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The rail line to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) will resume full capacity this evening following six days of disruption caused by a derailed train.
The second line connecting the terminal to the wider rail network will open at 18:00 local time, operator Transnet Freight Rail said.
One line reopened on 22 June, meaning that the key link between South African coal mines and the RBCT has been running at 50pc of capacity this week.
Around 17 cars of a 200-wagon coal train derailed at Uloliwe on 18 June, prompting the closure of the line between Ermelo and the RBCT.
Coal railings to the RBCT fell to 590,000t in the seven days to 22 June, down by 860,000t on the week. This led to a stockdraw at Richards Bay, with inventories falling by 940,000t on the week to a two-month low of 4.1mn t.
But the disruption has had little impact on prices, amid slim demand in the international markets and plentiful South African supply.
This article first appeared on www.argusmedia.com
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