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Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

By: Simon Rees As the population of the planet doubles between now and 2050, the drive to cut carbon emissions will continue to gather pace. At a recent meeting between heads of state in China, the US announced its intention to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. China declared its emissions would... 

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions

By: Pimani Baloyi Power management company Eaton Hydraulics launched two new ranges of engineered hydraulic solutions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition in September – the Eaton Airflex WCBD3 and WCSB3 water-cooled third-generation brake systems and the Hydre-MAC piston motor.  Eaton GM Emil Berning... 

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions
AIRFLEX WATER-COOLED BRAKE The brake system allows for faster drilling and enables operator to downsize brake equipment

Local company launches pneumatic industrial blast cleaning machine

By: Pimani Baloyi Pretoria- and Durban-based dry ice blast cleaning services provider Dry Ice International launched during September, a fully pneumatic blast cleaning machine that uses dry ice pellets. Dry Ice International owner Deon Roux told Mining Weekly on the sidelines of the Electra Mining Africa... 

Nigerian-owned group mulling Tanzania coal project to provide fuel for cement plant

By: John Muchira Tanzania’s cement market is set for a major shakeup in pricing after Dangote Cement announced its plant in the country's Mtwara region will be powered by coal. Nigerian-owned Dangote Cement says it is to develop a coal mine in Tanzania's western region to supply fuel for a cement plant it is... 

Expanded drive system range offers dependable performance

Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist industrial gear and electric motors division, BMG Drives, last month extended its Nord drives system range to include robust units with NSD tupH sealed surface conversion treatment systems, for improved process reliability in... 

Expanded drive system range offers  dependable performance
NORD GEAR UNIT Nord’s NSD tupH surface and corrosion protection system enables efficient drive performance in harsh operating environments

Fluid couplings range promoted at 2014 Electra Mining Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Power transmission company Bibby Turboflex South Africa (SA) showcased its Italian-manufactured range of Westcar Rotofluid fluid couplings, for which it is the sole distributor in sub-Saharan Africa, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place last month at the Nasrec Expo... 

Fluid couplings range promoted at 2014 Electra Mining Africa
WESTCAR ROTOFLUID COUPLING Distributed in sub-Saharan Africa by Bibby Turboflex South Africa, the standard Rotofluid range comprises constant-fill traction couplings, with a power rating of up to 4 000 kW

New range of electric motors to be launched in 2015

By: Ilan Solomons Electrical and mechanical motion-control and power-generation products manufacturer Regal Beloit South Africa will introduce a range of new products to the local market, including the high-efficiency IE2 and premium efficiency IE3 Regal Marathon TerraMAX range of electric motors, in July 2015.... 

New range of electric motors to be launched  in 2015
REGAL MARATHON TERRAMAX MOTORS The motors ensure improved efficiency and lower operating costs on rotating equipment such as machinery, pumps, fans, blowers, mixers and compressors

Supplier makes IE3 motors standard offering in 2015

By: Ilan Solomons Electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, announced at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place in Johannesburg last month, that it would introduce premium-efficiency standard, or IE3, electric motors, as a standard... 

Supplier makes IE3 motors standard offering in 2015
LOUIS MEIRING Zest WEG's CEP with a new W50 electric motor at Electra Mining Africa 2014

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer

By: Henry Lazenby North America’s first vanadium redox flow energy-storage system provider American Vanadium on Friday announced that it had signed up its first customer, subject to financing. American Vanadium said it believed the order from Newfound Energies would enable the company to switch its primary source... 

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer

Renewables repositioning to meet mining industry’s energy needs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter It is increasingly clear that mining and renewable energy are two businesses that belong together and, yet, figuring out the nuts and bolts of getting projects off the ground is not always easy. For many renewable-energy companies, the slow pace of approving projects poses an ongoing challenge.... 

Renewables repositioning to meet mining industry’s energy needs

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions based on customer requirements

By: Schalk Burger A holistic solution for drives and materials handling systems in the mining industry will provide customised systems and maintenance services specifically suited to the requirements of each mine and plant, says industrial drives and gear major SEW-Eurodrive South Africa MD Ute Schoeman.... 

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions  based on customer requirements
UTE SCHOEMAN New technologies are promising, but end-users require customisation and extensive experience regarding implementation to improve their confidence adopting and implementing new technologies

Renewable-energy projects compete for capital in low-price milieu

By: Creamer Media Reporter Several industry pressures, ranging from greater competition for capital because of lower metal prices, to the expense of electrical energy storage, delay the widespread acceptance of renewable energy within the mining sector, Barrick Gold director of power projects Scott Fraser says. 

Renewable-energy projects compete for capital in low-price milieu

Goldcorp reducing costs by embracing renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter Over the past 18 months, Goldcorp, based in Vancouver, has built the organisational infrastructure to manage its energy demands far more efficiently, explained corporate energy manager Flyn McCarthy. He discussed how Goldcorp measured energy costs and the various options under consideration now... 

