According to GlobalData, there are over 2290 underground mines in operation globally, of which 204 are in the Middle East and Africa. GlobalData tracks and profiles over 33,000 mines and projects from early exploration to closure, across more than 150 countries and more than 100 commodities. Buy the latest mine-site profiles here.

The following are the ten largest underground mining projects by production in the Middle East and Africa in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Rustenburg Complex

The Rustenburg Complex is a platinum mining project in North West, South Africa. The brownfield project is owned by Sibanye Stillwater and is due to operate until 2051. The mine produced an estimated 12.05Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

2. Khutala Mine

The Khutala Mine is a coal mine owned by Seriti Resources Holdings Pty. Located in Mpumalanga , South Africa, the brownfield mine produced approximately 8.81Mt of ROM in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2033. Buy the profile here.

3. Syferfontein Mine

Located in Gauteng, South Africa, the Syferfontein Mine is a coal mining project owned by Sasol.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 8.5Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

4. Impala Mine

The Impala Mine is a platinum mine located in North West, South Africa. Owned by Impala Platinum Holdings, the brownfield project produced an estimated 8.46Mt of ROM in 2022.

The Impala Mine will operate until 2035. Buy the profile here.

5. Black Mountain Mine

Owned by Vedanta Resources, the Black Mountain Mine is a lead mine situated in Northern Cape, South Africa. The mine is expected to operate until 2081.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 8.15Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

6. Kimberley Mines

The Kimberley Mines is a diamond mining project in Northern Cape, South Africa. The brownfield project is owned by Ekapa Mining and is due to operate until 2039. The mine produced an estimated 7.79Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

7. Kamoa-Kakula Project

The Kamoa-Kakula Project is a copper mine owned by Ivanhoe Mines. Located in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the greenfield mine produced approximately 7.42Mt of ROM in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2055. Buy the profile here.

8. Twistdraai Mine

Located in Mpumalanga , South Africa, the Twistdraai Mine is a coal mining project owned by Sasol. The mine is expected to operate until 2043.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 7.3Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

9. Zimplats Mine

The Zimplats Mine is a platinum mine located in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe. Owned by Impala Platinum Holdings, the greenfield project produced an estimated 7.06Mt of ROM in 2022.

The Zimplats Mine will operate until 2059. Buy the profile here.

10. Matla Mine

Owned by Exxaro Resources, the Matla Mine is a coal mine situated in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The mine is expected to operate until 2023.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 6.74Mt of ROM in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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