Included in the project scope is a two-stage dense medium beneficiation plant, a fine coal dense medium section for fines treatment, filtration of slimes, and associated product handling systems. It is expected that the work will continue into the supply, construction and commissioning phases in approximately 12 months, following the completion of the necessary approval processes by Exxaro. When operating, the new plant will produce two types of coal — a thermal coal for local consumption and a higher grade export coal.

“We are especially pleased to have been awarded the Belfast Coal contract by Exxaro,” said Paul Thomson, CEO of the DRA Group. “Our association with the project goes back to 2008 when we were involved in early studies. Since that time, we’ve worked very closely with the Exxaro team through the prefeasibility and final feasibility study stages.”

“The contract has been awarded to DRA on a lump sum basis following a competitive bidding process,” Thomson said. “This clearly demonstrates our long-established and continuing reputation for the development of innovative and cost-effective designs and also for the successful delivery of mining industry solutions.”