Exxaro Resources : Coal, rapid loadout projects under construction - Exxaro
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The largest of the three coal projects is the R4.8-billion, 1.7-million-tonne-a-year GG6 expansion project at the company`s flagship Grootegeluk operation in Limpopo, where the first semi-soft coking coal is expected to be produced in financial year 2020. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)
The second coal project under construction is the R3.3-billion, 2.7-million-tonne-a-year Belfast coal project in Mpumalanga, where first production is due in the first half of 2020.
The third coal project under construction and the one closest to production is the R600-million Leeuwpan life extension project, also in Mpumalanga, where the first thermal coal is expected before the middle of this year.
Scheduled for commissioning in the first half of next year is the R1.3-billion, 12-million-tonne-a-year Grootegeluk rapid loadout rail station.
The Thabametsi project is awaiting DoE sanction and construction of the
A seventh project, which is being commissioned, is the R600-million Grootegeluk discard coal input project.
Exxaro executive head of coal operations Dr
No timeframe nor delay-induced capex rise was provided for the
"As far as our capex spend for 2017 goes, we were R300-million behind," Tsengwa said at the 2017 results presentation attended by Mining Weekly Online. That was due to the timing of GG6`s sustaining capex, particularly on the authorisations for the rapid loadout station as well as the delay of expenditure on the Leeuwpan life extension project.
Owing mainly to the delay of the Thabametsi project, expansion capex for the next five years is up R400-million and sustaining capex of R12.9-billion for the next five years is up R1.46-billion, owing to R900-million being allocated to digitalisation and innovation initiatives.
Tsengwa spoke, in response to Mining Weekly Online, of the unlocking of the Waterberg`s wonderful value through the GG6 expansion project, where that plant is being rejigged to get more semi-soft coking coal, which has been catered for in long-term rail agreements for transport the GG6 production to
Thabametsi, she said, would be a source of more low-grade coal for power generation and the Belfast coal project in Mpumalanga a source of high-quality RB1 coal that would complement the company`s future product mix positively.
Operating profit was 18% higher at R5.8-billion and 17%-higher core earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation generating cash of R7.2-billion.
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