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Mining leaders to learn about the energy savings potential of renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2015 The global mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in was... 

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The mining industry’s increased adoption of the latest IEC/SANS 61439 series of safety and performance regulations for low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) power assemblies has encouraged manufacturers to revise the certification of their electrical products, states power management company... 

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance
STANDARD COMPLIANT Eaton’s CX LV Power Assembly is third-party-certified in accordance with IEC 61439-2 (verification by testing)

Furnace cooling components supplied to Zambian smelter

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie last month supplied new start-up face equipment to the new smelter of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine. “The equipment supplied to the Isasmelt furnace includes copper-cooling components, cooling elements... 

Integrated coal project achieves financial closure

     11th September 2015 Coal miner Maamba Collieries’ fully integrated coal and power project in Zambia, reached financial closure at the end of July, financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance reported. The project, which is 80% complete, comprises the redevelopment of the existing coal mine and the construction of... 

Integrated coal project achieves financial closure
Photo by Bloomberg
SUPPLY POTENTIAL Maamba Collieries has the largest coal mine in Zambia, with estimated reserves of 140-million tons comprising high grade and thermal grade coal

Power restored to Zambian copper operation and development projects

     11th September 2015 Zambian State-run power company Zesco last month restored full power supply to base-metals miner First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi copper operation and Sentinel project in Zambia. “This follows the receipt of notice of the declaration of force majeure for the supply of electricity from... 

Power restored to Zambian copper operation and development projects
Photo by Bloomberg
FOCUS POINT During the power constraints First Quantum Minerals concentrated on maintaining operations at Kansanshi and its smelter

Preheater technology makes smelting projects efficient

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 The shortage of electricity supply in South Africa and the associated increase in electricity prices have resulted in a severe downturn in the country's furnace industry, with many smelting projects being put on hold, says high-capacity furnace and smelting plant company Tenova Pyromet sales and... 

Preheater technology makes  smelting projects efficient
EFFICIENT ENERGY USE Multiple Preheater Technology directly addresses mines’ needs to reduce their electricity consumption

Integrated solutions launched at Electra Mining Botswana

By: David Oliveira     21st August 2015 Energy management specialist Schneider Electric will launch a number of its latest integrated mining solutions, which form part of the company’s Eco Structure method to improve energy consumption and asset performance, at the Electra Mining Botswana exhibition. Schneider Electric Africa mining,... 

Looming cobalt market deficit to spur investment interest 

By: Henry Lazenby     7th August 2015 Cobalt has undergone somewhat of a transformation over the past five years, in step with the new emerging applications in the booming battery business that have driven a three-fold demand increase. Despite being a smaller industry than its battery raw material counterparts – roughly half the size... 

Looming cobalt market deficit to spur investment interest
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Balls of metal ore sit in a collection drum before loading into a furnace during processing at Katanga Mining's copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zest WEG still acquisitive after adding scale and scope to transformer offering  

By: Terence Creamer     7th August 2015 South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG remains on the prowl for “synergistic” acquisitions, having recently completed a transaction to buy TSS Transformers – a deal that materially increases its local manufacturing capabilities and heralds its entry into the... 

Zest WEG still acquisitive after adding scale and scope to transformer offering
Zest WEG CEO Louis Meiring in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the company's latest acquisition and its prospects. Recording & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Positive results for solar tracker pilot project at Amplats mine

By: Ilan Solomons     7th August 2015 Since the €430 000 solar tracker pilot project was launched at platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo on November 27, 2014 it has achieved impressive power generations results, said green energy project developer GX Energy SA director Dr Michael... 

Positive results for solar tracker pilot project at Amplats mine
SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEMS, MOGALAKWENA MINE The pilot plant consists of two solar tracking systems with 48 solar modules that follow the path of the sun

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy

By: Bruce Montiea     17th July 2015 Hydropowered rock drills can reduce the drilling energy requirement of a mine by up to 90% compared to pneumatic systems, as they operate at more than twice the penetration rate of air drills. In addition, as hydropower is more energy-efficient, it also reduces the number of drillers in a working... 

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy
PRECISE Hydropowered drilling can achieve improved advance rates through more accurate drilling

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th July 2015 The general mood of the rare earths industry is cautiously optimistic, owing to the Chinese market opening up and the increased use of the elements in the automotive sector and in renewable energy. According to independent mining consultancy Core Consultant’s Rare Earth Monthly Report, which... 

Rare earths to ride price see-saw for foreseeable future

Declining South America copper ore grades require ingenuity

By: Dylan Slater     3rd July 2015 Declining ore grades is one of the major challenges faced by copper miners in South America, specifically in Chile, says professional services firm Deloitte. 

Declining South America copper  ore grades require ingenuity
CHRISTOPHER LYON The aim in Chile is to grow copper production by between 3% and 4% yearly

Components supply service supported by maintenance

     19th June 2015 South African power generation company Vert Energy’s component supply service for electromechanical power generation in the mining industry is supported by repair and maintenance facilities on the African continent, the company notes.  

Fuel cleanliness company develops automatic fuel decontaminator

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 South Africa-based fuel cleanliness company Supa Fuel has developed a system that detects the presence of water and drains it from fuel storage tanks automatically, eliminating problems associated with the presence of water in fuel which can result in engine failure, inefficient fuel use and... 

