South African mining company Continental Coal produced 51 000 million t run-of-mine (ROM) coal from its Penumbra underground thermal coal mine during October, exceeding its production target of 50 000 million t.
The company announced that production volumes at the recently opened Penumbra mine in South Africa’s Ermelo coalfield were increasing, although November’s output had been affected by availability issues related to the continuous miners, which were being resolved by the mine’s operational team.
Continental stated that a conventional drill and blast section had been established, where it would ramp up production over the next few months. The miner previously said that Penumbra was on track to achieve ramped up ROM production to the desired 63 000 million tpm by November.
The company’s Vlakvarkfontein coal mine continues to exceed production budget targets with another strong production performance of 127 400 ROM t.
Continental Coal also announced that it would relinquish its prospecting licence 339 to the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources of Botswana due to low exploration prospectivity and lack of farm-out or divestment opportunities. The company is currently reviewing opportunities to minimise future spend and still extract value from the remaining prospecting licences in Botswana.
CEO Don Turvey commented: “We are delighted with the continued progress being made at Penumbra as well as the continued good production results from our Vlakvarkfontein coal mine”.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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