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Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Ncondezi power project in Mozambique nears JDA completion, financial close 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2018 The joint development agreement (JDA) for Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique, is nearing completion.  

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’
Photo by Dylan Slater
IDC senior project development manager Bertie Strydom

Kibo moves into the Mozambican market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambican energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga to participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique.  

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging region who are employees at Eskom have resolved not to accept the utility’s offer of a 0% wage increase.  

NUM kicks against Eskom’s 0% wage increase

Resgen seeks additional funding while Boikarabelo delay continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) will, this month, table a submission with international commodities group Noble Resources, for the provision of additional funding for the anticipated working capital requirement arising from the development delay in Resgen’s... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report

Maatla on track for coal project take-off

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy remains on track to start site establishment and construction activities later this year, and production in 2019 at the company’s Mmamabula coal mine, in Botswana. Following the approval of an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) last month, Maatla... 

Maatla on track for coal project take-off
Photo by Bloomberg
SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE The Mmamabula coal mine contains more than 90-million tonnes of high-grade thermal coal

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Lemur concludes concession agreement for Imaloto power project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings has executed a 30-year concession agreement with the Madagascar government for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Imaloto integrated thermal coal and power project. The concession comes on the... 

Lemur concludes concession agreement for Imaloto power project
Lemur Holdings CEO Prince Nyati

Kibo awards second lot of Mbeya EPC contract

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Mining has awarded Sepco III the second lot of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP), in Tanzania. Lot 2 of the EPC contract involves the construction of the power line that will evacuate power from the Mbeya power... 

Desert Lion sets price for flotation plant development in Namibia

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 The Phase 1 flotation plant at TSX-listed Desert Lion Energy’s Namibian lithium operations is estimated to cost about C$7-million. The plant, with a processing capacity of between 350 000 t/y and 400 000 t/y, will be used to process the fines from the historic run-of-mines stockpiles at Desert... 

Chamber of Mines opposes Eskom’s RCA applications

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) has opposed State-owned Eskom’s application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a large tariff increase to recover losses on its Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA). If granted, the requested R66.6-billion increase, will be passed on to consumers... 

Barrick, Goldcorp to convert Pueblo Viejo power plant to natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2018 Barrick Gold and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), in the Dominican Republic, will convert the Quisqueya I power generation facility from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to natural gas, with the expectation of saving about $54/oz of gold produced over the remaining life of the... 

EIUG, associate organisation appoint board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and its associated organisation, the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), on Monday announced their new chairpersons, who were elected at the yearly general meetings of the two bodies.  

Ncondezi raises £950 000

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has raised £950 000, before expenses, through a conditional placing of 15.2-million ordinary shares at a price of 6.25p apiece. The company will use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet as it moves towards the conclusion of a joint development agreement (JDA) for... 

Ncondezi confident it can achieve a more competitive tariff

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Preliminary results from a review of updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M), contracts for Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, are positive.  

Berkeley Energia targets further cost reductions at the Salamanca mine

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 Clean energy-focused Berkeley Energia has completed the financing for its Salamanca uranium project, in Spain, and is in the process of undertaking detailed final reviews to ensure the company has the most optimal capital and operating costs. A final selection of contractors is also being finalised. 

Ncondezi reviews updated EPC, operations and maintenance proposals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Power development company Ncondezi Energy is reviewing updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for its integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique.  

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
Photo by Resources for Future Generations Conference
RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals on Thursday provided an operational update regarding its coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings, stating that the bankable feasibility study for the integrated thermal coal mining and independent power project, in Madagascar, is progressing.  

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project
Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset
NEW COAL ASSET Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is ready to start mining

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2018 The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC's) 2018 convention, in Toronto, drew an international crowd of 25 606 people, in what is widely considered as a clear sign that optimism is returning to the mineral exploration and mining industry following several years of turmoil.... 

World's biggest mining show draws huge crowd, signalling mining investment optimism

Mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2018 To refine and improve the execution of recruitment within the mining industry, mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed a new, innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger. “Digger is a digital recruitment, talent management and staff retention... 

Mining-specific staff recruitment,  management app developed
Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed. Editing: Darlene Creamer and Christo Greyling.

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd March 2018 South Africa needs stability, continuity and fairness in the mining industry, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure division MD Dr Terence Milne, who tells Mining Weekly that presenters at the Investing in African Mining Indaba highlighted “political stability, fair... 

Stability, sustainability needed for mining growth
Photo by Bloomberg
CLEAN ENERGY WSP aims to explore green energy for miners in the year ahead

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

New directive will  affect mining vessels  off the shore of Namibia
BALANCING ACT The adoption of low-sulphur fuel in much of Africa is a delicate balance between cost, responsibility and profitability

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

Biodiesel not an affordable  solution for SA mines
BIODIESEL IN MINING The main ingredient for the production of biodiesel in South Africa is used cooking oil, and once processed the oil has the ability to power TLB’s for the mining industry

Energy efficiency can be profit centre for mining

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 South African mining companies must embrace modern energy-saving technologies and new thinking on reducing carbon emissions if they hope to remain competitive in the global commodities market, warns international energy and carbon emissions solutions specialist Ensight Energy Solutions. “Business... 

Energy efficiency can be  profit centre for mining
Energy Saving Ideas Competition Ensight Energy Solutions believes a profitable energy future for the mining industry is possible through a combination of advanced energy management and renewable energy

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Green bonds  appealing funding  opportunity for mines
GEORGINA HAYDEN The issuance of green bonds will increase proportionately with the ongoing galvanisation of global sentiment towards achieving stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 African mining companies and investors have expressed increasing interest in hybrid energy solutions that show the potential to address off-peak demand challenges, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo, who expects this trend to continue. “We have seen several hybrid... 

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future
DINESH BULDOO There is significant investor and developer interest in renewable-energy projects

Partnerships key as South Africa tackles Gamsberg project

23rd February 2018 At global diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape, motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise its range of transformers and motors across a number of... 

Partnerships key as South Africa tackles Gamsberg project
TRANSFORMED SUPPLY Various transformers for the Gamsberg zinc project were manufactured at the WEG transformers Africa facility
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