Leandra South coal project
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The Leandra South coal project is a possible South African coal project. It is located about 20 km northwest of Leandra and about 20 km southeast of Delmas in the Delmas coal mine in the Mpumalanga province.
The map below shows the approximate location of the project. It is located about 20 km northwest of Leandra and about 20 km southeast of Delmas in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
In 1999, Mining Weekly said that the Leandra North coal project and Leandra South coal project "will see the mining of the No 4 seam, which overlies the present Delmas Colliery No 2 seam workings, and which will extend further to the west. The development of the No 4 seam reserves in Leandra North could provide up to 30 years of mining, depending on production rates, while the adjacent Leandra South reserves – which contain both the No 2 and No 4 seams, with even greater volumes, could add additional life."
In BHP Billiton's 2009 Annual Report, the company listed it as a possible underground mine producing thermal coal. It listed it as having a "total resource" of 474 million tonnes. BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa is BHP Billiton's wholly owned subsidiary which develops coal projects in South Africa.
In its 2014 annual report, BHP Billiton reported this project's "measured resources" as 10 million tonnes and its "total resources" as 1,144 million tonnes.
BHP Billiton announced in its 2015 annual report that they were discontinuing this project, demerging it and, with a handful of other coal projects, rolling it into a new company called South32.
In South32's 2015 ASX Information Memorandum, South32 listed Leandra South and Leandra North coal project together as a "development project" that SAEC holds as principal assets. From then on, South32 has listed Leandra North and Leandra South coal project together under a project named "Leandra". In 2016, they reported coal resources of 1,587 million tonnes for Leandra, but that increased to 1,792 million tonnes by 2019.
In August 2019, Bloomberg reported that Seriti Resources has put a bid on SAEC's coal resources, which includes the Leandra project. In November 2019, this acquisition was confirmed, with Seriti Resources acquiring 91.835% stake in South Africa Energy Coal.
- Owner: South Africa Energy Coal
- Parent company: South32
- Location: About halfway between Leandra and Delmas in the Mpumalanga province
- GPS coordinates: -26.259222, 28.828306 (approximate)
- Mine status: Since the proposed mine is up for sale, the project appears to be shelved.
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- Coal type: Thermal
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- Mine type: Underground
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Articles and resources
- Coal king courts Leandra, Mining Weekly, 5 Nov. 1999
- Delmas Colliery, South Africa, Mining Weekly, 28 Jan. 2000
- BHP Billiton, 2009 BHP Billiton Annual Report, BHP Billiton, September 2009, page 90.
- BHP Billiton Annual Report 2014, pp. 122-123, BHP Billiton website, accessed Oct. 2019.
- BHP Billiton Annual Report 2015, BHP Billiton website, accessed Oct. 2019.
- ASX INFORMATION MEMORANDUM, 16 Mar. 2015, South32 website, accessed November 2019.
- Annual reort 2016, 6 Sep. 2016, South32 website, accessed November 2019.
- Annual Report 2019, South32 website, accessed November 2019.
- South Africa’s Seriti Resources Wins Bid for South32 Coal Assets, Bloomberg News, 20 Aug. 2019.
- "Seriti to acquire 91.835% stake in South Africa Energy Coal," "Mining Technology," November 6, 2019.