Exxaro’s operations span fifteen sites across the coal-rich provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, producing high-quality thermal, metallurgical and coking coal for both domestic and export markets. Driven by the goal of supporting South Africa’s growth through a steady local supply of this essential mineral, as well as the mandate of making South Africa’s coal sector more competitive on the international stage, every project we undertake at these sites is guided by the need for constant improvement in people, processes and equipment to drive greater efficiencies. Find out more about some of our latest projects below.

As the country’s second largest earner (after gold), coal provides 6.1% of the country’s total merchandise exports. South Africa is fortunate to hold the sixth largest coal reserves in the world (estimated to total 31 billion tonnes of recoverable coal – 11% of the world’s total). With the country’s highest concentrations, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the surrounding regions have been at the epicentre of the local coal mining industry for decades. It’s no surprise then that this is where Exxaro’s mines can be found.


Belfast Implementation

A R3,3bn project that represents the last sizeable high value-add coal project under Exxaro’s stewardship, in the Mpumalanga region. The Belfast mine project will ensure a thriving coal business in the region and ensure Exxaro’s sustainability through strategic portfolio growth. 

Thabametsi Independent Power Producer

A R2,9bn project, intended to secure supply of quality thermal coal to the 600MWThabametsiIndependent Power Producer. The Site has a projected LOM of 30 years, with construction expected to commence in Q2 of 2018. 

Grootegeluk New Rapid Load Out Station (GGNRLOS)

The R1,3bn Grootegeluk Load Out Station (GGNRLOS) upgrade project, currently in phase 1, will replace the old D8 LOS with a new rapid LOS for rail distribution. With faster train handling time, higher load accuracy and an adjusted train loading direction, the new LOS will meet Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) specifications and enable the expansion of the Grootegeluk 6 plant. 

Grootegeluk 6 (GG6) Project

The Grootegeluk mine close to Lephalale, Limpopo province, is a critical source of both A-grade, export-quality coal and power station coal that fuels Eskom’s Medupi and Matimba power stations. The site has an estimated LOM of 45 years, producing 17 million tonnes annually. The R4.8bn expansion of GG6 will ensure increased throughput and enhanced processing efficiencies to ramp up export coal production at this important site. 

Leeuwpan Lifex Extension

In line with Exxaro’s commitment to sustainability, the Leeuwpan open pit mine in Delmas, Mpumalanga province, is undergoing a project to extend its LOM (Life of Mine) time by a further ten years. This R522m optimisation project will enhance Leeuwpan’s performance through better alignment of access roads to the site, as well as upgrades to the existing plant. 

Mafube Life Extension

Mafube Coal is an existing 50/50 joint venture between Exxaro and Anglo American. This open cast mine, located East of Middleburg in the Mpumalanga province, is in the process of constructing new infrastructure to connect its Nooitgedacht reserves to the existing Springboklaagte operations.  The Life Extension project currently underway will extend the life of the mine to 2030, with commissioning expected in the second quarter of 2018.

Matla Life of Mine

Matla mine, an underground operation, is located some 20km West of Kriel in Mpumalanga province. The Matla power station served by the mine is responsible for approximately 9% of Eskom’s baseload electricity. The 3.5bn project currently underway comprises four separate points of improvement, and will likely be the last sizeable project to be implemented on Matla until the scheduled closing of the power station, planned for 2033. 


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