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Adoption of mining technology stressed

By: Sebastian Whyle It is now more important than ever to reap the benefits that mining technology can provide while understanding the science behind the technology to audit results, according to mine software and technology developer Hexagon Mining communications director Neville Judd. The increasing complexity and... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines
POWER SOLUTION The ZRW mobile solar-powered floodlighting system was supplied to Namibian iron-ore mine which requires electricity to run 24/7

Alberta oil operators demobilise to protect assets, assist devastated communities

By: Henry Lazenby Alberta oil sands operators on Thursday further scaled back operations to only critical staff levels as gigantic walls of fire engulfed and devoured entire neighbourhoods in the regional hub of oil sands operations Fort McMurray. The Alberta government stated that public safety remained the key... 

Alberta oil operators demobilise to protect assets, assist devastated communities

Environmental groups' tax matters under the microscope

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian resources sector has welcomed a report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment that looks into the register of environmental organisations. In March 2015, Environment Minister Greg Hunt asked the committee to inquire into and report on the... 

Oil sands production throttled back as Fort McMurray burns

By: Henry Lazenby Oil and gas companies operating in Canada's oil sands capital of Fort McMurray have scaled back their operations in the face of an exteme wildfire hazard advisory issued by the Alberta Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Major oil sands producer Suncor Energy announced late on Tuesday that... 

Oil sands production throttled back as Fort McMurray burns

Glencore's Kidd ops and Raglan mine sweep MAC’s sustainable mining awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter Glencore's Kidd operations and Raglan mine were recognised by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Monday, receiving Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) excellence awards at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) awards gala, in Vancouver. According to MAC, Glencore's... 

Climate change shaping water management infrastructure

By: Sascha Solomons Designing water-related infrastructure for mines needs to be based on future climate predictions rather than only past experience, asserts natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa (SA) senior hydrologist Dr Hartley Bulcock. Changing rainfall and temperature... 

Climate change shaping water management infrastructure
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WATER WORRIES Many mines in Southern Africa are located in areas where the trend of substantial changes in rainfall variability is already evident

Dewatering pump to help reopen shaft at Orkney

By: Sascha Solomons Johannesburg-headquartered dewatering specialist Letaba Dewatering expects to start supplying dewatering pumps to Shaft 7 at the Orkney gold mine, in the North West, in October, enabling gold mining to restart. The company was provisionally awarded a tender to supply SAER dewatering pumps at the... 

Emphasis on opportunities in harsh business climate

By: Simon Sonnekus The West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) 2016 will showcase the opportunities that still exist in the challenging African market, says events company and organiser dmg-ems Africa VP Christine Davidson. The biennial event, which has been running for 22 years, will return to the Accra... 

Emphasis on opportunities  in harsh business climate
GLOBAL ATTRACTION Between 50 and 100 companies are expected to attend, with exhibitors from China, the UAE, France, Poland, South Africa, the UK and Turkey confirmed

Geology data of Botswana district launched for public perusal

By: Dylan Slater Exploration and earth sciences company Geosoft launched its Botswana Geoscience Portal last month, which is a partnership initiative with the Botswana Geoscience Institute and industry sponsors. Data available on the Botswana Geoscience Portal includes airborne geophysics, ground geophysics and... 

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking

By: Ilan Solomons South Africa’s groundwater resources play a significant role in the domestic water supply and are often the sole source of water available to local municipalities and farmers in the arid Karoo basin. The possible existence of large reserves of shale gas within the Karoo Supergroup, which covers... 

Hydrogeological investigation studies enviro impact of fracking
TESTING THE WATERS The project entails drilling a 3.5 km vertical borehole in the Beaufort West area to gather information on the deep Karoo Supergroup stratigraphy and hydrogeology

Legal frameworks key to mining growth in West Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus Revised tax rules and regulations have allowed for greater competition for foreign direct investment and pressure from major donors in the West Africa mining sector, according to Pan-African arbitration and commercial litigation law firm Centurion Law Firm. Centurion Law Firm Legal services... 

