Richards Bay coal exports down 6.2% yr/yr

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Richards Bay coal exports down 6.2% yr/yr

South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal on Thursday said it exported 47.21 million tons of coal in 2023, down 6.2% year-on-year, the lowest level since 1992 as the country’s freight rail crisis continues to throttle mineral shipments.

Transnet, South Africa’s state-owned freight rail and port operator, has struggled to haul bulk commodities including coal due to the shortage of locomotives and spares, as well as cable theft and vandalism of its infrastructure.

South Africa’s main coal export terminal expects to export 50 million tons of the fossil fuel in 2024, RBCT CEO Alan Waller told a media briefing.

Shipments through RBCT declined from 50.35 million tons in 2022 and a recent peak of 76.47 million tons in 2017. The terminal has capacity to export 91 million tons of coal.


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