Resgen’s significant coal resource is located in the Waterberg region, Limpopo province, South Africa. The Waterberg coalfield has rapidly become known for its significant coal resources, a reputation shared by the Witbank coalfield, albeit the operations in the Witbank coalfield are largely established, mature and depleting.
The Waterberg coalfield is an extensive deposit of coal in the Ellisras Basin of South Africa, mostly in the Waterberg District Municipality of Limpopo, west of Lephalale, an important commercial hub. Some estimates of the Waterberg region’s coal reserves are as high as 75 billion tonnes – about 40% of all remaining reserves. Resgen’s Boikarabelo Coal Mine is one of the most advanced in the area.
The scarcity of water in the region is a major challenge. However Resgen has acquired an integrated water use licence for the use of underground water sufficient for its Phase 1 operations. In addition, the company has entered into an agreement with the Lephalale Local Municipality to construct a wastewater treatment plant at Marapong and to pump the purified water to the mine in sufficient quantities for Phase 2 operations.