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River Energy to upgrade South African coal fines

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River Energy South Africa, a subsidiary of White Energy, has signed a binding agreement to build a binderless coal briquetting (BCB) plant at the Woestalleen coal mine in South Africa. As part of the agreement, River Energy will purchase all existing fines at the Woestalleen mine, as well as all new fines from the mine’s three preparation plant modules.

A two-phase approach

The project will be completed over two phases. The first includes the building of a beneficiation circuit for coal fines, while the second includes setting up the BCB plant with a 250 000 tpa product capacity.

“The phased approach provides River Energy with the opportunity to commence generating positive cash flow in the short-term through the beneficition of new coal fines, while at the same time providing additional time for the River Energy team to further assess the likely quantities of new-arising coal fines [before] committing capital for the proposed BCB plant,” the company said in a statement.

The Woestalleen mine is lcocated within close proximity to other major project opportunity currently under review by River Energy in the Witbank/Middelburg coalfields of South Africa.

Binderless coal briquetting

White Energy is the exclusive global licensee of the BCB technology, which upgrades high-moisture, low-value sub-bituminous and lignite coals through a low-cost process of dehydration and compaction. More recently, the technology has been applied to the beneficiation of thermal and metallurgical coal fines. 

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