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Coal project on track

THE R.2-billion RBCT Phase V expansion project, with planned commissioning by the first quarter of 2009, is moving ahead on time and well within budget.
Currently in the detailed design phase, construction on the access bridge, earthworks on I and J line stockyards and the ESUP storage dams are in progress.
All major contracts have been placed and R803-million worth of contracts have been committed thus far, according to a media release. Of the contracts awarded, 25% have been awarded to BEE entities.

ESUP Storage Dams for Coal Project Richards Bay uMhlathuze south africa

With Naval Island in the background, work is progressing well on the ESUP storage dams

‘We have committed to spend R638-million in South Africa, of which R290-million will be spent in KZN alone,’ said a spokesperson.
‘RBCT and Bateman are committed to local spend and have had several successes in this area.
‘A recent example is the Conveyor Structural Steel Manufacturing contract as we are currently adjudicating 10 Zululand companies’ tenders for this contract.
‘We have awarded the extension of the relay rooms to Fukula Construction – a Richards Bay BEE Company.
‘In addition, we are focussing on skills transfer and have identified three suitable previously disadvantaged candidates thus far for the specific purpose of skills transfer and mentoring.’
RBCT has in its 30-year existence exported 1,3 billion tonnes of coal and the 19mtpa Phase V will increase output to 91 million tonnes, earning R6-billion forex annually and bringing R1-billion into Spoornet coffers.

Access Bridge New tippler at the Coal Project Richards Bay south africa KwaZulu Natal

The access bridge for a new tippler is under construction


J Line Stockyard for Coal Project Richards Bay uMhlathuze


Extending of the J Line stockyard is well under way

Dave Savides - Zululand Observer