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Aggreko installs 30 MW of power generation capacity at African mines

By: David Oliveira     19th February 2016 Global temporary power generation company Aggreko’s installed generator capacity in African mining grew by 20% year-on-year, adding 30 MW of additional capacity in 2015. East Africa and Southern Africa showed the most significant growth during the past year, particularly in the Democratic... 

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs

     12th February 2016 Owing to mining clients’ negotiation positions for renewable-energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) having improved considerably as renewables can be used with diesel generators in hybrid systems, the opportune time is now for them to pursue renewable sources of energy, says Germany-based... 

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs
WINDS OF CHANGE The objective of using renewable energy for mining operations is to partly replace fossil-fuel powered stations with inexpensive solar or wind energy technology

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Dependable electricity supply is critical to the operation of a mine within safe parameters, and negligence thereof can leave a mining company vulnerable to costly litigation and rising insurance premiums.  

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability
SECURE SUPPLY Any loss of power, however short, is an expensive risk and unacceptable at a mine site

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 A common trend in the mining industry is the misuse or non-use of energy data, says Sandton-based sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) South Africa air quality and climate change team head and senior partner Massimo Bettanin.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use
EFFICIENT MINDSET All mining personnel should be trained to operate their respective machinery in the most efficient manner possible

Hybrid power solution aimed at African mining industry

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Contrary to popular belief, a power solution incorporating renewable-energy solutions and diesel generators does exist and has been developed particularly for the mining industry, especially miners operating in regions with high average solar-peak yields, says renewable-energy solutions company... 

Hybrid power  solution aimed at African mining industry
SOLAR POSSIBILITIES South Africa has lots of solar photovoltaic potential with high average peak yields of sunlight

Dependable power will boost economic growth

     12th February 2016 As a result of electricity supply limitations in South Africa and many other sub-Saharan African countries, economic growth is set to be impeded, which will affect many electricity-intensive and -dependent industries, including mining.  

Sparton assists in commissioning of 8 MWh Chinese vanadium-flow battery

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2016 One of the largest vanadium-flow batteries in the world has been commissioned in China, reveals TSX-V-listed Sparton Resources, Sparton’s subsidiary VanSpar Mining played a critical role in raising finance for the Zhangbei project’s 8 MWh vanadium-flow battery that was successfully commissioned... 

Mining pressed to overcome barriers to secure greater renewable presence

By: Simon Rees     26th January 2016 The pace of renewables uptake by mining companies has been weighted down by the economic downturn, excessive capital costs and cultural barriers, an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce renewables in mining conference heard. These issues had been compounded by... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2016 The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme, among... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

By: Simon Rees     15th January 2016 TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Despite the tie-up between the renewables market and the mining sector being dynamic and exciting, the high levels of upfront capital expenditure (capex) needed to install and operate renewable components and storage solutions remained a significant impediment to... 

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

American Vanadium to buy vanadium-flow battery business from German developer

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2016 TSX-V-listed American Vanadium has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with German firm DMG Mori to acquire its wholly owned subsidiary Gildemeister Energy Storage (GES), manufacturer of the CellCube vanadium-flow energy storage system. The LOI provided American Vanadium with the exclusive... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

By: Simon Rees     9th January 2016 The mining sector’s uptake of renewable energy could be slowed by cheaper diesel in the wake of crude oil’s price plunge, head of energy consulting firm THEnergy Thomas Hillig told an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce conference on renewables in mining, in... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

Despite power connection delay, Asanko says hot commissioning to start in Dec

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2015 West Africa-focused project developer Asanko Gold is in discussions with independent power producer Genser Energy Ghana, which it says failed to meet the deadline for providing temporary power to the company's mine project in Ghana. Under the terms of a June power purchase agreement, Genser had... 

North West uranium miner helps establish agriculture venture for nearby community

By: Ilan Solomons     6th November 2015 Mines and municipalities can play a critical role in building local economies, says JSE-listed investment holding company Oakbay Resources & Energy CEO Varun Gupta. He points out that the company’s Shiva uranium mine, in Hartbeesfontein, in North West, has partnered with the Matlosana... 

North West uranium miner helps establish agriculture  venture for nearby community
SEMOGARE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT The mine provided 10 ha of its land to the cooperative, as well as free water and electricity

Gas infrastructure, improved market conditions key to development of fuel cell industry in South Africa

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 Stationery fuel cell technology could be the key that unlocks primary platinum demand and reinvigorates South Africa’s ailing platinum mining industry, which is promising for the sector, since Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stated that the country needed to commit to 1 000 MW of... 

Gas infrastructure, improved market conditions key to development of fuel cell industry in South Africa

Miners developing renewable-energy ventures at BC mineral projects assured of govt support 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2015 British Columbia’s economy had historically been firmly rooted in mining and, with a slew of new projects progressing through the permitting stage, the provincial government was ready for them to plug into its vast grid, brim-full of renewable electricity, and to support miners’ efforts to... 

Hybrid power plant reduces mine’s operational costs

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Energy solutions provider Cronimet Mining Power Solutions’ first megawatt-scale, solar-diesel hybrid power plant, at the Cronimet Chrome South Africa Thabazimbi openpit chromium mine, in Limpopo, has significantly reduced the mine’s diesel consumption, allowing for more effective energy... 

Hybrid power plant reduces  mine’s operational costs
HYBRID SOLAR-DIESEL POWER PLANT. Photovoltaic systems are easily integrated into existing diesel generated power supply sytems

New high-pressure grinding roll improves energy efficiency at US mine

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd October 2015 Energy efficiency is the key to success at modern mines and quarries and the most potential for energy and cost savings can be realised in the comminution process, where ore is ground and crushed into smaller particles, say diversified engineering and mining group Metso. The company’s HRC 3000,... 

New high-pressure grinding roll improves energy efficiency at US mine
PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS The HRC 3000 was the result of four years of close collaboration between Metso and Freeport-McMoRan

Jasco’s transient filtration system reduces ‘dirty power’ in electrical systems

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2015 Transient voltage anomalies, which occur within microseconds and create distortions in single and three-phase alternating current, can cause damage to equipment and electronic circuitry, leading to unexpected shutdowns or failures of mining equipment and their control systems, says South African... 

Jasco’s transient filtration system reduces ‘dirty power’ in electrical systems
MARCO DA SILVA The Jtamer system can be deployed on all equipment to reduce the creation and transmission of dirty power within a company’s electrical systems

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... 

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

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

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

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... 

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.  

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

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