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ANGLO American's South African coal unit has announced plans to mine for coal in the Waterberg area within 10 years, possibly to supply a power station under consideration there by utility Eskom.
Ben Magara, chief executive of Anglo Coal South Africa, said yesterday the company has in excess of 4billion tonnes of coal in the area.
"We are confident that in the next 10 years we will be there, mining coal ... our aspiration to grow from 60million tonnes to 90million does include the Waterberg, possibly a good 5-10million tonnes of coal a year," he told a mining conference in Johannesburg.
He said the unit had already submitted an initial proposal to Eskom. "Should the next power station be built in the Waterberg, we will be competing for it."
Magara said the unit's New Largo mine, to supply up to 15million tonnes of coal to Eskom's 4800 MW Kusile power station, will start up by 2012-2013 - in time for when the plant's first unit starts operating in 2013.
Its Zondagsfontein mine is on track to start producing in the third quarter of this year, he said.
Magara said South Africa's growing power demand, and its reliance on coal for most of its electricity generation for years to come, justified future investments in new mines. He expected South Africa to need in excess of 200million tonnes of coal a year, he said.
Lack of reliable infrastructure has been a problem for the South African coal industry. State-owned logistics firm Transnet has suffered delays and interruptions on its coal lines because of a lack of investment in its ageing fleet.
Magara also said Richards Bay Coal Terminal was in talks on how to best accommodate junior miners with allocation on the restricted rail line when the export terminal expands to 91million tonnes from 72million by October.
The unit has also begun investing in converting coal-bed methane gas found in the area into power, with a pilot project producing 0,2MW of electricity. - Reuters