Coal gi­ant un­veils ma­chin­ery up­grades

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

THE con­ti­nent’s largest coal ex­port fa­cil­ity, Richards Bay Coal Ter­mi­nal (RBCT), on Thurs­day launched its R1.34-bil­lion ma­chin­ery up­grade to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and im­prove turnaround times.

The project, ini­ti­ated in 2015, came in un­der bud­get, saw the re­place­ment of age­ing stack­ers, ship load­ers and sub­sta­tions,

Some of the equip­ment, now more than four decades old, were reach­ing the end of their de­sign life and had to be re­placed to grow the ter­mi­nal’s ex­ist­ing yearly through­put ca­pac­ity.

Two new rail-mounted stacker re­claimers are ex­pected to have a ca­pac­ity of 6 000 tonnes per hour com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ma­chines’ 4 500 tonnes per hour, while the ship loader will have 10 000 tonnes per hour ca­pac­ity com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 8 000 tonnes per hour.

The re­claimers will fur­ther cut the amount of bulldozing needed af­ter its coal-car­ry­ing arm was ex­tended fur­ther into the coal yard, from 40 me­tres to 60 me­tres.

The project also re­con­fig­ured the ter­mi­nal’s five ex­ist­ing elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tions and added a new sub­sta­tion.

RBCT Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Al­lan Waller said the suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion of the project en­sures the sustainability of the South African coal in­dus­try and re­mains a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the econ­omy.

‘It is quite ap­pro­pri­ate that we com­mis­sion these projects in a year in which both lo­gis­ti­cal value-added chain part­ners, Transnet Freight Rail and RBCT, achieved record out­puts with the ter­mi­nal ex­port­ing a record 76.47 mil­lion tonnes of coal in 2017.’

Richards Bay Coal Ter­mi­nal lead­er­ship and board of di­rec­tors at the un­veil­ing of the R 1.34-bil­lion ma­chin­ery up­grade

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