Klipspruit mine

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The Klipspruit mine is operated by Thabong Coal, a subsidiary of Seriti Resources, producing 8 million tonnes per annum, 30 km west of Witbank in the Ogies District of the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.[1]

The mine currently has an expansion project, called the Weltevreden coal project, to increase the life of the mine.


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Klipspruit Mine was previously operated by South Africa Energy Coal (SAEC), a subsidiary of South32. Prior to this, it was majority owned by BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton. BHP Billtion describes the coal produced at the mine as being "a medium rank bituminous thermal coal, most of which can be beneficiated for the European or Asian export market."[2]

BHP Billiton states on its website that the mine "Klipspruit is the first new coal mine to be established by BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa in more than 14 years. The Klipspruit Colliery started in October 2003. Coal is transported 34 km to the Rietspruit wash plant where the export coal is beneficiated and loaded onto trains."[3]

In December 2007 BHP Billiton announced that it and Anglo Coal had formed a 50:50 joint venture to construct the Phola Coal Processing Plant on the Klipspruit mine. The $450 million plant is designed to 16 million tonnes per annum of coal, half from each of the partners. For BHP Billiton the project will facilitate the expansion of the Klipspruit mine to 8 million tonnes per annum and avoid transporting coal to the Rietspruit washery.[4] The Rietspruit washery was closed in early August 2009.[2]

The company states that export coal is transported to Richards Bay Coal Terminal via Spoornet, a government business enterprise railway.[2]

BHP states that based on current reserves Klipspruit has a projected life of 20 years though further exploration work could extend this. Following the establishment of the new processing plant BHP expects that 4 million tonnes per annum of coal from the mine will be exported through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal of which it is part-owner.[4]

In its 2009 annual report BHP Billiton states that "BECSA is the holder of an Old Order Mining Right. An application for conversion to a New Order Mining Right was submitted in 2004 and is still being processed ... The project was approved by the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in 2003. An initial mini-pit was started in August 2003 as a truck and shovel contractor operation."[2]

In June 2021, South32 completed the sale of its shareholding in SAEC to Seriti Resources. The discontinued operation represents the entire SAEC operating segment which included the Klipspruit colliery.[5]

Project Details

  • Operator: Thabong Coal
  • Owner: Seriti Resources[6]
  • Location: Ogies, Emalahleni, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -25.991333, 29.061537
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 6.5 million tonner per annum[7]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 186 million tons[7]
  • Coal type: Bituminous, Thermal[7]
  • Workforce Size: 740
  • Mine Type: surface, underground[1]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 South32, South Africa Energy Coal, Company Website, accessed August 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 BHP Billiton, 2009 BHP Billiton Annual Report, BHP Billiton, September 2009.
  3. BHP Billiton, "BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa", BHP Billiton website, accessed June 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 BHP Billiton, "BHP Billiton Approves Klipspruit Project", Media Release, December 7, 2007.
  5. Annual Report 2021, South32, accessed June 2022.
  6. Our Business: Klipspruit, Seriti Resources website, accessed June 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Mining Data Solution, Khwezela-Operation, accessed August 2020

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