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Coal News

A mine of opportunities 

By: andrew lanham     25th November 2005 Every week, this Mining Weekly journalist visits a different mine somewhere in Southern Africa. 

New R114m anthracite launch

By: andrew lanham     25th November 2005 On October 11, 2005, the chairperson of Petra Mining Limited (Petmin) – a junior JSE-listed black economic-empowerment (BEE) company, Piet Nel, anda senior representative of the Mpokunyoni Tribal Authority, BB Mkhwanazi, turned the first sod on the site of the new washing plant at what will... 

Junior reports Oz coal acquisition

22nd November 2005 AIM-listed Altona Resources yesterday announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Arckaringa Coal Project, in South Australia. 

New siding improves BEE coal miner's growth prospects

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2005 Black-empowered coal producer Mashala Resources at the weekend hosted a function to showcase the completion a R6,5-million upgrade at its Delta Siding in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. 

R7bn price tag for coal-line upgrade

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2005 Spoornet still probing various capital-saving moves 

Irenedale coal-mine

11th November 2005 Irenedale is the effective relocation of Bosjesspruit into the Irenedale South reserves. The project involves the blind striking of a vertical shaft to a depth of 165 m and the establishment of surface infrastructure. The surface infrastructure will consist primarily of a changehouse and office. 

R1bn-plus coalterminal expansion gets moving at last

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2005 The opportunity cost to South Africa arising from the more than four-year delay in moving ahead with the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) expansion, in Kwazulu-Natal, undoubtedly ran into the billions of rands in lost export earnings. 

Century-old colliery gets new lease of life

By: andrew lanham     4th November 2005 In spite of its exceptionally long history, Glisa Colliery has had a change of fortune and, from imminent closure, is set to continue well into the future. 

Lake Lindsay metallurgical coal project

4th November 2005 Approval has been granted to proceed with the Lake Lindsay metallurgical coal project in Central Queensland, Australia. The project consists of a new mining area at the German Creek complex, which will increase annual saleable production from six to 10-million ton a year. The additional yearly... 

Scaled-up coal-terminal expansion finally announced

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2005 South Africa's private coal-export terminal, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), yesterday announced a scaled-up version of its much-anticipated and delayed expansion, revealing that it would now enlarge capacity from the existing 72-million t/y base to 92-million t/y by July 2008. 

RBCT expansion spurs first coal-mine investment

3rd November 2005 Kumba Resources and Eyesizwe Coal responded immediately to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) expansion plan with confirmation of a R184-million investment into the Inyanda coal-mine in the Mpumalanga province. 

IThemba Lethu coal-mine shaft project

28th October 2005 Sasol Mining is building a new coal-mine shaft on the farm Zandfontein, in Secunda. The project is an extension of the Middelpunt mine, making it a brownfields project, the new satellite shaft being a split person-and-materials and ventilation shaft. 


By: peter cromberge     28th October 2005 The development of the R210-million Forzando South Coal Mine, located in the Witbank coalfields between Hendrina and Bethal in Mpumalanga, has the potential to lift the production of Total Coal South Africa to 6-million t by 2008. 

Anglo American approves $516m coal project

21st October 2005 Global miner Anglo American has announced that approval has been granted to a $516-million coal project in Australia. 

Prefeasibility study begins for Oz iron, cogeneration plant

19th October 2005 Australian coal explorer Aviva said yesterday that it has finalised the appointment of all consultants for the prefeasibility study of an iron-making and cogeneration facility based on the Central West coal deposit, in Western Australia. 

No opportunity wasted

By: peter cromberge     14th October 2005 A waste management programme has been launched at Matla Colliery’s number three mine to help bin its culture of waste removal in favour of a more efficient and sustainable culture of waste management. 

South African coal-processing technology still among the best

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South Africa remains a leader in coal processing technology both in terms of its technological expertise and its links to academia. 

Coal wins as oil surges

By: Helene Le Roux     30th September 2005 Economist says high oil price not all bad news 

Coal-fines utilisation future

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2005 An environmental impact assessment for a full-scale coal fines utilisation demonstration plant at Eskom’s Hendrina power station is now under way. 

Drill results at Oz project support quality estimates

30th September 2005 Aviva Corporation yesterday advised that the first stage of the coal testwork program at the Central West coal deposit, 270 km north of Perth in Western Australia, had been completed on samples recovered from the feasibility drill program completed last month. 

