Coal Mining

Wescoal Mining Division consists of three mines and a processing plant located in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa in the Delmas, Ogies, eMalahleni and Middelburg areas.


Khanyisa Colliery


The Khanyisa Complex comprises the previous Khanyisa mining area, the Catwalk- and the Tri-Angle area. It is located some 10 km west of Ogies in the Mpumalanga comprising Portions 103, 106 and 107 of the farm Heuvelfontein 215 IR.

A process of consolidation of the Khanyisa complex was initiated in January 2015. The transfer of the Khayisa mining right into Wescoal was completed in March 2015 The transaction to procure the Catwalk area was completed in March 2015. The regulatory process to consolidate and transfer the Catwalk area into the Khanyisa area has been initiated and the only aspect left to complete the regulatory transfer into the Khanyisa right is the completion of the integrated EMP.

The Tri-Angle project area will be part of a joint venture. The mining right will however be incorporated with the Khanyisa mining right. The legal process for the transfer has been initiated and the only outstanding item for completion is the integrated EMP for the area.

A Water Use Licence for the total integrated area has been awarded

The Khanyisa complex was on care and maintenance for the majority of the FY16 financial year while the WUL and other legal processes were completed. A significant amount of backlog rehabilitation was also done during this period.


Ownership Operated and managed by Wescoal
Location 10km west of Ogies close to the Kendal Power Station
Access and infrastructure Close to sidings and on the main access roads
GTIS 1.51 million tons
Reserves (RoM) 0.63 million tons
Resources (measured) 1.28 million tons
Mining method Open cast and underground
Permitting Awaiting Section 102 Approval
Life of mine 12-18 months

 

Intibane Colliery


Intibane Complex is located some 14km west of Ogies in Mpumalanga. It comprises Portion 2 and 16 of the farm Vlakvarkfontein 213 IR, and covers an area of 167.78 ha. The Intibane 2 area is located adjacent and immediately to the North of the current Intibane Colliery (Intibane 1). The R555 road passes to the north of the property. The Kendal power station is situated 13 km east of the property.

A Water Use Licence was awarded for Intibane 2 in December 2015. Intibane 2 ROM extraction will be possible, utilizing mostly the same infrastructure as for the initial mine.

 

Ownership Owned, managed and operated by Wescoal
Location 14km west of Ogies, close to the Kendal Power Station
Access and infrastructure Next to Arbor rail siding and close to main access roads
GTIS 3.06 million tons
Reserves (RoM) 0.70 million tons
Resources (measured) 2.60 million tons
Mining method Open cast
Permitting All required legal permits in place
Life of mine 24-36 months

 

Elandspruit Colliery


The Elandspruit Mine is located eight kilometres west of the town Middelburg. The site is approximately 200km from Johannesburg. It comprises of Portions 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, and 40, all of the farm Elandspruit 291 JS.

The Department of Water and Sanitation awarded a Water Use Licence to Elandspruit in May 2015 allowing for development of the mine under all the necessary compliance requirements. Diesel Power was then appointed mining contractor and site establishment started late May 2015 with the first overburden blast on June 24. The first ROM was taken out of the box-cut on July 15 to the stockpile on Elandspruit.

During early August 2015, sufficient ROM was stockpiled at Elandspruit to initiate full production at Processing. On the 10th of August, ROM from the box-cut was transported to Wescoal Processing some 19km for treatment. On 31 August, the first of four short-term supply agreements were finalized and during the second week of September, Wescoal started delivering product to ESKOM power stations.

During March 2106, the development of the box-cut was completed and Elandspruit equipped to produce to its steady state planned capacity of + 170 000 tons ROM per month.

Ownership Operated and managed by Wescoal
Location 5km outside Middelburg (Mpumalanga) on the old Witbank road
Access and infrastructure

Easily accessible from the main road.

Reserves (RoM) Circa 27 Million Tons
Mining method Open cast and underground
Employment None
Permitting

All required legal permits in place

Life of mine 12 – 15 years

 

Products and services

Coal mining

  • Mining of coal
  • Beneficiation of coal
  • Hauling of coal by road and rail through outsourced partners
  • Drilling and exploration of own coal reserves