Coal, South Africa's "black gold" is a vital export commodity, generating billions in foreign exchange earnings in 2003/2004. CoalLink is a Transnet Freight Rail specialist business unit that provides world-class transportation of South Africa's export coal to ensure that South Africa remains at the forefront of the world steam-coal export market.
Starting at Mpumalangas's 44 coal-rich mines, the 580-kilometre line descends from the Highveld through rural KwaZulu-Natal and terminates at Richards Bay. The double line is bi-directionally signaled and fully electrified. Two 100 wagon trains are coupled to form one 200-wagon train at Ermelo, typically using CCL type wagons. These trains stretch 2.5 kilometers and are loaded to 20 800 gross tons.
We also transport coal and related products domestically and for exports via Durban and Maputo. Solutions are customised according to the customer's unique requirements.
Coal and related commodities are moved in open-topped wagons for large-volume, siding-to-siding consignments or in open-topped containers for door-to-door, smaller loads.
We assist our customers with branding by transporting their product in clearly identifiable, branded containers. This enhances the status of coal, from that of a commodity to that of a branded product and has the added advantage of maintaining quality levels by avoiding the problems associated with common stockpiling and conveyance.
We understand the competitive element from other coal-producing countries, such as Australia and initiatives to ensure efficient wagon turn around times address this.
Our role in the importation of coke from Zimbabwe contributes to the economy of the Southern African region.
Our major customers in this sector include:
- Coal mines,
- Coal traders,
- Coal products industry and
- Power stations owned by municipalities and Eskom
Tel.: 011 570 7483
Mobile: 083 276 3763
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