Thabametsi Independent Power Producer

A R2,9bn project, intended to secure supply of quality thermal coal

Thabametsi Independent Power Producer

Project Overview


The Thabametsi mine is a greenfield mine located to the West of the current Grootegeluk mine and will exploit coal from the central part of the Waterberg coalfield. All environmental approvals are in place for construction and operation.  The Thabametsi mining right has been granted in May 2016 and executed in June 2016.  The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project was approved in December 2014. The integrated water use license (IWUL) was approved in December 2015.


On completion of the project, the Thabametsi mine will supply approximately 3,9 million tonnes per annum of run-of-mine coal, in order to service the 600MW Thabametsi IPP in the Waterberg. With the prefeasibility study completed, construction is expected to commence 2Q 2018.


The technical scope includes:

  • Truck and shovel mining operation;
  • Crushing and screening facility;
  • Blending bed;
  • Dispatch and assize facility; and
  • Al the ancillary infrastructure related to the above.


The new Thabametsi coal mine is scheduled to produce its first coal in the second half of 2021 and ramp up until end 2022, in line with the development ramp-up schedule of the IPP power station, which is expected to be operational in 2022/3.