SGS in South Africa is proud to announce that it has opened a new coal sampling laboratory at Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).

In operation for 40 years, RBCT is one of the leading coal export terminals in the world. This new 2,203 square metre, state-of-the-art laboratory is more than twice the size of the previous laboratory and will support efficient coal preparation, sampling and certification. The new laboratory is designed to service RBCT’s requirements up to 110 million tons (mt) of coal per annum and will improve sampling and testing turnaround time by 25%.

Fred Herren, SGS, COO Africa, said that as far as coal sampling is concerned, this laboratory sets a new benchmark. “We want this lab to be a showcase. Special emphasis has been placed on new technology and a high quality of execution.”

SGS assisted with the design and build and will provide operation and maintenance of the laboratory, ensuring commitment to increased throughput capacity and improved turnaround times. Sampling and certification will be provided for 55,000 samples per year from rail consignments and shipments coming in and out of RBCT. 

Around the world, SGS offers a wide range of integrated services for the hard rock, energy minerals and fertilizer sectors including geochemical analysis, resource calculation, mineralogy, metallurgy, process plant design and engineering, advanced process control systems, water treatment and trade services. For further information regarding these and other SGS services, please visit SGS Mining

For more information, please contact:

Johan O’Connell 
Business Manager, Minerals
SGS South Africa 
Harrowdene Office Park, Building No 1
Western Service Road, Woodmead, 2191
South Africa
t: +27 11 800 1000

Egidijus Jokubauskas
Vice President, Global Energy Minerals
SGS Minerals 
1 Place des Alpes
1211 Geneva 1
m: +31 621 9171 18

About SGS

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