Chelmsford coal mine

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Chelmsford Colliery Coal Mine is a surface & underground mine in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. [1]


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The Chelmsford mine is owned and operated by Future Coal (Pty) Ltd. Its operation is divided into five sections: Ashley Section (active), Shelley Section (active), Macclesfield Section (the next development), Mooikrantz Section, and Exmoor and Spectacle Spruit Sections.[2]

The site has a reported life-of-mine of 25 years. There is a high risk of deterioration of surface and groundwater quality at the mine site due to the potential for acid mine drainage. The mine comprises open-pit surface mining and room-and-pillar underground mining operations to a depth of approximately 90 metres. There are currently 158 people working in the mine with plans to expand production from 40,000 tonnes to 115,00 tones once a wash plant is constructed on site. [3]

The colliery borders the Chelmsford nature reserve to the south. The nature reserve is an area with sensitive rivers and wetlands as well as numerous protected flora and fauna. [4]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Future Coal (Pty) Ltd [1]
  • Owner: Future Coal (Pty) Ltd [1]
  • Location: Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [1]
  • Coordinates: -27.902916, 29.924397 (Exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.48 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)[3]
  • Total Reserves: 103 million tonnes (2009) (Measured, Indicated & Inferred Resource) [5]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous [1]
  • Mine Size: 49.87 Km2[2]
  • Mine Type: Surface and underground [3]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 South Africa Department of Mineral Resources, Operating Mines Kwa-Zulu Natal", DMR website, Accessed March 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 Basic Assessment Report, Cabanga Environmental, August 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Cabanga Environmental, "Chelmsford Report 2018", Cabanga website, Accessed March 2021
  4. South African Heritage and Resources Agency, "Chelmsford Colliery Basic Assessment Report", SAHRA website, Accessed April 2021
  5. Continental Coal, "Continental Capital Acquisition of strategic coal asset", Australian Securities Exchange website, Accessed March 2021

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