Alexander Coal Project

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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.[1]

The mine is currently in the application process with the project estimated to begin commercial operation in 2025.[1]


The image below shows the approximate location of the mine.

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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.[2]

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.[2]

The project's mine life is estimated to be 13 years.[2]

Project Details

  • Operator: Sasol Mining[1]
  • Owner: Sasol
  • Location: Kriel, Emalahleni, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.3245602, 29.2951842 (approximate)[1]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 8 million tonnes per annum[1]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Size: 10,700 hectares[2]
  • Mine Type: Surface[1]
  • Start Year: 2025[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Related articles

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), Anglo Coal Alexander Mining Right Application, April 25, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 DMR Consultation Scoping Report for the Alexander Mining Project, South African Heritage Resources Agency website, accessed November 2022.