Coal railings back to normal, says Transnet


[] — TRANSNET Freight Rail (TRF) said on Thursday its coal line service was back to normal, adding that its catch-up in clearing the backlog of coal railings remained on track.

Transnet’s largest division is recovering from heavy rains and derailments, which affected SA’s coal exports.

However, Transnet spokesperson Mike Asefovitz said the company hoped that bad weather would hold off for now amid predictions of more rains.

TRF provides a railway service linking coal mines in the Mpumalanga coal fields to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), the world’s largest single coal-export terminal.

RBCT spokesperson Zama Luthuli said the port’s stockpile – presently at more than two million tonnes – was climbing slowly.

The normal stockpile is between four and five million tonnes.

Asefovitz said coal miners had contracted the company to rail 65 million tonnes of coal in the current financial year.