Dec 2017 Exxaro
state of affairs

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO UNCOVER THE BEST SOLUTIONS

Feasibility studies mean different things to different people. The word feasibility is derived from the word “feasible”, which simply means capable of being done or accomplished.

A FEASIBILITY STUDY AIMS TO FIND:
  • the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of a proposed project;
  • the resources required to carry the project through; and ultimately
  • the prospects of success.

The feasibility team, headed up by Babsie Crane, comprises Rudolph Steenkamp, Mientjie van der Vyver, and Rob Carswell, supported by Karen Henshaw. Their aim is to answer the ultimate question: “Can our objectives technically, economically, legally and operationally be achieved?”.

BEFORE A PROJECT CAN BE EXECUTED, THERE ARE FIVE BASIC PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT IN FEASIBILITY STUDIES:
  1. Scouting
  2. Desktop study
  3. Concept study
  4. PFS
  5. Bankable feasibility (BFS)

The following studies (all at various phases of development), are currently under way:

A FEASIBILITY STUDY AIMS TO FIND:
  • Matla Quality Improvement Project: Improving the quality at the Matla Mine (Desktop)
  • GGC Underground: Additional high-value product at GG (Desktop)
  • Belfast Expansion: Expanding the BIP project (Concept)
  • Turfvlakte Project: Additional high-value product at GG (Concept)
  • GG Coal IPCC: In-pit crushing and conveying system at GG for GG1 and GG6 (PFS)
  • Matla ventilation shaft (BFS).

Project pipeline.

Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organisation forward. - Joy Gumz

Feasibility studies team (from left) Babsie Crane, Petro Verwey, Mientjie van der Vyver, Karen Henshaw, Rob Carswell and Rudolph Steenkamp.