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Energy Services News

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining requires a robust constitution as mines often work against nature, descending deep underground, where temperatures can rise to between 60º and 70º at the rock face, explains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Harmony Gold gets tax incentive for energy savings at Tshepong mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Gold producer Harmony Gold Mining Company (Harmony) has received a Section 12L tax incentive for energy savings achieved on the compressors of the miner’s Tshepong gold mine in the Free State. Section 12L of the Income Tax Act incentivises businesses to save energy through a tax allowance of 95c... 

Harmony Gold gets tax incentive for energy savings at  Tshepong mine
Photo by Harmony Gold
IMPROVED EFFICIENCY Eenergy savings on Harmony Gold’s Tshepong mine compressors was achieved through the implementation of an integrated optimisation strategy

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining and civil engineering, and the industrial market

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has started a process to divide the company into two separate entities – Atlas Copco and Epiroc. Epiroc will remain a subsidiary of Atlas Copco.  

Atlas Copco splits into entities focusing on mining  and civil engineering, and the industrial market
SANJAY AHUJA Epiroc is now a house where we can live and breathe mining and rock excavation

Bushveld Energy, IDC, Eskom to test first vanadium redox flow battery

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy has deployed its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) to power utility Eskom for testing. The power utility will, at its research, testing and development centre, in Rosherville, test the VRFB and its... 

Collaboration with engineering firm yields nigh-R100m cost saving for Harmony

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE-listed Harmony Gold has partnered with Pretoria-based engineering company ETA Operations (ETA), formerly known as HVAC International, to improve the operational efficiency of Harmony’s deep-level gold mines in South Africa, subsequently resulting in significant cost savings. The operational... 

Collaboration with engineering firm yields nigh-R100m cost saving for Harmony
Photo by Harmony Gold
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ETA Operations aided Harmony Gold in maintaining previously-implemented electricity cost savings projects that yielded significant results

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

     10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto
ARRAY OF SUNSHINE Solar power will be used to reduce reliance on heavy fuel oil currently powering the Otjikoto mine

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Delivering well-executed projects at a low capital cost is key to continuous improvement within the local and global mining industry, and Sandton-based process and engineering service provider Metix attributes its ongoing success to its ability to do so for large projects on an engineering,... 

Low capital cost key to continuous improvement
INDUSTRY UPLIFTMENT The efficient delivery of a safely executed and on-time project is key to the upliftment of the industry

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

Atlas Copco

     20th October 2017 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Atlas Copco

Hybrid solar systems punted as the way forward for sub-Saharan Africa mines

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 Factors such as limited and unreliable energy transmission and distribution grids, across many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, have created a dependency among large industrial and mining houses on diesel and heavy fuel oil (HFO) to provide a reliable energy supply, says renewable-energy... 

Hybrid solar systems punted  as the way forward for  sub-Saharan Africa mines
DEGRUSSA PLANT The off-grid hybrid power plant at the DeGrussa copper/gold mine, in western Australia features a solar PV plant, lithium-ion battery facility and a diesel power station

Zambia mines deny they are being subsidised by domestic electricity consumers

By: Ilan Solomons     29th September 2017 The notion that Zambia’s mines are being subsidised by domestic consumers is  “wholly untrue and completely at odds with the facts”, states Zambian Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba, in response to a number of recent articles in the Zambian media suggesting that the government and... 

Zambia mines deny they are being subsidised by domestic electricity consumers
Photo by Duane Daws
KEY CUSTOMER The Zambian mining industry accounts for 80% of Zesco’s revenues with the balance coming from households, government, general industry and agriculture

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand
FAHMIDA SMITH The development of the 8 MW fuel cell is an exciting development in Implats’ move towards a carbon-neutral fuel source at its refinery

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 As a means of promoting beneficiation, South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) administration head Jeannette Hofsajer says the platinum-based fuel cell installed at its offices is just the start in a potentially vast surge in demand for fuel cell units, which would positively impact on the platinum... 

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future
FACING RESISTANCE Using fuel cells to replace petrol and diesel power is facing consumer resistance

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel Foundation co-founder and executive committee member Professor Rosemary Falcon. Despite South... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology
Photo by Duane Daws
ROSEMARY FALCON The Fossil Fuel Foundation’s co-founder and executive committee member believes circulating fluidised-bed combustion is the preferred technology

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Power generation stakeholders and key industry players are investigating ways of deriving the most benefit from lower coal qualities, says independent mining advisory company Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who tells Mining Weekly that companies are implementing new technologies to... 

