RBCT unveils new R49m coal sampling lab

The new R49-million coal sampling laboratory opened at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) on Wednesday ensures faster sample turnaround times from a state-of-the-art facility built in partnership with leading sampling service provider SGS South Africa.

Swiss-headquartered SGS, which employs 2 500 employees in South Africa and 85 000 people across the world, focuses on assisting companies to protect their brand, SGS COO Africa Fred Herren said at the well-attended opening ceremony.

Outgoing RBCT CEO Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane described the new plant as a marketing tool that ensured a stepped-up world-class certification with a 25% improvement in sample turnaround time. The impressive facility supports efficient coal preparation, sampling and certification, with a 60% size increase on the old facility at 2 203 m2. SGS is playing a build, operate and transfer partnership role for a sampling throughput capacity of 110-million tonnes of coal a year, with the support of a “visionary” RBCT board that allowed the project to be completed on budget and on schedule.

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