Transnet makes coal-line tariff proposal

By: Nicola Mawson     28th September 2005 The long-awaited start-up of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal Phase Five expansion may be on the cards sooner than hoped for as Transnet spokesperson John Dludlu confirmed to Mining Weekly Online that it has “made a comprehensive proposal to the coal-miners and is awaiting their response”. 

Coal firm says new mines on schedule

26th September 2005 Canadian miner Cline Mining has reported that it is currently bringing two metallurgical steel-making coal-mine projects into commercial production in British Columbia, Canada. 

Gem-rich Botswana turns to that other carbon material - coal

By: andrew lanham     23rd September 2005 “While Botswana is renowned for its diamonds, it should rather be recognised for its coal deposits,” says the general manager of Debswana’s Morupule Colliery, Cletus Tangane. 

Small-miner coal boon

By: Liezel Hill     23rd September 2005 The South African coal arm of global resources group BHP Billiton, Ingwe Collieries, has called for proposals from potential suppliers of additional coal to its coal-processing plants, as recent debottlenecking has resulted in additional capacity at certain plants. 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal's slow progress

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2005 Once all parties finally sign the commercial agreement to the long-awaited expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), it would still take at least 27 to 33 months for Spoornet to implement the additional capacity, says Spoornet business development manager Mac van der Merwe. 

Fine-coal recovery in focus

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2005 The main theme that emerged from last week's South African Coal Preparation conference, held in Secunda, Mpumlanga, was that of the recovery of fine coal - in other words, the recovery of coal fines and slimes in their many shapes and forms. 


By: peter cromberge     16th September 2005 Premier of Shaanxi Province, China, Dr Chen Deming says that the agreement signed between Anglo Coal and Shenhua Energy Company in China will result in the exploitation of Shaanxi Province’s rich coal reserves. 

From imminent closure to 'Total' success

By: andrew lanham     16th September 2005 Last year was an exceptional year for Dorstfontein Colliery as the mine, with its outsourced philosophy, experienced tremendous success in terms of safety and production. 

Freight-logistics strategy to keep prices down

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2005 The South African coal industry can look forward to competition in the port and rail segments of the market, following implementation of government’s national freight logistics strategy, says Department of Transport DG Mpumi Mpofu. 

Greenlight for Bangladesh coal mine

15th September 2005 Coal miner Asia Energy has indicated that it has obtained environmental clearance for its open-pit coal-mine at Phulbari, in Northwest Bangladesh. 

Small coal miners set to benefit from Ingwe initiative

By: Liezel Hill     14th September 2005 The South African coal arm of global resources group BHP Billiton, Ingwe Collieries, has called for proposals from potential suppliers of additional coal to its coal-processing plants, as recent debottlenecking has resulted in additional capacity at certain plants. 

Mining group bullish on Shaanxi-province opportunity

By: peter cromberge     9th September 2005 Premier of Shaanxi Province, China, Dr Chen Deming says that the agreement signed between Anglo Coal and Shenhua Energy Company in China will result in the exploitation of Shaanxi Province's rich coal reserves. 

Moura Coal Mine, Australia

By: Carla Thomaz     9th September 2005 Name: Moura Coal Mine. Location: The mine is located 185 km south-west of the Bowen Basin, central Queensland, Australia. Brief history: Coal-mining began in 1961, with the mine originally operated by BHP Mitsui Coal. Mid-1999 the mine changed hands when the US-based company, Peabody, bought a... 

Italy hosts coal conference this month

6th September 2005 International coal consultancy McCloskey Coal will host a conference on Coal Trade Credit this year in Nice, Italy. 

Rock-slope research under way at university

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd September 2005 The stability, behaviour and failure of rock slopes in opencast mines have significant economic implications for the mining industry, and, with the aim of achieving economic benefits, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering is currently carrying out a number of... 

CSIR - a centre of mining research excellence

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd September 2005 One of Africa’s largest research, development, technology and innovation institutions, the South African-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), turned 60 this year. 

Coke power plant

2nd September 2005 A feasibility study is being conducted into the construction of a coke plant near Rockhampton, in Australia. The feasibility study aims to investigate the viability of constructing a new-generation plant to produce coke from coking coal, taking advantage of the considerable increase in demand and... 

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