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Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

     22nd September 2017 As the market leader in engineered wear-protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, WASA has been servicing the sub-Saharan Africa market since 1976. WASA is part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries worldwide.... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel Foundation co-founder and executive committee member Professor Rosemary Falcon. Despite South... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology
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ROSEMARY FALCON The Fossil Fuel Foundation’s co-founder and executive committee member believes circulating fluidised-bed combustion is the preferred technology

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that this practice is effectively enabled through increased mechanisation. While an... 

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines
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SECOND CHANCE The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Power generation stakeholders and key industry players are investigating ways of deriving the most benefit from lower coal qualities, says independent mining advisory company Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that companies are implementing new technologies to... 

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa
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LEGISLATION DERAILING Rail infrastructure is crucial in Africa and South Africa, but can only be finalised once legislation surrounding independent power producers is finalised

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency

     22nd September 2017 To avoid incorrect plant control decisions and plant inefficiencies, technologies that measure mining process streams must be implemented directly and in real time. Australia-based bulk materials monitoring company Scantech uses real-time analysis technologies to measure conveyed bulk materials... 

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency
REAL-TIME EFFICIENCY The COALSCAN 9500X is installed on the conveyor and only takes up one metre of belt space

Rail company unlocking coal export potential

     22nd September 2017 According to South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet, increasing rail capacity in South Africa is critical for unlocking coal export opportunities, both for neighbouring African countries and for the domestic market. The rail utility discussed its approach to increasing rail... 

Rail company unlocking coal export potential
PROPOSED PROJECT To relieve pressure on the Ermelo–Richards Bay line, Transnet Freight Rail is currently considering the SwaziLink Project, which will divert general freight away from the key coal export line

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability
CUSTOMISED PROJECTS Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Hazardous area control system for coal mining

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Hazardous area control system  for coal mining
METHANE MITIGATION Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control Systems promotes safety and the importance of monitoring mining activities

Strikes threaten coal sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 If an agreement cannot be reached on the future structure and form of wage negotiations in the coal sector, unions have threatened to strike, says Solidarity mining industry deputy general-secretary Connie Prinsloo.  

Strikes threaten coal sector
DIFFERING OUTCOMES Over time, the coal wage agreements have increasingly reflected different settlement levels between coal companies

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 The Coaltech Research Association plans to further evaluate a new, dry dense medium separation (DMS) process later this year at a pilot plant at a coal mine in Witbank. Since mid-2015, Coaltech has been investigating the new process that was commercialised by electricity and coking company... 

New dry beneficiation tech has multiple benefits
FGX DRY-PROCESSING UNIT A layer of coal is subjected to a high-frequency vibration to separate coal from stone

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Mining and construction services provider Wirtgen South Africa has successfully finalised trials of its 2200 SM surface miner at three coal mines, in Mpumalanga, where the capabilities of the machine were tested under local mining conditions, proving that it is a viable alternative to opencast... 

Surface miner proves its mettle in S Africa trials
MULTIPURPOSE MINER The 2200 SM surface miner can separate thin coal seams, and cut, crush and load coal ore in one operation

China to stir coal market again in 2017

     17th March 2017 China will again generate significant volatility in the global coal market in 2017 as the government strives to balance smooth and cheap coal supply to households and steel mills with environmental concerns about coal use, according to Fitch-affiliated market analyst BMI Research.  

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry

     17th March 2017 To help facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that formalises their long-term collaboration.  

MoU to facilitate a dialogue between govts, coal industry
CHRISTIAN BACH Clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement

Developer aims to consolidate alliance with coal marketer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy is pursuing the establishment of a more solid partnership with coal marketing and trading house HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-headquartered thermal coal supplier HMS Bergbau.  

Developer aims  to consolidate alliance with coal marketer
MASHALE PHUMAPHI Shumba Energy's partnership with HMS Bergbau Africa will improve its international market position

Demand high for on-site coal labs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Coal analysis firm Umzamo Analytical Services (UAS) says high demand for on-site analysis laboratories persists, as these facilities provide companies with quicker and more effective coal analysis and processing, compared with off-site laboratories, which can take a working day to produce... 

Demand high for  on-site coal labs
OVERLOOKED COLLIERY The compact on-site laboratory at Overlooked is equipped with the full scope of equipment and is operational 24/7

Medium-density tile offers cost savings

     17th March 2017 Ceramic wear solutions supplier Multotec Wear Linings has developed a medium density (MD) alumina ceramic tile for low- to medium-wear applications, which it says will lead to cost savings in coal and power generation plants.  

