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Coal News

New coal junior heads for JSE Secuirites Exchange

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2005 South Africa is soon to have a new empowered junior coal-miner. 

R93bn electricity expansion to underpin big coal investment

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2005 Coal is, and is set to remain, the dominant source of fuel for South Africa’s burgeoning power-generation industry, which is on the cusp of a R93-billion capacity-expansion phase. 

Uranium demand set to surge over the next 18 months

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2005 Article on mining forecasts, focusing on uranium, coal, rand/dollar, “Big 4” global mining cos; also mentions of bauxite, copper, gold, & iron ore. 

Twentymile Coal Mine, US

By: Carla Thomaz     10th June 2005 Name: Twentymile Coal-Mine. Location: The mine is located 30 km south-west of Steamboat Springs in north-western Colorado, US. Brief history: The mine was developed by Cyprus Amax, which sold it to the German company RAG Coal International, in 1999. In 2004, RAG, in turn, sold Twentymile to... 

Drilling begins at coking-coal prospect

7th June 2005 Australian-listed Northern Energy Corporation has announced that drilling has started over the weekend at its Ashford coking coal project in Northern NSW. 

First output next year from R450m coke project

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd June 2005 The R450-million project by Mittal Steel South Africa to recommission its Newcastle coke batteries to produce 450 000 t/y of market coke for the ferro-alloy industry is expected to produce its first coke by mid-2006. 

Coal-to-liquids (CTL) project

27th May 2005 The project involves the proposed building of two CLT plants, each with capacities of 70 000-to-80 000 barrels of oil per day. The plants will be built in the Shaanxi province and the Ningxia autonomous region. 

Junior miner in R108-million coal and anthracite buy-out

27th May 2005 JSE Securities Exchange-listed junior miner Petra Mining (Petmin) has announced the acquisition of one of South Africa's anthracite mines and associated projects and tenements. 

BEE firm expands coal interest

24th May 2005 JSE Securities Exchange-listed Metorex has confirmed that its coal group has concluded a black-economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. 

Silence is golden

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 Howden Engart and Anglo Coal�s Kriel Colliery in Mpumalanga have successfully collaborated on a project aimed at reducing the noise generated by underground scrubbers mounted on continuous miners. 

Key safety research under way at CSIR

By: abdul cook     20th May 2005 CSIR Mining Technology predominantly serves the mining industry and the government of South Africa, but has become increasingly involved in Africa as well. 

New Denmark fuels an energy partnership

By: andrew lanham     20th May 2005 “One must understand that this is not a mine and a power station, but rather a complex that produces energy,” explains Themba Masondo, GM of New Denmark Colliery, Anglo Coal’s feeder mine for Eskom’s Tutuka power station. 

Report details China's 'staggering' coal reality

By: Nicola Mawson     18th May 2005 A report on China's coal industry was released towards the end of last week. 

New coal-mines needed to fuel SA’s power growth

By: Liezel Hill     16th May 2005 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said on Friday that South Africa would require between one and three new coal-mines over the next ten years to ensure supply to its expanding coal-fired power stations. 

Massive coal breakthroughs expected

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2005 Hopes high that innovations will double reserves, slash power station costs and create metallurgical coal alternative 

Explosives company gears up for growth in coal sector

13th May 2005 With the increased demand for coal anticipated for both the South African domestic and export markets, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is at an advanced stage of upgrading its facilities in the Witbank area in the heart of the South African coalfields. 

Empowered coal-miner has macro ambition

By: andrew lanham     2nd May 2005 Mafube Colliery, a joint venture between Anglo Coal and Eyesizwe Coal, is the latest operation to start up in the Middelburg coal-fields. 

Mafube Micro prepares to go Macro

By: andrew lanham     29th April 2005 Mafube Colliery, a joint venture between Anglo Coal and Eyesizwe Coal, is the latest operation to start up in the Middelburg coal-fields. 

Coal industry monitoring big clean-coal experiment

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2005 Although the medium-term outlook for coal consumption by power generators remains strong, there is increasing pressure on utilities to embrace technologies that are less environmentally deleterious. 

