ARTICLES RELATING TO COAL

China to close many small coal mines

2014-04-04 13:55

China will close 1 725 small-scale mines as part of its programme to phase out low-quality coal production, says its energy administration.

Chinese coal firms creak under heavy debt

2014-04-02 11:26

China's top coal-producing province of Inner Mongolia is in crisis, and the outlook for miners across China is grim.

Coal mine blast kills seven in Ukraine

2014-02-18 09:56

Seven miners were killed and nine others injured when a methane blast ripped through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine, say emergency officials.

Indian company explores mining SA coal

2014-02-05 14:52

Officials from the South African department of trade and industry and representatives of Coal of India have agreed to explore mutual prospects.

Rio Tinto boosts output forecasts

2013-10-15 10:09

Global miner Rio Tinto has lifted its forecast copper output for 2013 after a better-than-expected recovery at its landside-hit US Kennecott mine.

New coal railway line to ease road damage

2013-09-29 12:04

The scourge of coal trucks tearing up Mpumalanga's roads will come to an end following the announcement that the R5.2bn Majuba railway line will start in the next two years.

Glencore halts $7bn Australian mine

2013-09-11 12:06

Mining giant Glencore Xstrata says it has put its proposed $7bn Wandoan open-cut energy coal project in Australia on hold as oversupply drags on prices.

Coal prices rise on strike talks

2013-08-13 15:08

Coal has been trading higher for the first time in six weeks, as unions declared a wage dispute and buyers stocked up ahead of winter.

Mozambique's coal railway under threat

2013-06-19 16:36

The Renamo opposition party has threatened to paralyse the only railway line out of Mozambique's vast coalfields, which is mainly used by Vale and Rio Tinto.

Coal exports fall in April

2013-05-06 13:56

The Richards Bay Coal Terminal exported 6.24 million tonnes of coal in April, down from 7.49 million tonnes the previous month, RBCT data show.

Growth in coal demand to slow in 2013

2013-01-09 10:55

Prices for seaborne thermal coal will stay above production costs, while demand and supply of fossil fuel will be slower due to weaker economic growth.

Coal use to surpass oil in 10 years

2012-12-18 11:27

Coal is set to surpass oil as the world's top fuel within a decade, driven by growth in emerging market giants China and India, according to a report.

Eskom to support emerging coal miners

2012-12-10 14:30

A strategy is in place to enable emerging coal miners to play a bigger role in the supply of coal to Eskom, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says.

Eskom mulls new Exxaro coal supply deal

2012-08-01 09:40

Exxaro Resources, the R60bn diversified mining company, says Eskom is considering a fresh coal supply contract for its Medupi power station.

Transnet: Eskom hungry for coal

2012-05-29 21:44

Transnet will face increased demand for coal delivery from Eskom of up to 30 million tons by 2019 to supply its power plants, says CEO Brian Molefe.

LontohCoal reneges on coal pact

2012-04-29 11:15

LontohCoal has backtracked on an agreement with Kwasa ­Mining Services to pay R1.5m for a coal consignment it bought from a mine in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga.

Asia takes 78% of SA's coal exports

2012-03-23 08:54

Asia's share of South Africa's coal exports rose to 78% or 4.7 million tonnes in February out of a total of 6 million, up from 61% in the previous month, exporters say.

Shabangu: Invest more in clean coal

2012-02-02 11:43

The coal industry needs to invest more in clean technologies to help SA reduce its carbon footprint, says Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.

SA, Swaziland to build R17bn rail line

2012-01-12 12:57

Logistics group Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to build a new rail line via Swaziland to ease congestion on a main coal export line and boost trade.

Riot police, Chinese protestors clash again

2011-12-23 10:23

Riot police fired teargas as violent demonstrations against coal-fired power stations continued for a fourth day.

Sasol expects 45% higher earnings

2011-11-23 11:40

Synthetic fuels producer Sasol says earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the first six months are estimated to increase by at least 45%.

 

SA coal exports jump in March

2014-04-03 19:00

Richards Bay Coal Terminal has exported 6.9 million tonnes of coal in March, compared with 4.5 million tonnes in February, data shows.

