Six managed coal mines produce 39Mtpa of power station, steam and coking coal. Most power station coal is supplied to the national power utility, Eskom.
Semi-coke and related products are produced for the growing ferroalloys industry.
Grootegeluk is one of the most efficient mining operations in the world, and runs the world’s largest coal beneficiation complex. It is the only producing mine in the coal-rich Waterberg, adjacent to Eskom’s existing Matimba and new Medupi power stations.
Robust pipeline of greenfield and expansion projects: – By 2017, the R3,8 billion Belfast mine is scheduled to be commissioned. At full capacity the mine will deliver around 2,2Mtpa of export steam coal and 500ktpa of power station coal.
Phase 1 of a bankable feasibility study for the opencast Thabametsi began in 2014 with construction planned for 2016. This will coincide with the development of GDF SUEZ’s power station project.
Due to low iron ore prices, high project development costs and delays in concluding definitive port and rail agreements for the Mayoko project in the Republic of the Congo (RoC), the investment in this iron ore project – a total impact of R5,8 billion – was impaired. Exxaro is actively liaising with the RoC government to conclude these agreements before deciding on future prefeasibility studies.
Exxaro’s FerroAlloys produces gasatomised ferrosilicon for use in dense medium separation plants. Under an approved expansion programme, commissioning of the new ferrosilicon plant was completed in November 2014.