Infrastructure

Water

  • An integrated water use licence (IWUL) has been approved.
  • Initial water sufficient for Phase 1 operations is available from boreholes and all relevant water infrastructure, including pumps, storage tanks and pipelines have been completed.
  • For Phase 2 operations, processed water will be used from the proposed Marapong Boikarabelo Effluent Transfer (MBET) Project. The first 13 kilometres of pipeline has already been laid.

Power

  • Transmission lines have been installed and construction of an 30MVA electricity substation has been completed.
  • Electricity supply has been connected to the Eskom grid, and is available for construction and future operations.

Rail

  • A 44 kilometre rail link will be constructed to link the Boikarabelo mine’s rapid load-out facility with the existing Lephalale railway line.
  • Some earthworks and three of the seven bridges required for the rail link have been completed.
  • The Rail Network Stablising Facility at the Lephalale line has been completed.

Port

  • Coal will be exported via Richards Bay.

Roads

  • A memorandum of agreement has been concluded for upgrading of provincial roads.
  • Ongoing construction of internal roads continues.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for 400 construction staff, with the potential to increase up to 1 320, and all ancillary services, including electricity, sewerage and kitchens, have been completed.

Ancillary Works Programme

  • A contract for the construction of all outstanding infrastructure – including earthworks, drainage, offices, workshops and secure storage – has been concluded and is ready for signature.

Coal handling and processing plant

  • The design has been completed and a contract finalised with Sedgman (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd for the construction and operation of the coal handling and processing plant (CHPP).