TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Buffalo Coal Corp. (TSX: BUF; JSE: BUC) ("Buffalo") has announced that operations at its Magdalena underground mine in South Africa's kwa-Zulu Natal Province have been halted following an incident involving the ingress of water in one of the sections at the mine earlier today.
Buffalo's emergency procedure was initiated and the mine has been evacuated safely.
Management is currently working to assess the extent and impact of the incident. The relevant government regulator, the South African Department of Mineral Resources, has been informed.
Malcolm Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo, comments "We are pleased with the reaction of our emergency team and the implementation of our emergency procedures. The safety of our employees is our top priority at all times."
Magdalena currently produces around 1 million tons of bituminous coal a year, which forms approximately 70% of Buffalo's total annual production.
Further information will be released when this becomes available.
Buffalo is a coal producer in southern Africa. It holds a majority interest in two operating mines through its 100% interest in Forbes Coal (Pty) Ltd. trading as Buffalo Coal Dundee, a South African company which has a 70% interest in Zinoju Coal (Pty) Ltd. ("Zinoju"). Zinoju holds a 100% interest in the Magdalena bituminous mine and the Aviemore anthracite mine in South Africa. Buffalo has an experienced coal-focused management team.
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