Droogvallei coal mine

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Droogvallei Coal Mine is a surface and underground mine in Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[1]

The status of the mine is unclear, but it appears to be mothballed.


The map below shows the approximate location of the mine in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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Droogvallei Colliery is located about 245 kilometers east of Johannesburg (via N12 and N4) and 7 km southeast of Carolina. Estrapade (Pty) Ltd operates the mine, which is owned by Coastal Fuels (Pty) Ltd. The mine opened in 2001. Underground mining ceased in 2011. The mine and wash plant have been on care and maintenance for a number of years.

In 2020 Geo Soil and Water, acting on behalf of the owners, prepared a water and waste management plan in order to renew the mine's water use license. There are currently plans to resume mining of the remaining 0.756 million tonnes of underground resources. The mine is situated on a watershed between two river catchments and there is a significant risk of groundwater contamination from the wash plant.[1]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Estrapade (Pty) Ltd[1]
  • Owner: Coastal Fuels (Pty) Ltd[2]
  • Location: Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa[1]
  • Coordinates: -26.10267826, 30.1528895 (Approximate)
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Capacity: 0.12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)[1]
  • Total Resource: 0.756 million tonnes[1]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: Surface (previously surface and underground)
  • Start Year: 2001[1]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Geo Soil and Water, "Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan Droogvallei", Geo Soil and Water website, Accessed March 2021
  2. "Mining", Coastal Fuels website, accessed November 2022.

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