Mines encouraged to contribute to Moz power grid

By: Pimani Baloyi     5th June 2015 Organisers of the yearly Powering Africa: Mozambique investment meeting, EnergyNet, say that this year’s two-day event, held last month in Maputo, focused on getting the mining sector and other industries that have energy-producing capabilities to contribute to Mozambique’s national grid to... 

Mines encouraged  to contribute to  Moz power grid
Photo by Duane Daws
MOZAMBIQUE POWER In the past twelve years, the percentage of families that have access to electricity in increased from 7% to 45%

Renewable energy punted as a viable option as load-shedding bites

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th May 2015 With the South African mining industry contributing about 18% to the country’s gross domestic product, available and reliable electricity supply remains crucial in ensuring uninterrupted mining production. 

Renewable energy punted as a viable option as load-shedding bites

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2015 This week: Minister Lynne Brown moves to stabilise Eskom leadership with appointment of Brian Molefe as acting CEO. And, a new dust buster initiative sounds the potential death knell for the silicosis scourge. 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2015 South Africa’s electricity problems are offering platinum mining companies a major opportunity to stimulate the offtake of platinum. State power utility Eskom’s loadshedding programme and the global trend towards decentralised power generation are elevating power-generating fuel cell technology –... 

Electricity supply problems, decentralised power trend opportunity for platinum

Canada-India uranium tensions thaw as Cameco strikes export deal

By: Henry Lazenby     15th April 2015 Canada on Wednesday unveiled a C$350-million deal to supply more than seven-million pounds of uranium concentrate to India, signalling a new era for the two countries’ bilateral relations. Canadian uranium producer Cameco announced that it had inked a supply agreement with the Department of... 

Canada-India uranium tensions thaw as Cameco strikes export deal
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in Ottawa.

Local mines becoming more mindful of energy efficiency, cost effectiveness

By: Ilan Solomons     10th April 2015 Local mining companies are increasingly implementing measures that ensure more energy efficient and cost-effective operations at their mines and processing plants, sustainable growth and development organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) energy head Valerie Geen tells Mining Weekly.... 

Local mines becoming more mindful of energy efficiency, cost effectiveness
VALERIE GEEN Mining companies are very conscious of rising energy costs being one of their highest cost factors

New generators to stabilise mine power supply by mid-April

     10th April 2015 West Africa-focused gold producer Perseus Mining has bought four new Caterpillar diesel-driven generators to boost the on-site power generating capacity at its Edikan gold mine, in Ghana. The generators, that were bought from power equipment supplier Mantrac Ghana for about $3.3-million,... 

New generators to  stabilise mine power  supply by mid-April
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GOLD PRODUCTION In the absence of an unexpected improvement in the availability of power in Ghana, Perseus Mining will be unable to meet its June 2015 production guidance

Ontario makes Northern Industrial Electricity Rate programme permanent

By: Henry Lazenby     8th April 2015 The Ontario government on Tuesday announced that the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) programme would become permanent for qualifying large northern industrial consumers. Significant forestry and mining companies were among the beneficiaries of the programme, which was first introduced... 

Ontario makes Northern Industrial Electricity Rate programme permanent

Hummingbird looks to develop hydroelectrric power plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2015 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has signed a collaboration agreement with development fund IFC InfraVentures and energy company Aldwych International to embark on the planning and development of a 20 MW to 30 MW hydroelectric power (HEP) plant in southeast Liberia. The proposed plant, which... 

Hummingbird looks to develop hydroelectrric power plant

Resources Watch  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd April 2015 This week: Eskom targets 975 MW in savings as it restarts its DSM schemes. And, Vested interests and a lack of understanding are the key impediments to a PGMs exchange. 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Exhibitor strategically planning product response following indaba

By: Pimani Baloyi     6th March 2015 Following the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, temporary power and temperature-control solutions provider Aggreko is deciding which projects to pursue through strategic planning while also developing plans to customise its solutions to meet these specific project requirements. Aggreko... 

Exhibitor strategically  planning product response following indaba
MARTIN FOSTER Aggreko continues to flourish despite ongoing downward pressure on commodity prices

Africa ready to break the paradox of being primary, yet poorest, mining location 

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2015 Despite the commodity price collapse, Africa was ready to participate as a host continent to the global mineral extraction industry, South African Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business's sixteenth Annual African Mining Breakfast... 

Africa ready to break the paradox of being primary, yet poorest, mining location
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Mines eye generating own electricity 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2015 Creamer Media's Shannon de Ryhove speaks to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer about South African mines turning to solar power and fuel cells to keep them running as Eskom becomes increasingly more expensive and unreliable. 

Mines eye generating own electricity
Mines eye generating own electricity

Nevsun reports full power restored at Eritrea ops, lifts dividend

By: Henry Lazenby     15th December 2014 Horn of Africa-focused copper miner Nevsun Resources on Monday reported that a third-party power solutions provider has fixed and restored the electricity supply to the Bisha plant, in Eritrea. Nevsun last week reported that power supply issues had forced a temporary halt in concentrate... 

Nevsun unfazed by unreliable power at Bisha plant

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2014 Eritrea-focused copper producer Nevsun Resources was unaffected by power supply issues that had forced a temporary halt in concentrate production at its flagship Bisha mine. Vancouver-based Nevsun reported that the 27-generator strong third-party-supplied power plant was undergoing routine... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

By: Simon Rees     21st November 2014 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... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

Company launches newly engineered hydraulic solutions

By: Pimani Baloyi     14th November 2014 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     14th November 2014 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     24th October 2014 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

     10th October 2014 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     10th October 2014 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     10th October 2014 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     10th October 2014 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

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