http://www.miningweekly.com

Global Mining News in real time

Coal

Algae can reduce coal-related CO2 emissions

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa can benefit from using algae and related plants for carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction and cofiring while facilitating mine rehabilitation, says coal expert and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Rosemary Falcon. The research... 

Asset management system enables total cost insight

By: Bruce Montiea Physical asset management service provider Pragma’s life-cycle costing (LCC) system enables coal mining companies better insight into the total life-cycle costs of their assets, says Pragma asset care centre manager BJ Mona. He notes that the system was implemented in March last year at a coal... 

Asset management  system enables total cost insight
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPROVED ASSET MANAGEMENT Pragma is driving the push towards making the life-cycle costing system widely accessible for the coal mining industry

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established

Minerals processing solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa early this year established a dedicated manufacturing operation at its facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga to produce Aspir coal centrifuges, says company product manager Leon Toerien. “This represents a strategic investment to service... 

Centrifuge manufacturing facility established
LOCALLY PRODUCED Weir Minerals Africa has taken a decision to manufacture and assemble the Aspir coal centrifuges locally

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology

By: Bruce Montiea Coal merchant Afri Coal is investigating a coal processing method to reduce carbon emissions, says company director Pauline Coertzen. Afri Coal is conducting the research and development for this method that it will, once commercialised, provide for its clients that process coal. 

Coal merchant to release green coal-processing technology
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSPORT COSTS One of the most common challenges of bulk coal distribution is transport costs, from the loading point to the client

Early understanding of social risks should inform project decisions

By: Bruce Montiea Proposed mining projects’ investment and capital expenditure decisions should be informed by an early understanding of social risks, says environmental and social services provider Digby Wells Environmental stakeholder engagement departmental manager Nestus Bredenhann. He states that obtaining a... 

Early understanding of  social risks should inform project decisions
CONSULTATION Mining companies have to communicate the potential environmental impact of their operations to local communities

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed

Global industry body the World Coal Association (WCA) has called for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies, to meet the growing global energy demand, while also reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. As coal is currently providing 40% of global electricity, with coal use forecast to... 

Greater investment in clean coal technologies needed
CLEAN COAL The World Coal Association calls for greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to meet the growing global energy demand while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Rukwa coal to power project development on track

Mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining should have sufficient funding to complete the integrated coal/power definitive feasibility study (DFS) report for its Rukwa coal-to-power project, in Tanzania, by the second quarter of this year, Hume Capital said in a research note last... 

Rukwa coal to power project development  on track
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER GENERATION Tanzania currently has less than 1 000 MW of power generation capacity operational out of the 2 000 MW it requires

SA can become a bigger coal exporter

By: Bruce Montiea South Africa has the potential to export more coal, provided there is  rail infrastructure expansion and improvement in the country, says geology, mining and environmental consulting services provider MSA principal coal consultant Philip Mostert. He notes that South Africa currently exports... 

SA can become a  bigger coal exporter
RAIL CAPACITY Transnet is considering upgrades to its various rail tracks leading to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Suitable rail infrastructure can facilitate access to increased coal resources

By: Bruce Montiea The establishment and maintenance of efficient and accessible rail and port infrastructure, and the regional linking thereof, could enable State-owned electricity provider Eskom to access a reliable supply of affordable coal, says mining engineering and strategic consultancy services firm Ukwazi... 

Suitable rail infrastructure  can facilitate access to  increased coal resources
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY The regional linking of infrastructure will make it easier for South Africa to tap into the coal resources of neigbouring countries

‘Carbon capture’ distribution centre strengthens coal miner’s operations

By: Bruce Montiea Coal miner and supplier Wescoal Holdings’ new “carbon capture  distribution centre”, launched in November last year, is helping the company reduce its carbon footprint and survive challenging market conditions , says CEO Andre Boje. “The ‘carbon capture’ site substantially reduces the company’s... 

