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Belfast to benefit from new Exxaro mine


It was announced recently that Exxaro Resources, South Africa’s second-largest coal producer, has decided to build a R3.8 billion colliery on the outskirts of Belfast. The company has received a mining right for the property and has scheduled commissioning of the mine for the second half of 2017.

This is good news for the local and regional economy. A solid economic boost and the expected creation of numerous new jobs is just what is needed in these tough economic times. The mine, which is expected to produce 2.2 million tons of export-grade coal a year, has earmarked 500 000 tons a year for consumption by existing local Eskom coal-fired power stations in terms of a 16-year agreement signed with the parastatal energy provider. In addition, according to Lesley Jeffrey, principal geologist at SRK consulting who are closely associated with the project, the coal supply for Eskom’s new power station, Kusile, has not yet been finalised and would be “quite possible” for it to utilise coal from the Belfast mine.  

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