TDS awarded contract for mine development and infrastructure at Exxaro’s Matla Coal Mine

13 July 2018

TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated projects at Exxaro Matla’s Mine 2 and Mine 3. This entails both mine development and infrastructure development.

TDS will be working alongside Newrak Mining in a JV for this project. The project will be jointly managed by the two companies. The parties will work together firstly on mining development that will focus on tunnel drilling and blasting to make way for decline and vertical infrastructure construction in Matla’s Mine 2 and Mine 3. TDS will then head up the infrastructure development project.

The mine development phase will comprise drilling, blasting, mucking and hauling inter-seam material and coal to develop the initial run-around. It will also include development of the roof support, guniting walls and roof incline sections and maintaining equipment.

For the infrastructure development, TDS is providing full turn-key infrastructure development. This includes complete design, procurement, fabrication, installation, construction and commissioning for civils, road inclines, plinths, mechanicals, Decline and Incline conveyors, EC&I, supply water and waste water extension and electrical reticulation.

TDS Operational Director, Willie Pieters, said: “TDS has a field proven construction management methodology and proven safety track record. To ensure smooth project delivery we will also be using a new financial management system, a tagging and reporting system and dashboard reporting from a project management perspective,” says Pieters.

There is also immense value for their clients in that TDS Projects Construction is part of The Thuthukani Group which has extensive capabilities and a completely turnkey service offering. “Our sister companies, Thuthukani Engineering Solutions and SFS Steel Fabrication will be utilized in the Matla project to form part of our total solution offering which includes our commitment to ‘value engineering’.”

The project will kick off on 7th September 2018 with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for the mining development phase. The infrastructure development will commence on 30th September 2018 and completion of work on Mine 3 is estimated for August 2019. The estimated commencement date for work on Mine 2 is mid-2019.

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