‘Carbon capture’  distribution centre strengthens coal  miner’s operations
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Wescoal’s housing programme aims to deliver one house per month to disadvantaged members of the Arbor community, in Mpumalanga

Billions invested to develop large mine assets

By: Ilan Solomons Once completed, diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP), in Mpumalanga, would have mine assets worth several billion rands, which would be critical to ensure the success of the mine, said TOP GM Allen Butcher during Mining Weekly’s visit to the site last month. He... 

Billions invested to develop large mine assets
Photo by Duane Daws
ALLEN BUTCHER Tweefontein Optimisation Project recorded 5-million injury-free work hours between the period of November 2012 and February this year

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way

By: Mia Breytenbach Materials handling consultancy LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) and the discards backfill project at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, which is owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals... 

Commissioning of GMEP and discards backfill project under way
NEARING COMPLETION LSL Consulting expects to complete commissioning of the major parts of its portion of the Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project at the Grootegeluk coal mine this month

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) management team aims to ensure that no fatalities occur on site during the construction phase of the project and that this record is extended to the mine’s 26-year life-of-mine. “TOP’s management has placed... 

Company seeks to achieve fatality-free operations
Photo by Duane Daws
COAL PROCESSING The coal processing plant comprises a three-stage crushing process, which reduces the coal from about 1.5 m to less than 50 mm

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts

By: Mia Breytenbach As coal and metals mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) nears completion, project management firm SSG Consulting will facilitate the contract closeouts of the various contractors and companies involved in the GMEP until the end of the year. SSG senior consultant at... 

Firm facilitating GMEP contract closeouts
KEY ACHIEVEMENT KEY360 has reached a record high of facilitating more than 11-million transactions for Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The model applied by mining and metals major Exxaro to its Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) 

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy
MODEL POTENTIAL The success of the first Grootegeluk mine can be attributed to its supplying coal to State-owned power utility Eskom’s adjacent Matimba power station

Grootegeluk Medupi expansion nearing completion

By: Mia Breytenbach Coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources’ Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) is 97% complete, with total project costs still estimated at R10.2-billion, according to the company’s 2013 Integrated Report. The GMEP is a brownfield expansion project and forms... 

Grootegeluk Medupi  expansion nearing completion
RAMPING UP Exxaro noted in its interim results for the six months ended June 30 that optimisation and performance testing is in progress until full ramp-up

New hydraulic products could benefit GMEP

By: Mia Breytenbach Having supplied hydraulic cylinders, pumps and torque wrenches to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station and coal and metals major Exxaro’s Grootegeluk-Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) over the past three years, the South African branch of US-based high-pressure equipment company... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market

By: Ilan Solomons About 75% of the coal from diversified miner Glencore’s Mpumalanga-based Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) will be exported through the private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), in KwaZulu-Natal, while the rest will be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom and other... 

Project supplies Eskom and export market
PIT PROGRESSION The coaling and associated materials handling at the Tweefontein Optimisation Project will be undertaken using truck and shovel mining methods

R8bn project on time and under budget

By: Ilan Solomons Diversified miner Glencore’s Tweefontein Optimisation Project (TOP) – a brownfield expansion of the existing Tweefontein operation − was on course to reach steady-state plant production of 12.4-million tons a year by August 2015, the company told Mining Weekly during a site visit last month.... 

R8bn project on time and under budget
YIELDING RESULTS The Tweefontein Optimisation Project’s yield will be about 60%, which will result in about seven-million tons of processed coal product

Continuous miners supplied to local colliery

By: Mia Breytenbach The mandate for the South African subsidiary of Germany-based underground mining equipment and industrial gearboxes supplier Eickhoff is to focus on supplying continuous miners to the local coal mining industry, Eickhoff South Africa (SA) MD Francois van Tonder tells Mining Weekly. While pursuing... 

Continuous miners supplied to local colliery
POWER BENEFIT The hydraulic traction system eliminates the need to fit the continuous miners with additional electric motors and expensive inverters that require more power

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to current coal prices, depleting coal reserves and the increasing need for infrastructure investment, the local coal mining industry is focusing more on efficient mining and processing using existing infrastructure without added capital investment, says mining services group Ukwazi... 

