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From waste to coke

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Technology which facilitates the cost-effective production of pelletised carbon fines from formerly valueless waste material could revolutionise the South African coal industry 

Portable radio shines at coal-mine

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A new two-way radio model, the GP340, which offer numerous benefits for miners has been introduced by international communications-solution supplier Motorola’s commercial, government and industrial solutions sector. 

New coal leader outlines R1,1bn spend

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The perception that Billiton’s coal business in South Africa is merely a cash cow to be milked by the now London-listed resources group for ventures beyond the borders of the country is incorrect, newly-appointed Ingwe Coal MD Eddie Scholtz tells Mining Weekly. In an exclusive interview,... 

Coal monitor installed

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new dual-energy transmission (Duet) system for direct through-belt ash-in-coal determinations has been installed by AngloCoal at its New Vaal colliery. The low-cost, low-maintenance system was installed within days of its release at a recent Southern African trade show. Manufactured by Scantech... 

Yet another milestone along road to black empowerment

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The coal-mining industry in South Africa continues to contribute to black empowerment with the signing earlier this month of a R6-million coal transportation contract, between Matla Colliery, an Eskom-tied coal-mine managed by Ingwe Coal Corporation, and industrial transporter Haulcon’s... 

51% black-owned mining firm entering coal sector

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Joining the spate of new junior mining and exploration ventures is Johannesburg company Nala Mining, although, based on its conservative approach towards this high-risk business, the company distinguishes itself from the rest. Furthermore, Nala – Southern Sotho for ‘prosperity –... 

Canadians buy SA colliery

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Following satisfactory results from several months of studies, Canada’s AfriOre has exercised its exclusive option to acquire 100% of Teewaters Fuel, owner of Springlake Colliery, from South Africa’s Kangra group. The merchant bank division of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce... 

Coal export prices slide

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Coal export prices have been declining steadily for the past 24 months, and hopes are high that they will reach a plateau at around US$24/t, Minerals Bureau chief mineral economist: coal and hydrocarbons Xavier Prevost tells Mining Weekly. “South Africa has lost export tonnages to most... 

Colliery upgrade completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The upgrade of the plant at Bank Colliery was completed within schedule and budget, and with minimal disruption to the plant’s operations, a success which Brian Barton, the lead Anglo American Technical Services (AATS) control and instrumentation engineer on the project, attributes to the... 

Coal stats remain in the dark

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The lack of good-quality detailed local coal sales and consumption data is cause for concern, and Institute for Energy Studies acting director Chris Cooper reports there is little indication that this situation will change for the better in the foreseeable future. “The reason why companies... 

R53m coal research

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In an effort to combat the slump that the South African coal-mining industry finds itself in, national research organisation CSIR Miningtek has instituted a proposed R53-million programme called Coaltech 2020 focused on the coal industry. This programme is the result of a year-long collaborative... 

Big coal study gets under way

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A massive effort to improve the competitiveness of the local coal-mining indus- try to ensure its role as a significant world supplier well into the next millennium, was launched under the Coaltech 2020 banner in April. The programme was launched after a re-evaluation of South Africa’s coal... 

Successful tramming devices

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Datarail 100 system from SA Automation has found extensive application in tramming of ore in coal, gold and platinum mines. These devices are used in many successful installations throughout the industry. The system is certified for use in trade, and is competitively priced when compared to... 

Are coal’s ‘farm fences’ destined to come down?

By: System Author     18th June 1999 It happened in the gold industry when the restrictive ‘farm fences’, which had kept South African gold-mines penned into geologically-irrelevant lease areas, were taken down. Now it looks set to happen in the coal business, as South African coal companies move to boost efficiencies in... 

Second coal-pit developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The development of pit two at Ikhwezi colliery, part of the the black-owned Kuyasa Mining group, near Delmas, Mpumalanga, has been completed and mining has been in progress at the pit since January this year, when Basil Read Mining started work on the box-cut. Development on the site at the... 

Colliery places R100m order

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A R100-million contract to supply all the hydraulic mining shovels required for Ingwe Coal’s Douglas Colliery Boschmanskrans project has been awarded to Komatsu Southern Africa. A total of four Komatsu Demag shovels, including two 685 t units – said to be the world’s... 

900-millionth ton of coal delivered

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Focused on providing world-class transportation of South Africa’s export coal on the ‘coal line’, CoalLink, a strategic business unit of Spoornet, delivered its 900-millionth ton of coal to the Richards Bay coal terminal last month. CoalLink also contributes towards the economy... 

India reviews coal-mining

By: System Author     11th June 1999 In a review of its energy profile for the next century, India has indicated that coal-mining will continue to play a significant role. Energy consumption growth from 1993 to 2010 is estimated to be 2,2% for the world and 7,8% for India. As coal continues to be the main energy source during the... 

Fording River Elkford, British Columbia

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Name: Fording River Location: Fording River Operations is located about 29 km north-east of Elkford, British Columbia. Brief description: The mine produces Canada’s widest range of bituminous coals from a single site. Brief history: The mine began production in 1971 and made its first... 

