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Coal News

Boipelo uses experience to court juniors

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 Coal-focused Boipelo Mining Contractors – a Level 2 broad-based black economic empowerment joint venture formed by Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) and the Amandla TM Group – having recognised the opportunity presented by divesting majors, is actively courting players in the midtier and,... 

Miner confident of new licence

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local coal miner Canyon Coal has applied for a new water use licence (WUL), in terms of the National Water Act, to develop its De Wittekrans coal project. De Wittekrans has an environmental authorisation, a mining right and a WUL. The reserve will be mined using opencast and underground mining... 

Miner confident of new licence
ACE IN THE COAL Product from the mine has been offered to Eskom through two separate tender processes

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

Coal faces funding troubles

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 While demand for coal is still rising, there has been a local trend towards financing more sustainable and ‘green’ projects. Through public and shareholder pressure and aligning with global trends, local financial institutions are also reconsidering their approach towards funding new coal... 

Coal faces  funding troubles
Photo by Creamer Media
THE COAL STORY Currently, about 77% of the country’s electricity is generated from coal

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 The coal sector faces immense cost pressures, which are influenced and  exacerbated by uncontrollable macroeconomic factors, notes vibrating equipment solutions provider Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, she comments that Kwatani has sought to mitigate the impact of these factors by reducing... 

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction
KIM SCHOEPFLIN To achieve efficient and productive coal processing at the lowest possible cost, there needs to be an understanding of the underlying orebody, the application and the overall process

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

New-generation loader set for South Africa
QUIETER & CLEANER Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 The mining sector is transforming as technology presents new industry opportunities, says emerging miner Lurco Group COO Aubrey Chauke. 

Emerging miner on the difficulties in accessing project capital
Photo by Bloomberg
MOVING AWAY South African financial institutions no longer have an appetite for coal projects

Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Local bulk earthworks solutions provider Icon Group finalised the stormwater and civil infrastructure earthworks at the end of February this year for an expansion of coal miner Canyon Coal’s opencast Phalanndwa Colliery, which situated east of Delmas, in Mpumalanga. Icon’s work on the site is... 

 Stormwater, earthworks completed, company continues growth
A COAL NEW WORLD Involvement in this project has provided an ideal way for Icon to become more established in the local coal sector

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels  of clean-coal investment
Photo by GE
POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

Lurco outlines six strategies for coal operations to manage Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2020 The importance of providing energy to South Africa during the 21-day lockdown period to curb the spread of Covid-19 cannot be overstated, making the companies that supply State-owned utility Eskom with coal the energy sector’s lifeblood, says coal miner Lurco CEO Ellington Nxumalo. He emphasises,... 

Resgen shareholders advised to vote by proxy on Boikarabelo coal project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 Energy resources company Resource Generation (Resgen) is considering alternative arrangements for its extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which had been scheduled for April 7, in Australia. The EGM will be used to seek shareholder approval for the mine funding package for the construction of the... 

Menar suspends mining operations for Covid-19 lockdown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2020 In full support of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, mining investment company Menar has suspended all mining operations. “We support all efforts to enforce social distancing, including confining most people to their homes to prevent social and nonessential... 

Wescoal prepared for lockdown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2020 JSE-listed Wescoal has implemented measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19, as well as business continuity plans for the 21-day lockdown in South Africa. Coal producers and power stations are included as essential service in South Africa and are to remain operational. 

Exxaro approved to list on A2X

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th March 2020 JSE-listed Exxaro Resources has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets from April 2. Exxaro is a black-empowered miner in South Africa, with an asset portfolio of coal operations and investments in iron-ore, pigment manufacturing, renewable energy and residual base metals. 

Mining to be ‘scaled down significantly’ during 21-day lockdown 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2020 Mining operations in South Africa are to be “scaled down significantly” during the 21-day lockdown period, particularly labour-intensive, deep-level mining activities, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on March 25. However, mines supplying coal to Eskom would remain in... 

Mining to be ‘scaled down significantly’ during 21-day lockdown

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2020 Security of energy supply remains critical during the Covid-19 lockdown period, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reiterated on March 25. The supply of fuel to critical and essential services, as well as the supply of coal to Eskom for electricity supply and liquid fuels... 

Risk of load-shedding will be low during lockdown - Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe r

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen 

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2020 Three years ago the Hydrogen Council catapulted hydrogen to the forefront as a source of energy for transport and industrial companies. Now mining majors are putting the spotlight on hydrogen once again with the launch of the Green Hydrogen Consortium, which Hatch marketing coordinator Alana... 

Global mining majors putting bright new spotlight on green hydrogen
Liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology renders hydrogen oil-like.

TerraCom warns of Universal de-list plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2020 ASX-listed TerraCom has increased its voting rights in takeover target Universal Coal to 87% as the deadline for the takeover offer looms. The suitor previously said that should it gain a shareholding of more than 75%, but less than 90% of Universal by the end of the offer period, the company... 

