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Consulting Engineers News

Demand for rehabilitation skills from opencast coal miners

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 South Africa’s coal industry has increased its appetite for rehabilitation services to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, says mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers, which is undertaking a rehabilitation planning and scheduling project for an opencast operation in... 

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

SA consultancy part of design team for Swakop Uranium’s bridge, access road project

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st September 2012 South African consulting engineering company GIBB is involved in the design of a bridge and access road for what is set to be one of the world’s largest uranium mines.  

Optimistic about future investment in Zim 

By: Samantha Herbst     7th September 2012 The Zimbabwe Investment Authority Act is being amended to ensure that any foreign direct investment is not subject to the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act. This will allow new projects to have foreign ownership levels higher than 49%. “This should improve the climate for investment... 

Minerals processing company focuses on Tanzania, Ghana, DRC

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 Minerals processing and project management company MDM Engineering sees massive development potential in Africa and has selected Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the key countries in which it intends to secure repeat business. “We decided to focus on these countries... 

Acquisition proving successsful, significant contracts secured

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 Italian engineering group Tenova’s April acquisition of South African mining engineering house Bateman Engineering is already proving successful, with Tenova Mining & Minerals winning several contracts locally and abroad. “The latest project, which involves two major contracts being awarded to... 

Software developer plans to expand footprint  

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2012 Mining software and consulting provider MineRP will soon open another regional office in Australasia to better service the needs of their growing client base. MineRP established a presence in the Australasia region in 2001 and has offices in Perth, Western Australia, and Brisbane, Queensland. The... 

Integrated rockface-to-boardroom mining solutions on way – Runge 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2012 Underlying technology is evolving to support fully integrated, consolidated, consistent enterprise-wide resources data that provides internal capital control for mining companies from the rockface to the boardroom, says Runge COO Kieran Wallis. In South Africa to promote Runge’s end-to-end... 

Policy failing to grasp full potential of SA’s world-leading mining equipment sector

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2012 South Africa has significant technological capacity in its mining equipment and services sector that should be nurtured and enhanced through supportive government policy, a recently published academic paper argues.  

Africa builds on local expertise for development

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th July 2012 Africa’s success in luring mining investment can be credited not only to its valuable minerals but also to its growing skills base of experienced local engineering expertise, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

New virtualisation technology recommended to African mines

By: Gia Costella     13th July 2012 The Turrito Application Delivery program was launched on January 1 2012, after nine-and-a-half years of development and is being recommended to mining companies throughout Africa to save costs and improve their connectivity, says converged communications and Cloud provider Turrito Networks.  

People development at the forefront

By: Janice Healing     22nd June 2012 With 45 000 employees on six continents, the training and development of its employees forms an integral part of the success of EPCM and project management services company Fluor Corporation. 

Fluor targets dominance in African mining and metals

By: Janice Healing     22nd June 2012 With a history in South Africa spanning more than 50 years, global EPCM and project management services company Fluor is a dominant player in the African mining and metals market. The US-based firm became active in South Africa from 1960 when it became involved in Sasol’s solid-to-liquid... 

EIA for proposed phosphate mine undertaken

By: Leandi Kolver     8th June 2012 Environmental-impact assessments (EIAs) for a proposed phosphate mine and processing plant in Nampula province, Mozambique, are being undertaken by consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Consultant to focus on sustainable development at Ghanaian conference

By: Gia Costella     11th May 2012 Global ground engineering and environmental company Golder Associates plans to focus on the sustainable development of Africa’s mineral and energy resources at this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) to be held in Accra in June. 

Global consultancy group to showcase services

11th May 2012 With decades of experience in West Africa – and a regional office now operating in Accra, Ghana, engineering consultants SRK Consulting will exhibit at the West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) to showcase its range of mining and related services. 

South African consultancy assisting mining industry in Cameroon

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Mining engineering consultancy SRK Consulting is currently advising the government of Cameroon on developing a minerals and mining industry in the country, chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly. 

Consultancy aiming to grow to accommodate more complex projects

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Mining projects being established at remote locations need to be much larger than those operating in areas with existing infrastructure to justify capital investment in supporting infrastructure and, therefore, require higher production rates.  

More public-sector developments needed to unlock projects

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 The consulting engineering industry in South Africa is reasonably stable, although not really in a growth phase as the infrastructure flow from government has been lacking, states industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.  

