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Consulting Engineers News

Mining industry’s recovery to heighten skills challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 The mining industry is still recovering following the global financial meltdown but has significantly rebounded during the past six months with commodity prices rising to all-time highs in many cases, says local mining and minerals project house TWP CEO Digby Glover. 

Partnerships key to integrated infrastructure development

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Integrated development through sustainable partnerships will assist mines in fitting into the broader socioeconomic environment and is key to successful operations, says engineering consultancy Bigen Africa technical director Dirk Kleingeld.  

Investment in African mining projects on the increase

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Investment in mining projects in Africa is on the up, owing to the attraction of undeveloped commodities, says engineering consultancy Amec Minproc’s Africa business development executive Liam Cafferty. 

Rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry to continue into the future

     22nd April 2011 The company reports that it has placed itself squarely at the centre of the current mining boom, building a strong reputation on some of the continent’s largest mining projects. The company has provided expertise in mine engineering, development and project management through complete end-to-end... 

Global firm acquires local consultancy

     22nd April 2011 South African environmental consultancy Metago Environmental Engineers has been acquired by UK-based environmental consultancy SLR Global Environmental Solutions (SLR).  

Resource estimate to be undertaken for Canadian lithium project

     22nd April 2011 TSX-listed Canada Lithium has appointed consulting company AMC Mining Consultants to independently conduct a resource estimate of its Quebec Lithium project, and prepare a new National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) compliant report. 

Service provider to increase its footprint in renewable-energy projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Project control services provider Planning and Cost Engineering (PaCE) aims to increase its involvement in renewable energy projects. 

Consultants must be a step ahead- SRK

     22nd April 2011 Combining constant innovation with tough standards will prove challenging in any industry, but mining particularly has seen unending shifts in technology, commodity-focus, socio-economic demands, legal requirements, and geo-political opportunity, says consulting firm SRK Consulting incoming MD... 

Breakthrough in coal mining for Mozambique 

     22nd April 2011 Engineering and science consultancy GIBB concluded a progressive rail, geotechnical and water management signing with Australia-based investment company Talbot Group Investments, in Mozambique. 

Local consulting firm reports good project pipeline

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2011 Centurion-based consultancy firm Ukwazi reports that it is involved in many mining projects across South Africa and Africa. Some of company’s clients for underground projects include Impala Platinum, Gold Fields and Xstrata Alloys.  

Drilling at Karoo prospect confirms presence of ‘high-grade uranium mineralisation’

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th March 2011 Australian energy-focused company Peninsula Energy Limited has released its first results from the resource delineation drilling on Project Site 22 at the Karoo uranium projects in Fraserburg, Northern Cape.  

Bateman Engineering undertaking feasibility study for Harmony Gold’s planned Free State uranium venture

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th March 2011 South African diversified engineer, Bateman Engineering, is undertaking the feasibility study for Harmony Gold (Harmony) TPM uranium project, established to evaluate the potential for the economic recovery of uranium from the ore mined from the Tshepong, Phakisa and Masimong operations, in the... 

Fast development techniques to improve advance rates

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th March 2011 South African-founded scientists and consulting engineers firm SRK Consulting reports that rapid development techniques have the ability to increase activity at the tunnel face and advance completion rates without compromising safety.  

TWP completes erection of phase I shaft headgears at RBPlat’s Styldrift project, full production scheduled for 2017

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th March 2011 South African engineering consultancy TWP Projects has successfully completed the erection of the pre assembled headgears of both the main shaft and the services shaft at Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlats) Styldrift shaft complex.  

Bateman Africa awarded the group's biggest-ever materials handling contract at Eskom's Kusile

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th March 2011 Bateman Africa, the empowerment arm in South Africa of the Bateman Engineering group, has received the largest materials handling project in Bateman’s history –worth R2-billion, with the award of three separate materials handling work packages from the State -owned power utility Eskom for its... 

Kusile materials handling project the biggest ever for engineering group

By: Jessica Hannah     18th February 2011 South African engineering company Bateman Africa reports that its current project for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kusile power station, is the biggest project in Bateman’s history. 

Engineering company under way with work at Morupule

     28th January 2011 Engineering company Fluor South Africa reports that it is the EPCM and project management service provider for phase one of the Morupule coal mine expansion, in Botswana. This project will provide fuel for a new Morepule power station, near the town of Palapye. 

Focusing on skills development and best practice

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Engineering and project delivery company Amec Minproc reports that, to achieve efficiency – given the significant human resource challenge globally, the company is processing more work through fewer skilled employees.  

Project house reports increase in new projects

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Resources and infrastructure engineering project house TWP reports an increase in the number of new projects it has received over the past two months compared with the projects received for the previous 18 months. 

