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New engine oil promises significant cost savings

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Global petroleum company Shell’s latest heavy-duty diesel engine oil, Rimula R4L, coupled with its customer value proposition (CVP), aims to improve cost efficiency at mining operations amid the current tough economic climate. Shell South Africa commercial lubricants sales GM Anton Niemann... 

Zambian copper industry must be prepared for future upswing

     2nd December 2016 While a low metal price environment necessitates that mining companies cut spending and reduce expansion, adopting an overly cautious approach will ensure that companies risk being unprepared when the upswing occurs, says global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY). Being unprepared for... 

Zambian copper industry must be prepared for future upswing
Photo by Bloomberg
ON THE PRECIPICE Without new investment in improved productivity, Zambia’s mining industry will be unable to cash in on renewed global demand for copper

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The global mining industry risks wasting millions of dollars if greater emphasis is not placed on its employing renewable-energy solutions, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and biogas, according to global nonprofit organisation Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR).  

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining
SUNSHINE FOR MINES Greater emphasis should be placed on employing renewable-energy solutions in the mining industry

Mozambique coal project on track for 2017 financial close

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Power development company Ncondezi Energy tells Mining Weekly it is making steady progress towards financial close in 2017 for its 300 MW power plant and integrated openpit thermal coal mine project, in Mozambique. 

Mozambique coal  project on track for  2017 financial close
SCALABLE POWER SUPPLY Ncondezi’s power plant and integrated coal mine project will initially supply 300 MW of power to Mozambique but will ultimately be scaled up to 1 800 MW

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is expected to be trialed from January 2017 to June 2017. “The prototype is 85% complete and undergoing... 

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January
GREEN BREAKTHROUGH The development of the electric traction system on the Fermel battery-driven electric hauler has led to improved battery management, but, more importantly, zero-emissions mining technology

Energy sector trade show launch a ‘success’ – organiser

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 The inaugural PowerEx trade show, held last month alongside the biennial Electra Mining Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, has been declared a success by the show’s organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 

Energy sector trade show launch a  ‘success’ – organiser
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY There is excellent opportunity for growth going into PowerEx 2018, with not all floor space in Hall 9 dedicated to this year's show

Global ties place supplier ahead in energy efficiency game

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 Through the global resources afforded by its parent company, electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has been in a “very fortunate position” from a manufacturer perspective. 

Global ties place  supplier ahead in  energy efficiency game
CONSIDERABLE INVESTMENT Zest has invested R150-million in its South African manufacturing operations to incorporate WEG's manufacturing planning and execution system

Mines turn to off-grid power amid low commodity prices, revenue

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 More companies are considering the use of an independent power producer (IPP) to meet their mines’ energy needs, as many projects are under pressure to achieve capital savings to weather the current operating environment comprising low commodity prices and diminished revenue streams. 

Mines turn to off-grid power amid low commodity prices, revenue
TRADITIONAL ANSWER Off-grid mines have typically bought and operated their own diesel or heavy fuel oil power generating facilities, as security of energy supply is an important factor in the mining industry

Possible Tesla flop could hit global EV adoption rate 

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2016 Tesla Motors will probably not be able to meet its aggressive production targets and will perhaps experience ramp-up delays in manufacturing the Model 3 electric vehicle (EV), auto analyst Edward Niedermeyer argues, questioning whether the company will still be around in two years. “I’m very... 

Energy metal demand to outpace output in wake of $20bn battery build boom

By: Henry Lazenby     14th October 2016 “The megafactories are coming.” This is the mantra of market analyst, founder and MD of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Simon Moores, citing research showing more than $20-billion currently committed to creating new, or expanding existing lithium- (Li-) ion battery cell plants.  

Energy metal demand to outpace output in wake of $20bn battery build boom
Photo by Reuters
Lithium-ion batteries being manufactured

Energy now one of top three risks facing mining and metals sector

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Engineering and science consultancy SRK Consulting held its 360° Mining Perspective earlier this month in Johannesburg, where some of the company’s leading engineers and scientists discussed some of the challenges facing the global mining industry. One of the most significant challenges facing... 

Potential of LNG in Tanzania highlighted

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2016 With the discovery of large volumes of natural gas in Tanzania, South African welding, cutting and gas products and services provider African Oxygen (Afrox) is confident that there are numerous opportunities related to the use of this gas in Tanzania to replace other less efficient and costly... 

Potential of LNG in Tanzania highlighted
BUZWAGI BUSINESS Linde Engineering provided a 40 t/d oxygen production plant using vacuum pressure swing adsorption technology to Acacia Mining's Buzwagi gold mine

Wheeling touted as viable option for mines facing electricity supply challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 While mining operations require reliable power on a continuous basis, whether in remote locations, or in developed areas, load-shedding, poor quality power and weak grids are forcing mines to consider alternative sources of electrical energy. Consequently, juwi South Africa MD Greg Austin... 

Wheeling touted as viable option for mines facing electricity  supply challenges
CROSS COUNTRY POWER A solar photovoltaic plant in the Northern Cape could supply mines in the north of South Africa through electricity wheeling

Power management company showcases new products at Electra Mining

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Power Management Company Eaton launched a number of new products at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, which took place earlier this month at the Expo Centre, in Johannesburg. “We pride ourselves on being the go-to provider of reliable, safe and efficient products within the mining... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables
Photo by Energy & Mines
Barrick's 20 MW Punta Colorada wind farm, Chile

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the end of next year, fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly. Diesel-fueled LHDs are... 

