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

By: Zandile Mavuso 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. 

Fed Mining Minister Rickford celebrates 19th National Mining Week

By: Henry Lazenby Canada’s Minister of Mining Greg Rickford on Monday celebrated the 19th National Mining Week that would run to Friday, touting the country’s international leadership and innovation in the sector and underscoring the importance of mining to communities across Canada. "Quite simply, mining matters... 

Fed Mining Minister Rickford celebrates 19th National Mining Week

Panoro positioned for growth in Peru’s copper-producing nexus

By: Henry Lazenby With a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its flagship project in hand and Peru having made it a national goal to double its copper output by next year, Canadian copper explorer Panoro Minerals is positioned for growth. The PEA published early last month on its Cotabambas porphyry... 

Canadian major, midtier miners urged to prepare for transparency act compliance

By: Simon Rees The introduction of the Extractive Sector Transparency Act (ESTMA) would represent a sea change in the reporting of payments to government for Canadian seniors and midtiers, Borden Ladner Gervais partner Andrew Powers told an audience at the Canadian Institute of Mining’s management and economic... 

Canadian major, midtier miners urged to prepare for transparency act compliance

WA updates mine closure guide

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Western Australian government has released new guidelines for the closure, decommissioning and rehabilitation of mines in the state. The revised document, titled 'Guidelines for Preparing Mine Closure Plans 2015', is expected to benefit the resources industry and the environment. 

What role does deep-level mining play in seismic activity in South Africa?

By: Anine Vermeulen An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 shook Southern Africa in August 2014 and was felt as far apart as Botswana and Durban, in South Africa. One man was killed when a wall collapsed on him in Orkney; 34 miners were injured in mines around Orkney; and more than 600 houses were damaged in the... 

What role does deep-level mining play  in seismic activity in South Africa?

Science taskforce to advise Qld on Great Barrier Reef

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Queensland state government has appointed Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett to head the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce, aimed at advising the state government on how to achieve its reef water quality improvement targets. The Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, Steven Mills, said... 

Science taskforce to advise Qld on Great Barrier Reef

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

By: Henry Lazenby A new study has found that the cost to explore and build new mines is as much as 2.5 times higher in northern Canada, mainly as a result of a lack of critical infrastructure. The study, titled ‘Levelling the Playing Field’, found that the cost of mineral exploration and building and operating... 

Exploration and mine development up to 2.5 times more costly in Canada’s North

Anglo's Los Bronces fined $6.2m for Chile environmental breaches

By: Reuters Anglo American's Los Bronces copper mine was being fined 3.8-billion pesos ($6.24-million) over infractions that include acid drainage at a tailings deposit, Chile's environmental regulator said on Tuesday. It also ordered the closure of that deposit until "a definitive solution that permits the... 

Epanko development gains momentum

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Graphite developer Kibaran Resources has moved a step closer to the development of its Epanko graphite project, in Tanzania, with the company announcing on Tuesday that it had received an environmental permit from the office of the Vice President. The certificate was a pre-requisite for the... 

Tesla Motors reveals new range of household batteries, energy division

By: Henry Lazenby Clean energy leader Tesla Motors on Thursday night launched a new range of batteries that could power homes and commercial buildings at a fraction of the expected cost, highlighting the growing demand for the minerals, such as graphite, cobalt and lithium, required to make these batteries. Tesla... 

Tesla Motors reveals new range of household batteries, energy division
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.

Syrah gets enviro nod for Balama

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Mozambican Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development has given its blessing for the development of the Balama graphite project, ASX-listed Syrah Resources reported on Friday. The company told shareholders that it had now received an environmental license for the Balama project. 

Inaugural enviro forum to focus on mine water

The treatment of mine water and wastewater will be a specific focus of the inaugural IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This new sector platform will host suppliers and innovative solutions and technology... 

New evaporation system suitable for AMD

By: David D‘ Oliveira Environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions launched its I-Vap 500 water-atomisation evaporator, suitable for corrosive applications such as processing acid mine drainage (AMD), last month. I-Cat technical manager Morné van Wyk tells Mining Weekly that the main fan housing of... 

Piping solution combats mine wastewater contamination

To eliminate the risk of mine wastewater contaminating the country’s water systems, mine operators should use corrosive-resistant glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) piping when transferring toxic water, says industrial water cooling tower solutions provider Industrial Water Cooling (IWC). Mine... 

Plastic pipes a cost effective remote mine water transport solution

Remote mining operations generally compete with local communities and agriculture for scarce water resources, often resulting in mines opting to pump in water from further afield to satisfy its demand, plastic piping systems manufacturer Polypipe export sales director Philip Wood says. He notes... 

Resource-directed strategies help lower water use at mines

By: David D‘ Oliveira Mining houses need to employ integrated water management with a focus on resource-directed strategies to secure community and government support for project development, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd. He explains that... 

Resource-directed strategies  help lower water use at mines
INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT Resource-directed management results in the efficient use of mine’s water through employing prevention, reduction, treatment and reuse strategies

Tailings dewatering press system receives upgrade

Global engineering company FLSmidth has upgraded its latest generation tailings dewatering press (TDP) system used in coal tailings applications, the company announced in December. The new TDP design includes several enhancements, which recognise critical design considerations that make a... 