Goldcorp reducing costs by embracing renewable energy

Cronimet turns sod on large Namibian PV plant

By: Henry Lazenby Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining Power Solutions officially broke ground and began its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracting activities for a large Namibian photovoltaic (PV) power plant on August 18. The PV project is located in Omburu, two hours north-west... 

Cronimet turns sod on large Namibian PV plant

Glencore builds Canada’s first large wind and energy storage facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter The decision to install a 3 MW wind turbine at Glencore’s Raglan mine came after nearly five years of careful investigation, assessment, and analysis, says Jean-Francois Verret, director of strategy, projects, and public affairs. Because of the Arctic conditions at the mining site, which sits on... 

Glencore builds Canada’s first large wind and energy storage facility

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

By: Henry Lazenby Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources has signed a power-sector cooperation agreement (PSCA) with the Mongolian government that will guide long-term strategic cooperation between the State and Oyu Tolgoi to deliver a comprehensive energy plan for the South Gobi region. The PSCA will set... 

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

Power generation now a ‘major focus’ for mines as fuel costs soar

By: Anine Vermeulen Owing to the increasing cost of conventional fuels in the mining industry such as diesel, power generation is becoming a major focus for mining companies, says renewable-energy solutions company MCD director Manuel Duggal. MCD recently designed and supervised the installation of a new heavy fuel... 

Zest WEG Group

The Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is a South African company with a strong commitment to the development of the African region. Zest WEG is a leading supplier of low-, medium- and high-voltage electric motors, vibrator motors, variable... 

Zest WEG Group

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin

By: Creamer Media Reporter Toronto-based gold producer Iamgold president and CEO Steve Letwin is championing the use of renewable energy as an opportunity for gold mines to reduce costs – a proposition that the company is testing through its Rosebel gold mine, in Suriname. Although saving money is an imperative for all... 

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin
Photo by Iamgold Corp
Rosebel PV Plant, Suriname

Power supply deficit hindering African mining

By: Pimani Baloyi The deficiency in power generation on the African continent is impacting on the mining industry’s ability to reach its full production potential, thereby impacting on the industry’s ability to boost the continent’s economy, says Dubai-based temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global CAT... 

Power supply deficit hindering African mining
ROBERT BAGATSING Africa’s mining industry needs an immediate solution for its power supply issues

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

By: Anine Vermeulen Rising energy prices and supply constraints have forced African mining operations to find new energy solutions for affordable, consistent and secure sources of energy. To address these concerns, mining companies operating on the African continent are exploring renewable-energy integration as a... 

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector

By: Chantelle Kotze While the crippling strike in the platinum sector in South Africa has brought attention to the labour costs of the industry, Pretoria-based nonprofit policy research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies researcher Georgina Ryan points out that dealing with escalating energy costs... 

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector
ENERGY INTENSIVE Rising costs and the platinum sector's dependency on electricity are among the top business-sustainability challenges

Rental power attractive option for Moz mines 

By: Mia Breytenbach The outsourcing of power supplies is growing in Mozambique, as mining companies increasingly recognise the benefits of rental power, says temporary power generation company Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin Foster. He adds that confidence in rental power is gaining momentum... 

Rental power  attractive option for Moz mines
ATTRACTIVE OPTION Aggreko supplies power to mining operations across and Africa and throughout the world

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

By: Simon Rees In the current climate of economic headwinds, squeezed margins and stubborn overheads, mining companies continue to examine all aspects of expenditure in the hope of making savings. Energy consumption is one of the greatest costs, particularly for mining operations in remote areas with no access... 

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions 

By: Henry Lazenby The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday introduced its toughest action yet to cut down on carbon emissions, ordering a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, not auguring well for struggling thermal coal producers, which had... 

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

By: Henry Lazenby The burgeoning North American grid energy storage market could develop into a multibillion-dollar industry in a matter of a few years, with several companies positioning themselves to vie for the handful of first-mover clients. One company potentially leading the fray is Vancouver-based American... 

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter African Barrick Gold (ABG), which has three mines in Tanzania and is expected to mine about eight-million tons of gold-bearing ore this year alone, has been actively exploring renewable energy options for the past eight years, according to GM of technical services Nic Schoeman, and corporate... 

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter African mining companies find themselves with an unusually strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small financial and environmental benefits, Siemens Smart Generation Solutions manager Fabrice Nicolas... 

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

By: Henry Lazenby US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in New York. The... 

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations

By: Pimani Baloyi Providing ventilation systems for mining companies with deep-level operations necessitates the understanding of every client’s specific needs, which can be attained through ongoing communication, says South African-founded and South Africa-based underground ventilation systems provider Terramin.... 

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations
TERRAJET AIRMOVER An efficient ventilation system is critical to the effective management of occupational health and safety in all underground mining activities
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