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Exxaro's Announced to Start New Belfast Coal Mine Production

Coal News - Published on Tue, 17 Sep 2019

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South Africa’s largest coal producer and black empowered mining group, Exxaro, announced that its new Belfast Coal Mine will start producing high grade thermal coal six months earlier than expected. The mine was only expected to start producing coal in 2020. This was after breaking the ground in July 2018 at the ZAR 3.3 billion mine, first-of-its-kind digital mine. The mine ranks as the last good-quality A-grade, high-yield coal deposit in Mpumalanga, where construction began in November 2017. The coal production at the mine further proves the importance of the future of coal in South Africa and a key role the commodity still plays in the country. The Belfast mine’s coal production is intended to show the progress of digitalisation, job creation, upskilling of employees, sustainability and the protection of Exxaro’s solid reputation. The LOM of the Belfast mine is 17 years, making it a high value-add coal project in the Mpumalanga region, and the rest of South Africa as it further bolsters the growth of the coal business.

With an immediate focus, the Belfast plant will primarily produce A-Grade, export-quality coal typical 6000 kcal per kilogram at a projected volume of 2.2 million tonnes per annum and a secondary-quality product for local use or export of approximately 0.5 MTPA.

With the strong focus to benefit the local Nkangala District Municipality community, over 6 000 direct and indirect jobs were created during construction, seeing almost 20 000 people benefiting. The project is expected to contribute ZAR 39 billion to local GDP over the life of the mine, with the district’s GDP gaining an estimated ZAR 2.1 billion per annum, including ZAR 966 million a full 1% increase of direct impact on the district municipality.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 17 Sep 2019
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