National project more than halfway to meeting goal

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Flagship Project, or Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), is more than halfway through its 15-year timeline and 40% of the milestones on the road to achieving the goal of commercialisation of locally developed fuel cell technology on the international... 

National project more than  halfway to meeting goal
MAKHAPA MAKHAFOLA The biggest potential new market will be the automotive sector

First global rankings of renewables use by mining companies to be released

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 Renewable energy information provider to the mining industry Energy and Mines has released the initial results of the first global rankings of renewables used by mining companies, identifying that the top 21 mining companies use wind and solar energy to power their operations. The ‘Energy and... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology

     9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s mining industry’s “most ambitious venture ever” and the single-largest upfront infrastructure... 

Sentinel at  forefront of global mining technology
SERIOUS COMPETITOR The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology

Zambia conference to retain 2016 theme in 2017

     9th September 2016 The seventh Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (Zimec) will be held in Lusaka on April 5 to 6, 2017, and will retain the theme of Zimec 2016: ‘Mining and energy on the growth path to support and grow the Zambian economy’. Zimec 2016 was hosted at the New Government Complex... 

Zambia conference to retain 2016 theme in 2017
MONEY MAKER About 70% of Zambia’s earnings depend on copper mining

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     9th September 2016 Copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry challenges, such as a lack of transparency regarding its tax regime, have had significant negative macroeconomic impacts on the country's economy. However, with the implementation of the new tax regime, it is hoped that this challenge and others can be... 

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope
VICTOR SITABULE The cost of power in Zambia forms a large part of a mine’s production costs

Client delivery focus helps to grow local ventilation business

By: David Oliveira     2nd September 2016 Local fans and ventilation firm MechCaL has registered accelerated growth in all areas of the business over the past two years, owing to the company’s vision of making client delivery a top priority in producing products for South African mining ventilation. During the two-year period, MechCaL... 

Despite power supply stability, mines still prioritise efficient energy use

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd September 2016 Power supply instability may have been the catalyst for mining industry initiatives to pursue energy efficiencies, however, the current stability of electricity supply has not curbed the industry’s appetite for green solutions.   Nonetheless, sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources... 

Despite power supply stability, mines still prioritise efficient energy use
GREENING OPERATIONS Management teams across the sector are still determined to save costs and reduce mining operations’ carbon footprints

Production at Sasol’s Shondoni mine set to start next month

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Construction of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based Shondoni mine is approaching completion with first coal production expected this month.  

Production at Sasol’s Shondoni mine set to start next month
SHONDONI MINE Sasol’s new Shondoni Mine is expected to produce its first coal this month

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project

By: Henry Lazenby     1st September 2016 The discovery of the nearby Sona Hill satellite deposit has blown new life into developer Sandspring Resources’ flagship Toroparu project, in Guyana, providing the prospect of higher grades of gold-only mineralisation – a potential game changer. 

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project
Photo by Sandspring Resources
Collecting geochemical samples at Sandspring Resources' Toroparu project, Guyana

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner
Photo by Largo Resources
Vanadium from Largo Resources' Maracas Menchen vanadium mine, in Brazil

Cliffs secures new 20-year energy agreement for core Tilden mine

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2016 North American iron-ore products producer Cliffs Natural Resources has secured a new 20-year energy agreement with fellow NYSE-listed WEC Energy Group to provide the company’s core Tilden mine with a long-term, reliable and affordable source of electric power in Michigan. “Our Tilden Mine... 

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution in African mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 Australia’s largest offgrid solar and battery storage facility has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine in Western Australia. As local renewable energy leadership believes this project will pioneer the way in Africa for offgrid... 

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution  in African mining sector
GENERATING CAPACITY The 10.6 MW solar hybrid system is fully integrated with the existing 19 MW diesel-fired power station at Sandfire Resources’s DeGrussa mine

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Amplats-linked German company unveils hydrogen storage, logistics system

By: Dylan Slater     13th May 2016 The first commercial hydrogen storage and logistics system was launched earlier this month at Germany-based hydrogen startup Hydrogenious Technologies, a company in which platinum miner Anglo American Platinum invested.  

Amplats-linked German company unveils  hydrogen storage, logistics system
Photo by Duane Daws
FUEL CELL A hydrogen fuel cell prototype used by Anglo American Platinum in a locomotive

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety
Photo by Duane Daws
MINING POWER SUPPLY A power failure at an underground mine could lead to mineworkers becoming stranded

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities for mining sector

     13th May 2016 Fuels, lubricants and oil-based products producer and marketer Engen Petroleum was scheduled to complete the construction of a fuel storage and dispensing facility at the Husab uranium project, in Namibia, in late March.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities  for mining sector
POWERFUL PROSTECTS Once in full production, the Husab uranuim mine will be one of the largest in the world

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success,  holds much potential
BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK More than 50% of the sorghum planted had grown despite not using any irrigation other than rainwater

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Enbridge turns to renewable energy with French offshore wind acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 Canadian oil and gas infrastructure giant Enbridge has agreed to buy a 50% interest in French offshore wind development company Éolien Maritime France (EMF), for C$282-million. NYSE- and TSX-listed Enbridge would co-own the company with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of Électricité... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines
POWER SOLUTION The ZRW mobile solar-powered floodlighting system was supplied to Namibian iron-ore mine which requires electricity to run 24/7

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

     11th April 2016 The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report
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