The Mpumalanga Complex of Xstrata Coal South Africa (XCSA) is situated near the town of Breyten, approximately 100km south of Middelburg and 35 km north of Ermelo in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. The Mpumalanga Complex consists of Spitzkop and Tselentis Collieries situated South and North of Breyten respectively. These Collieries are 100% Xstrata owned.
Each mine has opencast and underground sections dependant on the strip ratio of the portion of the reserve. B and C lower coal seams are economically mineable in the area. These low seams’ average thicknesses are 1.7m and 1.8m respectively.
Coal is mined underground by a low profile 14HM15 Joy remote control continuous miner per section, assisted by 10SC20A Joy 7-ton shuttle cars.
Truck and shovel mining for all the opencast sections is done by contractors. Mining and rehabilitation is carried out using the rollover method.
About 80% of the coal produced at Spitzkop is exported to Europe for power generation and the balance is sold on the inland market - mainly to sugar and paper mills in Swaziland and the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal. Tselentis Colliery’s product is also destined for Export markets.