Bernice coal project

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The Bernice/Cygnus Project was a proposed surface coal mine, owned by Universal Coal, expected to produce 10 million tonnes per annum, in Musina, Vhembe, Limpopo, South Africa.[1][2]

The mine was first proposed in 2011 and last updated in public records at the end of 2016. As such, the project appears to be shelved.[2]


The image below shows the approximate location of the mine.

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The Berenice/Cygnus coking coal project is located in the Soutpansberg Coalfield 90km southwest of Musina, and just outside of environmentally sensitive areas such as the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site and proposed environmental buffer zones.[3]

According to Universal Coal, a mining right application, environmental impact assessment, and integrated water use license have been filed and accepted by South Africa's Department of Mineral Resources.[3] However, the project's current status is unclear as there have been minimal updates since.[4]

Project Details

  • Operator: Universal Coal[2]
  • Owners: Universal (50%), TerraCom Resources (50%)[3] [5]
  • Location: Musina, Vhembe, Limpopo, South Africa[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -22.9028678, 29.4318658 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Production Capacity: 10 million tonnes per annum[1]
  • Total Resource: 1350 million tonnes[1]
  • Mineable Reserves: 402.4 million tonnes[6]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (metallurgical)[1]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Surface[2]
  • Start Year: TBD
  • Source of Financing:

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