Continuous Improvement of Coal Clearance Systems in South African Coal Mines

John Scobbie

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis (University Course)


The hauling of coal within the South African underground mining industry is starting to evolve. The hauling of coal in the underground board and pillar operations is seen as a non- continuous process and the purpose of this project was to investigate the continuous improvement of coal clearing systems. The investigation was done by means of underground visits to the following mines with their own specific coal clearance systems: •Greenside Colliery with a batch haulage system •Syferfontein Colliery with a continuous haulage system •Greenside Colliery with the FCT system Time studies were done at each of the sections to determine which system is the most sufficient. From the results of the investigation the FCT system will be the most sufficient coal clearance system if the availability of the system improves. The FCT system is a new technology introduced into the South African underground coal market. The benefits of the system has not yet been achieved due to the system availability and mine planning to accommodate the system.
Translated title of the contributionContinuous Improvement of Coal Clearance Systems in South African Coal Mines
Original languageEnglish
  • Moser, Peter, Supervisor (internal)
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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