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
LEGISLATION DERAILING Rail infrastructure is crucial in Africa and South Africa, but can only be finalised once legislation surrounding independent power producers is finalised

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With platinum being one of the most effective and durable catalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology (PEMFC), fuel cell and electrolyser technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) CEO Vinay Somera believes that this presents an opportunity for the South African platinum... 

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining
Photo by Duane Daws
VINAY SOMERA The drive to zero emissions also represent the “single biggest opportunity” for the industry

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With there being a global increase in demand for all fuel cells, with low temperature platinum bearing fuel cells seeing the largest increase in market pull, independent analysis and advisory firm 4th Energy Wave CEO Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson believes that this creates an increasing opportunity for... 

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector
Photo by SFC
INCREASED ADOPTION Trends and demands for an increasing availability of fuel cells are leading to increased adoption

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Zambia Chamber of Mines, and its initiative Mining for Zambia (MFZ), is enthusiastic about the reopening of mining operations in Zambia, which it says will not only result in increased copper production but also translate into stabilised employment levels in the country and improved tax revenues... 

Reopening of mines to stabilise employment, improve tax revenues
CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT The mining sector contributes to Zambia’s socioeconomic development through the creation of jobs and new business opportunities

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Red Metal Mining

     1st September 2017 Diversified project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated, distributed, or required, we... 

Red Metal Mining

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability
LARA SMITH Governments’ lead times for approving new power plants in African countries are often too long, resulting in a failure to realise the full potential of valuable mining projects

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Modular, mobile  dry-type transformers ideal for Africa
SAFER OPTION Dry-type transformers are completely flame-retardant and emissions free, using resin and vacuum-pressure impregnation to insulate windings and air as a cooling agent

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines

     25th August 2017 Fuel solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions strongly urges companies to take advantage of the Section 12L Energy Tax Incentive, under South Africa’s Income Tax Act, before it is too late, as this opportunity is limited until 2020. 

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines
FUEL FOCUS Masana offers mines high-performance products and fuel management systems for improved haul road efficiencies and reduced heavy equipment maintenance

Mines realise commercial, social gains of off-grid power

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Mining companies in Africa are beginning to realise the full potential of standalone power solutions as they strive to improve operational efficiencies and meet the social obligations governing their ventures in emerging economies, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo. 

Mines realise commercial, social gains of off-grid power
Photo by Bloomberg
REMOTE CHALLENGES As mining companies expand their mining activities into ever-more remote locations in Africa, access to basic services, such as power, becomes more challenging

Elegen

     25th August 2017 Edenvale-based original-equipment manufacturer Elegen has grown to be one of Africa’s largest generator manufacturer and suppliers, and has complemented its power-generation offering with the launch of its mobile pneumatic light-emitting diode (LED) lighting tower. This lighting tower has been... 

Elegen

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand
Photo by Duane Daws
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Resources Watch  

     3rd August 2017 Kumba CEO concerned by Minister’s reneging; Sishen productivity leaps by 57%; And, Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines

     18th July 2017 In this opinion article, juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin reflects on prospects in Africa for bilateral power purchase agreements for both grid-connected and behind-the-meter hybrid energy solutions 

Opinion: Hybrid energy solutions can boost viability of African mines
juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining
TOTAL VENTILATION One of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of ventilation or air used in the process

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New speed control product for pumps, compressors

     16th June 2017 The first member of a new product family in the field of speed control for compressors and pumps, the VECO-Drive, combines the reliability of mechanical gears with the productivity of low-voltage, variable-frequency drives (VFDs). Introduced by intelligent drive solutions, systems and... 

New speed control product for pumps, compressors
EFFECTIVE COMBINATION The VECO-Drive, which combines a mechanical planetary gear with a frequency controlled servo motor, reduces energy consumption by more than 2 000 MWh/y

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies
GROWTH POTENTIAL While the stability, progress and growth of the mining pumps industry lies predominantly in maintaining its existing installed base, potential does exist for growth in other areas
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