Richards Bay, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 October 2010 – South Africa’s coal exports rose to 5.36Mt in September from 4.16Mt in the same month last year, boosted by higher deliveries by state-owned logistics group Transnet, to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).
Revealing this in a statement released here, RBCT said the September figure of 5.36Mt compared with 5.45Mt shipped in August. Stocks at the terminal stood at 4.3Mt at the end of September, RBCT said.
South Africa is a major exporter of coal to power stations in Europe and Asia, but Miningmx reports that state-owned logistics group Transnet has been struggling to transport all the material destined for exports due to bottlenecks on its Richards Bay rail line.
Transnet has been investing heavily in new and improved infrastructure, and transported by rail a record 6.2Mt to RBCT in September, but is still far from meeting an expanded annual capacity at the export terminal of 91Mt.
South Africa exported 61Mt of coal last year, and Transnet said it could ship up to 65Mt this year, despite a three-week strike that crippled ports and railways in May.