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SRK rated among SA’s top five consulting engineering firms

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 Independent engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting South Africa has been rated a top five company in South Africa’s consulting engineering, mining and infrastructure segment in the recent Top 500 Companies Awards. The awards survey over 3 000 businesses and honour those that excel... 

Consultancy offering miners ‘optimisation tools’

By: Ilan Solomons     28th April 2017 In the current climate of constrained capital, clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to maximise returns while minimising exposure to risk, particularly those companies which need to make strategic decisions on potential investments, says engineering company WorleyParsons CEO Denver... 

Consultancy offering miners ‘optimisation tools’
PROVIDING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS Advisian draws on WorleyParsons’ ‘deep domain expertise’ and experience in the mining sector to advise clients and then can partner with them to implement that advice

Optimisation tools up probability of success

28th April 2017 In today’s world of constrained capital, engineering, procurement and construction consultant WorleyParsons notes that clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to improve returns while reducing their exposure to risk, particularly those companies who need to make strategic decisions on... 

Optimisation tools up probability of success
AIDING DEVELOPMENT Advisian acts as lenders’ independent technical and environmental adviser for nonrecourse project finance, export credit agency finance and structured trade commodity finance

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

New forum created to discuss exploration, mining, metals and minerals

By: Dylan Slater     21st April 2017 To continually develop, refine and extend the knowledge base regarding mining definitions and standards, vendor- and technology-neutral industry consortium The Open Group has established a forum in which exploration, mining, metals and minerals (EMMM) is discussed.  

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant

14th April 2017 A major contract, valued at about €100-million, has been secured by German integrated solutions provider to the global mining, bulk materials handling and minerals industries Tenova Takraf for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. The plant, for... 

Major contract secured for Guinea bauxite plant
BAUXITE PLANT IN GUINEA The Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée plant is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2018

Codelco awards design contract for eighth phase of Talabre tailings expansion to SNC-Lavalin

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX-listed engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the largest copper producers in the world, to provide detailed design services for the Talabre tailings expansion Phase VIII project, located in the... 

Firm says its ventilation solution will cut cost of ownership

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Ventilation systems provider TLT Actom is aiming its holistic Total Ventilation Solution at the domestic mining sector to provide its innovative ventilation fans as customised systems, which reduce cost of ownership and ensure working conditions are safe and that energy efficiency is enhanced.  

Firm says its  ventilation solution will cut cost  of ownership
GEARED FOR MINING The TLT Actom Total Ventilation Solution can be customised to deliver the required air at the required time

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2017 The mechanisation and automation of mines in South Africa and globally is accelerating, with ancillary support services, such as information technology (IT), information transfer and data analysis, among others, taking on greater importance, says mining equipment and services provider Sandvik... 

Mine mechanisation and automation accelerating  in South Africa and globally, says Sandvik
SIMON ANDREWS Mining companies have realised that it is no longer good enough just to have high-tech equipment in operation at their projects

Major contract wins for Botswana office

17th March 2017 Mining and engineering consultancy Hatch will use its diverse experience in coal mining unconventional oil and gas technology, power generation and industrial infrastructure to support national oil company Botswana Oil with regard to developing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility.  

Major contract wins  for Botswana office
STEPHEN STACEY Hatch’s new office in Gaborone was established to consolidate its presence in the Southern African region

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Water resources under increasing pressure, bad news for mining

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Global water resources are being placed under increasing pressure, driven by factors like climate change and population growth, and mines risk having ‘stranded assets’ that cannot be developed without water, despite concerted corporate action and technological improvements. 

Water resources under increasing pressure,  bad news for mining
CLEMENCE MCNULTY Water is becoming a critical constraint to mine and socioeconomic development

More contracts out to tender with commodity price upswing

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 With commodities, such as gold and copper, showing positive growth, mining contracting and engineering company Redpath Mining Africa has noted an upswing in contracting work in the African mining sector. Redpath Mining Africa MD Ockert Douglas says this was also the sentiment held by others at... 

More contracts out to tender with commodity price upswing
ONE OF A KIND The Ghaghoo diamond mine incline sand tunnel project involved tunnelling a decline at a -8° inclination through 80-m-thick desert sand over 21 months

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Cost containment is one of the key drivers for mining companies in the current economic climate, causing medical and healthcare services to become reactive purchases, according to medical and healthcare service provider International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, who spoke to... 

