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Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2014 African mining companies find themselves with an unusually strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small financial and environmental benefits, Siemens Smart Generation Solutions manager Fabrice Nicolas... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2014 A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2014 US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in New York. The... 

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 Providing ventilation systems for mining companies with deep-level operations necessitates the understanding of every client’s specific needs, which can be attained through ongoing communication, says South African-founded and South Africa-based underground ventilation systems provider Terramin.... 

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations
TERRAJET AIRMOVER An efficient ventilation system is critical to the effective management of occupational health and safety in all underground mining activities

Ventilation event highlights energy optimisation at deep-level mines

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 The energy efficiency of ventilation and cooling systems installed at deep-level mining operations will be a central theme of the tenth International Mine Ventilation Congress (IMVC), reports local organising committee (LOC) chairperson Frank von Glehn. The theme of this year's conference, which... 

Mining giant invests significantly in environmental protection

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is forced to take drastic measures with regard to environmental protection efforts, especially at its Secunda-based underground coal mining complex, which covers more than 1 1002 km and is one of the largest in the country, says Sasol spokesperson Alex... 

Mining giant invests  significantly in  environmental protection
CLEAN MEANS OF MINING Sasol incorporates dust control technology into its operations to enhance the safety and health of its employees and the quality of the air in the surrounding environment

Six Cronimet projects progress to next South African IPP round

By: Henry Lazenby     10th March 2014 Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining were recently selected to proceed to the next round of approval for independent power producers (IPPs) to bring six 5 MW South African projects on line. Should Cronimet receive approval to bring 30 MW of production capacity on line, and combined... 

Six Cronimet projects progress to next South African IPP round

PV manufacturer promotes solar power use in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 Owing to the energy-intensive nature of mining operations, China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun Energy believes its photovoltaic (PV) solutions will enable mining operations to reduce the amount of power mines draw from national electricity grids, which will also reduce mining... 

PV manufacturer  promotes solar  power use in Africa
100 MW PROJECT IN GANSU PROVINCE, CHINA Talesun Energy believes it can deliver turnkey solar systems to Africa, particularly in the mining and heavy industrial sectors

Advantages of innovative use of cable types

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2014 Systems using direct current (DC) supply cables to alternating current (AC) Variable Frequency Drives that power conveyors and mining vehicles use less power than systems using AC supply cables, while torque sharing between the AC motors reduces the wear on shuttle cars and conveyor belts, says... 

Advantages of innovative use of cable types

Separating mining from oil, gas unwise – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2014 Separating oil and gas from mining in the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill framework would be unwise, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said in response to calls for this by Democratic Alliance shadow minister of mineral resources James Lorimer.... 

Separating mining from oil, gas unwise – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu

Sierra Leone hydropower joint venture to lower mining costs, boost mining capacity 

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th December 2013 Independent power development and generation company Endeavor Energy has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with international power developer Joule Africa to develop, finance and construct the $700-million Bumbuna Phase 2 hydroelectric power project, in Sierra Leone. 

Sierra Leone hydropower joint venture to lower mining costs, boost mining capacity
CAPACITY INCREASE With Phase 2 of the Bumbuna hydroelectric power project, Sierra Leone’s installed capacity will increase from 80 MW to nearly 300 MW

Mining companies need to consider renewable energy

     8th November 2013 South Africa’s mining companies are currently facing severe financial losses owing to strike action amid ongoing wage negotiations. These challenges, coupled with rising administered costs and fluctuating commodity prices, highlight the need for the industry to look at how best it can increase... 

Resources-for-energy could help juniors seize renewable power opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2013 A global mining and energy solutions firm is offering miners the opportunity to swap resources for electricity, which could potentially open the door to juniors seizing the opportunity to introduce renewable power at their projects without carrying the burden of financing, engineering,... 

New EPA emissions rules draw mixed reactions

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2013 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday released a set of proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants in an attempt to combat climate change and improve public health, which immediately drew mixed reaction from industry participants. Under the... 

Carbon Energy to start PFS on Bloodwood Creek reserve

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2013 ASX-listed Carbon Energy will move to a prefeasibility study of its syngas reserve at Bloodwood Creek, in Queensland, after a conceptual study identified underground coal gasification (UCG) opportunities. The conceptual study was the third phase in a process, which followed ten years of... 

Cameco Q1 profit nose-dives on lower sales, prices

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2013 Canadian uranium and electricity producer Cameco on Wednesday reported a 93% year-on-year drop in first-quarter profit as lower sales, lower prices and higher costs impacted on the company’s performance. Net earnings for the quarter ended March 31 were $9-million or $0.02 a share, compared with... 

Russian group planning to start uranium mining in Tanzania after granting of licence

By: John Muchira     19th April 2013 Russian company ARMZ Uranium Holding has announced plans to start uranium mining in Tanzania after being granted a licence for its Mkuju River mining project in the south of the country.  

13 First Nations and Goldcorp create new power transmission company

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2013 Thirteen First Nations and NYSE- and TSX-listed Goldcorp on Thursday announced they have signed an agreement formally incorporating Wataynikaneyap Power, a new company developing a transmission line that would reduce reliance on diesel and connect remote communities in north-western Ontario.... 

North America becoming big coal exporter as domestic consumption declines

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2013 The North American coal industry is in transition; a significant decline in domestic consumption means that it is becoming a significant exporter of the fossil fuel to emerging economies, especially those in Asia. 