Legal frameworks key to  mining growth in West Africa
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REMARKABLE RESERVES Africa harbours the world’s largest mineral reserves of platinum, gold, diamonds, chromite, manganese and vanadium

New method to neutralise flooded opencast mines

Germany-based mine closure planning company GMB has developed the Underwater Nozzle Pipelines (UNP) method, using natural water circulation to distribute lime and carbon dioxide (CO2), as a more effective means of neutralising flooded opencast mines. “The method is particularly suitable for... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

Codelco Andina mine still at 65% after tailings duct ruptures

By: Reuters World No 1 copper producer Codelco said on Thursday its Andina mine in central Chile was still operating at 65% capacity after a tailings duct had ruptured and caused a temporary leak after storms over the weekend. A mudslide caused by torrential downpours had ruptured the duct, the company said... 

Conversion of gold tailings into ‘mineral binders’ touted as possible solution to acid mine drainage

By: Ilan Solomons The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is currently investigating several options for the development of appropriate measures to address environmental challenges associated with acid mine drainage (AMD). CGS intern Leahn Pieterse points out that each year, the mining industry generates a significant... 

Conversion of gold tailings into ‘mineral binders’ touted  as possible solution to acid mine drainage
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LEAHN PIETERSE There are currently several countries with pilot or demonstrated geopolymerisation plants and high-performance geopolymer concretes have already been commercialised

Formalised status urged for artisanal, small-scale mining

By: David Oliveira Members of community organisations, the artisanal mining and academic communities, as well as civil society groups, have called for government and mining companies uphold the rights of all South African mineworkers, including artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs). ActionAid South Africa (AASA)... 

Formalised status urged for artisanal, small-scale mining

Limpopo govt rejects application to establish iron-ore mine in Thabazimbi

By: Ilan Solomons The Limpopo Department of Economic Development and Tourism (LEDET) has turned down exploration company Aquila Steel’s application to establish an iron-ore mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo. This decision has been welcomed by the Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation and law clinic Centre for... 

Limpopo govt rejects application to establish iron-ore mine in Thabazimbi
MADIMATLE MOUNTAIN Aquila Steel has “unlawfully” constructed over 33 km of roads “all over” the Madimatle mountain and drilled in about 200 locations

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete

By: Sascha Solomons Consulting engineers and their clients should focus on long-term sustainability rather than short-term profitability, says high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufacturer Sinvac Piping MD Kobus van Dyk. “In South Africa, traditional concrete piping systems and manholes are being prescribed by... 

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete
PLASTIC PIPING MORE SUSTAINABLE HDPE piping has a longer life span in comparison to concrete piping

Study highlights deficiencies in tailings handling know-how

By: Ilan Solomons A detailed literature review on issues related to mine residue disposal facilities (MRDFs) and an evaluation of information from local historical cases of tailings dam failures has been conducted by the Council for Geoscience (CGS). CGS senior scientist and engineering geologist Sifiso Ngubelanga... 

Study highlights deficiencies in tailings handling know-how
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HORRIFIC CONSEQUENCES Bafokeng mine, the Saaiplass mine and Merriespruit mine are the most well-known, documented tailings dam failures in South Africa

Tracer techniques a key tool in combating mine water challenges

By: Ilan Solomons Surface and groundwater qualities in some areas of South Africa continue to be degraded by acid mine drainage (AMD), warns Council for Geoscience (CGS) environmental geoscientist Thato Kgari. Most abandoned mines consist of complex multiple-level workings connected to a drainage tunnel... 

Tracer techniques a key  tool in combating  mine water challenges
Photo by Duane Daws
PROBLEM POINTS There is a need to define hydrologic connectivity between surface and groundwater and mine workings to understand the source of water and contaminants at decanting points

Qld left with up to A$9.8m bill to rehabilitate defunct Texas mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The now defunct Texas silver mine, in Queensland, would need an investment of between A$6.9-million and A$9.8-million to be fully rehabilitated, state Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has said. The Queensland government became the custodian of the Texas silver mine after the project’s most... 

QRC backs Reef strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has thrown its support behind efforts to stem coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef, but has denied that Australian coal miners were to blame for the event. The state government earlier this year appointed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to... 

Lithium juniors outperform on expected future demand 

By: Henry Lazenby In the wake of Tesla Motors' introduction of the 'Model 3' mass market electric vehicle (EV), lithium development and exploration company share prices have exploded. This was despite Tesla not having sold (or even built) a single Model 3 yet. Tesla would also not have it on the road for years,... 

