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 AWARDS A MINING CONTRACT TO BOTHAKGA BURROW IN A JOINT VENTURE WITH BASIL READ (BR-BB JV)
21 April, 2021
MEDIA RELEASE 20 April 2021 MORUPULE COAL MINE AWARDS A MINING CONTRACT TO BOTHAKGA BURROW IN A JOINT VENTURE WITH BASIL READ (BR-BB JV). Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) has awarded a 5-year mining services contract to a joint venture between Bothakga Burrow, a local citizen owned company, and Basil Read Mining, a South African based company, for the development of an open cast coal mining operation at the MCM, Motheo project. The BR-BB (JV) mining contract was signed off in April 2021. Motheo is an expansion project established by Morupule Coal Mine to develop an open cast mine, a coal washing plant and associated infrastructure. The ultimate aim of the project is to facilitate MCM’s contribution to Botswana’s economic growth and transformation of coal into unlimited sources of energy. The project is envisaged to increase coal production capacity from the current 2.8 million tons to 3.8 million tons per annum. The BR-BB joint venture (JV) will be responsible for the development of an open cast coal mine aligned with MCM resource development plan. The team will commence with site establishment and mobilisation in April 2021. Construction of the opencast operation will be aligned to the construction and commissioning of the coal wash plant, commonly referred to as the CHPP (Coal Handling and Preparation Plant). The CHPP is currently at structural construction stage with envisaged commissioning handover and first coaling by December 2021. The BR-BB JV contract award represents MCM’s commitment to the promotion of Citizen Economic Empowerment and making available more impactful opportunities to local procurement and local employment in Botswana. MCM is at the heart of a prosperous future for the nation. We have made it our mission to mine the coal that powers the nation for the benefit of all our stakeholders. Morupule Coal Mine has a mining lease area covering approximately 42 531.625ha and a total inventory coal of 4 285Mt both from indicated, inferred and measured resource categories: MCM 1, MCM 2, MCM 3 North and MCM 3 South. MCM is currently operating an underground mine at its MCM1 resource. Motheo project will mine the MCM 3 resource block. The MCM 3 resource block alone has potential to supply power station grade coal for over 30 years.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - Local Procurement
18 March, 2021
Morupule Coal Mine is located 14 km northwest of the urbanized village of Palapye (the fastest growing center outside the capital city of Gaborone), along the Serowe-Palapye national highway (A14). The company’s vision, is ‘To be a leading coal energy business” In an endeavor to support Citizen Owned suppliers and manufacturers, experienced Citizen Owned companies are hereby invited to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) for the following; SUPPLY OF LIMESTONE DUST REF: MOR/EOI/01/21A SUPPLY OF VENTILATION CURTAINS REF: MOR/EOI/01/21B SUPPLY OF MAGNETITE REF: MOR/EOI/01/21C COAL BRIQUETTING AND BAGGING REF: MOR/EOI/01/21D FABRICATION AND SUPPLY OF CONVEYOR STRUCTURES REF: MOR/EOI/01/21E Follow the link https://www.mcm.co.bw/index.php/mcm-tenders/ for more.
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.