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Top Projects: Coal Projects

Expansion project on track

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Investment company Menar’s Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) expansion project is in the shaft development phase and first coal is expected by April 2023. The project will increase production at the colliery, in Emakhalathini, about 100 km from Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Greenfield project deemed feasible

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th December 2022 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s greenfield Gugulethu project – located south-east of Hendrina, in Mpumalanga – forms part of the miner’s expansion objectives to become a larger player in the sector. Initially delayed by Covid-19’s impact on coal prices, Canyon Coal reassessed... 

An image of a excavator for Menar
DIGGING IN The Gugulethu project will use underground and opencast mining methods

Projects move miner towards sustainability

16th December 2022 Mining company Exxaro’s “Mega Projects” are geared toward ensuring sustainability through initiatives dedicated to incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives, strengthening its existing human resources and upgrading existing sites to be more modern and efficient. Exxaro’s Mega Projects... 

An image of Exxaro's Grootgeluk's processing plant
Photo by Donna Slater
GROOTEGELUK PPROCESSING PLANT The double-stage beneficiation plant will expand Grootegeluk’s capacity by 7%, or 1.7-million tons a year.

Extension on cards for ageing mine

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 New coal mining company Thungela Resources is evaluating life extension options for its Khwezela colliery, according to a statement on the company’s website. The colliery is an opencast thermal coal mine, in Mpumalanga, about 120 km east of Johannesburg and about 22 km south-west of eMalahleni. 

A photo of several machines engaged in opencast coal mining
MERGED OPERATIONS The Khwezela colliery was formed in 2016 through a merger of the Kleinkopje and Landau collieries

Project postponement exacerbates bottleneck

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 South Africa’s rail-based coal export constraints seem likely to continue, notes industry body Minerals Council South Africa. One of the biggest constraints to coal exports is the Overvaal tunnel, in Mpumalanga, a bottleneck point for Transnet-owned and operated railroads transporting export coal... 

A photo of a Transnet freight train carrying coal
CONGESTED Rail capacity on Transnet’s coal line has long been cited as a constraint to exports, which the leadership of the utility is cognisant of

Positive outlook, despite headline losses

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 Coal miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) Coal reported an increased headline loss at its coal operations for the 2021 financial year ending July 31, despite an increase in thermal coal prices and in the export of lower-grade coal on the back of reduced domestic demand. The company reported an... 

A photo of a dump truck in front of a coal stockpile
STOCKPILE Production was negatively impacted by challenges at Transnet Freight Rail, giving rise to full stockpiles at both the iMpunzi and Tweefontein mines

Redefining Safety in the Coal Sector

10th December 2021 There are many regulations that give guidance on best practices to be instituted to uphold a level of safety. The implementation thereof is mostly mandatory, but you do have a choice. The decision to implement a driver/operator safety programme that encompasses areas of risk which may not be... 

Redefining Safety in the Coal Sector

Constitutional Court prevents coal mine from starting up

10th December 2021 A coalition of eight civil society organisations represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) welcomed the Constitutional Court’s decision last month to dismiss coal mining company Uthaka Energy’s leave to appeal a 2021 High Court interdict, effectively preventing the company from... 

A photo of stakeholders meeting on the proposed site for the Yzermyn coal mine near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Uthaka Energy has been prevented from starting mining in a strategic water source area

Tech to address excessive fines production

10th December 2021 The shift to mechanised mining in the coal industry has had the side-effect of an excessive quantity of fines being produced, which often means that the thickeners deployed in minerals-processing circuits are undersized and cannot cope. “Eight out of ten coal mines encounter this problem in their... 

A photo of the Gravitas Minerals Team at the Southern African Coal Processing Society Biennial Conference at the Graceland Casino and Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga
THE TEAM The Gravitas Minerals Team exhibited at the Southern African Coal Processing Society Biennial Conference at the Graceland Casino and Country Club in Secunda, Mpumalanga

New colliery construction planned for early 2022

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 Pending offtake negotiations, construction of coal mining company Canyon Coal’s new Bekezela Colliery and its facilities is planned to start in the first quarter of next year. Canyon Coal holding company Menar projects head Gerhard Cronje tells Mining Weekly that the construction of the colliery... 

A photo of an excavator’s bucket resting on the ground in a colliery
BREAKING NEW GROUND Canyon Coal is moving ahead with the development of its coal resources

Name change for new colliery

By: Darren Parker     10th December 2021 One of coal mining company Canyon Coal’s – a subsidiary of investment company Menar –  new collieries has changed its name from De Wittekrans to Gugulethu ahead of the start of construction. The new name means “our value” or “our pride” in Nguni languages. “The purpose of the name change was to... 

A photo of a track in the mud of a colliery left by a large mining machine
ON TRACK Canyon Coal has several potential coal projects on the cards at various stages of development and approval

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

MBE Minerals SA

11th December 2020 Increasing throughput and decreasing maintenance in the coal sector  In a tightening economy the focus shifts to maximised return on investment. Increasing beneficiation process outputs whilst simultaneously adhering to safety regulations and minimising maintenance can be challenging. 

MBE Minerals SA
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