Lithium juniors outperform on expected future demand
Electric vehicles charging

Court stops mining at historical site in Northern Cape

By: News24Wire The Northern Cape High Court has granted a final order stopping mining at Canteen Kopje, a historical and archaeological key point outside Barkly West. The McGregor Museum in Kimberley sought an interdict last month after it was discovered that mining was going ahead at Canteen Kopje, which it... 

Chile's Codelco says El Teniente mine still shut due to rains

By: Reuters Chilean state-owned miner Codelco said on Monday that operations at its El Teniente copper mine would likely be suspended until Thursday because of torrential rains over the weekend that triggered landslides and caused rivers to breach their banks. The heavy rains, which continued on Monday and... 

Ontario once more budgets a billion for RoF development, private sector takes action

By: Henry Lazenby For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Ontario government has made a C$1-billion commitment toward development in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) nickel/chromite mining camp, in the province’s remote far north. The RoF presented a multigenerational economic opportunity for the province, with... 

Ontario once more budgets a billion for RoF development, private sector takes action

China’s latest five-year plan points to further mining consolidation

By: Mia Breytenbach China's thirteenth Five-Year Plan points to further consolidation in the mining industry along with heightened environmental protection, which will affect the steel and coal sectors most, as well as hurt countries that export iron-ore and coal to China, predicts research firm BMI Research. The... 

China’s latest five-year plan points to further mining consolidation
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DEMAND DOWNTURN BMI’s predictions include that China's steel production will register a steady decline, averaging -1.3% year-on-year from 2016 to 2020

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

By: Ilan Solomons Despite having more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges such as social and environmental pressure from communities living near... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals

Iamgold gets federal nod for Côté gold mine

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miner Iamgold has received federal environmental approval to proceed with its Côté gold mine, located near the community of Gogama, Ontario. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna found that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental... 

Fortune closes second tranche of financing as NWT road permitting gets under way

By: Henry Lazenby While TSX-listed project developer Fortune Minerals has closed the second tranche of a C$1-million financing for general working capital purposes, the transportation department of Northwest Territories government (GNWT) has submitted permit applications to build a public highway to the community... 

Metro submits environmental work for Bauxite Hills

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Bauxite developer Metro Mining has submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed Bauxite Hills project, in Cape York, to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Once the state government approved the EIS, the document would be put on public display... 

High energy demand among factors fuelling renewables uptake in Chile

By: Dylan Slater The high demand for energy, coupled with the need for operational savings and challenges posed by the environment and social aspects, is making renewable-energy solutions an increasingly suitable alternative to powering mines in Chile, South America.  

Miner confident about operations in Ghana

By: Robyn Wilkinson Gold mining company Newmont Mining believes it is on track to reach its 2016 production target of between 760 000 oz and 820 000 oz of gold for its Akyem and Ahafo mining projects, in Ghana, where the company has adopted efficiency measures to allow for its operations to be as productive as... 

Miner confident about  operations in Ghana
GROWING IN GHANA Newmont Mining is considering expanding its Ahafo mine, thereby furthering its mining investment in Ghana

New tool to facilitate postmining land use

By: Mia Breytenbach Carbon and climate change advisory company Promethium Carbon, in partnership with gold major Harmony Gold, has developed and launched a toolkit to facilitate the development of sustainable and bankable projects on mining impacted land. Further, this initiative has a strong socio-economic... 

New tool to facilitate postmining land use
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SUSTAINABLE FOCUS According to the Chamber of Mines, the toolkit can offer an alternative post-mine-life economic and land-use scenario that can provide sustainable economic activity

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Brazil wants Samarco to stop leaks before operations resume

By: Reuters Samarco Mineração will not receive Brazilian government authorisation to resume iron-ore mining operations at the site of a dam burst that killed 19 people until leaks of tailings are stopped, environmental protection officials said on Wednesday. Samarco, which is jointly owned by mining... 

Revised draft standard for responsible mining released for 60-day review

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) on Tuesday released the second and revised draft Standard for Responsible Mining for a sixty-day review and public comment period, ahead of the first-ever global certification programme for industrial-scale mine sites, planned to begin in... 

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