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners
NOT GRUDGE PURCHASE There are tangible benefits in investing in a healthcare strategy

Renewables offer mines bottom line boost, stability

3rd March 2017 juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin says mining companies can achieve a 2% to 3% gross profit benefit as a result of energy cost savings, should they replace diesel or heavy fuel oil (HFO) with solar power in pure self-consumption mode. 

Renewables offer  mines bottom line  boost, stability
GREG AUSTIN Integrating solar photovoltaic into mine power supply systems makes good sense

Tough times call for cost-saving measures

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Mining in South Africa is tougher and costlier than ever, with investment flowing out of the country, instead of into the industry, says transport, industrial and heating fuel provider Shell South Africa commercial lubricants business-to-business marketing manager Tendani Ndwamise. 

Tough times call for cost-saving measures
INCREASING COMPLEXITY Heavy-duty machinery and equipment in the mining sector are becoming more complex and require the highest levels of professionalism from operators and servicing technicians

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests in rest of Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd March 2017 South African engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services and Chinese engineering company ENFI Engineering Corporation have signed a strategic partnership agreement to tackle mineral and metal process projects and associated infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa. At a private... 

ELB, ENFI team up to advance joint interests  in rest of Africa
MAKING IT OFFICIAL ELB CE Dr Stephen Meijers and ENFI VP Wei Jiaming signing partnership agreement to formalise companies’ long standing working relationship

Amplats chrome plant contractor looks to local community first for skills

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 Local skills and expertise played a key role in helping to develop a marginalised community during the development and construction of platinum miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) new chrome recovery plant, according to project engineering, procurement and construction company Logiman.  

Amplats chrome plant contractor looks to local community first for skills
Photo by Duane Daws
CHROME RECOVERY PLANT Design and construction of Amplats’ new chrome recovery plant involved extensive input from the local community

Delivering integrated power solutions for African projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Integrated energy solutions provider Zest Energy, a member of the Zest WEG group, is set to hand over a power generation solution for Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite mine, in Mozambique, at the end of April. This flagship project – the company’s largest power plant in terms of power output –... 

Delivering integrated  power solutions for African projects
POWER PROJECT Zest Energy successfully delivered a mobile substation solution to the Kamoa-Kakula mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Convention aims to bridge communication gap

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 As a continually evolving industry that operates globally, sometimes the biggest difficulty for the mining industry is getting the right people together in one place to discuss their challenges and find ways to address and, ultimately, overcome them, says Prospectors and Developers Association of... 

Convention aims to bridge communication gap
EIGHTY-FIFTH CONVENTION Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2017 convention will feature more than 400 exhibitors at the investors exchange and 500 at the trade show

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Over the past three to four years, metal prices have dropped precipitously and North American mining operators have been forced to implement more operational efficiencies, states conveyor belt vulcaniser product provider Shaw Almex CEO Tim Shaw. 

Localised conveyor belt supply to boost operational efficiencies
CONVEYOR BELT SOLUTION Many operators have turned to offshore conveyor belt suppliers, resulting in premature product failures and unreliable supply

Modest growth forecast for US iron-ore demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 Advisory and consultancy firm the AME group forecasts modest growth in US iron-ore demand over the next three to five years, based on a recovering domestic economy. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management
Photo by Victor Moolman
OFTEN NEGLEGTED Unfortunately, the need for including rehabilitation components early on in mine plans is often neglected in South Africa

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success
Photo by Duane Daws
MINE UPGRADES The adoption of big data, cloud, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and the digitisation of business will be the primary driver of successful organisations over the next five years

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

By: Simone Liedtke     10th February 2017 Condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck hopes to discuss with the engineering management team whether there is an opportunity to roll out its reliability services at the developing Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it opened its eleventh laboratory last year. 

Specialist aims to step up offering at Kibali

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 There are signs of hope for recovery in some commodities, owing to recent price improvement, which has lent a more upbeat tone to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, South Africa has some “sobering lessons” for African countries, which have yet to fully launch... 

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba
SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl

Technology advancement improves project efficiencies, says WorleyParsons

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 As engineering company WorleyParsons’ global centre of excellence for mining, WorleyParsons RSA expends a substantial amount of energy and resources on developing advanced solutions for its customers that will increase accuracy and efficiency while reducing risk. The project delivery and... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2017 The predominantly Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more than a century. Along with Cementation Canada, Cementation USA and RUC Cementation Australia, the Murray & Roberts Underground Mining Platform ranks among the biggest underground mining contracting... 

