Umzila coal mine

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The Umzila coal mine (also known as Birmingham) is a proposed underground mine, to be operated by Canyon Coal, producing 3.6 million tonnes per annum, near Hendrina, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the proposed mine, Hendrina, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.[1]

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In early 2022, the Birmingham mine was renamed "Umzila" by owner Canyon Coal in an effort to better reflect the heritage of the local mining areas in which they are located.[2]

Based on a ROM production of 300 000 tonnes per month, Umzila mine has an estimated life of mine of approximately 13 years. As of 2020, the Birmingham coal mine is currently preparing the mining right, water use license and environmental authorization applications.[1] The project's status is uncertain, since there have been little to no updates other than the announcement of the mine's renaming (as mentioned above).

Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Canyon Coal[1]
  • Location: Hendrina, Mpumalanga province, South Africa[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.107386, 29.63652 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed[1]
  • Production Capacity: 3.6 mtpa[1]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Type: Underground[1]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Canyon Coal, "Projects", Company Website, accessed August 2020.
  2. "Canyon Coal COO Message", Mining Review, April 6, 2022.

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