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The three most advanced coal companies in the Waterberg region are working together with Sasol to develop the area’s coal resources most efficiently and sustainably.

Exxaro, Resource Generation (Resgen) and Waterberg Coal Company are working together to avoid some of the problems that have evolved in the Mpumalanga coal fields, said Exxaro executive for business development Ernst Venter.

Production target

In a Business Day report, Venter said he was confident the mines would together be producing about 30-million tonnes a year of coal for export within the next 20 years.

Exxaro growth unit executive Jan Oberholzer said Grootegeluk was the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere with the world’s biggest coal beneficiation complex.

It still had 4.7-billion tonnes of coal resources which would supply Medupi and Matimba power stations for their whole lives.Export cooperation

WCC project development manager Bruce Tinney said WCC was talking to Exxaro about co-operation on the export rail line.

It was also discussing capacity and tariffs with Transnet. WCC has a memorandum of understanding with Eskom on supplying coal to Majuba power station in Mpumalanga and its boilers will be adapted to take this coal.

Eskom supply plan

The plan is to supply 10-million tonnes of coal a year to Eskom for 30 years, starting in 2018.

The Eskom project would cost about $547 million and the export mine $140 million. WCC could also supply coal to a 600 megawatt independent power producer, said Tinney.

Resgen social and labour practitioner Lerato Ratsoenyane said the company had all the necessary water and power agreements for the first phase of development of the Boikarabelo mine.

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