African company one of biggest underground mining contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
VENETIA MODEL What the Venetia underground diamond mine will look like when complete

Indaba attendance expected to improve in line with investment climate

By: Nadine James     27th January 2017 The cyclical nature of mining continues to be reflected in the attendance figures of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is expected to attract greater numbers in 2017, indicating an improvement in economic conditions and the mining investment environment, says event organiser... 

Indaba attendance expected to  improve in line with investment climate
HIGH PROFILE EVENT Twenty-four African Ministers, 30 investor company speakers and 35 mining company speakers will be in attendance at the 2017 event

Mining Indaba helps suppliers become more adaptable

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Mining industry suppliers and service providers need to react quickly to the industry’s changing needs during periods of volatile commodity prices, and attending the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba is critical to facilitate strategic management in this regard, says mining products and... 

Mining Indaba helps suppliers become  more adaptable
JANNIE DE JONGE There is no better place than Mining Indaba for accessing information about the macroeconomic factors affecting the mining industry

Mining companies to reap benefits from productivity partnerships

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth is establishing itself as a productivity partner in the African mining sector in light of mining companies’ focus on improving existing projects amid difficult economic conditions. 

Mining companies to reap benefits from productivity partnerships
TERENCE OSBORN Mining Indaba provides an opportunity for new strategic initiatives to emerge through discussions

New technology introduced at Mining Indaba

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Engineering company WorleyParsons RSA will use the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which it describes as an ideal platform for showcasing and progressing ideas pertinent to Africa’s mining industry, to discuss its new five-dimensional (5D) project design platform technology with key... 

New technology  introduced at  Mining Indaba
IMPROVED PROJECT PLANNING WorleyParsons RSA’s integrated design project platform provides a visual five-dimensional design scope that incorporates schedule and cost

Fluor clinches engineering contract for Eritrean potash project

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 Global engineering and construction company Fluor announced earlier this month that it had secured a front-end engineering, design and optimisation contract from ASX-listed potash producer Danakali for its Colluli potash project, in Eritrea. Following a competitive tendering process, initiated... 

Crippled Zimbabwe the leading African lithium producer

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 Zimbabwe, a country which is facing a food security disaster, high levels of unemployment, skilled and semiskilled emigration and a cash-starved economy, having issued its own bond notes in November to solve its liquidity crisis, is leading Africa in lithium production. Bikita, a district in... 

Crippled Zimbabwe  the leading African lithium producer
DEMAND TO INCREASE The battery market accounts for about 36% of lithium demand and is expected to grow to 73% by 2025

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 The signing of a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership between gold tailings retreatment company DRDGold and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is one of first steps in the uptake of in-sourcing research and development (R&D)... 

Gold miner and varsity form R&D partnership
SHAKE IT OFF The signing of the memorandum of understanding cements efforts to capitalise on youthful research and development to enhance gold mining industry

Bulk of Cullinan C-Cut Phase 1 nears completion

By: Robyn Wilkinson     16th December 2016 Mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation will complete its contract at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Gauteng-based Cullinan mine this month, concluding the largest portion of the R4-billion Phase 1 expansion project that will initially extend the diamond mine’s life span by about 15 year 

Bulk of Cullinan C-Cut Phase 1 nears completion
DELICATE OPERATION Detailed planning was undertaken to deepen the shafts at the Cullinan C-Cut project without disrupting the existing infrastructure and operations

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 To ensure sustainable operations in drought sticken Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, diversified miner South32 has invested R74-million in a seawater desalination plant that uses membrane technology to produce cooling process water for its Hillside aluminium smelter. The diversified miner appointed... 

Desalination helps South32’s KZN aluminium smelter beat water woes

Institutional challenges overshadow mineralisation

By: Nadine James     2nd December 2016 Prevailing institutional challenges facing Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will continue to hinder copper mining in the region if not addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner, says mining and business consultancy Core Africa, a division of Core Consultants. Core Africa... 

Institutional challenges overshadow mineralisation
CASTING LONG SHADOWS Socioeconomic problems continue to adversely influence mining development in the Copperbelt region

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