THE LEEUWPAN EXTENSION IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THE MINE’S LIFESPAN BY A FURTHER 10 YEARS
The R500 million, 2.7Mt/annum extension project at Leeuwpan is expected to produce its first thermal coal in the second half of 2018.
Located in Delmas, Mpumalanga, the project is strategically aligned to ensure Exxaro’s sustainability by increasing the Life of Mine (LOM) by 10 years
Optimisation of the mine entails the following:
- Re-alignment of the existing R50 and Silica mine road due to the extents of the new OI Pit (Boxcut)
- Upgrade of existing plant
- RAP study and execution – relocate 19 households and 93 graves. This includes the building of houses, services, and the likes as the community prefers to be moved to the local township.
- Wetlands rehabilitation.
The project recorded a number of key milestones in 2017:
- January: Environmental Approval (EA) received
- March: Mining right (Section 102) approved
- April: Water Use Licence approved
- July: Road construction (preliminary works) commenced
- August: Boxcut development (preliminary works) began
- September: Wayleave approved (1 September) and the project could get going in earnest
- October: Road construction started and completion is expected 15 September 2018
- October: Boxcut construction started and completion is expected by August 2018
Completion of Plant construction is expected by early 2018, with full production to be achieved approximately one year after production start-up.