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Canyon Coal Extends Life of Phalanndwa Mine with First Blast

Coal News - Published on Tue, 23 Jul 2019

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African Mining Market reported that coal exploration and mining company, Canyon Coal, has commenced mining operations at its Phalanndwa Colliery Extension Project following the first large-scale blasting of coal ore on 17 July 2019. The extension project is anticipated to extend the life of mine to 2027. Growth-focused Canyon invested in the development of the extension project when the original resource was near depletion. The original mine was established in 2010 and mining operation began in 2013. Phalanndwa is located 20 km outside of Delmas, Mpumalanga. It employs 310 people including contractors. The number of employees is likely to increase to 360 once production has peaked to required levels.

The project comprises one pit consisting of three coal seams namely: Two upper seam, which is approximately 0.7 m thick; two main seam, which is about 3.5 m to 4 m thick; and the two lower seam, which ranges from 1.5 m to 5.2 m in thickness. At its steady production phase, the mine will produce an average of 120 000 tonnes per month.

All coal produced is planned to be washed according to RB3 specification. The mine will produce run-of-mine coal with an average calorific value of about 22.5 MJ/kg, an ash content of about 19%, volatiles of about 24%, inherent moisture of about 5%, a total moisture of about 9% and a sulphur content of about 1.2% Phalanndwa General Manager Allan Mabbett, who is overseeing the development of the extension project, says everything has gone according to plan.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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