Kranspan coal project

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The Kranspan coal project is a proposed coal mine southwest of the town of Carolina, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The mine is expected to produce about 2.16 million tonnes of coal per annum, some of which will be exported and some of which will be used by Eskom, the local utility.

Without any public updates on the project since initial approval submissions in 2019, the project appears to be shelved as of 2022.


The map below shows the exact location of the proposed mine, near Carolina, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

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The Kranspan coal project was proposed as early as 2011, at which point it was owned by Exxaro. In 2011, Exxaro announced it wanted to sell its prospecting rights to Kranspan, Arnot South and Vaalbult, and called for expressions of interests in these assets.[1]

But Exxaro held onto the prospective mine until at least 2016, when an Exxaro Annual Report states that the company divested from Kranspan.[2]

Ilima Coal Company next proposed mining at Kranspan in 2019, submitting an Environmental Impact Assessment Report and an Environmental Management Programme Report. In 2019, they applied for an Environmental Authorisation, Waste Management Licence and Integrated Water Use Licence. The company is proposing surface (open pit) mining followed in time by underground (bord and pillar) mining.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Ilima Coal Company
  • Location: 13 kilometers southwest of the town of Carolina, municipality ofAlbert Luthuli, district of Gert Sibande, province of Mpumalanga
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.166422, 30.015778 (exact)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 2.16 Mtpa[3]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 24.8 Mt[3]
  • Coal type: Thermal
  • Workforce Size:
  • Mine Type: surface (opencast), underground (bord and pillar)[3]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Exxaro seeks bidders for non-core prospecting rights," "Mining Review Africa," May 6, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "[ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT And ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME REPORT]," "Department of Mineral Resources: Republic of South Africa," June 2019.

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