Colombia mining companies to reduce operations due to coronavirus

By: Reuters     24th March 2020 Colombian mining companies, including coal producers Cerrejon and Drummond, will reduce operations to slow the spread of coronavirus, the sector's guild said on Tuesday. Some 15 000 workers directly employed in the industry will stop working, as will 18 000 indirect workers, the Colombian Mining... 

Poland allows PGE to extend brown coal production in Turow

By: Reuters     24th March 2020 Poland's climate ministry has allowed State-run energy group PGE to extend operations at its open-pit lignite coal mine in Turow by six years, a decision likely to dismay environmental campaigners. Poland generates most of its electricity from coal and lignite, or brown coal, and is the only EU... 

Kibo puts ‘business continuity programme’ in place amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Africa-focussed Kibo Energy has put a business continuity programme in place to protect its employees while ensuring the safe operation of the company amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This has resulted in all non-essential travel being cancelled and all employees at head office being asked to work... 

Falling prices lower New Hope profits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2020 Coal miner New Hope Corporation has reported a 41% fall in profits after tax for the half year ended January, driven by lower coal prices. Profits for the six months under review declined from the A$120.2-million reported in the previous corresponding period, to A$69.7-million.. 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2020 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which acknowledges coal’s negative impact on climate in a 20-page publication just released, expresses the view that a just transition to a low-carbon future should inform global climate action. “If we don’t take climate change issues very, very seriously,... 

If we don’t take climate change seriously, God help us – Mxolisi Mgojo
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nichols Boyd. Photograph: Donna Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Russian tycoon buys 49% of Elga coal project, talks to Mechel on 51%

By: Reuters     23rd March 2020 Russian businessman Albert Avdolyan has reached an agreement to buy a 49% stake in the major Elga coal project in Russia from Russian lender Gazprombank, the bank said in a statement on Monday. Avdolyan's company A-Property is still in talks to buy the remaining 51% in the project from Russian... 

TerraCom inches into Universal ownership

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2020 Suitor TerraCom has gained a 66% interest in the voting rights of takeover target Universal Coal. “We have been overwhelmed with acceptances as our offer comes to a close this week. TerraCom sought to provide Universal security holders with the opportunity to consider the investment proposition... 

Pennsylvania coal mines must shut down, governor orders

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2020 Coal miners including Consol Energy and Contura Energy must shutter their operations in Pennsylvania after the governor ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close. The order took effect Thursday night, according to a statement from Governor Tom Wolf. Pennsylvania is the latest state to... 

Pennsylvania coal mines must shut down, governor orders

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2020 Global diversified miner Anglo American has announced the measures that it is taking in light of the Covid-19 outbreak across its mining and corporate operations. CE Mark Cutifani says the measures are often tailored to the specific nature and location of a particular site to protect the... 

Anglo takes companywide measures to limit spread, mitigate impacts of Covid-19

Opinion: Could coal miners be incentivised to support the transition to renewables? 

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     20th March 2020 Coal, which has been the workhorse of South Africa’s electricity system for generations, will continue to play a significant role for years to come. Those coal-fired power stations that remain in operation will also need to secure continued supplies of the energy mineral and Eskom has expressed a... 

Opinion: Could coal miners be incentivised to support the transition to renewables?

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Kangra awaits licence approvals

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 Local coal miner Kangra Coal is planning an extension to its Savmore/Maquasa coal mining operation, in Mpumalanga, with Kangra Coal environmental specialist Niketiwe Dlamini noting that the company is awaiting the approval and issuing of the necessary environmental licences. The miner is required... 

Kangra awaits licence approvals
NIKETIWE DLAMINI As a main contributor to our GDP and as an extractive industry, mining has environmental and community impacts, hence the importance of environmental impact assessments

Eskom talks to get coal for Kusile plant drag on for 13 years

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has yet to agree a supply contract for the bulk of coal needed for its newest power station, more than a decade after approving a plan to negotiate with Anglo American. In 2007, an Eskom committee signed off on the start of talks with Anglo for as much as... 

Resources Watch  

19th March 2020 Coal miner Exxaro driving rigorous renewable energy strategy; Menar doing due diligence on thermal coal assets being offloaded; and, Coronavirus likely to cause drastic price falls 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Universal's mystery bidder remains masked

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2020 Coal miner Universal Coal on Thursday resumed share trading after the company was unable to name a secondary bidder. Universal earlier this week went into a trading halt after receiving a non-binding indicative intention from a second bidder for all of the company’s shares. Due to... 

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) published two consultation papers on Wednesday for two separate Ministerial determinations submitted by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe for the regulator’s concurrence as required by the National Energy Regulator Act. By... 

Nersa finally initiates public process for concurring with Mantashe’s power determinations

TerraCom increases voting rights in Universal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2020 ASX-listed TerraCom’s unsolicited bid for South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has continued to gain traction, with TerraCom announcing on Wednesday that it held voting rights to over 60% of Universal’s shares. Universal earlier this week released an independent expert assessment of... 

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