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SGS opens coal sampling lab at Richards Bay Coal Terminal

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World Coal,

Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) has been in operation for 40 years and is one of the leading coal export terminals in the world.

SGS in South Africa has opened a new coal laboratory at the terminal.

This new 2203 m2, state-of-the-art laboratory is more than twice the size of the previous laboratory and will support efficient coal preparation, sampling and certification. The new laboratory is designed to service RBCT’s requirements up to 110 million tpa of coal and will improve sampling and testing turnaround time by 25%.

Fred Herren, SGS, COO Africa, said that as far as coal sampling is concerned, this laboratory sets a new benchmark. “We want this lab to be a showcase. Special emphasis has been placed on new technology and a high quality of execution.”

SGS assisted with the design and build and will provide operation and maintenance of the laboratory, ensuring commitment to increased throughput capacity and improved turnaround times. Sampling and certification will be provided for 55 000 samples per year from rail consignments and shipments coming in and out of RBCT.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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