Transnet on Friday mentioned it had lifted a drive majeure declaration on its coal line, after restoring the primary export route for the commodity following a derailment over two weeks in the past.
A practice carrying coal for export derailed on November 8 on Transnet’s North Hall, inflicting the partial closure of the practice line that can also be used to move chrome and different commodities. The rail utility mentioned the derailment had resulted within the elevated use of vans taking coal to port by highway as miners scrambled to fulfill demand for the commodity in export markets.
Though the railway line was cleared by November 19, Transnet mentioned it couldn’t resume regular service on account of different crucial restoration work which was not but full.
“The latest evaluation of the location signifies that the conventional resumption of providers on the coal line could be instantly phased in. Accordingly, the drive majeure declared on 10 November 2022 was lifted as we speak, 25 November 2022,” Transnet mentioned in a press release.
South Africa has this 12 months seen a surge in demand for its coal, primarily from Europe, after the European Union banned imports of the fossil gas from Russia. Nevertheless, inadequate rail capability and poorly maintained infrastructure have hobbled Transnet’s capability to haul coal and different commodities to ports.