Coal industry has keen eye on $1bn US FutureGen project

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2005 Although the medium-term outlook for coal consumption by power generators remains strong, there is increasing pressure on utilities to embrace technologies that are less environmentally deleterious. 

Junior prepares to claim damages from Ingwe

By: Martin Czernowalow     19th April 2005 South African junior miner Yomhlaba will receive final legal council this week before proceeding with a damages claim against coal major Ingwe, following the termination of a contract between the two amid allegations of fraud and irregularities. 

More mining-related jobs at risk

19th April 2005 Labour union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on Ingwe Collieries' parent company BHPBilliton to fire the coal-miner's management, after it served retrenchment notices on some 700 workers. 

New coal-rail deal in offing

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2005 While confidential discussions continue between rail utility Spoornet and South Africa’s coal miners over a new tariff regime, there are indications that the talks are embracing issues that go well beyond future charges. 

Coal giant's Australian, SA infrastructure battles

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2005 The energy-coal division of the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is fighting infrastructure battles in both Australia and South Africa in a bid to overcome constraints that are hampering its ability to grow exports. 

South African coal prospects are under scrutiny

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 The world’s largest resources group, BHP Billiton, is investigating a number of growth projects to expand its production of energy coal in South Africa. 

Varsities collaborate in support of coal

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 South African universities that present mining courses are making a concerted effort to combine their expertise in the coal sector. 

Varsities collaborate in support of coal

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 South African universities that present postgraduate and industrial courses are making a concerted effort to combine their expertise in the coal sector. 

Miners', Spoornet sign rail-renaissance deal

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2005 An innovative collaboration between South Africa's miners and the country's rail utility was sealed yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Chamber of Mines (CoM) and State-owned rail utility Spoornet. 

Coal giant fights infrastructure battle on two continents

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2005 The energy-coal division of the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, is working with authorities and service providers in both Australia and South Africa to overcome serious infrastructure constraints that are hampering its ability to grow exports. 

Landau wins for the environment

By: andrew lanham     11th March 2005 You can tell a lot about a mine simply by driving up to the front gate. 

SA's contribution to Anglo falls sharply

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2005 South Africa's contribution to Anglo American's headline earnings fell sharply to just 25% of the record $2,689-billion reported by the company in 2004 - well down on the 34% level of 2003 and a significant swing form the country's dominant position of just four years ago. 

Yomhlaba ready to interdict Ingwe if evidence is not forthcoming

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th March 2005 South African mining junior Yomhlaba, which this week lost a contract with Ingwe Coal amid allegations of fraud, said it would apply for a court interdict by the end of business today (Friday), unless Ingwe is able to provide evidence to support the contract termination. 

Fording River coal-mine, Canada

By: Colleen Smith     25th February 2005 Name: Fording River coal-mine. Location: Located 30 km from Elkford, British Columbia, Canada. Brief history: Production at Fording River began in 1971, with the first shipment of metallurgical coal in April 1972. In 2003, ownership of Fording River was transferred to Elk Valley Coal, which is... 

Anglo sure of rights conversions, but SA's contribution falls sharply

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2005 Mining house Anglo American says it is making good progress in preparing its South African companies for conversion of their mineral rights from the old to the new order in line with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. 

Coal sector embracing transformation

By: Helene Le Roux     18th February 2005 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) is changing the structure of the South African coal-mining industry.?Large mines owned by mining companies such as Ingwe, Sasol, AngloCoal Eyesizwe and Kumba 

Resources giant unveils new plan for meeting insatiable demand

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2005 Diversified resources group BHP Billiton yesterday outlined a four-pronged strategy for meeting seemingly insatiable demand for its suite of commodities, which range from oil and gas, through to iron-ore, nickel and manganese. 

Waterberg coal ideal to fill power gap, says Fauconnier

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2005 Waterberg coal resources represented the ideal energy source to fill South Africa's looming electrical power gap that would occur between the depletion of coal reserves in Mpumalanga and the arrival of hydro power from Inga, Kumba Resources CE Dr Con Fauconnier said yesterday. 

 

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