Treating mine water with algae investigated

The GW4 Alliance, comprising UK-based institutions the University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of Bristol and Cardiff University, in December announced a research project that will investigate the possibility of using algae to extract precious heavy metals from mine water, while... 

Alamos Gold reports positive Turkish EIA developments

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian miner Alamos Gold has reported that the injunction granted in January against the Turkish Environment Ministry’s August 2014 approval of the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Agi Dagi gold project had been dismissed by the Canakkale Administrative Court. With this ruling, the... 

Greek court gives boost to Eldorado gold mine development plans

By: Reuters Greece's top administrative court on Monday rejected a 2013 decision by local authorities in northern Greece which had blocked Eldorado Gold's plans to build a processing plant in the area, court officials said. Canadian miner Eldorado has spent about $400-million at a gold mine in Skouries in... 

Southern Copper reports lower Q1 profit as river spill clean-up costs mount

By: Henry Lazenby Mexican mining giant Grupo Mexico subsidiary Southern Copper has reported a 12.7% slide in profit for the three months ended March 31, as expenses related to the Sonora river spill last year impacted the bottom line. The NYSE- and BVL-listed miner reported net income of $282.4-million, which was... 

Southern Copper reports lower Q1 profit as river spill clean-up costs mount

Effective wastewater treatment crucial

By: Bruce Montiea Wastewater treatment works at mines must provide a competitive solution for their capital expenditure and operating expenditure, says water treatment plants designer and developer Degrémont South Africa mining business development manager Andy de Bruin. He says Degrémont works with engineering,... 

Effective wastewater treatment crucial
Photo by Bloomberg
BRINGING OUT THE COPPER Codelco is one of the global mining companies benefiting from Degrémont’s wastewater treatment services

Ideology hampering efforts to tackle AMD challenge – DRDGold

By: Ilan Solomons The current acid mine drainage (AMD) challenges in the greater Johannesburg metropolitan area could have been prevented, had government heeded the advice of the ‘Strategic Water Management Plan’ (Swamp) report in 1996, asserts JSE- and NYSE-listed surface gold miner DRDGold Ergo Mining operations... 

Ideology hampering efforts to tackle  AMD challenge – DRDGold
Photo by Megan van Wyngaardt
EARLY WARNINGS In 1996, the JCI mining group made proposals to manage the flooding of the Eastern and Western basins of the Witwatersrand

Mine dumps not a perpetual rehab challenge

By: Ilan Solomons JSE- and NYSE-listed surface gold miner DRDGold dismisses the public perception that mine dumps continuously cause rehabilitation challenges even after they have been removed. “This is not the case and we have to continuously stress this point to the public through our stakeholder engagement... 

Mine dumps not a perpetual rehab challenge
Photo by Duane Daws
FORMIDABLE FOOTPRINT DRDGold’s assets cover an area – about 62 km from the east to the west and 25 km from the north to the south – in the Witwatersrand, in Gauteng, and include access to about 750-million tonnes to 900-million tonnes of tailings

MinRes projects up for public review

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) has welcomed the Western Australian Minister for Environment’s call for a public environmental review of the proposed Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East projects, in the Yilgarn. The company told shareholders that the Minister’s decision was consistent with the... 

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge

By: Martin Creamer A spectacular new dust control system announced at a Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa conference on Monday is described as the closest the industry has come to a silver bullet to put an end to the curse of silicosis and other lung diseases that have plagued the South African mining industry... 

New dust buster initiative sounds potential death knell for silicosis scourge
Photo by Duane Daws
Terence Goodlace

Uncontrolled, illegal sand mining has increased ‘dramatically’ in last five years

By: Ilan Solomons Illegal sand mining forms a significant part of the $200-billion global environmental crime challenge, says Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning environmental compliance and enforcement director Dr Eshaam Palmer. Palmer was addressing black-owned training and... 

Uncontrolled, illegal sand mining has increased ‘dramatically’ in last five years
A MUDDY MESS Illegal sand mining can result in soil erosion, sinkhole formation and the loss of biodiversity, as well as the contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water

American CuMo Mining gets green light to complete exploration at Idaho project

By: Henry Lazenby Explorer American CuMo Mining (CuMoCo) has been given the go-ahead to continue exploration of its flagship CuMo project, in Idaho, after the US Forest Service (USFS) released its draft supplemental decision notice, ‘finding of no significant impact’ (FONSI) and supplemental environmental... 

Mining companies risk competitive edge without more women on board

By: Simon Rees Canadian mining companies should have more women on their boards to sharpen their competitive edge, increase diversity and boost creativity, Patrice Merrin told an audience at the Women in Mining Toronto branch last week. Among her many roles, Merrin was currently a corporate director on the... 

Astur Gold files suit to challenge Spanish denial of Salave underground mine

By: Henry Lazenby Vancouver-based project developer Astur Gold on Friday announced that its subsidiary, Exploraciones Mineras del Cantabrico (EMC), had filed a lawsuit before the Asturias Superior Court of Justice, in Northern Spain, challenging the Ministry of Economy and Employment of the Principality of... 

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