Medium-density tile offers  cost savings
RESPONDING TO DEMAND The Multotec medium-density ceramic tile is a response to customer requirements for a more cost-effective ceramic wear tile

Major contract wins for Botswana office

     17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Major contract wins  for Botswana office
STEPHEN STACEY Hatch’s new office in Gaborone was established to consolidate its presence in the Southern African region

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

New entrants lack experience in coal
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COAL INSIGHT To make good business decisions and deliver quality coal, insight is needed into the complications of coal handling, sampling and analysis

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 Industrial plants and systems engineering, construction and service specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) is one of five business areas of global engineering company thyssenkrupp. tkIS has a global network of roughly 19 000 employees at 70 locations, enabling the company to supply... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

UCG power plant developer eagerly awaits procurement programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 Multifaceted resource and technology company African Carbon Energy (Africary), which plans to develop an underground coal gasification (UCG) power plant project at its one-billion-ton coal deposit in Theunissen, in the Free State, says it has been bid-ready for the domestic gas independent power... 

UCG power plant developer eagerly awaits procurement programme
JOHAN BRAND & DR JOHAN VAN DYK The production well of an underground coal gasification process produces clean-mined coal

Aus alarm launched in South Africa

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Mining safety solutions company Nautitech Mining Solutions has launched an alarm system based on thermal analytics. The associated camera has the ability to positively identify personnel that are within the hazardous areas. The Australian company, which introduced its products to the South... 

Aus alarm launched in  South Africa
DANGER ZONE The alarm system enables the thermal camera system to positively identify a person in or in close proximity to a hazardous area

Electronic equipment supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition

     16th September 2016 Global engineering solutions distributor RS Components SA attended the Mining & Technical Travelling Exhibition (MTE) Lephalale Mining and Industrial Expo on September 1, at the Mogol Club in Lephalale, in Limpopo, home to Grootegeluk, one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world, along... 

Electronic equipment  supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition
GROOTEGELUK COAL MINE The Lephalale mine is one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world

Positive company culture yields positive results

     16th September 2016 The way a company treats an employee has a direct effect on the experience that clients will have with said company, says sampling and analytical service provider Umzamo Analytical Services CEO Audrey Ndlovu. It follows then that a negative or unproductive company culture will result in negative... 

Positive company culture  yields positive results
EXPERT ANALYSIS Umzamo Analytical Services has several training programmes and initiatives, and ensures that staff receive training as and when needed

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies

     16th September 2016 Its is becoming apparent that, in the future, the use of coal is only going to be acceptable if used in clean coal technologies, as the world shifts to a high efficiency, low-emissions and low-carbon economy, says nonprofit coal and energy organisation Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF). To achieve... 

Future coal consumption depends on adoption of clean coal technologies
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UNDERWHELMING COAL GRADES South Africa should look into coal beneficiation to upgrade low-grade coals

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank

     16th September 2016 Australian coal company White Energy’s River Energy joint venture (JV) with investment firm Black River Asset Management has entered into an agreement with a major Witbank coal mine to build a binderless coal briquetting (BCB) plant. White Energy announced in June that, while the major commercial... 

Australian company secures agreement for BCB plant in Witbank
CESSNOCK BCB TEST PLANT The binderless coal briquetting plant is used to turn an environmental liability into a revenue stream

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source
Photo by Victor Moolman
WASTE NOT WANT NOT The amount of waste coal accumulated by South African coal mines over the past 35 years is about two-billion tons

South African coal industry needs to pursue mechanisation

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 South African coal industry stakeholders need to pursue mechanisation if the industry is serious about streamlining operations and improving efficiencies, stresses international market research company BMI Research.  BMI commodities analyst Mitchell Hugers states that the benefits of... 

South African coal industry  needs to pursue mechanisation
USURPER Mozambique's coal prospects are attracting significant foreign investment and its coal sector may outstrip South Africa's in the near future

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies  to ensure sustainability
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Rio Tinto closes $220m Mount Pleasant sale

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 Diversified mining major Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets, in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, for $220.7-million plus royalties. The group sold the project, which would produce 10.5-million tonnes of run-of-mine coal when in production, to Mach... 

Rio Tinto closes $220m Mount Pleasant sale

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead

By: Victor Moolman     29th July 2016 The Mabesekwa coal mine, in Botswana, is at an advanced stage of the Mabesekwa Export independent power producer (MEIPP) project and will seek to secure its mining licence and agreements to supply electricity to the South African Coal Baseload IPP programme and the domestic Botswana Greenfield... 

Mabesekwa, Mbeya coal projects march ahead
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ROBUST LIFE EXPECTANCY The Mabesekwa mine's coal reserves are forecast to last well over 50 years
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