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Bruce Montiea

Bruce Montiea

Bruce Montiea is a Creamer Media Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Platinum major eyes clean power expansion opportunities

11th December 2015 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) could increase the capacity of clean power production at its Waterval smelting complex in Rustenburg, in the North West, which might result in an investment similar to the new R150-million Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting plant to create cleaner... 

Maintenance stressed when facing tough market

11th December 2015 With the platinum sector currently battling because of low platinum prices, miners are forced to deal with tight budget constraints and are, therefore, unwilling or unable to spend money on attending to problems, such as the maintenance or replacement of transfer points, says specialist transfer... 

Iron-ore project among the ‘highest quality, lowest cost’ in Africa

4th December 2015 Iron-ore developer Core Mining’s Avima iron-ore project, in the Republic of Congo, is the most significant project in the Central Africa region, says company spokesperson Lauren Austin-Harvey. “The project is significant, as high-grade iron-ore is continuous over a 40 km strike, with a... 

Major producer trying to save costs amid lower iron-ore price

4th December 2015 The iron-ore sector is facing challenging times and the declining market is likely to continue having a significant impact on business, says iron ore supplier Kumba Iron Ore corporate communications manager Nikki Wetzlar. “No one has clear visibility on how low the prices will go and when they... 

Company expects increased demand for grate kiln, eyes Africa

4th December 2015 Next year might see increased demand for the grate kiln systems, used for iron-ore pelletising, produced by Hong Kong-based machinery and technical services company Mallchine, says company GM Cathy Zhang. She tells Mining Weekly that the company has noticed a climb in the number of visitors to... 

3D blasting method achieves safe and effective results

20th November 2015 Stereo photogrammetry has proven its value in the mining industry as an easy and cost-effective way to profile rock faces for blast design and characterisation, says blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure (RAM) president Robert McClure. McClure stated this at explosives supply chain... 

New blasting company MD to focus on customer engagement

20th November 2015 A continuous focus on customers to better understand their requirements and include their voice in in-house decision-making processes will be the main strategy of newly appointed explosives supply chain company BME MD Joseph Keenan. “In the early days of my role, I have had the opportunity to... 

Mines must consider postblast fume problems

20th November 2015 Mines should try to create conditions that reduce the risk of toxic-fume production during blasting, says business consulting service company Kilmorie Consulting. The company notes that, in most cases, fumes emanating from the use of explosives are nontoxic; however, an understanding of the... 

Company to launch underground mining machines

30th October 2015 Ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation (CMTI Consulting) will launch two underground mining machines next month. CMTI Consulting MD Danie Burger says the machines are still being developed and will be delivered to gold miner Sibanye... 

Mechanised support solution enhances safety

30th October 2015 Safety in the mining industry has to be the number one priority if South Africa is to be a world-class and globally competitive destination for mining investment, says underground safety support manufacturer M and J Mining shareholder Kuseni Dlamini. “Safety is and always will be critical in... 

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