Exxaro Starts $21 Million Water Plant at South African Coal Mine

Exxaro Resources Ltd., South Africa’s third-largest coal producer, said it’s treating 10 million liters (2.6 million gallons) of water daily at its 250 million-rand ($21 million) treatment plant at the Matla mine.

The facility “is set to reduce the safety risk posed by large quantities of water that have filled mined-out underground cavities,” the Pretoria-based company said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.

Of the water treated, about 6.5 million liters will be discharged into the Olifants River, while the rest will be used at the operation located in the country’s Mpumalanga province, it said.

The company is developing a plant near Belfast that will start up by the end of the year, and another at the Arnot mine near Middelburg that will start up by 2017, it said.

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