Wescoal processing is the primary coal processing facility for Elandspruit Mine. The plant was purchased from Muhanga in 2014 and is regularly upgraded to meet customers’ product quality and quantity requirements. The combined installed ROM treatment capacity is currently proven to be more than 200 000 tonnes a month.
The upgrades to the raw coal handling section enable more than 250 000 tonnes a month to be crushed. The complex consists of a crushing section and drum/cyclone and fines treatment plants that can produce a range of products to meet the demands of Eskom, other domestic consumers and the export market.
Elandspruit’s production is now close to exceeding the processing plant’s capacity and the company has entered into an agreement with one of Elandspruit’s neighbours for the treatment of Elandsfontein’s coal on a ‘toll basis’. This arrangement has boosted Wescoal’s treatment capacity without the need for any capital expenditure.
Wescoal’s strategy to diversify its income streams has placed the group in a better position to meet Eskom’s increased demand as well as to optimise supply into other domestic and export customers. Total ROM production attributable to Wescoal reached 3.1 million tonnes by end March 2018 and the group achieved its announced eight million tonnes ROM production rate target.