Firm manages capital projects valued at more than $50bn

     28th January 2011 Consulting, engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa has experienced much of its global growth within the last decade, and is currently managing capital projects with an aggregate value of more than $50-billion. 

Go-ahead for AP60 technology implementation

     28th January 2011 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has given the go-ahead, to joint-venture (JV) partners SNC-Lavalin, an engineering and construction group, and project and construction management services Hatch, for the implementation of the first phase of its Alcan AP60 project in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec. 

Firm experiences growth with Chinese, Indian companies

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th January 2011 Consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting South Africa principal geologist Hennie Theart says that, although the company still undertakes projects for its traditional clients, in recent years there has been a significant shift away from traditional mining houses based in South Africa, Canada and... 

SRK Consulting prioritises expansion into Africa as demand for commodities is set to soar

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th January 2011 Chairperson of South Africa founded consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Roger Dixon reports that Africa’s time has come and that expansion into the continent will form a strong focus for the company over the next few years.  

Positive year for project houses forecast

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Mining, engineering and project management services company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) believes that 2011 will be a positive year for project houses.  

Commodity review, PGMs outlook

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Specialist platinum-group metals (PGMs) consultancy SFA Oxford director and principal consultant Stephen Forrest says that his 2011 Mining Indaba presentation will be focused on a commodity review and the outlook for PGMs, and will be a thought-provoking outline of significant industry trends. 

Showcasing investment opportunities in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Africa could benefit from presenting solutions to, and strategies for, the continent’s infrastructure challenges, along with showcasing its investment opportunities, at the 2011 Mining Indaba, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

Repositioning of global markets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Mining engineering and project management firm Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) is preparing for the launch of RSV International at the Mining Indaba 2011, in February. 

TWP looks to Philippines, Turkey, China sourcing, South Africa ‘too expensive’

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2011 Mining and minerals project house TWP is looking closely at procuring goods and services from countries that “have a more competitive cost base than South Africa”, including the Philippines, Turkey and China. TWP chairperson Nigel Townshend says that the company within the JSE-listed Basil Read... 

Bateman clinches Iran, Russian DMS plant contracts as orders soar

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th January 2011 Diversified engineer and project house Bateman Engineering reports that its modular plant business has seen a considerable upswing in orders over the fourth quarter of 2010, with a number of new contracts being awarded.  

SRK Consulting opens offices in Mongolia, Mexico as mining sector rebounds from 2009 recession

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th January 2011 South African-founded consulting engineering company SRK Consulting has expanded into Mongolia and Mexico following a strong recovery from the 2009 global financial crisis, which has seen a resurgence in Asian and South American mining industries.  

Richards Bay Coal Terminal now the biggest facility of its kind after completion of R1,1bn expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th December 2010 South African project house Bateman Engineering has recently completed the Phase V expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and has handed over the project. 

Work on Moz coal processing and 
wash plant ‘progressing well’

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th November 2010 South African steel fabrication and construction company Cosira Group reports that work is progressing well on the recently awarded supply contract for the Riversdale Benga coal processing and wash plant (CPWP) project, in Mozambique.

 

Metso clinches contract to maintain UAE liquid gas plant

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Scandinavian diversified engineering company Metso Minerals has signed an agreement with South Korea-based civil engineering company GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) for the supply of cryogenic and sequence valves for a Gasco-operated liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant located at... 

Project house assessing feasibility of Harmony’s planned Free State uranium venture

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 South African project house Bateman Engineering is undertaking the feasibility study for gold-mining major Harmony Gold’s TPM uranium project, which has the potential to recover uranium from 280 000 t/m of ore being sourced from three existing shafts, Tshepong, Phakisa and Masimong, located in... 

Metso subsidiary helps Ghana gold mine increase mill throughput

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Metso Process Technology and Innovation (PTI), a division of Metso Minerals South Africa, recently conducted a process integration and optimisation (PIO), or mine-to-mill project, at Newmont Ghana Gold’s Ahafo gold mine. 

Hatch’s R2,5bn portion of Kolomela expansion project 
ahead of schedule, within budget

By: Jonathan Faurie     12th November 2010 South African consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa has successfully implemented a global engineering, procurement and construction management information sharing strategy for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela expansion project that has seen the company’s R2,5-billion role... 

Bateman Engineering reports impressive safety performances at several projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th November 2010 As mining companies near year end, South African engineering group, Bateman Engineering reports that a number of its projects are exceeding performance expectations. 

SA engineering firm successfully commissions DMS plant in Iran

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th October 2010 South African engineering company Bateman Engineering has successfully commissioned the 30-t/hr dense media separation (DMS) modular plant it supplied to the Asechin Ara Company for the preconcentration of zinc/lead carbonate-bearing ore from the Angouran mine, in Iran’s Zanjan province. 

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