Mining industry becoming more aware of its environmental impact

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Worldwide, the mining industry is increasing its focus on rehabilitation as it becomes more aware of the environmental impact of mining operations, says engineering and consulting firm Knight Piésold director Duncan Grant-Stuart. 

Local consultants increasingly used by international companies

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 South African consultants are receiving more business from Brazilian, Chinese, Indian and Russian mining companies as they expand outside their traditional areas of influence, particularly into Africa, says mining industry consultants Snowden. 

Rural development driven by mining

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 A project aimed at developing the Nkangala district, in Mpumalanga, which hosts numerous mining projects and poverty-stricken communities, by enabling mining companies to comply with their social corporate responsibilities, is being undertaken by infrastructure development company Bigen Africa on... 

Lumwana copper mine expansion on track

By: Samantha Herbst     27th April 2012 The expansion of Zambia’s Lumwana copper mine, with the construction of the new Chimiwungo pit, is progressing well, with equipment supplier Bateman Engineered Technologies’ (BET’s) bulk materials handling unit having delivered more than 90% of the steelwork for the three conveyors that span... 

$500m bankable feasibility study awarded for manganese project

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 The ±$500-million bankable feasibility study for manganese explorer Amari Manganese’s Kongoni project, located within the Kalahari manganese field in the Northern Cape, has been awarded to minerals processing and project management company MDM Engineering.  

Design for major gold mine nearing completion

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 An engineering design project for a major gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, is in the process of being completed by project management and engineering group ProMet Dadi Africa. 

Consultancy expands to service underground mining operations

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 To provide a wider consulting service offering, mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers this year plans to include underground mining and rehabilitation planning in its area of expertise. 

Kolomela project passes 18-million LTI-free hours

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Engineering Consultancy Hatch reports that it has just passed 18-million lost-time injury- (LTI-) free hours at iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, for which it is the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor.  

Contract documentation for Mareesburg platinum project completed

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Contract documentation for platinum miner Eastern Platinum’s Mareesburg platinum-group metals project, in Limpopo, has been completed and tenders have closed, reports consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting.  

Initiative seeks to improve headgear quality

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     20th April 2012 Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project house TWP, which is a member of the Mining Structures working group committee for the South African National Standards (Sans), is strongly advocating the adoption of South African mining standards as an International Organisation... 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

Focus in SA shifted from execution to studies

By: Leandi Kolver     17th February 2012 More companies are undertaking extensive feasibility studies before executing projects in South Africa because of the uncertain global economic climate, says consulting, engineering and project implementation firm Hatch. 

Construction services business unit launched in Africa

17th February 2012 Global firm Golder Associates is expanding to provide specialist construction services to its clients in Africa, complementing its existing strengths in ground engineering and environmental consulting.  

Strengthening global brand at mining conference

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     27th January 2012 Multidisciplinary services provider SRK says this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will serve as a basis to strengthen the company’s global brand 

TCTA again warns of funding shortfall for acid water projects

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2012 South Africa’s Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) reports that it is making some progress in implementing emergency and near-term projects designed to deal with the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) arising on the eastern, central and western basins of the Witwatersrand goldfields. But in a... 

Optimum’s water reclamation project using world-first HiPRO process

16th December 2011 The Optimum Water Reclamation Project is only the second plant of its kind in South Africa and is leading the way internationally in mine water treatment, says Engineering and environmental consultants Golder Associates Africa. 

Italy's Tenova buys Bateman Engineering

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th December 2011 Italian engineering group Tenova said on Tuesday it has acquired Bateman Engineering, a global engineering project house with its main operational office in Johannesburg. Tenova CEO Gianluigi Nova said the acquisition would enable the company to strengthen its global netwo 

Local project engineers merge with Chinese group

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2011 South African project engineering company ProMet Engineers Africa (ProMet Africa) has merged with a large Chinese enterprise, Dadi Engineering Development (Dadi), it was formally announced in Johannesburg on Thursday. The new company is ProMet Dadi Africa. Dadi is a major player in the Chinese... 

Mining in Africa has great potential, despite international influences

4th November 2011 Most of Africa’s mining potential lies in the underground mines in sub-Saharan Africa and opencast mines in West Africa, says consulting, engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa. The copperbelt in Zambia holds the most opportunities, and deeper parts of these orebodies have yet... 

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