Elandspruit Colliery

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Elandspruit Colliery is an operating coal mine in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Elandspruit Colliery Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa -25.80982, 29.38474 (exact)

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Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating[1] 2015[1]

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
3.1[2] 2.5[2] 2022[2] Underground & Surface Mixed 5.38 60* 515[2]

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
8.92[2] 9.2[2] Bituminous Thermal Eskom

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Salungano Group Ltd Salungano Group South Africa

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


Elandspruit Colliery (also known as Elandspruit Complex) is a surface and underground complex of coal mines wholly owned by Wescoal, in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[3]

Elandspruit Colliery is a coal mine complex comprised of five coal seams. Currently all seams present within the delineated opencast areas are scheduled for mining, namely the No. 4 Lower Coal Seam, No. 3 Coal Seam, No. 2 Upper and Lower Coal Seams and the No. 1 Coal Seam. Within the underground mining area, only the No. 1 Coal Seam is targeted for mining.[4]

Wescoal (now known as the Salungano Group) owns the mine.[5][6] The primary consumer of coal from the Elandspruit mine is Eskom, who purchase approximately 65% of the coal produced.[7] The mine is categorised as a surface mine, however, it does produce a very small quantity of coal via underground operations. Wescoal report that there are 27 employees at Elandspruit, there are 427 contractors in addition to this. The mine began producing coal in 2015 and, as of 202, has a predicted life of 5 years. [7]

  • Operator: Wescoal Mining Proprietary Limited[8]
  • Owner: Salungano Group
  • Location: Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa [3]
  • Coordinates: -25.80982, 29.38474 (Exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 2.5 million tonnes per annum (2021)[8]
  • Total Resource: 9.2 million tonnes[8]
  • Mineable Reserves: 8.92 million tonnes[8]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: Surface and underground
  • Mine Size: 5.38 km2[4]
  • Start Year: 2015 [3]
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20240312002124/https://salunganogroup.com/our-divisions/resources/. 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 (PDF) https://salunganogroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/salungano-group-integrated-annual-report-2022.pdf. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wescoal, "Our Business: Mining", Wescoal website, Accessed March 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Resource and Reserve Summary on the Coal Assets of Wescoal Holdings Limited 2021, Salungano Group website, March 31, 2021.
  5. Resources, Salungano Group website, accessed July 2022.
  6. "Wescoal is now trading as Salungano as it seeks to distance itself from fossil fuels", Fin24, April 7, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wescoal, "Integrated Annual Report", Wescoal website, Accessed March 2021
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Salungano Group Integrated Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2022, Salungano website, accessed October 2022.