Anglo says all SAfrica coal mines back in production

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Global diversified miner Anglo American AAL.LAGLJ.J said all its South African coal mining operations had resumed full production on Monday, except the Kleinkopje mine, which was operating at a reduced level.

“Our coal operations are back in production at all the mines, except Kleinkopje, which is operating at a reduced level,” Pranill Ramchander, a spokesman at Anglo, told Reuters.

Ramchander said the mines re-started following a series of weekend meetings with officials from state-owned utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL], which relies on coal-fired power generation for more than 90 percent of its electricity supplies.

The coal mines stopped operations on Friday owing to a power crisis that has halted most mining in South Africa.

Anglo’s London-based Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll was in South Africa on Monday to meet government officials over the energy crisis, Ramchander said. (Reporting by James Macharia)


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