South Africa’s Sasol reported that its energy business showed notable improvements in operational and business performance during the first half of 2023, compared with the second half of 2022.

Sasol is nearing completion of the first-phase rollout of a “full-potential program” at the Syferfontein Colliery. The company said the mine achieved incremental productivity improvements across the operation. The company has also successfully maintained the coal stockpile within targeted levels, which ensures a stable supply of feedstock to the colliery, while also improving coal quality through optimal blending.

Sasol is looking at such initiatives at all its collieries to improve cutting time, reduce production losses, and improve coal quality. The company operates six coal mines that supply about 40 million mt/y of thermal coal feedstock to its operations in Secunda.