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Exxaro opens char plant

Exxaro starts
producing char from
metallurgical coal
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 09 November 2009 – Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro) “’ one of the largest South African-based diversified resources groups, with interests in the coal, mineral sands, base metals, industrial minerals and iron ore commodities “’ has officially opened its char plant alongside the Grootegeluk coal mine at Lephalale in the Limpopo province.
A company statement released here said the opening marked Exxaro’s entry into the char market with a highly beneficiated product serving as a key ingredient in the ferroalloys manufacturing industry. Char is a product that contains more than 80% fixed carbon and less than 5% volatile content. It is produced from metallurgical coal that contains more than 20% volatiles.

The statement added that ramp-up of the Exxaro Reductants char plant was on target, and full production of 140 000 tpa of char was expected during 2010. The quality of the product was in line with market expectations and the entire production off-take had been secured.

The char plant is Exxaro Reductants first business unit, and is the result of Exxaro’s focus on downstream beneficiation opportunities in the coal market, specifically in the production of reductants for the ferroalloys industry.

A mixture of reductants is used in ferroalloys melting furnaces along with coal, char, coke and anthracite. Exxaro Reductants intends to grow with the industry and to eventually supply it with most of its reductant requirements.

“The plant also generates a waste gas that is burnt off and can potentially be used to generate electricity in future,” said Mxolisi Mgojo, executive general manager for Exxaro’s coal division.

Executive general manager, business growth, Ernst Venter said: “We support government’s initiative to establish and grow downstream beneficiation opportunities in South Africa. This is the first downstream beneficiation venture for Exxaro where the coal is being significantly beneficiated to produce a high value product.”