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Umlabu Colliery

The Umlabu mining area is north of Ermelo in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. It is situated next to the Xstrata (Proprietary) Limited's Spitskop Colliery. Umlabu Colliery holds the Umlabu Mining Assets, which include the Vlakfontein, Voorslag and Mooifontein Coal Deposits, as well as the Sterkfontein Prospecting rights.

Infrastructure and Physiography at Umlabu Colliery is well serviced by non-electrified railways and roads. A tarred road, which links Breyten and Ermelo, runs along the western margin of the mining area.

Umlabu Colliery is an opencast and underground mining operation with current production of approximately 80 000 tonnes per month, with future plans to ramp this up to 150 000 tonnes per month.

Within the Umlabu Colliery, three potentially exploitable coal seams have been identified, namely the B Seam, C-Upper Seam and C-Lower Seam. The C-Upper and C-Lower Seams will be predominantly extracted by opencast means, while the B Seam will be predominantly exploited by underground mining.

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