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With the country’s highest resource 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.

South Africa 1
Belfast

Location: South of Belfast
Market: Export
Product: Thermal coal
Mineral Resources (inclusive)
Measured: 72Mt
Indicated: 20Mt
Mineral Reserves (inclusive)
Proved: 40Mt
Probable: 2Mt
Mining Method: Open-cut
RoM: 3Mt
LoM: 11 years
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Grootegeluk

Location: West of Lephalale
Market: Domestic and export
Product: Thermal and metallurgical coal
Mineral Resources (inclusive)
Measured: 2532Mt
Indicated: 1422Mt
Mineral Reserves (inclusive)
Proved: 1730Mt
Probable: 898Mt
Mining Method: Open-cut
RoM: 54Mt
LoM: 21+ years
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Leeuwpan

Location: South-east of Delmas
Market: Domestic and exports
Product: Thermal coal
Mineral Resources (inclusive)
Measured: 80Mt
Indicated: 3Mt
Mineral Reserves (inclusive)
Proved: 42Mt
Probable: 6Mt
Mining Method: Open-cut
RoM: 6Mt
LoM: 8
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Mafube (50% ownership)

Location: East of Middelburg
Market: Domestic and export
Product: Thermal coal
Mineral Resources (inclusive)
Measured: 111Mt
Indicated: 10Mt
Mineral Reserves (inclusive)
Proved: 32Mt
Probable: 23Mt
Mining Method: Open-cut
RoM: 5Mt
LoM: 11
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Matla

Location: West of Kriel
Market: Domestic (Eskom)
Product: Thermal coal
Mineral Resources (inclusive)
Measured: 694Mt
Indicated: 123Mt
Mineral Reserves (inclusive)
Proved: 148Mt
Probable: 22Mt
Mining Method: Underground
RoM: 6Mt
LoM: 3+
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Ferroalloys Ferrosilicon Plant

Location: Gauteng, 20 Roger Dyason Road, Pretoria West, 0001, South Africa.
Market: Domestic and export
Product: Ferroalloys
Mining Method: Proccessing Plant
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Tsitsikamma Community Windfarm (TCWF)

Location: Near Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape
Market: Domestic
Product: Wind Energy
Mining Method:
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Amakhala Emoyeni Windfarm (AE01)

Location: Near Bedford and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape
Market: Domestic
Product: Wind Energy
Mining Method:
Mine Mining Right Windfarm

* Adequate reserves well beyond expiry of mining right.

Belfast

Belfast

The Belfast Coal mine is situated in the Mpumalanga province, 55 km East of Middelburg and 20 km South-West of Belfast. The mine forms part of the Witbank coalfield on the southern side of the N4 highway.

Belfast Coal will produce primary A-grade (6 000 kcal/kg) and secondary middling (21.5 MJ/kg) products. The coal supply forms part of the Exxaro RB1 export product, which will be railed to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The mine will produce a combined total of 2.7 million tonnes per annum for a 17-year life.

Resources (inclusive):
72Mt measured; 20Mt measured
Mining Method:
Open-cut
Reserves:
40Mt proved; 2Mt probable
Run-of-mine:
3Mt
Grootegeluk

Grootegeluk

Situated 20 km from Lephalale in South Africa’s Limpopo province, this open-pit mine employs 3 200 people and produces 26Mtpa final coal products, using a conventional truck and shovel operation. This mine has an estimated minable coal reserve of 3 261Mt, and a total measured coal resource of 4 719Mt, from which semi-soft coking coal, thermal coal, and metallurgical coal can be produced.

Some 22Mt of annual production is power station coal, transported directly to Eskom’s Matimba and Medupi power stations on a 7 km conveyor belt in terms of the existing supply contract. An additional 1,5Mtpa of metallurgical coal is sold domestically to the metal industry and others on short-term contracts.

Grootegeluk produces 2,5Mtpa of semi-soft coking coal, the bulk of which is railed directly to Mittal SA under a long-term supply agreement. Approximately 1Mtpa of semi-soft coking coal and thermal coal is exported through Richards Bay Coal Terminal or sold domestically.

Resources (inclusive):
2532Mt measured; 1422Mt measured
Mining Method:
Open-cut
Reserves:
1730Mt proved; 898Mt probable
Run-of-mine:
54Mt
Leeuwpan

Leeuwpan

Located approximately 80 km southeast of Pretoria in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, Leeuwpan employs about 600 employees – excluding contractors – and produces 3.65Mtpa of thermal coal.

