Sterkfontein coal project
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The Sterkfontein coal project is a proposed coal mine 5 kilometers southwest of Bethal, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
The map below shows the approximate location of the Sterkfontein coal project.
Records show the Sterkfontein coal project has been proposed since at least 2011. It was originally proposed by Keaton Energy Holdings, which was bought by Wescoal by in 2017.
Sterkfontein is an underground bord and pillar prospect that targets No. 4 Lower and No. 4 Upper of the Highveld Coalfield. It is planned for Sterkfontein to be a fully mechanised operation using continuous miners. Thus far, exploration has taken place at the No. 4 Lower and No. 4 Upper seams.
A study of Sterkfontein's coal resources declared the mine has 50.29 Mt indicated coal resource and 40.64 Mt inferred coal resources totalling 90.93 Mt.
- Sponsor: Keaton Group
- Parent Company: Wescoal
- Location: Near Bethal, Municipality of Govan Mbeki, District of Gert Sibande, in Mpumalanga Province.
- GPS Coordinates: -26.5443525, 29.3543868 (approximate)
- Status: Proposed
- Production Capacity: 1.57 Mtpa
- Total Resource: 90.93 Mt
- Mineable Reserves: 23.6 Mt
- Coal type: Thermal
- Mine Size: 7,926 ha
- Mine Type: underground, bord and pillar
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Articles and Resources
- "2011 Minerals Yearbook: South Africa," "USGS," 2011.
- "Integrated annual report for the year ended 31 March 2019," "Wescoal," 2019.
- "Keaton Energy withdraws Sterkfontein project coal reserve estimate," "Mining Review Africa," October 8, 2015.
- "Wescoal: solid operations grow production profile," "Mining Review Africa," January 24, 2019.