Somkhele mine measures carbon footprint

posted on 2012-01-04

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Congratulations to Somkhele Anthacite Mine for completing their carbon footprint calculation and achieving Level 1 of the Climate Standard certification system.

Somkhele Anthracite Mine, run by Tendele Mining (Pty), is located 85km north-east of Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The mine has a series of open pits and a coal processing plant, which is fully operational at a nominal capacity of 550,000 saleable tons per year. 

The carbon footprint analysis was undertaken as part of a wider initiative to identify and quantify the impact of Tendele Mining's operations on the wider environment.

As an aside, we were very impressed with Somkhele operations. Mines have a reputation for being environmentally very damaging. And yet Somkhele operations are as environmentally responsible as you can hope to find in any mine. Rather than wasting water in the coal cleaning process, for example, they circulate water continuously and wait for the sediment to sink out before re-using it. In this way the vast majority of water is saved.

They also support wildlife conservation efforts in the surrounding Hluhluwe national park.

We look forward to working with Tendele Mining to ensure that coal mining operations create as little damage to the environment as possible.