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Coal News

New loader for Middelburg mine

16th November 2001 Mpumalanga colliery Middelburg Mine Services has a new LeTourneau L-1800 front-end loader which holds the distinction of being the largest of its kind in Africa. 

Refurbishment contract awarded

16th November 2001 Local company IMS Engineering has been awarded a contract by Wankie colliery in Zimbabwe for the refurbishment of a steam turbine and compressor to as-new condition. 

Jig plant at colliery a South African first

16th November 2001 Local project management and engineering company Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) has been awarded a contract to build a plant to upgrade run-of-mine (Rom) material ahead of the washing plant at Optimum Colliery, in Mpumalanga. 

Black coal firm evolves from contractor to owner

By: Irma Venter     16th November 2001 Black-owned coal company Sebenza obtained its first 100%-owned mine last month, when it bought the Protea antrachite operation, near Piet Retief, in Mpumalanga, from the liquidated Natal Collieries. 

Outlook for SA mining pondered

By: Keith Campbell     9th November 2001 For SA mining, the effect of the 11/9/01 terrorist attacks in the US has been to accelerate a global economic downturn already underway, with the concurrent decline in the commodity markets. 

Coal-line tariff talks heat up

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2001 Negotiations to finalise rail rates for new companies seeking to export coal down the rail line linking the coalfields of Mpumalanga to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in Kwazulu-Natal are at an advanced stage. 

Soft market leads to coal-mine closure

8th November 2001 A wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton, Ingwe Coal Corporation, and its joint venture partner, Tavistock Collieries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Duiker Mining, have announced that they will be closing down the Rietspruit energy coal-mine. 

Low coal freight rates become important

6th November 2001 Unusually low freight rates across much of the world are playing an ever more important role in the international coal trade. 

Coal empowerment company's 10-yr growth plan mapped out

By: Laura Franz     2nd November 2001 While the dust may have settled above-ground since a shake-up in the local coal industry led to the genesis of Eyesizwe, South Africa’s fourth-largest coal company, underground the company is working up a storm as, within the next decade, it prepares to grow its production from 18,5-million... 

Study on for new Mpumalanga coal-mine

2nd November 2001 A study is under way to determine the feasibility of exploiting the Forzando South coal deposit, located on the Highveld coal field in Mpumalanga. 

Coal empowerment company's 10-year growth plan mapped out

2nd November 2001 While the dust may have settled above-ground since a shake-up in the local coal industry led to the genesis of Eyesizwe, South Africa’s fourth-largest coal company, underground the company is working up a storm as, within the next decade, it prepares to grow its production from 18,5-million... 

Colliery methane database expands

By: Deborah Spicer     26th October 2001 A database of methane conditions in South African coal-mines has become even more comprehensive with it having been enlarged to include 450 samples from 32 collieries this year. 

Black coal leader eyes Mpumalanga growth

23rd October 2001 South Africa’s fourth-largest coal producer, Eyesizwe is currently conducting a prefeasibility study of its Mpumalanga-based reserve, which is to be completed by year-end, reports CEO Sipho Nkosi. 

Coal-mine awards supply contract

19th October 2001 A multimillion rand supply contract for a total of 88 Weg electric motors has been awarded to Zest Electric Motors by conveyor company Nepean Conveyors. 

Price downswing predicted for coal

17th October 2001 Prices in the forward financial markets are falling and the physical coal market is bracing itself for a price downswing, the Energy Argus reports. 

Colombian coal in Europe poses threat to SA producers

16th October 2001 South African producers are showing signs of relenting from the prices that they have stuck to for much of September and October, although the issue of oversupply still dominates the European coal market. 

China to raise coal exports – report

15th October 2001 A new report by DRI WEFA Energy Services, a London- and Boston-based consultancy, states that China will increase coal exports, which will have a moderating effect on prices. 

Gearboxes drive coal terminal

5th October 2001 About 400 Hansen gearboxes drive the conveyors on Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT’s) conveyor systems, shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. 

