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.


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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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Project Details

  • 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[3]
  • Total Resource: 90.93 Mt[2]
  • Mineable Reserves: 23.6 Mt[3]
  • Coal type: Thermal[4]
  • Mine Size: 7,926 ha[2]
  • Mine Type: underground, bord and pillar
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

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