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Coal Sector

Some of our clients

In excess of 250 million tonnes of coal is mined in South Africa annually, with just over 70% of this coal being sold into local markets, dominated by the energy sector, which constitutes approximately 60% of the total local demand. The remaining 30% of South Africa's coal production is exported, mainly through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which is primarily transported via rail into the port.

In terms of the local coal demand by the energy sector, approximately 105 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) are currently being consumed by coal fired power stations, with this figure rapidly approaching 120 MTPA, as new stations are being added. To transport this coal from the various mines to the power stations, most companies use conveyor belts for short distances, rail transport, wherever possible, and road transport for the remainder.

Some of the challenges faced by the coal road transport sector include the fragmentation of the truck fleet into hundreds of small haulage companies and a deteriorating road infrastructure, which increases transport costs exponentially.

Crickmay were employed to introduce its supply chain improvement process covering approximately 60% of the coal moved in this domestic coal supply chain. Projects range from introducing the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) into the industry and conducting high level network optimisations to supplying turnkey solutions, such as introducing RFID to identify truck and trailer combinations, optimising payloads, loading vehicles accurately and monitoring stock levels at strategic nodes within the network.

In addition, the successful introduction of the web based Logistics Information Platform (LIP) is making near real-time logistics performance information available to multiple stakeholders across the coal supply chain, which enhances visibility and ultimately improves productivity and efficiency.


Coaltech commissioned Crickmay to conduct an independent coal transport investigation to identify alternative coal transport modes and technologies, with the aim of determining which technologies are best suited for specific coal transport requirements. These transport requirements may vary according to the lead distance, terrain, throughput requirements and geographical location, to name but a few factors. However, the intention of the study was to provide guidance on a very high level, in terms of selecting the most appropriate technology that would best satisfy these requirements in a cost effective and safe manner, while minimising any negative socio-economic impacts.

The study was successfully completed and the resulting report was published in December 2009. This groundbreaking report was the first of its kind to effectively have identified 16 alternative coal transport modes and ranked their applicability and economic attractiveness across various lead distances, based on a series of annual throughput requirements.

Please refer to the Coaltech website ( or alternatively view the online report of the Coal Transport Investigation here.

1. Contents & Appendice

2. Figures Tables

3. Executive Summary

4. Main Doc (Body of Report)

5. Appendices 

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I
Appendix J
Appendix K
Appendix L
Appendix M
Appendix N

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