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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 –... 

Event a gold mine for energy solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa continue to recognise the need to go off-grid, find energy solutions that ensure they do not depend on an outside source and acquire renewable-, cleaner-energy solutions for a more sustainable future, in spite of the tough economic climate, says Africa Energy... 

Event a gold mine for energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
LEADING THE WAY The Africa Energy Indaba has lined up a host of speakers aligned with energy solution services and opportunities applicable to the mining sector

Mines could reap significant savings by incorporating renewables into their energy mix

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Renewable-energy systems, including solar photovoltaic (PV) power, hold significant benefits for mining operations in sub-Saharan Africa, says renewable-energy solutions company juwi Renewable Energies MD Greg Austin.  

Rapid energy access needed in Southern Africa

     24th February 2017 The rebound in commodity prices should usher in new projects as well as the expansion of existing operations in Southern Africa’s mining industry, but the region, counteractively, has an insufficient power supply, says fast-track mobile turbine power provider APR Energy regional sales director... 

Renewables gaining traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Off-grid mines present one of the biggest business opportunities in renewable-energy solutions for mining companies, says engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff director of transmission, distribution and power Dinesh Buldoo. The mining sector is one of the... 

Renewables gaining traction
DINESH BULDOO Off-grid mines present one of the biggest business opportunities in renewable-energy solutions for mining companies

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand for products and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies worldwide are striving to remain buoyant,... 

Temporary power solutions touted  as cost-effective option for mines
MAJID ZAHID Power generation and supply is a part of mines operations that could make significant adjustments to their capital expenditure

GM, Honda in JV to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell systems

By: Ilan Solomons     10th February 2017 US multinational corporation General Motors (GM) and Japanese multinational corporation Honda last week announced the establishment of the automotive industry's first manufacturing joint venture (JV) to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from... 

GM, Honda in JV to manufacture  hydrogen fuel cell systems
JOINING HANDS Honda’s Toshiaki Mikoshiba and GM’s Mark Reuss showcase their jointly developed next generation fuel cell stack system

Ikea Canada picks up second Alberta wind farm, pays Teck, TransAlta C$119.6m

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2017 Scandinavian furniture and furnishings company Ikea Canada has bought a second wind farm in Alberta as part of its global ambition to match its electricity consumption with renewable energy production by 2020. Ikea will acquire an 88 MW wind farm located near Drumheller, about 130 km east of... 

Sustainability to be highlighted by EPC services provider

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services provider Black & Veatch will meet with new and existing clients at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to explore the ways in which its sustainability-focused solutions can benefit their operations. 

Sustainability to be highlighted by EPC services provider
INTEGRATED ENERGY SOLUTIONS Mines in countries such as Australia, Canada and Chile are incorporating renewable-energy power sources into their electricity supply

UK scientists develop ‘power generating’ diamond

By: Ilan Solomons     27th January 2017 New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.... 

UK scientists develop ‘power generating’ diamond
Photo by University of Bristol
GROUND-BREAKING DEVELOPMENT The development could solve some of the problems associated with nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life

Antofagasta swaps 40% Alto Maipo stake for cheaper electricity

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2017 London-based Antofagasta announced Friday that its subsidiary Minera Los Pelambres had agreed to transfer its 40% stake in the Alto Maipo hydroelectric project to controlling shareholder Gener in return for cheaper electricity. Los Pelambres has been in partnership with Gener in the Alto Maipo... 

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
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