Tandem Tipplers (5 500 tons per hour).
- 7 Stacker Reclaimers (average reclaim rate of 4 300 tons per hour).
- 2 Stackers (average stacking rate of 5 000 tons per hour).
- 1 Reclaimer (average reclaim rate of XXX tons per hour).
- 4 Shiploaders (“SL”)(SL1 and SL2 at 8 500 tons per hour as well as SL3 at 10 000 tons per hour and SL4 at 12 000 tons per hour).
- 9 Locomotives.
- 6 DN Dozers.
- 56 km of Conveyor Belting and Structures.
- 60 km of Railtrack in a private siding.
There are two sizes of rail wagons containing either 84 or 58 tons of coal.
The wagons are tipped by either one of the five Tandem Tipplers, each tipping the contents of two rail wagons simultaneously onto
the conveyor belt system.
The Site, measuring 276 hectares in extent, is serviced by seven bucketwheel Stacker Reclaimers, two Stackers, one Reclaimer and
one dedicated bypass Conveyor.
Coal is reclaimed at an average rate of 4 300 tons per hour from each Reclaimer.
Four rail-mounted Shiploaders are in operation. Shiploaders 1 and 2 have a maximum flow rate of 8 500 tons per hour.
Shiploader 3 is capable of 10 000 tons per hour and Shiploader 4, being the largest, is capable of loading a ship at 11 000 tons per hour.
Phase V Expansion was the last major expansion undertaken by RBCT.
Phase V was commissioned during 2010, specifically for Black Owned Companies, which added 15 Million tons per annum (“Mt/a”) to
the Terminal, taking it from a 76 Mt/a to a 91 Mt/a facility.
- Additions and modifications to the rail network in the affected yards;
- a new 120 ton Locomotive;
- a rotary Tandem Tippler;
- a new sampling plant;
- an extension to the related Conveyor network, adding 3.8 km of Conveyors to the system;
- a Stacker Reclaimer;
- the construction of an additional 26 hectares of stockpile area, which accommodates an additional 13 stockpiles and increased
the stockpile design capacity by 1.4 million tons;
- the extension of the travel range of Shiploaders 3 and 4 to service the extended quay;
- electrical reticulation required for an 8 Mega Volt-Ampere increase in electrical demand;
- Civil Engineering work associated with the above;
- a 280 m extension of the quay (by the National Ports Authority) to provide 5 full Berths of 350 m each and the relocation
(by Spoornet) of the Carriage and Wagon facility.
RBCT started the Quattro process, making available existing capacity to Junior Miners during 2004, with an initial capacity of 1 Mt/a.
This capacity escalated to 4 Mt/a and is administered by the Department of Mineral Resources for Junior Miners.
During 2010 RBCT made available an additional 3 Mt/a capacity to Eskom as well as an additional 12 Mt/a for a number of BEE companies.
RBCT’s current combined capacity in the hands of BEE companies and Junior Miners is in excess of 19 Mt.
RBCT is further exploring a Phase VI expansion of 19 Mt as well as methodologies to accommodate further Junior Miners.
RBCT has shown its commitment and continues to be committed in meeting the aspirations of all coal exporters through the facility.
RBCT will be investing in a Phase VI development, increasing the Terminal Capacity to 110 Mt/a.
This will provide for the short to medium term demand, with an additional 19 Mt/a for coal exporters, including Junior Miners.
The Terminal has a minimal impact on the fragile ecological balance in the surrounding area and has adopted as its logo the pelican,
to represent its ongoing campaign to ensure the co-existence of RBCT and the indigenous Zululand Flora and Fauna.
Several dust abatement mechanisms are in operation, including a network of computer-controlled water sprays which is
automatically activated in windy conditions.
Twenty Settling Ponds are positioned at strategic points to collect run-off water, allowing suspended coal particles to settle
and thereby preventing them from entering the harbor. Boreholes are spaced throughout the Terminal to monitor the quality of ground water.
The water analysis is carried out at an independent and accredited water laboratory to ensure the impartiality and accuracy of the tests.
In addition, another eight Settling Ponds as well as two 40 mega-litre Storage Dams enable us to recycle our water and further alleviate
the pressure on our most precious natural resource – water! More than 5 000 indigenous trees as well as shrubs have been planted to reduce
the effect of wind-borne coal dust and to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the Terminal.
RBCT is ISO 14001 accredited.
Historically coal has occupied one of the top three positions when it comes to foreign exchange earners for South Africa.
Coal mining is also a major employer within the South African economy.
By providing export capacity it allows miners to participate in both the domestic market as well as the export market,
thereby allowing the coal miners to supply Eskom at lower costs than had the export market not been accessible.