Located 145 kilometers north of Gaborone and accessible via an A1 tar road and 20 kilometers of gravel road, the Mmamabula Coal Project will produce high-grade coal for the export market and for the region. There has been extensive exploration activity in the area since the 1940s. The low-cost thermal mine will produce export and inland coal for global coal traders. The company aims to commence production in the second quarter of 2020.
The Environmental Impact Assessment, Competent Persons’ Report (completed by GEMECS), exploration and feasibility study are complete for the Mmamabula Project, with approval for the EIA received in April 2018 and the mining license application has been submitted and is pending approval. 90Mt mineable in situ is the measured value of the project and 219 holes have already been drilled.
In terms of logistics, coal is road transported 20 kilometers to the planned Maatla rail siding. The resource is then rail transported to the inland region and export coal markets from there.
The Mmamabula Coal Mine is located in one of the main coalfields in Botswana. The coalfield is situated east within the Southern Belt Central Kalahari sub-basin which is an extension of the Waterberg Coalfield of South Africa where the large-scale Grootelgeluk Coal Mine is situated.