Export Allocation

The SACMH group has an export allocation of 500 000 tons per annum (TPA) at TFR's tempo of 93-million tons per annum (Mtpa); through its Phase V shareholding allocation. The current allocation is sitting at 100 000 TPA at a TFR tempo of 71 Mtpa. An allocation of 157 000 TPA has also been provided to SACMH at the Quattro port.

The annual capacity, based on TFR performance, limits the allocation to 257 000 tons per annum.

Rail Sidings

The Umlabu siding is situated on the Voorslag property, adjacent to the Umlabu Mine, and has a capacity of exporting approximately 2,1-million tons of coal per annum. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has allocated the section of the railway to Umlabu siding, to be used as a loading site for coal to be exported to RBCT and Maputo. It is confirmed that the Umlabu Siding is compliant with requirements for loading sites set by the TFR.

Wash Plant

A processing plant was constructed to process coal to required quality specifications.
The plant is a basic 710 dense media cyclone design and was originally designed to process 60 tonnes per hour (tph), at a yield of ca. 50 – 55%. Recently the plant was upgraded by introducing a Parnaby 510 modular dense media cyclone plant and a Multotec spiral plant.

The Run of Mine (ROM) coal is initially fed into a multi stage crushing and screening plant and delivered to a surge bin for beneficiating. The ROM is classified on a vibratory sizing screen, 50mm x 8mm, 8mm x 1mm and 1mm x 0 mm for specific metallurgical up-grading.

In the process of resuming production and with the financial backing of JSW, significant progress was made in terms of upgrading the current plant. This will allow for improved throughput from the plant in future. It is planned to move the plant and possibly upgrade the capacity to 400 tonnes per hour.

Umlabu Colliery

The Umlabu mining area is north of Ermelo in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. It is situated next to the Xstrata (Proprietary) Limited's Spitskop Colliery. Umlabu Colliery holds the Umlabu Mining Assets, which include the Vlakfontein, Voorslag and Mooifontein Coal Deposits, as well as the Sterkfontein Prospecting rights.

Infrastructure and Physiography at Umlabu Colliery is well serviced by non-electrified railways and roads. A tarred road, which links Breyten and Ermelo, runs along the western margin of the mining area.

Umlabu Colliery is an opencast and underground mining operation with current production of approximately 80 000 tonnes per month, with future plans to ramp this up to 150 000 tonnes per month.

Within the Umlabu Colliery, three potentially exploitable coal seams have been identified, namely the B Seam, C-Upper Seam and C-Lower Seam. The C-Upper and C-Lower Seams will be predominantly extracted by opencast means, while the B Seam will be predominantly exploited by underground mining.