Durban Coal Port

From Global Energy Monitor

Durban Coal Port is a small coal exporting facility located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.[1]


Durban Coal Port is located in Bluff, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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An undated KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport spreadsheet and World Port Source note that coal has been handled at the port by Bluff Mechanical Appliances' Bulk Terminal, Bulk Connections, and Durban Bulk Shipping.[2][3]

Durban Coal Terminal (Pty) Ltd is a specialized bulk handling terminal at the Port of Durban's Bluff facility. The terminal features a loading facility for bulk coal operated by Bulk Connections (a division of the Bidvest Group). According to World Port Source, the terminal has a storage capacity of 250,000 tons of coal, [3] although the Bulk Connections company website only appeared to report annual exports of 52,000 tons as of 2015.[4] The coal exported came from mines in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State.[5]

Bulk Connections may have formerly been known as Bluff Mechanical Appliances (BMA)[6] and also appears to be known as the Bluff Coaling Terminal.[7] Its bulk-handling terminal specialized in sized and steam coal exports, and handled about 2 million tons of exports in the early 2000s.[8] The BMA's operational capacity in 2005/2006 was listed as 4.8 million tons in a KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport spreadsheet, with a 2005/2006 throughput of 1.9 million tons.[2]

Another KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport source noted that the coal terminal at the port of Durban handled 206,891 tons of imported coal and 1,199,128 of export coal in 2006. It noted the export coal was received primarily on rail from the general vicinity of Ballengeich and Newcastle.[9]

Project Details

  • Operator: Bulk Connections (Bidvest Group)
  • Location: Bluff, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Annual Capacity (Tonnes): 1.9-4.8 million
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports (primarily)
  • Coal Source: includes Mpumalanga

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  1. "Coal Markets," Forbes Coal, accessed May 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Port-Dbn" spreadsheet," KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, accessed October 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Port of Durban," World Port Source website, accessed January 2015 & October 2021
  4. "Bulk Connections," Bulk Connections website, accessed January 2015
  5. "Durban Coal Port," World Energy Observatory, 2010
  6. "Bulk handler honoured for environmental protection," The Mercury South Africa, December 9, 2009
  7. "The Port of Durban," Ships & Ports, June 16, 2014
  8. "Bluff gantry crane commissioned," Ports & Ships, June 18, 2003
  9. "Coal Mining," KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport, accessed October 2021