It is a conventional open-pit mine that uses modified terrace configurations and truck and shovel operations. Coal is processed using dense medium separation for the top coal layer (seam 4) as well as the bottom coal layer (seam 2). Crush and screen technology is also used to supply coal to the power station markets. The principal domestic markets for production are the metals and power-generating industries that consume 2,5Mtpa. Leeuwpan has a coal reserve base of about 52.9Mt and a resource (inclusive) of about 128Mt.

Resources (inclusive):
80Mt measured; 3Mt measured
Mining Method:
Open-cut
Reserves:
42Mt proved; 6Mt probable
Run-of-mine:
6Mt
Mafube (50% ownership)

Mafube (50% ownership)

The Mafube mining complex is a 50/50 joint operation between Exxaro and Anglo American Coal. It is situated 30 km east of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, and 20 km north of Eskom's Arnot power station.

Mafube is an opencast coal operation, producing seaborne traded thermal coal, as well as coal for Arnot power station. The coal is conveyed and processed at the Mafube coal handling and process plant.

Resources (inclusive):
111Mt measured; 10Mt measured
Mining Method:
Open-cut
Reserves:
32Mt proved; 23Mt probable
Run-of-mine:
5Mt
Matla

Matla

Situated some 20 km west of Kriel in Mpumalanga, South Africa, this mining complex comprises three mines that produce 14Mtpa of power station coal with a workforce of over 2 500 permanent employees and contractors. Matla is a fully mechanised underground mine employing continuous mining and short wall methods.

Its thermal coal is supplied to Eskom’s Matla power station in terms of a cost-plus agreement, reviewed annually, with a variable return payable by Eskom for any excess tonnage produced. The mine has a coal reserve base of 224,3Mt and a resource base (inclusive) of 752Mt.

Resources (inclusive):
694Mt measured; 123Mt measured
Mining Method:
Underground
Reserves:
148Mt proved; 22Mt probable
Run-of-mine:
6Mt
Ferroalloys Ferrosilicon Plant

Ferroalloys Ferrosilicon Plant

Exxaro’s FerroAlloys ferrosilicon plant was established in 1996. Two new plants were commissioned in 2014 and 2016 respectively in order to guarantee supply of up to 12 000 tonnes of superior quality gas atomised and milled ferrosilicon (FeSi) per annum. Over the last two decades, Exxaro has developed two groundbreaking processing technologies aimed at improving beneficiation processes and the recovery of mineral products from low grade stockpiles, in-situ resources and waste dumps in order to overcome global mining challenges such as depleting reserves and resource quality issues. A key component of both the Ultra High Dense Medium Separation (UHDMS) and Ultra Fine (UF) processing technologies is the high-quality gas atomised ferrosilicon produced at Exxaro FerroAlloys. Early commercialisation projects were conducted successfully in the iron ore industry with the support of Kumba Iron Ore, where Exxaro holds a 20% shareholding in its subsidiary, the Sishen Iron Ore Company. The UHDMS and UF processes are currently being commercialised across a number of other commodities with the intent of growing the market. The production of FeSi is therefore critical to Exxaro’s long-term growth and investment strategies.

Certification

Exxaro FerroAlloys is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified and adheres to strict control measures to ensure compliance with all quality, environmental and health and safety standards. In the six years since the original certification, Exxaro FerroAlloys has successfully met the criteria of surveillance and recertification audits conducted by an external certification body.

Mining Method:
Proccessing Plant
Tsitsikamma Community Windfarm (TCWF)

Tsitsikamma Community Windfarm (TCWF)

Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (RF) Pty Ltd (TCWF) is a company formed to develop the Tsitsikamma wind farm project. The shareholders of TCWF include Cennergi (Pty) Ltd (75%), RE Times (16%) and the Tsitsikamma Development Trust (9%), the latter two being BEE partners to the project.

Amakhala Emoyeni Windfarm (AE01)

Amakhala Emoyeni Windfarm (AE01)

Amakhala Emoyeni RE Project 01 (RF) Pty Ltd (AE01) is the second company formed to develop the Amakhala wind farm project. The shareholders of the AE01 include Cennergi (Pty) Ltd (95%), Cookhouse Community Trust (2.5%) and the Bedford Community Trust (2.5%), the latter two being BBBEE partners to the project. Both AE01 and TCWF started commercial operation in 2016 and sell electricity to Eskom under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a period of 20 years.