Universal Coal plc has confirmed that Eskom has received the first product stockpile from the New Clydesdale Colliery (NCC). The NCC, in the Mpumalanga Province, is one of the oldest coal mines in South Africa.
Universal plans to continue to produce and sell export-quality coal under the offtake agreement entered into in 2016.
Presently, the underground operation is processing well, with the two underground sections delivering 67 000 t during February. A third underground section is due to commence production in March.
The two operational units of the CHPP processed 200 000 t for the month of February, including the decommissioning of the third processing unit (HMS), which took place during March 2017.
With the underground production having been operational since September 2016, the opencast operation represents the second phase of the planned 3.3 million tpy ROM NCC development:
- The underground operation delivering primarily 600 000 cal thermal coal from the Diepspruit shaft, and is set to achieve nameplate annualised tonnage rates of 900 000 tpy ROM by June 2017.
- Opencast operations will deliver a further 2.4 million tpy ROM premium quality domestic thermal and low phos metallurgical coal from the Roodekop pit.
- The opencast and underground mining operations are forecasted to produce contracted sales tonnes of 1.2 million tpy to Eskom, 0.6 million tpy of premium export quality and 0.1 – 0.2 million tpy of low phos metallurgical coal sales.
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