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Converting waste into watts

Converting waste into watts
Employees at Greenside colliery Employees at Greenside colliery

Our Thermal Coal business in South Africa has started a public participation process for the construction of a power generation facility that will convert low-quality discard coal from its Greenside, Landau and Kleinkopje collieries into electricity.

 A third party will design, construct, own and operate the 450 Megawatt (MW) modular plant, which uses circulating fluidised bed technology. We will enter into fuel supply and power purchase agreements with the developer and the electricity generated will be distributed to our operations through the Eskom network.

The Khanyisa plant will convert waste product into electricity, reduce the environmental impact of discard coal dumps, and emit lower levels of SOx and NOx emissions than that of existing coal-fired power stations. The initiative will also create jobs and will provide inward foreign investment of around $900 million to contribute to regional development. An environmental and social impact assessment has begun, involving public participation with a broad range of stakeholders. Meetings to date have been attended by local councillors, Eskom and industry representatives, farmers and community members.

The proposed site for the project is on Anglo American land situated within Kleinkopje and Greenside collieries’ mining rights area outside Witbank. The three mines involved together annually place up to 4.5 Mt of coal on discard dumps. First production of power is expected to start in 2015/2016.

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