GG6 EXPANSION PROJECT
HELPING TO UNLOCK THE WATERBERG
Unlocking the Waterberg has been a key part of the Exxaro Coal strategy since 2007. In essence, the aim of this initiative has been to establish the required infrastructure (rail and water) to enable the Grootegeluk Complex to export up to 18Mt of coal via the Richards Bay Coal Terminal over the long term. With Phase 1 of the Mokolo water augmentation project completed and a new 10-rail agreement in place with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the focus is now on increasing the production capacity at Grootegeluk to produce export grade coal.
The aim of the GG6 Expansion Project is to increase the production of semi-soft coking coal for export by converting the existing GG2 single-stage beneficiation plant into a double-stage beneficiation plant. The additional 1.7Mt/annum of product will meet the RB1 specification (6 000kcal).
The project business case is summarised in diagram 1.