Mbila anthracite project
Mbila is located in the established anthracite-producing region of KwaZulu-Natal with excellent road and rail links to South Africa’s industrial heartland and to the ports of Richards Bay and Durban.
The mine will produce high-quality anthracite with low-phosphorous, low-sulphur and low-ash characteristics.
Mbila-grade anthracite is in high demand from South African producers of mineral sands, ferrochrome, ferromanganese and silicon carbide. In short supply from sources, it commands premium mine-gate pricing.
Mbila currently has a 125Mt JORC-compliant resource, 70% of which is classified as Measured and Indicated that can be converted into Proven and Probable reserves.
A New Order Mining Right, compliant with South Africa’s Minerals and Petroleum Development Act, is in place.
The 2013 development schedule for Mbila includes finalizing permitting and detailed mine design and scheduling.
ZYL holds a New Order Prospecting Right over the Msebe area, adjacent to Mbila, which is currently valid until December 2013.
|Total JORC-compliant coal resource|
|Measured coal resources||53.8|
|Indicated coal resources||33.6|
|Inferred coal resources||37.5|
|Mbila product coal specifications – air dry basis|
|Ecca Seam 10% ash primary product||Beaufort 15-16% ash primary product|
|Coal classification||High Rank B Anthracite||High Rank C Anthracite|
|Ash content %||10.1||17.52|
|Inherent moisture %||1.8||1.85|
|Volatile matter %||5.3||6.55|
|Fixed carbon %||82.8||74.03|
|Gross calorific value MJ/kg||29.6||27.53|
|Total sulphur %||1.2||0.56|