DRA continues to deliver at Grootegeluk

DRA GLOBAL's "total solutions offering" continues to exceed delivery at the Grootegeluk Project for Exxaro Resources

Global engineering firm, DRA Global continues to sustain its long-term client relationship with JSE listed Exxaro Resources Ltd through the progressive Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract at the Grootegeluk Coal asset.

Exxaro's Grootegeluk is an open-pit mine Coal Mine, located 20 km from Lephalale, Limpopo province, in South Africa. The mine produces 26Mtpa final coal products, using a conventional truck and shovel operation, and has an estimated minable coal reserve of 3 261Mt, and a total measured coal resource of 4 719Mt. A project of this magnitude speaks to the extensive experience in project development and delivery extended to the client by DRA.

DRA's specialist engineering expertise and total solutions package at Exxaro's Grootegeluk includes, but not limited to:

  • Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS)
  • Installation of a new PC2 Discard Conveyor alongside the current PC1 Discard Conveyor
  • Installation of new bifurcated transfer chutes to discharge onto either PC1 or PC2 Conveyor
  • Seven (7) transfers in total that requires conversion
  •  Construction of associated infrastructure; such as stormwater control, road crossing, new spillage collection and a transfer system.


Furthermore, DRA recently completed the 3D scanning of existing conveyors and accompanying infrastructure. The compiling of the 3D model has commenced and will inform the engineering of the various transfer towers and the new PC2 Conveyor onto the next phase.

Exxarro, in 2018 initially awarded DRA, a contract to construct a 500tph coal handling and preparation plant at the Belfast Implementation Project Mpumalanga, South Africa. The client's faith in DRA showcases the proficiency in implementing large-scale coal projects and, further solidifies the organisations' reputation for successful project delivery (even under these new circumstances).

Grootegeluk is just one of many projects under DRA, that provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our Engineering Capability. This is a complex brownfields project that will require attention to detail to achieve successful construction during a tight shut-down deadline; the client values our reputation for being able to deliver challenging brownfields projects successfully, explains Alistair Hodgkinson, Senior Vice President at DRA.

The project commenced in Q3 2020 and forecasted for completion by Q2 2021.

We look forward to another successful project delivery for Exxaro and, will continue to contribute towards the productivity of the Grootegeluk coal asset, concluded Hodgkinson.


About DRA

DRA is a diversified global engineering, project delivery and operations management group headquartered in Perth, Australia, with an impressive track record spanning more than three decades. Known for its collaborative approach and extensive experience in project development and delivery, as well as turnkey operations and maintenance services, DRA delivers optimal solutions that are tailored to meet clients’ needs.

With expertise in the areas of project development, mining, mineral processing, plant optimisation, operational readiness, systems integration, operations & maintenance and related water, energy, industrial and infrastructure requirements, DRA delivers truly comprehensive solutions to the resources sector. DRA employs more than 4500 people and offers flexible engineering and operations management services worldwide through its 18 offices.





Christo Visser

Senior Vice President - DRA Global