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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

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2014 North America’s first vanadium redox flow energy-storage system provider American Vanadium on Friday announced that it had signed up its first customer, subject to financing. American Vanadium said it believed the order from Newfound Energies would enable the company to switch its primary source... 

American Vanadium signs-up first flow-battery customer

Renewables repositioning to meet mining industry’s energy needs 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2014 It is increasingly clear that mining and renewable energy are two businesses that belong together and, yet, figuring out the nuts and bolts of getting projects off the ground is not always easy. For many renewable-energy companies, the slow pace of approving projects poses an ongoing challenge.... 

Renewables repositioning to meet mining industry’s energy needs

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions based on customer requirements

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2014 A holistic solution for drives and materials handling systems in the mining industry will provide customised systems and maintenance services specifically suited to the requirements of each mine and plant, says industrial drives and gear major SEW-Eurodrive South Africa MD Ute Schoeman.... 

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions  based on customer requirements
UTE SCHOEMAN New technologies are promising, but end-users require customisation and extensive experience regarding implementation to improve their confidence adopting and implementing new technologies

Renewable-energy projects compete for capital in low-price milieu

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2014 Several industry pressures, ranging from greater competition for capital because of lower metal prices, to the expense of electrical energy storage, delay the widespread acceptance of renewable energy within the mining sector, Barrick Gold director of power projects Scott Fraser says. 

Renewable-energy projects compete for capital in low-price milieu

Goldcorp reducing costs by embracing renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2014 Over the past 18 months, Goldcorp, based in Vancouver, has built the organisational infrastructure to manage its energy demands far more efficiently, explained corporate energy manager Flyn McCarthy. He discussed how Goldcorp measured energy costs and the various options under consideration now... 

Goldcorp reducing costs by embracing renewable energy

Cronimet turns sod on large Namibian PV plant

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2014 Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining Power Solutions officially broke ground and began its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracting activities for a large Namibian photovoltaic (PV) power plant on August 18. The PV project is located in Omburu, two hours north-west... 

Cronimet turns sod on large Namibian PV plant

Glencore builds Canada’s first large wind and energy storage facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2014 The decision to install a 3 MW wind turbine at Glencore’s Raglan mine came after nearly five years of careful investigation, assessment, and analysis, says Jean-Francois Verret, director of strategy, projects, and public affairs. Because of the Arctic conditions at the mining site, which sits on... 

Glencore builds Canada’s first large wind and energy storage facility

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

By: Henry Lazenby     14th August 2014 Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources has signed a power-sector cooperation agreement (PSCA) with the Mongolian government that will guide long-term strategic cooperation between the State and Oyu Tolgoi to deliver a comprehensive energy plan for the South Gobi region. The PSCA will set... 

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

Power generation now a ‘major focus’ for mines as fuel costs soar

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2014 Owing to the increasing cost of conventional fuels in the mining industry such as diesel, power generation is becoming a major focus for mining companies, says renewable-energy solutions company MCD director Manuel Duggal. MCD recently designed and supervised the installation of a new heavy fuel... 

Zest WEG Group

8th August 2014 The Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is a South African company with a strong commitment to the development of the African region. Zest WEG is a leading supplier of low-, medium- and high-voltage electric motors, vibrator motors, variable... 

Zest WEG Group

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2014 Toronto-based gold producer Iamgold president and CEO Steve Letwin is championing the use of renewable energy as an opportunity for gold mines to reduce costs – a proposition that the company is testing through its Rosebel gold mine, in Suriname. Although saving money is an imperative for all... 

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin
Photo by Iamgold Corp
Rosebel PV Plant, Suriname

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2014 Rising energy prices and supply constraints have forced African mining operations to find new energy solutions for affordable, consistent and secure sources of energy. To address these concerns, mining companies operating on the African continent are exploring renewable-energy integration as a... 

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

Power supply deficit hindering African mining

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th July 2014 The deficiency in power generation on the African continent is impacting on the mining industry’s ability to reach its full production potential, thereby impacting on the industry’s ability to boost the continent’s economy, says Dubai-based temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global CAT... 

Power supply deficit hindering African mining
ROBERT BAGATSING Africa’s mining industry needs an immediate solution for its power supply issues

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th June 2014 While the crippling strike in the platinum sector in South Africa has brought attention to the labour costs of the industry, Pretoria-based nonprofit policy research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies researcher Georgina Ryan points out that dealing with escalating energy costs... 

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector
ENERGY INTENSIVE Rising costs and the platinum sector's dependency on electricity are among the top business-sustainability challenges

Rental power attractive option for Moz mines 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th June 2014 The outsourcing of power supplies is growing in Mozambique, as mining companies increasingly recognise the benefits of rental power, says temporary power generation company Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin Foster. He adds that confidence in rental power is gaining momentum... 

Rental power  attractive option for Moz mines
ATTRACTIVE OPTION Aggreko supplies power to mining operations across and Africa and throughout the world

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

By: Simon Rees     3rd June 2014 In the current climate of economic headwinds, squeezed margins and stubborn overheads, mining companies continue to examine all aspects of expenditure in the hope of making savings. Energy consumption is one of the greatest costs, particularly for mining operations in remote areas with no access... 

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday introduced its toughest action yet to cut down on carbon emissions, ordering a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, not auguring well for struggling thermal coal producers, which had... 

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2014 The burgeoning North American grid energy storage market could develop into a multibillion-dollar industry in a matter of a few years, with several companies positioning themselves to vie for the handful of first-mover clients. One company potentially leading the fray is Vancouver-based American... 

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2014 African Barrick Gold (ABG), which has three mines in Tanzania and is expected to mine about eight-million tons of gold-bearing ore this year alone, has been actively exploring renewable energy options for the past eight years, according to GM of technical services Nic Schoeman, and corporate... 

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

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... 

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy

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,... 

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