Morupule coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor
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The Morupule coal mine is an underground mine, owned and operated by Debswana, a joint venture of the government of Botswana and De Beers, producing approximately 2.8 million tonnes per annum, near Palapye, Botswana.[1]


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The mine supplies power to the Morupule B power station. The mine is one of two currently operating mines in Botswana; the other is the Masama coal mine. Morupule currently has an expansion plan, called Project Motheo, to increase production by 3 million tonnes per annum through an open pit mine.

The Anglo American Corporation received a mining lease in 1966 and developed a colliery at the Morupule coalfield, which opened in 1973.[2]

In 2021, the proposed addition of a second mine at the site would increase the expected production of the mine by 35% to 3.8 million tonnes, up from a 2.8 million tonnes per annum. [3]

Project Details

  • Owner: Debswana [1]
  • Operator:Government of Botswana and De Beers[1]
  • Location: Palapye, Botswana[1]
  • GPS Coordinates: -22.515137, 27.024339 (exact)
  • Status Operating, Proposed[1]
  • Production: 2.8 million tonnes per annum[4][3]
  • Capacity: 3 million tonnes[1]
  • Proposed Expansion: 1 million tonnes per annum (Project Motheo)[1]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Total Resources:40 million tonnes (Proven), 1200 million tonnes (Inferred)[2]
  • Coal type: Subbituminous
  • Mine Type: underground, surface[1]
  • Start Year: 1973[1]
  • Source of Financing:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Morupule Coal Mine,Product, Company Website, accessed November 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Morupule Coal Mine Company History, Company Website, accessed November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Reuters, "Botswana’s Morupule to boost coal output by 35% with new mine", Reuters website, Accessed March 2021
  4. Morupule Coal Mine Awards Opencast Contract, The Monitor, April 26, 2021