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Sasol Mining is South Africa’s third largest coal producer, producing over 40 Mt of coal annually. More than 90% of this is used for the production of Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals.

The company embarked on a R14 billion mine replacement programme in 2009, aiming to replace 60% of its ageing coal mines in the Secunda area in order to improve operations in its southern African facilities. The programme’s capital expenditure has amounted to more than R94 billion since it commenced, and has seen three new mines established.

Sasol inaugurates its Shondoni colliery

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is seen here with VIP guests and Sasol employees at the inauguration of Shondoni (photo: Arthur Tassell).

The newest of these, the Shondoni colliery, was recently inaugurated. Meaning “a place of wealth”, Shondoni has replaced the Middelbult Colliery, which reached the end of its lifespan. The extractable reserves at the Shondoni mine are estimated at about 190-million tons, equating to an operating life of 20 years. The mine is expected to produce 9.2-million tons of coal a year.

Over the next 30 years, the mine is expected to deliver between 8 and 9 MT of coal per annum. A 21-km-long conveyor belt will transport the coal from the mine to Sasol Coal Supply, and the mine uses renewable energy, including solar geysers to heat pumps. While currently employing around 1 200 people, Shondoni is expected to support and sustain 4 000 jobs between now and 2050.

Speaking at the inauguration, Sasol joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa said Shondoni is the most modern mining operation of its kind in South Africa, and is instrumental to securing coal supply to the Secuda Complex until at least 2050.

Image credit: https://www.sasol.com/about-sasol/company-profile/leadership/bongani-nqwababa

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