Increased focus on efficient mine planning for SA coal mines
UNCERTAIN FUTURE Coal price uncertainty heightens the need for coal mines to decrease unit costs of coal products to remain competitive

Local colliery to receive new simulator range

By: Mia Breytenbach Global advanced training simulator provider ThoroughTec is delivering its new Cybermine Soft Rock mining simulator range to mining major BHP Billiton’s Khutala colliery – one of South Africa’s biggest collieries – in Mpumalanga. The Cybermine Soft Rock range of mining simulators includes a... 

Local colliery to receive new simulator range
EFFECTIVE TRAINING ThoroughTec’s high-fidelity simulators are designed to be as realistic as possible, from cab appearance to the authentic replication of operator interfaces

Moz coal industry ‘reeling’ from price decrease

By: Mia Breytenbach While the South African coal mining industry remains steady, primarily owing to strong domestic demand from State-owned power utility Eskom, the Mozambique coal industry is “reeling” from decreased global coal prices, says multinational Indian mining, steel and power conglomerate Jindal Steel &... 

No imminent increase in global coal prices expected

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to the current depressed coal prices and lower international demand for coal, the global coal export market is facing one of its poorest periods in many years, says Pretoria-based coal consultancy XMP Consulting senior analyst Xavier Prévost, who tells Mining Weekly that he does not foresee... 

No imminent increase in  global coal prices expected
EUROPEAN DEMAND A marginal increase in coal exports from South Africa to the European market might become a reality

Rescue One

In its endeavour to eliminate unnecessary deaths in the mining industry, Rescue One develops, manufactures an distributes evacuation systems for underground mines, assisting mineworkers to quickly reach a place of safety in the event of an emergency. Established in 1996, Rescue One’s main... 

Rescue One

Supplier homes in on coal processing equipment

By: Mia Breytenbach Having proven the efficiency of its consumable products in the local coal mining industry through several successful contracts, screening and vibrating equipment supplier Aury Africa will focus on supplying and proving the efficiency of its coarse- and fine-coal centrifuges to the South African... 

Supplier homes in on coal processing equipment
PROVEN RESULTS With an established target market for its coal centrifuge baskets, Aury Africa will now market its coal centrifuge machines

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP

By: Dylan Slater The sheer size of the storage bunker constructed for the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), owned and operated by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, posed a daunting challenge for engineers and contractors in terms of design and construction, reports... 

Bunker poses unique challenge to GMEP
Photo by Bloomberg
AWARD-WINNING DESIGN Exxaro presented LSL Consulting with an award for its innovative design of the coal dispatch systems at the expansion project

Digital document control enhances workflows

By: Dylan Slater Project managers, consultants, vendors, contractors and engineers working on diversified mining group Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP), in Lephalale, Limpopo, have drastically cut lead times on technical clarifications and project concessions during project design,... 

Digital document control  enhances workflows
STEVEN GOLDING SSG's CEO was instrumental in providing input during the prefeasibility and feasibility studies required for the project

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain

Operations at the Limpopo-based Grootegeluk coal mine, owned by coal and heavy minerals mining company Exxaro Resources, experienced a setback following heavy rainfall in March. 

Grootegeluk production dampened by rain
BROWNFIELD EXPLORATION The Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project is a brownfield expansion whereby the existing opencast pit will be mined at an accelerated rate

Progress at Medupi

The Limpopo-based Medupi power station, which has been under construction since May 2007, will be a direct consumer of coal mined from diversified mining group Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk mine, also in Limpopo. 

Progress at Medupi
COLOSSAL POWER Medupi power station will be the fourth-largest coal plant in the southern hemisphere and the biggest of its kind with dry cooling in the world
First
Prev
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next Last

News This Week

more

Editorial Insight

more

Mining Personality

more

Cartoon

more

Photo of the week

more

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Mining Weekly is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on MiningWeekly.com is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
R/€ = 13.13Change: -0.02
R/$ = 12.07Change: -0.13
Au 1187.17 $/ozChange: -20.08
Pt 1125.50 $/ozChange: -23.50
 
Subscribe Now for $96
Subscribe Now for $96 Close