Alexander Coal Project

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Alexander Coal Project is a proposed coal mine in Kriel, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Alexander Coal Project Kriel, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa[1] -26.312146, 29.352647 (exact)

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Project Type Opening Year Closing Year
Proposed[1] Pre-Permit New[1] 2025 (planned)[1]

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
8[2] Surface[1] Open Pit[1] 107[1] 60* *

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
123[3] 2023[3] 498[3] Witbank Bituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Sasol Mining Pty Ltd[4][5] Sasol South Africa

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


The Alexander Coal Project is a proposed opencast coal mine, owned by Sasol, expected to produce 8 million tonnes per annum, in Kriel, Emalahleni, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[6]

The mine is currently in the application process with the project estimated to begin commercial operation in 2025.[6] The proposed Alexander Mining Project is a greenfields project—that is, a new mine site located in unexplored or currently undeveloped areas. The Alexander coal reserves are required to replace coal currently purchased from the Isibonelo Colliery, when Isibonelo's operations cease.[7]

Although the project proposal includes opencast mining operations, Sasol has indicated that they may decide to mine additional areas of the remaining reserves at Alexander in the future via underground mining.[7]

The project's mine life is estimated to be 13 years.[7]

Some details about this mine:

  • Operator: Sasol Mining[6]
  • Owner: Sasol
  • Location: Kriel, Emalahleni, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa[6]
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.3245602, 29.2951842 (approximate)[6]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 8 million tonnes per annum[6]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Size: 10,700 hectares[7]
  • Mine Type: Surface[6]
  • Start Year: 2025[6]
  • Source of Financing:

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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), Anglo Coal Alexander Mining Right Application, April 25, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 DMR Consultation Scoping Report for the Alexander Mining Project, South African Heritage Resources Agency website, accessed November 2022.