Morupule Coal Mine
Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) is located on the outskirts of Palapye, Botswana, along the Serowe-Palapye road. MCM started production in 1973 as an Anglo American Corporation subsidiary with the main objective of supplying coal to the then Bamangwato Concessions Limited mine (later renamed BCL) and BPC power plant situated in Selebi Phikwe.
The history of coal discovery in Botswana dates back to the early 1930’s when a major coal seam was discovered through sinking of boreholes. In the course of digging boreholes, coal seams were found in the common coal bearing rocks in Africa through the Ecca series of the Karoo system. The Morupule area is underlain by Karoo sedimentary rocks which form the Eastern margin of the major Karoo basin developed to the West of Morupule. These sedimentary rocks consist of shales, coals, and sandstones of the middle and lower Ecca .
Morupule coalfields of which Morupule Coal Mine is sitting on, contains good quality low Sulphur bituminous coal which produce in either washed or thermal coal. Among other uses of our coal, is by the thermal power stations to generate electricity and in Ferro-alloy industries as a reducing agent as well as in any applications requiring heat boilers such as steam.
Our major customers are the adjacent Morupule Power Station, Botswana Ash, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, Makoro Bricks and Tiles, Botswana Meat Commission and hospitals. We also export our coal within Southern Africa, to PPC slurry cement plant, the poultry, brick manufacturing and tobacco sectors.
Morupule Coal Mine hosts a panel discussion at Virtual Global Expo Botswana 2020
15 November, 2020
Morupule Coal Mine took part at the Virtual Global Expo Botswana 2020 and hosted a Panel Discussion under the topic: ‘Downstream Coal Beneficiation Opportunities in Botswana: Alternative Uses of Coal’. The panel discussion was held on the 17th of November 2020, 1400hrs, at Tlotlo Hotel & Conference Centre in Gaborone.
MCM Walks for Mental Health - Mascom Batanani Walk
05 November, 2020
On a personal level walking is known to keep one healthy and to reduce chances of illness. It can also help us cope with depression, stress and anxiety. Walking also helps improve your mood and boosts self-esteem. On the bigger picture Morupule Coal Mine recently participated in the Mascom Batanani Walk second edition with an exciting twist of being the first virtual walk under the sponsor’s banner. This year’s walk was themed “Mental health”, as it aimed at bringing attention to mental issues and mental wellbeing. Virtual walk meant that MCM community like other communities across the country participated in their respective neighborhoods. MCM staff members walked within the mine parameters on limited numbers and adhering to COVID-19 regulations and protocols.
Honourable Lefoko Moagi visits Morupule Coal Mine
02 November, 2020
The Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security who is also Member of Parliament for Ramotswa constituency, Honourable Lefoko Moagi recently visited Morupule Coal Mine on a familiarization tour of the Mine’s operation. The Minister was accompanied by Officials from the Ministry and the Palapye Leadership including the Member of Parliament for Palapye Honourable Onneetse Ramogapi. Honourable Moagi and his entourage were hosted by MCM General Manager Mr. David Kgoboko. In their tour they appreciated the underground mining operation and plant as well as the Motheo project on which MCM will build a new wash coal plant and commence open cast mining. Management of Morupule Coal Mine would like to thank all the Palapye leadership for their support in making the Minister’s visit to the mine a success.