After being affected by flooding due to heavy rains earlier in March, Grootegeluk mine has reported that its production has returned to normal.

Production fell to 70% of normal levels at 14 March during the worst of the rains; however, since then production has steadily increased. Nevertheless, the mine reports that supply of coal to the Matimba power station and other customers, including the export market, has not been interrupted due to sufficient stockpiling.

Although the lowest benches remain flooded, Grootegeluk is treating the excess water as a pit sump and is using remaining water as processing water in the beneficiation plant. This has negated the need for the mine to draw raw water from its normal source, the Mokolo Dam.

“Sound water and flood controls enabled the operation to return to the production levels of 70% soon after the rains and thereafter to the normal production levels being achieved now,” Grootegeluk said in a statement. “Production of the full suite of Grootegeluk products is currently taking place from higher benches.”

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