Kangra cuts the first coal in an underground extension

From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, here’s the real economy report.

Sashnee Moodley:

The coal mining company Kangra has extended the duration of its operations by opening a new gallery, which provides access to new underground coal reserves. Darren Parker tells us more.

Darren Parker:

Kangra – a subsidiary of mining investment group Menar – started mining the first coal from its new underground gallery in Udumo on February 9. The new gallery will provide access to the Kusipongo coal resource, to the west of Kangra’s other mining operations. The Kusipongo resource has approximately 41.9 million tonnes of coal and could extend the life of the mine by more than 20 years.

The first coal cut was made using a Komatsu Joy continuous miner operated by Kangra GM Pierre Louw, who said the extension was a relief for everyone involved in the operation, which includes around 549 employees, including contractors.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

Udumo’s gallery, which had an investment budget of R153.6 million, was previously known as Twyfelhoek but has been renamed Udumo – which means ‘honour’ in isiZulu – to better reflect the spirit and the culture of the surrounding community of Saul Mkhizeville in Mpumalanga. .

The Kusipongo resource contains a mix of low and high volatility coal, which will be mined from three sections using an edge and pillar method.

The key infrastructure needed to begin operating the new gallery is already in place, with additional infrastructure to be rolled out over the coming months.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

Once mined, the coal will either be trucked or transported by overland conveyor to the Maquasa East pit. From there it will be washed away.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

After washing, the coal product will be trucked to the Panbult Rail Siding approximately 30 km from the mine.

Most of the product will then be transported by rail to the Richards Bay coal terminal in KwaZulu-Natal, in which Kangra has a stake.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

Kangra’s next development of Kusipongo Reserves is the planned Balgarthan Adit A, which will have an underground section.

The estimated updated capital budget for Balgarthan A is R112.6 million. The Balgarthan Gallery will be located approximately 25 km southwest of the Udomo Gallery. Louw said the company is targeting the third quarter for the start of construction of the new gallery.

Kangra is targeting a production rate of 1.44 million tonnes per annum of run-of-mine from its new underground mining sections once the Belgarthan A shaft is commissioned.

Meanwhile, 360,000 t/y of ROM will be mined from available open pits over the life of the mine.

In addition to the new underground development, Kangra has started mining the open pit section of Block C, which will be increased to around 40,000 t/m of ROM now that the Udumo drift is established.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

Kangra has also invested in new and refurbished mining equipment worth R45 million to mine Kusipongo’s reserves.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

To allow the development of the Udumo gallery and the open-air section of block C, agreements had to be made to relocate the affected families living within 500 m. Kangra is building new houses for the families using local contractors.

Kangra GM Pierre Louw:

Darren Parker:

As part of Kangra’s R20 million social and labor plan investment commitments, a project is planned for this quarter to provide water to the nearby community of Donkerhoek.

Sashnee Moodley:

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Bonny J. Streater