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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... 

Infrastructure remains a challenge in Africa

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     4th November 2011 Engineering consulting services provider to natural resources industries SRK Consulting will expand its service offering to include railway infrastructure, which is a significant lifeline for the mining industry, SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly.  

Largest pump order for mining solutions provider

     4th November 2011 Mining and exploration company Kenmare Resources has placed a multimillion-rand order for the supply of 32 pumps for its Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. This is mining solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa’s largest pump order since its merger with the CH Warman pump group... 

Engineering company awarded multiple mining projects

     4th November 2011 Minerals process and project management company MDM Engineering has been awarded the bankable feasibility study (BFS) by Botswana-based mining company Global Initiatives for Botswana State-owned company BCL’s Dumps Tailings Retreatment Project (DTRP), in Botswana. 

High-level SA delegation to tour US mine-water treatment sites 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2011 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is organising a high-level reverse trade mission of South Africans to the US in early November, during which delegates would be exposed to the policy, funding and technology solutions available for dealing with the issue of mine-water management. The... 

‘Theory of constraint’ will help increase SA mine production – business consultant 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th October 2011 Business consultant Goldratt is assisting the mining industry to up a mine’s daily output by exploiting the production chain’s weakest link. 

Shaft design to resume after tax hurdles

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th September 2011 Engineering consultancy Hatch has received the go-ahead to proceed with the design and procurement of a Zambian-based rock-hoisting and ventilation shafts project. 

Sierra Leone’s Koidu diamond expansion project ‘on schedule and within budget’

By: Jonathan Faurie     9th September 2011 Diamond-mining major Koidu Holdings reports development on the Koidu kimberlite expansion project, in Sierra Leone, is on schedule and on budget, promising to ramp up mining production to 100 000 t/m by the second quarter of 2012. 

Growth opportunities abound but challenges remain

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso’s mining and construction technology segment has received an order intake, its largest to date, of €1.185-million during the second quarter of this year. This is up from €841-million in the first quarter. 

Project management firm awarded iron-ore DFS

     2nd September 2011 Engineering and project management company Amec has been awarded a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for iron-ore developer Ferrum Crescent Limited’s Moonlight iron-ore project, in the Limpopo province.  

MDM awarded Evander 6 Shaft contract

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th July 2011 South African metallurgical engineering firm MDM Engineering Group has been awarded the process and engineering design to bankable feasibility study level for a modular gold recovery plant for Taung Gold’s Evander 6 shaft project, in Mpumalanga.  

High prices result in consulting work boom

By: Dimakatso Motau     22nd July 2011 Mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers has witnessed an increase in iron-ore-related consulting work since the substantial growth in the commodity price, over the past few years. 

Mining software provider takes control of expert solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2011 Information and communication technology company Gijima subsidiary Graphic Mining Solutions International (GMSI) has become the sole publisher of all GMSI solutions and products. 

Building hubs of excellence in Africa

     8th July 2011 Africa’s mining industry needs to grow the availability of local skills in the engineering and management sectors, so that its current and future mineral projects are not hamstrung, says consulting engineers company SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

New Zambia mines chamber head concurs with State VP’s concerns about state of key sectors

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th July 2011 Newly elected President of the Chamber of Mines Zambia (CMZ) Emmanuel Mutati reports that the concerns voiced by Zambian VP George Kunda regarding the state of some of Zambia’s key industries are valid and real.  

SRK completes review of old tailings dams in Zambia

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th July 2011 South Africa-founded group of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has recently completed a review of 15 old tailings dams in Zambia and evaluate the work required to close them.  

Sierra Leone diamond miner secures funding for $150m expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 Sierra Leone’s largest diamond-mining company, Koidu Holdings, has confirmed that funding for the $150-million expansion at the Koidu kimberlite project has been secured and implementation is gaining momentum.  

Bateman clinches big US comminution order

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st July 2011 South African project house Bateman Engineered Technologies (BET), the equipment supply division for the Bateman group, has been awarded an order for a semiautogeneous grinding (SAG) mill to be used in the primary grinding circuit of a 9 400 t/d iron-ore concentrator at CML Metals Corporation, in... 

Tenova may buy majority stake in Bateman Engineering

By: Jonathan Faurie     24th June 2011 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) - Italian engineering network Tenova, an international supplier of advanced technologies for the metal and mining industries, has approached and expressed an interest in acquiring a majority shareholding in Bateman Engineering N.V. (BENV). 

SRK overcomes challenges in tailings dam designs

By: Jonathan Faurie     24th June 2011 South Africa-founded group of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is continuing its involvement in the design of ring-dyke tailings dams to accommodate a fairly large deposition rate. 

Monitoring plants and equipment eliminates mechanical failures

     17th June 2011 Mechanical maintenance company Concor Plant, a division of the construction firm Concor Group, reports that condition monitoring plays a critical role in maintaining its extensive fleet of construction plants and equipment. 

Engineering group backs Wits science stadium projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 Bateman Africa, part of the Bateman Engineering group, has made a donation of R600 000 to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, to assist in funding the new Wits Science Stadium. 

DRA clinches major contracts for Liberia’s Liberty gold project

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th June 2011 TSX-listed Africa focused miner Aureus Mining has appointed South African consulting engineering firm DRA Mineral Projects to undertake the metallurgical testwork and process design studies of the New Liberty gold project, in Liberia.  

Exploration drive creates need for technical services

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd June 2011 The increased exploration activity in the Central African Copperbelt has seen the increased need for technical services, reports South African-founded group of consulting engineers and scientist and consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting.  

Scientific analysis firm extends its Zambian footprint

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd June 2011 Scheduled to open in July 2011, WearCheck’s Kitwe laboratory is strategically positioned to service the Copperbelt mining industry, but will also process oil samples from a range of other industries and plant hire companies throughout Zambia.  

Magnetite market poised for growth as Chinese build programme gains momentum – project house 

By: Jonathan Faurie     27th May 2011 South African consulting engineer Amec Minproc reports that the ferromagnetic mineral magnetite might be the next big growth commodity to be eyed by China and will also form an integral part of its infrastructure build programme.  

Consulting engineers plan to expand Namibian footprint

By: Jessica Hannah     13th May 2011 Mining specialist VBKom Consulting Engineers plans to have established an office in Namibia by 2012. 

Bateman secures additional $24m Madagascar contract

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 South African consulting engineering giant, Bateman Engineering, has been awarded an additional project at the Ambatovy nickel project, in Madagascar, that will see the company construct a power plant at the site worth an estimated $24-million.  

Project manager seeks yet more involvement in Wesizwe project

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th May 2011 Engineering company TWP Projects has submitted a full engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) proposal to Wesizwe for new twin vertical shafts, as well as the main and ventilation shafts, a new plant and all surface infrastructure at its Frischgewaagd-Ledig complex near... 

Engineers hoping to improve mine safety through biannual seminars

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th May 2011 The Association of Mine Resident Engineers (Amre) of South Africa, representing GCC Engineers within the hard rock mining industry, reports its hopes to significantly improve safety conditions on mines and mine sites though its biannual series of safety seminars.  

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. 

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