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Consulting Engineers News

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. 

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. 

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