Matla coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

The Matla coal mine is a coal mine in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the mine, near Kriel, in Emalahleni municipality, Nkangala district, Mpumalanga province.

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The area of the Matla mine has been exploited since the mid-1970s, and a significant amount of exploration and extraction activities has been conducted at the mine.[1] The mine is currently owned by Exxaro.

From 1976 — 1990, the mine was owned by Trans Natal Mines. Construction began in 1976, with full production in 1983 and 465 boreholes drilled in this period.[1]

In 1990, the mine came to be opened by Eyesizwe Coal (now Exxaro) took over ownership from Trans Natal Mines with >2,060 boreholes drilled in this period.[1]

As of August 2020, Exxaro's website states that the mining complex, comprised of three mines, has the capacity to produce 14 million tons of coal per year (Mtpa). It provides coal to a mine-mouth coal power plant, Matla Power Station.[2] The website goes on to state that the mine is "a fully mechanised underground mine employing continuous mining and shortwall methods.[3]

The mine's actual production in 2019 was 5.99 Mtpa. Its total reserves are 161 Mt.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Exxaro Resources
  • Parent Company: Exxaro
  • Location: Near Kriel, in Emalahleni municipality, Nkangala district, Mpumalanga province
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.26345, 29.12681 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 5.99 Mtpa (2019)[1], but the mine's production capacity is 14 Mtpa[2]
  • Total Resource: 1043 Mt[1]
  • Mineable Reserves: 161 Mt[1]
  • Coal type: Thermal[4]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: underground, continuous and shortwall[2]
  • Start Year: 1976 [1]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Consolidated Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves report 2019," "Exxaro Resources Limited," 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Matla, Exxaro website, accessed June 2019.
  3. "Matla", Exxaro website, accessed May 2010.
  4. "Performance at a Glance," "Exxaro website," accessed August 2020.

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