Triple-listed coal company Coal of Africa (CoAL’s) integrated water use licence (IWUL) for its Makhado project, in Limpopo, has been granted by the Department of Water and Sanitation for a period of 20 years.
CoAL completed a Class II definitive feasibility study on the Makhado project during 2013 and anticipates developing the colliery to produce 2.3Mtpa of hard coking coal and a further 3.2Mtpa of thermal coal over the life of mine.
Tests confirmed that the coal can be successfully beneficiated to produce high strength coke for the steel manufacturing industry.
“The granting of the IWUL for the Makhado Project is a significant milestone for CoAL, and is a further step towards bringing the Makhado Project into production.
“It further signifies government’s commitment to and support of our flagship project, and its potential to foster socio economic transformation not only for the communities in our area of operation, but also for the Limpopo Province,” says CoAL CEO David Brown.
CoAL said that it will continue to focus on obtaining its funding requirements in order to commence construction activities in the second half of 2016.