Droogvallei Coal Mine

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Droogvallei Coal Mine is a mothballed coal mine in Carolina, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Droogvallei Coal Mine Carolina, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa -26.10267826, 30.1528895 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the coal mine:

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Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Mothballed Care and Maintenance 2001

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
0.12 Underground & Surface Mixed 60* *

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
0.756 Ermelo Bituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Coastal Fuels[1] Coastal Fuels South Africa

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.


Droogvallei Coal Mine is a surface and underground mine in Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[2] 

The status of the mine is unclear, but it appears to be mothballed. 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.[2]

  • Operator: Estrapade (Pty) Ltd[2]
  • Owner: Coastal Fuels (Pty) Ltd[3]
  • Location: Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa[2]
  • Coordinates: -26.10267826, 30.1528895 (Approximate)
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Capacity: 0.12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)[2]
  • Total Resource: 0.756 million tonnes[2]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: Surface (previously surface and underground)
  • Start Year: 2001[2]
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20240312001644/https://coastalfuels.co.za/mining/. Archived from the original on 12 March 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Geo Soil and Water, "Integrated Water and Waste Management Plan Droogvallei", Geo Soil and Water website, Accessed March 2021
  3. "Mining", Coastal Fuels website, accessed November 2022.