KEH - Keaton Energy Holdings Limited - Keaton Energy to supply 16.5 million Release Date: 20/07/2010 10:24:01 Code(s): KEH
KEH - Keaton Energy Holdings Limited - Keaton Energy to supply 16.5 million
tonnes of coal to Eskom
Keaton Energy Holdings Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 2006/011090/06)
JSE share code: KEH ISIN: ZAE000117420
("Keaton Energy" or "the company")
KEATON ENERGY TO SUPPLY 16.5 MILLION TONNES OF COAL TO ESKOM
Keaton Energy announced today that its 74%-held subsidiary, Keaton Mining (Pty)
Limited, has concluded negotiations with South African power utility Eskom to
supply 16.5 million tonnes of steam coal from Phase 2 of its new Vanggatfontein
Project, near Delmas in South Africa`s Mpumalanga Province.
The No 2 and No 4 seam coal will be mined from an open pit for a seven-year
period beginning in April 2011 and will be supplied to various Eskom power
stations. Production will start at 50 000 tonnes per month (tpm) and ramp up to
200 000 tpm by July 2011.
Last month, Keaton Energy announced its intention to spend some R158 million,
inclusive of surface right acquisitions, on the immediate development of Phase 1
of Vanggatfontein to produce up to 30 000 tpm of sought-after, high-quality No 5
seam metallurgical coal from October 2010 for the domestic market.
Keaton Energy Managing Director Paul Miller said: "The offer to supply Eskom,
which remains conditional on the conclusion of a Coal Supply and Off-Take
Agreement between both parties, means we can also proceed with the development
of Phase 2 of Vanggatfontein at a cost of some R180 million.
We expect to achieve our targeted sales of two million tonnes of coal a year
from the Vanggatfontein Project in 2012."
Miller said that, while Keaton Energy had sufficient funds to develop
Vanggatfontein Phases 1 & 2, the company would seek to raise "some" debt finance
in order to reduce the overall cost of capital of the Vanggatfontein Project and
to continue with the exploration programme and feasibility studies at its second
long-term project, Sterkfontein, also in Mpumalanga Province.
Queries: James Duncan
Russell & Associates
+27 11 880-3924 (office)
+27 82 892 8052 (mobile)
20 July 2010
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