Roads contract for Witbank mine

5th October 2001 A R22,8-million contract has been awarded to Concor Roads by Ingwe Coal for the construction of stormwater cut-off canals at Douglas Colliery, near Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

Coal-contract talks heat up

3rd October 2001 South African and Australian exporters are locked in the usual stand-off with buyers in both the Western and Eastern hemispheres as annual term contract negotiations get under way, Energy Argus reports. 

New coking-coal project for Queensland

2nd October 2001 One of the largest coking-coal deposits in the world, with total resources estimated at 1,2-billion tons, is the site of a development between Rio Tinto and its joint venture partners. 

Services supplied to coal industry

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Restructuring, early retirements and retrenchments have left once fully-staffed mining companies with no other choice than to outsource non-core business activities to outside contractors and specialists. 

Business picks up at ‘e-coal’ platform

26th September 2001 Following last week’s quiet trading period, largely as a result of the terrorist acts in the US, the Global Coal marketplace has steadily picked up, with prices being added to all instruments. 

$4m longwall automation project

21st September 2001 The Australian Coal Association (ACA) is funding a three-year $4-million research project into longwall automation. 

New system for coal-mine

21st September 2001 Coal-mining company Drummond has outfitted its Pribbenow coal-mine with the Intellimine system from Modular Mining Systems, a leader in high technology mine-management solutions. 

Big Colombian coal development on cards

20th September 2001 A consortium grouping Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, Glencore International and Anglo American will pay Colombia $12,5-million for a $145-million coal project, Colombian officials said. 

'Green' sulphate-treatment process

14th September 2001 While coal-mining contributes positively to the South African economy, it has a negative effect on the environment by polluting surface and underground water sources. 

Underground machinery for China

14th September 2001 Conducting business in China can be time consuming, particularly at the negotiation and contract finalisation stage.This has been German firm Deutsche Bergbau-Technik’s (DBT) experience over many years of securing contracts for its underground mining machinery. 

Contract with BEE mines

14th September 2001 Grinaker-LTA has expressed its delight to be working with black empowerment coal mining companies Eyesizwe Coal, which has purchased 80% of the assets of Newcoal, the coal mining company formed by Anglo Coal and Billiton Coal and BW Mining. 

Weighbridge upgrade completed

14th September 2001 West Rand firm SA Automation has upgraded its weighbridge systems at Zululand Anthracite Colliery, providing radio communication links to facilitate the integration of information into the management reporting system. 

Coal-line costs cut

14th September 2001 With many kilometres of rehabilitation work having already been completed on the vital coal-carrying railway line between Richards Bay and the Mpumalanga coalfields, Coal Link and contractors Protekon have been confronted with soft, wet areas along certain sections of the route which were causing... 

Aircon improves mine conditions

14th September 2001 The retrofitting of Booyco Engineering air-conditioning systems to two electric drive face shovels at the new Vaal Colliery has improved operating conditions, resulting in greater productivity. 

Second giant truck to mine

14th September 2001 The second 280-t alternating drive (ac) Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been handed over to Kumba Resources’s Grootgeluk colliery. 

More trucks for colliery

14th September 2001 Another delivery of four Volvo articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from Babcock Equipment has been taken from Graspan Collieries, bringing the number of Volvos in its fleet to 18. 

Wheel-loaders to be supplied to contractor

14th September 2001 Secunda firm Khotso Batho Mining Services has taken delivery of six Liebherr wheel-loaders for use on a three-year contract at Sasol Coal Supply. 

Quality-management essential, says firm

14th September 2001 The world’s largest verification, testing and certification organisation, SGS is recognised as a global benchmark for the highest standards of expertise, quality and integrity. 

Rapid analysis of trace elements

14th September 2001 Trace element emissions from sources such as coal combustion are of concern with respect to potential health effects, reports UK firm IEA Coal Research. 


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