Sasol Mining operates six coal mines that supply approximately 40 million tons per annum of thermal coal feedstock to Sasol’s operations in Secunda and Sasolburg, South Africa and to the export market.
Our main operations comprise the Mooikraal colliery near Sasolburg in the Free State, and the Bosjesspruit, Impumelelo, Shondoni, Syferfontein and Thubelisha collieries and Twistdraai export operations at Secunda in Mpumalanga, South Africa. We export approximately 3,3 Mtpa through our shareholding in RBCT.
Sasol Mining produces about 40 Mt of saleable coal per annum, which is mainly used as gasification feedstock for Sasol Synfuels in Secunda and utilities coal for the Sasolburg Operations. Our underground mining operations comprise the Mooikraal colliery near Sasolburg in the Free State, and the Bosjesspruit, Impumelelo, Shondoni, Syferfontein and Thubelisha collieries at Secunda in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Thubelisha was our first new replacement mine and was commissioned in May 2012, replacing Twistdraai colliery. Thubelisha supplies feedstock to Sasol’s Secunda Synfuels operations as well as a high value export thermal coal product, which is exported through our shareholding in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Thubelisha has a nominated capacity of 9,7 million tons of coal per annum (Mtpa).
Impumelelo is Sasol Mining's deepest underground coal mine at 198 metres and Phase 2 was commissioned in 2020, replacing our Brandspruit colliery. It is geographically the most remote of our Secunda operations, located 50 km outside of Secunda, and has a 27 km single flight conveyor to our central coal handling facilities. Impumelelo has a nominated capacity of 6,6 Mtpa.
Syferfontein is our largest colliery and comprises the Riversdale, Tweedraai and Weltevrede underground mining areas. Syferfontein has a nominated capacity of 10,9 Mtpa.
Shondoni colliery was commissioned in 2017 and replaced our Middelbult colliery. Shondoni was the second major mine replacement project to be completed and employs the longest single flight conveyor without an intermediate booster drive in Africa, at a length of 21 km. It has a nominated capacity of 7,7 Mtpa.
Bosjesspruit was opened in 1977 and has produced more than 250 million tons of coal over the last 40 years. Current coal production takes place at Irenedale shaft, with a 17,9 km underground conveyor connecting to the Bosjesspruit Main shaft. Bosjesspruit colliery has a nominated capacity of 5,6 Mtpa.