans to move this plant in 2013 to a more suitable area in response to environmental regulations. 

Coal shortage not a problem in South Africa

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 South Africa does not have a shortage of coal but its ability to build power stations fast enough to service the growing demand for energy is an increasing problem, says minerals industry consultant Venmyn Rand.  

CCTs the answer for coal-reliant SA 

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 As climate change is becoming more problematic and pressure to conform to more environment-friendly operating methods builds, countries around the world are forced to look at alternative ways of combusting coal. 

Coal industry still plagued by skills shortage

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 South Africa still faces a significant skills shortage in the coal industry and, while the current demand for skilled engineers is likely to be met in the next few years, not enough is being done to meet the demand for skilled technicians and artisans, says University of The Witwatersrand (Wits)... 

Mining contractor launches dedicated Australian coal division

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Redpath, one of the world’s major mining contractors, has launched a dedicated Australian coalmining division with the aim of becoming one of the country’s leading mining contractors. 

Company assists in development of 260 MW power station at Boikarabelo project

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Environmental and social solutions company Digby Wells Environmental has been involved in the Boikarabelo coal mine project since its exploration stages and has lately undertaken the environmental authorisation processes for a proposed 260 MW power station for the Limpopo-based project. 

World's first containerised coal grinding plant

16th March 2012 oesche’s latest solution to reduce operating costs by substituting gas and oil with coal in various thermal applications is now available to the African market. 

Product ensures cost-effective slurry removal 

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Xylem Water Solutions South Africa, previously known as ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa, is adding a new product to its slurry equipment solutions for effective slurry removal. 

Coaltrans highlights Southern Africa’s changing coal industry

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Coal industry training and conference provider Coaltrans Conferences will be expanding its scope beyond South Africa to examine the developments that are transforming Southern Africa’s coal sector, at this year’s Coaltrans Southern Africa.  

Expansion on schedule, coal supply delayed by Medupi

16th December 2011 The Exxaro Grootegeluk brownfield expansion project is aimed at supplying State-owned power utility Eskom with 14.6-million tons of power-station-grade coal a year for its Medupi power station.  

Engineering contractor completes design for coal-washing plant

16th December 2011 The multidisciplinary detail process and engineering design for Exxaro’s coal-washing plant with respect to the Grootegeluk Medupi expansion project has been successfully completed by South African construction major Engineering and projects company Aveng E+PC.  

R26-million in green technology principles for green housing project

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     16th December 2011 With its goal of reducing its energy use by 15% by 2015 in mind, coal miner Exxaro has built green housing for its employees through the company’s eco-friendly housing project, in Lephalale, Limpopo. This is in line with the Department of Minerals and Energy’s Energy Efficiency Accord for the... 

Move away from nationalisation to serve as incentive for investors

9th December 2011 In the Mozambique government’s bid to attract foreign investment and multiply about $3-billion that has been injected into the country over the past five years, it is steering away from nationalising its minerals, of which coal is a significant draw card.  

Companies eager to reap fruits of Mozambique’s coal reserves

9th December 2011 Internationally, Mozambique's promising geography and geology has become known. Lying on Africa's southeast coast, it is in a prime position to ship coal to hungry and growing Asian markets such as India and China. 

Additional management appointed at Minas Moatize

9th December 2011 Aim-listed Beacon Hill Resources (BHR) has appointed additional senior management role-players at its Minas Moatize coal mine, in Tete, Mozambique, in preparation for the mine’s ramp up next year. 

Concern over proposed amendments to Mozambique’s mining law

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th December 2011 The proposed amendments to Mozambique’s mining legislation could discourage international entities from investing in the coal-laden country, as it will raise the level of uncertainty in investment security, market research company Frost & Sullivan research associate Christy Tawii tells Mining... 

Coking coal potential to validate Mozambique infrastructure investment

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th December 2011 Mozambique’s rapidly growing coal sector offers investors a promising future, with production from various projects expected to reach new buyer’s markets states international broking house London Commodity Brokers (LCB) South Africa GM Bevan Jones. 

Ncondezi coal project still on schedule, with additional assay labs appointed

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th December 2011 Despite the delayed turnaround times of coal washing results for the Ncondezi coal project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS), the $376-million project, owned by exploration and development company Ncondezi Coal Company, in Tete, Mozambique, remains within budget and on schedule to be completed... 

Supply contract secured for Moatize mine

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th December 2011 Mine process screen manufacturer Aury Africa has been awarded a two-year screening media and consumables supply contract for Brazilian mining giant Vale’s Moatize coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique. 

SA’s coal industry slipping through the cracks – analyst

By: Jessica Hannah     12th August 2011 Mining and project financial valuation company XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost says South Africa’s coal industry is seeing decreased investment in current and new coal projects. 

Coal gasification demo plant design study under way

By: Jessica Hannah     12th August 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom reports a design study is currently under way for an underground coal gasification (UCG) demonstration plant, which will comprise a 250 000 Nm3/h gas production plant and a 100 MW to 140 MW gas turbine plant.  

Coal roadmap critical for growing coal industry

By: Dimakatso Motau     12th August 2011 The South African Coal Road Map (SACRM) process, a joint initiative between industry and government and facilitated by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, is aimed at providing a basis for coordinated planning, SACRM steering committee chairperson Ian Hall said at the tenth Coaltrans conference in... 

Colliery focuses on refurbishment to increase efficiency

By: Dimakatso Motau     12th August 2011 Junior mining company South African Coal Mining Holdings’ (SACMHs) Umlabu colliery, in the Breyten area, near Ermelo, has undergone significant refurbishment to ensure that the mine produces 50 000 t/m of export coal. 

Company opens dedicated coal laboratories in SA, Moz

By: Jessica Hannah     12th August 2011 Global laboratories group Intertek is in the final stages of completing a commercial coal laboratory in Jet Park, Johannesburg, and has also opened a private laboratory for a company in Mozambique’s Tete province. 

Somkhele mine expansion to double output

By: Jessica Hannah     12th August 2011 Anthracite producer Petmin is currently expanding its Somkhele mine, to double current saleable anthracite production to about 1.1-million tons a year. 

Exploration company acquires 70% stake in Limpopo prospecting rights

12th August 2011 Aim-listed resources company Sable Mining Africa announced a positive update on the Springbok Flats coal project, in the Limpopo province, in South Africa.  

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