Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) Complex

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Katlego Operations, formerly the Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) complex, is a group of surface and underground coal mines, owned by Overlooked Colliery in Thubelihle, Emalahleni, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.[1]

The mines in the complex include Dorstfontein East, Dorstfontein West, and Forzando South.[1]


The image below shows the locations of the mines in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

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The Exxaro Coal Central operation was previously owned by Exxaro Resources. During Exxaro's ownership, the complex produced 4.2 million tonnes per annum, and included the Dorstfontein, Forzando North, Forzando South, and Tumelo mines.[2]

In April 2021, Exxaro disposed of its equity interest in Exxaro Coal Central to fund its investment in renewable energy projects, to repay debt, and return value to shareholders.[3] Overlook Colliery acquired ECC assets and renamed them Katlego Operations.[1] As part of the agreement, Overlooked will assume all of the rehabilitation liabilities of ECC, while Exxaro will retain all coal export entitlement through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.[4]

The newly-named Katlego Operations includes the Dorstfontein West (underground) and Dorstfontein East (opencast) mines, which lie north-east of the town of Kriel, as well as the Forzando South mine (underground), which lies to the south-east.[5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Mmakau Mining
  • Owners: Overlooked Colliery (50%) and Mmakau Mining[2]
  • Location: Thubelihle, Emalahleni, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.[6]
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.223715, 29.298358 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 4.2 million tonnes per annum[2]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 122.6 million tonnes[6]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: Surface and underground
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

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