Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 23 September 2008 – Transnet Freight Rail says its main line to the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) is scheduled to re-open at 18h00 South African time tomorrow, following a derailment on the line on Monday.
“For the moment there is no coal getting to the terminal,” Transnet Freight Rail spokesman Sandile Simelane told Reuters. “We expect the line to open again on Wednesday at 6pm.”
The company revealed on Monday that 35 wagons carrying export coal had derailed early that morning on a key line to the export terminal, damaging the line and closing it to traffic destined for export. The train had been hauling a total of 200 wagons, it said.
One other line that would have been used for export traffic under normal circumstances has been closed to traffic due to scheduled maintenance.
RBCT chief executive Terry Howarth explained that normally 25 to 30 trains loaded with coal arrived at the terminal per day, but he was unable to give an exact figure for the amount of coal that had failed to be railed for export so far.
“In the long term the closure of the export rail route would have little impact, but in the short term we expect deliveries to be interrupted,” Howarth said. “The RBCT was relying on its stocks for exports,” he added.