Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 05 September, 2008 – Diversified South African-based resources group Exxaro Resources – the country’s fourth-largest coal producer – has commissioned its new Inyanda coal mine near Witbank in Mpumalanga.
A media release issued here revealed that the open cast mine had been developed at a cost of R269 million, and was expected to achieve its full production capacity of 1.5Mtpa of A-grade thermal coal for the export market in the 3rd quarter of 2008.
“Inyanda plays a key role in Exxaro’s strategic objective to build a strong position in the export coal market, said Mxolisi Mgojo, executive general manager for Exxaro’s coal operations. “We aim to capitalise on the buoyant global market for lucrative high quality thermal coal.”
“Exxaro’s export entitlement through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) of 6,3Mtpa is being met by production from new developments such as Inyanda and our Mafube joint venture with Anglo Coal, as well as increased production from our existing operations,” the release added. “The group plans to export 4Mtpa through RBCT by the end of 2008, and to increase this to the total entitlement of 6,3Mpta once the RBCT Phase V expansions have been completed in the second half of 2009.”
Commissioning of the Inyanda mine was fast tracked,resulting in run-of mine coal being supplied to Exxaro’s New Clydesdale mine plant for beneficiation and export just four months after Inyanda site establishment, according to the company. Run-of-mine was channeled through New Clydesdale to mitigate loss of production at the mine. Some 1Mt of product will be produced in this initial phase, which will end in December 2008.