Wescoal has successfully performed its first coal blast at Moabsvelden which has led to first own coal sales delivery to Eskom last week.
“The operationalisation of the Moabsvelden project under a difficult operating economic environment represents a significant milestone in the history of Wescoal, since the acquisition of Keaton Energy Holdings Limited in 2017. The first truck load to the power utility was a momentous event for everyone involved in the project implementation,” said Thivha Tshithavhane, CEO of Wescoal Mining.
The project development work commenced in June 2020 pursuant to the 10-year coal supply offtake award by Eskom in July 2019. An owners’ team comprising of internal and external multi-disciplined resources was tasked with operationalising the project, with the first major task involving the appointment of a contract miner for the boxcut development.
The team, under the leadership of Enos Lentsoane, the executive head of Commercial and Investments, designed and ran a competitive bidding process for the contract miner selection and other contractors for the auxiliary infrastructure development work.
Moabsvelden is expected to contribute 3Mtpa of mined coal towards Wescoal’s production capacity. The early-works auxiliary infrastructure projects have been completed and the construction of a pollution control dam is currently underway.
Additional development workstreams planned for the next few months include a road intersection, weighbridge, workshop, and office prefabs construction. These will support the ramp-up plan to 160 000 tpm of saleable product by July 2021.