Client: Marula Platinum (Pty) Ltd
Marula Mine- The Establishment of Two Additional Ventilation Shafts, Associated Infrastructure Upgrades and Changes to the Approved Surface Infrastructure Layout at the Marula Platinum (Pty) Ltd Mine on the Farms Clapham, Winnarshoek & Driekop (Limpopo)
Marula Platinum Mine Pty Ltd (Marula) is a platinum producer in the Sekhukhune District of the Limpopo Province which has been in operation since 2001. The mine operates with an approved Environmental Management Programme Report (EMPr) (approved December 2001) and subsequent amendment for the proposed Merensky Project (approved in 2008) as well as two mining licenses (which cover both the Upper Group 2 (UG2) and Merensky ore bodies within the mine lease area boundary) granted in 2003 in terms of the old Minerals Act, 50 of 1991. Marula has received new order mining rights for the operation.
Existing mine operations are comprised of two shaft complexes (Clapham and Driekop) with an associated waste rock dump (WRD) at the Clapham shaft, A UG2 mineral concentrator plant, a tailings storage facility (TSF), a dense medium separation (DMS) waste site (approved but not yet constructed), the new TSF (currently under construction), water management facilities and associated support services. The life of mine is 40 years, with a remaining life of mine of approximately 21 years.
Marula now proposes the establishment of additional surface infrastructure within its mining right area. The proposed surface infrastructure includes:
• The construction of two ventilation shafts. One ventilation shaft will be located on the farm Winnarshoek 250KT, and the other will be located on the farm Clapham 118KT. The shafts will also have associated refrigeration plants and bulk air coolers;
• Changes to supporting infrastructure at existing/approved ventilation shafts;
• The development of water pipelines and powerlines to support the ventilation shaft operations;
• The establishment of an additional product stockpile; and
• Implementation of remediation measures to assist with the management of the TSF pollution plume.
A Background Information Document (BID) with preliminary project information has been compiled and made available for an initial comment and Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) registration period. All comments and registrations must reach SLR by no later than 24 February 2021 for inclusion in the Basic Assessment Report. The BID is available for download below. An I&AP registration form is included with the BID.