Will delayed NewCoal beat South Dunes’ deadlines?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 After some significant delays, the process of forming a large new black-empower- ment coal-mining company is back on track – the idea now is to have the new owners in place by the end of the year. In July 1998, South Africa’s two coal giants, Amcoal and Ingwe, announced that they... 

Mines persist with obsolete equipment

By: System Author     4th June 1999 lthough roof-bolting is the most effective means of strata control, the continued use of antiquated strata-control equipment poses its own dangers to the operators of these machines, reveals Rham Equipment MD Robert Alcaraz. Launching a scathing attack against one of the country’s largest... 

How to determine pillar stability

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The movement towards partial coal-pillar extraction, as opposed to full pillar extraction, has resulted in the development of a method to calculate pillar stability by Gauteng rock engineering and methane consultant Itasca Africa, reports MD Dr Nielen van der Merwe. Traditionally, South African... 

Slag dryness is crucial

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The material to be fed into the smelter at Chambishi Metals in Zambia at an initial rate of 350 000 t/y will have a moisture content of less than one per cent, Dowding Reynard & Associates (DRA) project manager John Rees tells Mining Weekly. Slag will be dried virtually completely to accommodate... 

New coal service body

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has taken over CSIR’s coal-preparation programme, which, from now on, will be known as the SABS’s coal exploration and technology department. The department will become part of the SABS’s coal and mineral services division, although... 

The long and the short of mining

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite some predictions that longwall mininh in coal-mines has lost favour in South Africa, with the number of mines using this method steadily declining, CSIR Miningtek mining systems programme manager Pat Willis maintains that longwall may be the way of the future. “As South African... 

Productivity boosted by longwall mining

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The longwall mining method boasts results such as productivity increases and higher extraction rates, reports the Chamber of Mines. Together with shortwall mining, a variation of longwall mining originating in the US, these are being used by some South African mines. In longwall mining, two... 

Tanzania showing the way

By: System Author     14th May 1999 By instituting economic, financial and tax reforms in a reasonably stable political environment, Tanzania is aiming to provide the climate necessary for mines to flourish in the country. Tanzania is a rich source of gold, diamonds, base metals, platinum-group metals, ferrous metals, tin,... 

New formula a pillar of strength

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A new formula to determine coal-pillar strength has been developed by rock-engi- neering and methane consultant Itasca Africa of Ormonde, Gauteng. Research into the strength of coal pillars was triggered by the Coalbrook disaster in 1960 in South Africa in which more than 400 people were killed... 

Haulers for coal mine

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Diesel-engine flameproof specialist Explosion Protected Equipment (EPE) of Wynberg, Gauteng, has supplied three dry-system flameproofed underground-hauler engines to Ingwe Coal’s Khutala mine in Mpumalanga. EPE is the sole South African distributor of the Pyroban Minepower Dry System, which... 

Retrofit system is no damp squib

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Diesel-flameproofing equipment specialist Elgin Flameproof of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has developed and is manufacturing a dry flameproof system with retrofit capabilities on to commonly-used wet scrubbing systems, reportedly making it considerably cheaper than the imported dry flameproof systems... 

Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Name: Black Thunder and Coal Creek Location: The mines lie in north-east Wyoming’s Powder River basin and are located 28 miles apart, near Gillette, Wyoming in North America Brief description: Black Thunder is America’s largest producing coal mine. The two mines produce more than... 

Non-core activities divested

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The divestment of all of Iscor’s international exploration activities to Australian listed company Africwest Gold, has been announced in line with the company’s strategy to focus on its core business. Iscor chairperson Hans Smith reported earlier this month that the divestment of its... 

Underground curved conveyor

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The world’s first underground curved conveyor installation was commissioned by Betterect this month at Sasol Coal’s Middelbult mine in Mpumalanga. Since the product’s above-ground introduction ten years ago, this is only the eighth curved conveyor to be installed worldwide.... 

Greenhills British Columbia

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Name: Greenhills Operations Location: 8 km north-east of Elkford, British Columbia, Canada Brief description: The mine is Fording’s second-largest metallurgical/thermal coal-mine and has an annual production capacity of over 4,5-million tons of cleaned coal. In December 1992, Fording... 

Coal Mountain, British Columbia

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Name: Coal Mountain Location: 30 km Southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia History: Coal Mountain operations is Fording’s third metallurgical/thermal coal mine. The mine produces and sells thermal, weak coking and pulverised coal injection coal products to international steelmakers and... 

Mining gets green light

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Mining companies have come out tops in the yearly survey of environmental reporting in South Africa. The awards are made by one of South Africa’s leading business and advisory firms, KPMG, in association with the University of Pretoria (UP), and awards are based on an evaluation of the... 

Off-highway trucks shift their weight

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Three new Cat 769D off-highway trucks from Barlows Equipment are making a significant contribution to operations at Slater Coal, near Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal where they are shifting large volumes of sandstone overburden. The three new off-highway trucks are currently hard at work, with their... 

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