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Botswana’s private coal miner to double output if it wins Eskom contract, says CEO

Minergy was shortlisted to supply to Eskom’s Tutuka power station.
Image: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Botswana’s privately owned coal miner Minergy Ltd will double its output by opening a new mine if it wins a contract to supply coal to South Africa’s biggest power utility Eskom, its chief executive officer said in a statement on Friday.

Minergy was shortlisted to supply to Eskom’s Tutuka power station in South Africa in October 2020 and a due diligence process is currently underway.

“Minergy’s objective is to double production capacity… which would enable it to access a range of opportunities including increasing supply to industrial customers and export opportunities,” chief executive Morné du Plessis said, without giving any time frame for ramping up output from a new mine.

Du Plessis did not say when he expected Eskom to deliver its final decision on the contract.

He said higher output would enable Minergy to benefit from stronger prices for coal, which have gained due to rising demand from India and China’s ban on imports from Australia.

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Gee — Now Botswana can win a contract and potentially transport the stuff to the power stations hundreds of miles away potentially cheaper than we can produce it in mines adjacent to the plants– this is surreal !!!

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