Natural gas may be the fuel of the future

2014-03-14 14:43

A cheaper and easier way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products.

NUM members march over Rio Tinto miners

2014-02-06 16:34

About 200 NUM members have marched to the Mining Indaba in Cape Town to protest against the alleged ill-treatment of Rio Tinto miners in other countries.

Australia gives nod to coal project

2013-12-22 16:51

Waratah Coal has welcomed the Australian government's approval of its $5.7bn Galilee coal project, as conservationists warned the decision threatened the environment.

Eskom stops weekend coal-haulage

2013-10-13 17:51

Eskom is bringing an end to the trucking of coal to its power stations over weekends amid a spate of fatalities in Mpumalanga.

Unions still thrashing out coal wage demands

2013-09-19 09:23

NUM has scaled down demands while Solidarity says talks are at a sensitive stage as another round of negotiations is scheduled for the coal sector.

Coal mine turns village into ghost town

2013-09-08 15:00

The tiny western German town of Immerath and nearby towns will soon be wiped off the map to allow energy giant RWE to enlarge its lignite mine of Garzweiler.

Coal, iron ore exports rise - Transnet

2013-06-27 12:02

State-run logistics group Transnet says it has moved slightly more coal and iron ore for export during its latest financial year.

China to cut coal use amid protests

2013-06-06 07:56

China is considering plans to cut coal consumption in some major industrial regions as part of measures to reduce air pollution, sources say.

SA coal exports jump in March

2013-04-09 13:41

Richards Bay Coal Terminal exported 7.49 million tonnes of coal in March, up from 5.45 million tonnes the previous month, RBCT data show.

Coal to fuel electricity price woes

2013-03-10 16:01

The Competition Tribunal believes power prices could skyrocket above Eskom's anticipated hikes if coal prices in the domestic market increase as expected.

Govt secures coal for power plants

2013-01-30 11:21

SA has designated coal as a "strategic resource" which could limit exports to protect local power plant supplies, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says.

Coal set to overtake oil as top fuel

2012-12-18 15:51

Oil prices have risen on hopes of a US fiscal cliff deal, but reports elsewhere show that coal is set to surpass the liquid fuel as the world's top resource.

Eskom plans fund to boost mining juniors

2012-12-10 17:50

Eskom plans to set up a fund to assist black-owned junior coal producers develop new mines to secure future supplies for its power plants, the company says.

Wage increase for coal sector

2012-11-07 13:02

A wage increase agreement has been signed by the NUM, the Chamber of Mines, Solidarity, and Uasa, which will include a R2 000 after tax, once-off "sweetener".

Eskom faces new power crisis

2012-08-12 16:28

Within six years Eskom will have a 40m tonne coal deficit to meet its annual requirements, and consumers will have to foot the bill for higher transport costs.

Transnet to move more coal to power plants

2012-05-29 11:01

Transnet expects coal transported along its lines to triple to 30 million tonnes within seven years to meet demand at coal-fired power stations.

Transnet to boost port rail capacity

2012-04-10 10:54

State-owned logistics group Transnet plans to increase its capacity to haul iron ore from mines to ports by 56% over the next seven years, says CEO Brian Molefe.

Aus mines have insurance against lower prices

2012-03-21 14:34

Increased shipments of coal, iron ore and gas would more than make up for any fall in their value, Australian officials say.

Strike at Exxaro called off

2012-01-13 15:04

Exxaro Resources says it has reached agreement with workers at its Arnot coal mine, averting industrial action.

Malawi, Vale ink $1bn rail line deal

2012-01-11 11:35

Malawi has signed a $1bn deal with mining giant Vale for construction and rehabilitation of a rail line to transport 18 million tonnes of coal from Mozambique.

SA coal exports surge

2011-12-01 16:42

South Africa's coal exports in the fourth quarter rose to a level only slightly lower than that of the entire first half.

Patel: Quick switch from coal will cost SA

2011-11-08 19:15

Coal will remain a vital energy source as a drastic move to renewable energy will destabilise the economy, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

 
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