Droogvallei coal mine

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Droogvallei Coal Mine is a SURFACE and UNDERGROUND mine on care and maintenance in Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[1]


The map below shows the APPROXIMATE location of the mine.

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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 gf the owners prepared and 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 [1]
  • Location: Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa [1]
  • Coordinates: -26.08333, 30.15 (Approximate)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 0.12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) [1]
  • Total Reserves: 0.756 [1]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type: BITUMINOUS (Thermal)
  • 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 1.7 Geo Soil and Water, "Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan Droogvallei", Geo Soil and Water website, Accessed March 2021

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