Copper Fox enters into facilities study agreement with BC Hydro

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2013 Vancouver-based junior project developer Copper Fox Metals on Monday said it had entered into a facilities study agreement with the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro), to study what it would take to supply power to the company's Schaft Creek project. The facilities study... 

American Vanadium to transform from miner to advanced-tech purveyor

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2013 The developer of North America’s most significant vanadium project, American Vanadium, is considering repositioning itself from originally only being a primary high-purity vanadium producer, to being a supplier of electrolyte for use in energy storage systems, and to marketing such systems in... 

American Vanadium enters into strategic energy storage liaison

By: Henry Lazenby     19th February 2013 North America’s only vanadium mine developer, American Vanadium, on Tuesday said it had entered into a strategic association with German toolmaker and energy storage specialist Gildemeister to explore various joint venture and partnership arrangements focused on energy storage and micro-grid... 

Proposed electricity price increases could result in more restructuring

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2013 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Thursday slammed State-owned Eskom’s proposed electricity price increase, saying that it could result in further restructuring within South Africa’s platinum and gold sectors. The rising cost of energy had already added about R7-billion to the electricity costs of... 

Rio Tinto inaugurates hydro turbine for Quebec aluminium

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2012 Global diversified miner Rio Tinto Alcan on Friday inaugurated its new 225 MW high-efficiency turbine at the Shipshaw hydropower plant in Saguenay, Quebec. The company said the Shipshaw hydropower plant is a key component of the Rio Tinto Alcan Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean hydroelectric power network,... 

Malaga places Peru plant on care and maintenance, shares dive

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2012 TSX-listed miner Malaga on Monday said it had suspended production at its Peru-based Pasto Bueno tungsten mill and had placed it on care and maintenance following a power disruption. The company said the hydro-electric transmission line was accidentally severed and several transmission poles... 

GE power-conversion unit, Actom to collaborate on mining projects in Zambia, SA

     12th October 2012 A recent collaboration between energy technology developer GE Energy and turnkey solutions provider Actom Industry aims to support key emerging mining projects in Africa and underscores the increasingly vital role that advanced energy technologies play in meeting the production challenges of the... 

Interaction, integration key to minimising energy consumption

By: Leandi Kolver     21st September 2012 Achieving high production throughput while simultaneously keeping energy consumption as low as possible in mining operations entails the interaction of different individuals and integration of various sub-systems within the organisation, which can be challenging, says energy management company,... 

Ncondezi Coal eyes 2017 start-up for Mozambique power project

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2012 Aim-listed Ncondezi Coal on Thursday published the results of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on a proposed 1 800 MW mine-mouth coal-fired power plant at the company’s namesake project, in the Tete province of Mozambique. Ncondezi, which earlier confirmed the economic and technical... 

New technology slashes dump treatment costs at Gold Fields’ Kloof mine

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     8th June 2012 Mineral processing equipment manufacturer Gekko Systems recently installed its new Python dump treatment technology at Gold Fields’ Kloof gold mine. 

Kibo says MoU signed for Tanzania coal-fired power station

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th May 2012 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Mining said on Tuesday a subsidiary of its majority-owned Mzuri Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Asian conglomerate to develop a coal-fired power station, in Tanzania. Mzuri Coal and the Asian firm were in talks on a 250 MW to 350 MW mine... 

Tenova to give Bateman wider market presence in Chile, Australia 

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2012 Mining project house Bateman Engineering is expected to be given a wider market presence in both South America and Australia following its acquisition by Tenova of Italy. Tenova CEO Gianluigi (Gigi) Nova reports that Tenova’s $150-million (R1.2-billion) acquisition of Bateman has already secured... 

IFM engaging with Eskom on possible power buy-back options

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th February 2012 London-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM) was currently engaging with State-owned power utility Eskom regarding its possible participation in an electricity buy-back programme. CEO Chris Jordaan told Mining Weekly Online that the ferrochrome producer was considering the financial impact of... 

Growing dependence on rental power

     27th January 2012 Temporary power rental services company Aggreko will be exhibiting its bespoke power packages that suit a range of locations, climates and conditions at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba.  

South Africa mooted as platinum industry’s ‘Silicon Valley’

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2012 South Africa’s unique opportunity in platinum-related development is beckoning. There is growing conviction that South Africa could and should become the first mover in creating a kind of ‘Platinum Valley’ that emulates the great Silicon Valley success of the US. Both big business and government... 

Tongon becomes Randgold’s first mine plugged into grid

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Africa-focused London- and Nasdaq-listed Randgold Resources’ Tongon mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, had been plugged into the national power grid, making it the first Randgold mine that does not rely on self-generated electricity, CEO Mark Bristow said on Friday. “Access to this power is a significant... 

Energy intensive users prepared to reduce demand

By: Henry Lazenby     10th January 2012 Power utility Eskom’s biggest industrial customers, mainly mining and manufacturing companies, on Tuesday indicated that they would scale down demand to prevent rolling blackouts if the country’s electricity situation deteriorated. Eskom this week cautioned that it was operating at an extremely... 

Firestone/Sekoko to streamline joint venture

By: Henry Lazenby     25th November 2011 ASX- and JSE-listed Firestone Energy on Friday welcomed a proposal from majority shareholder Sekoko Resources to more closely align the management and economic interests of the two organisations. Should the proposal be implemented, the advantages would include streamlining management,... 

Company reports earnings up, environmental results down

By: Natalie Greve     25th November 2011 Global sustainability services provider Nalco states, in its sustainability report for 2010, that the company has experienced significant growth over the 2010/11 financial year through increasing production and focusing on emerging global growth regions, but adds that its sustainability results... 

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