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A Strategic Analysis of South Africa's Coal Mining Industry

  • Publication Date:August 2009
  • Publisher:Frost & Sullivan
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:113

A Strategic Analysis of South Africa's Coal Mining Industry

Waterberg Coal Basin Set to Fuel Revival of Beleaguered South African Coal Mining Industry

The global consumption of coal is expected to increase by 4 per cent per annum between 2010 and 2030 in line with the rising global demand for energy. To boost production, the South African coal mining industry needs to open up new mines in the Waterberg coal basin to replace the depleted mines in the Highveld, Witbank and Ermello coalfields in Mpumalanga.

"South Africa's coal mining industry remains unbalanced with rising coal demand on one hand and constrained supply sources on the other," notes Wonder Nyanjowa, analyst with Frost and Sullivan. "With the global demand for coal rising by an annual average of 4 per cent, the country's available supply capacity may not be able to cope with the upsurge in demand."

The expansion of Eskom's electricity generation capacity, together with Sasol's capacity expansion, is set to increase South Africa's coal consumption by 75 million tonnes per annum. However, coal supply will remain stagnant. "Limited rail and port facilities at Richards Bay Coal Terminal are expected to slow the growth of South Africa's coal exports," cautions the analyst. "Growth prospects will further be hampered by tightening environmental laws in many parts of the developed world." Increased calls by the United States and other developed countries for a moratorium on the continued use of coal-fired power stations will dampen export demand for South Africa's coal in international markets.

Despite the environmental and logistical constraints that the South African coal mining industry is facing, coal production is likely to be on the upward trend by 2011 if new mines are opened in the Waterberg coalfield. "The South African coal mining industry needs to position itself well in order to meet the increased demand for coal in domestic and international markets," remarks Wonder Nyanjowa. "The Waterberg coal basin which currently has got one colliery operating in the area represents the future of electricity generation and coal mining in South Africa."

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Research Aims and Objectives
  • 3. Research Scope and Definitions
  • 4. Research Methodology
  • 5. Global Coal Mining Industry
  • 6. Overview of the Global Coal Mining Industry
  • 7. Introduction the Global Coal Mining Industry
  • 8. Global Coal Reserves
  • 9. Global Coal Demand
  • 10. Global Coal Supply
  • 11. South African Coal Mining Industry
  • 12. South African Coal Mining Industry Outlook
  • 13. Overview of the South African Coal Mining Industry
  • 14. Industry Challenges and Market Dynamics
  • 15. Industry Challenges
  • 16. Market Drivers
  • 17. Market Restraints
  • 18. South African Coal Production Forecasts
  • 19. South African Coal Mining Industry Structure
  • 20. Coal Projects
  • 21. Angl Coal
  • 22. BHP Billiton Energy Coal
  • 23. Sasol Mining
  • 24. Exxar Resources
  • 25. Xstrata Coal
  • 26. Kangra Coal
  • 27. Total Coal South Africa
  • 28. Anker Coal and Mineral Holdings
  • 29. Kuyasa Mining
  • 30. Strategic Conclusions
  • 31. About Frost & Sullivan
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