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Environmental News

BC’s NDP-led govt talks up exploration, mining as basis for building burgeoning communities

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago British Columbia is ‘ground zero’ for mining in Canada, as technological advances require an ever-increasing volume of metals to satisfy improving standards of living and environment-friendly technologies. This was the key message attendees at the fourth annual Resource Breakfast Series heard on... 

Brazil to reinstate protection for Amazon reserve

By: Reuters     26th September 2017 Brazil will reinstate a mining ban in a vast area of the Amazon rainforest, the government announced on Monday, in an about-face that is a victory for environmentalists who feared deforestation. The Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement that President Michel Temer's administration had... 

China's miners need more leeway, Zijin's Chen says

By: Reuters     25th September 2017 China's mining industry will shrink if the government does not cut it some slack in return for compliance with strict environmental policies, the head of one of the country's largest gold miners said on Saturday. "We don't have friendly policies in this industry," Chen Jinghe, chairperson of... 

Gold companies take a shine to China's Silk Road

By: Reuters     25th September 2017 As far as China's miners are concerned, the modern-day Silk Road is paved with gold. Buoyed by a 15% rise in the gold price this year, Chinese mining executives in Tianjin this weekend were talking up their ambitions for overseas expansion. 

Gold companies take a shine to China's Silk Road

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With platinum being one of the most effective and durable catalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology (PEMFC), fuel cell and electrolyser technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) CEO Vinay Somera believes that this presents an opportunity for the South African platinum... 

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining
Photo by Duane Daws
VINAY SOMERA The drive to zero emissions also represent the “single biggest opportunity” for the industry

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With there being a global increase in demand for all fuel cells, with low temperature platinum bearing fuel cells seeing the largest increase in market pull, independent analysis and advisory firm 4th Energy Wave CEO Dr Kerry-Ann Adamson believes that this creates an increasing opportunity for... 

Platinum mining to play role in emerging sector
Photo by HyPlat
HYPLAT A fuel cell company which uses indigenous developed technology

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand
FAHMIDA SMITH The development of the 8 MW fuel cell is an exciting development in Implats’ move towards a carbon-neutral fuel source at its refinery

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 As a means of promoting beneficiation, South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) administration head Jeannette Hofsajer says the platinum-based fuel cell installed at its offices is just the start in a potentially vast surge in demand for fuel cell units, which would positively impact on the platinum... 

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future
FACING RESISTANCE Using fuel cells to replace petrol and diesel power is facing consumer resistance

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability
CUSTOMISED PROJECTS Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

Call to mining to update refrigerant systems

     15th September 2017 While the majority of the mining industry use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in its refrigerant systems, these ozone-depleting substances are set to be phased-out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement. 

Canadian-listed junior plans further drilling to increase Guinea project resource base 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines plans to drill within the significantly expanded mineralized footprint defined by air-core drilling adjacent to the inferred mineral resource at its Mandiana gold project, with a view to a resource increase and is actively orientating its exploration programme... 

Canadian-listed junior plans further drilling to increase  Guinea project resource base
Volcanic Gold Mines president Jeremy Crozier discusses the progress at the Mandiana gold project in Guinea. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines
EFFECTIVE SUPPLY The use of a spin filter is a truly effective means of feeding clean air at ambient temperatures

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Mining industry urged to do more to prevent further fatalities in 2017
Photo by Creamer Media image
MTHOKOZISI ZONDI Despite the decrease in fatalities and injuries at mines in recent years, a lot more needs to be done to ensure the ending of injuries and fatalities at mines

Peristaltic pumps key in war on water wastage

     15th September 2017 Peristaltic pumps use less water, with traditional centrifugal pumps losing efficiency when the slurry has a specific gravity (SG) of 1.3, or 30% solids, or more. Peristaltic pumps can efficiently circulate slurry with SGs of up to 1.6 to 1.8, or up to 80% solid content.  Pumps supplier Verder... 

Peristaltic pumps key in war on water wastage
SAVE ON WATER On a plant processing slurry at 75 t/h with 65% solids, every time a peristaltic pump replaces a process slurry pump, more than 1 100-million litres of water is saved every year

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Randburg-based industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps’ Verderflex (VF) 125 peristaltic pump is in operation at mining company Kansanshi Mining’s Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine and is undergoing testing at two other Zambian mines, as well as mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines
VERDERFLEX 125 The peristaltic pump is in operation at the Kansanshi copper mine

Regulatory overhaul expected to improve water use licensing turnaround

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 Analysts are hopeful that recent regulations promulgated by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will assist in overcoming the long delays in securing water use licence authorisations (WULAs) and allow more streamlined implementation of projects. WULAs are required by a range of water... 

Regulatory overhaul expected to improve water use licensing turnaround
Photo by Duane Daws
ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENTS The new regulations are a positive step that aligns the timelines for WULAs with the application for an environmental authorisation

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

     15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to  be held next year
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY REVIVAL The African Copperbelt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly
Total Blasting sales director Bradley Storer explains what ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems are used for. Video: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Greece issues Olympias operating, tailings installation permits to Eldorado

By: Henry Lazenby     13th September 2017 Canadian gold producer Eldorado Gold confirmed on Wednesday that it has received the Olympias operating permit and the modified electromechanical installation permit for the tailings management facility at Kokkinolakkas, from the Greek Ministry of Energy and Environment. The permits were issued... 

Greece issues Olympias operating, tailings installation permits to Eldorado
The Olympias project

Demand for quality metals amplifying 

     13th September 2017 Global climate change mitigation is amplifying the demand for good-quality, low-impurity metals, but South Africa’s mining industry needs to be more globally competitive to take advantage of this trend. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer joins senior deputy editor Tracy Hancock in studio to... 

Demand for quality metals amplifying
Demand for quality metals amplifying

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2017 Surface gold mining company DRDGold, the oldest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with more experience than any other mining company in the recovery of gold from tailings dumps, believes that the time may have arrived for the transplanting of its remarkable expertise to other... 

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that the time for tailings collaboration has never been more opportune. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Centerra, Kyrgyzstan resolve long-standing legal standoff

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2017 Canadian gold producer Centerra Gold and the Kyrgyzstan government have reached a wide-ranging settlement agreement that resolves a years-long legal standoff, the company announced on Monday. The agreement, first rumoured by the media on Thursday, pushed Centerra’s Toronto-listed stock up 4.2%... 

Centerra, Kyrgyzstan resolve long-standing legal standoff
Photo by Centerra Gold
Centerra Gold's Kumtor mine, Kyrgyz Republic

US braces for Hurricane Irma as effects of Harvey still progress toward consumers

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 While the effects of Hurricane Harvey are still progressing downstream in the US oil and gas supply chain, progressing towards consumers, Hurricane Irma is threatening the US with another potential blow, with parts of the country already seeing a disruption of energy and chemical product... 

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 With a bird in hand, Canadian project developer Fortune Minerals is considering to up the ante for its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based company late last month announced that its update of the 2014 feasibility study for... 

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development
Photo by Fortune Minerals
Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots, Mpumalanga Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Eric Kholwane and Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena

Cuba shuts down nickel industry as Hurricane Irma approaches

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Cuba has begun to shut down its nickel industry in preparation for Hurricane Irma, state-run television said on Thursday. One of two processing plants, the state-owned Ernesto Che Guevara, was closed, and the second, a joint venture with Canadian miner Sherritt International Corporation, was... 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation  

     7th September 2017 DRDGold says it has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams than it has paid dividends to shareholders in the last ten years and is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the challenges. 

DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation
DRDGold tackles mine dump vegetation

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it
EnviroLeach expects to capitalise on recovering metals from e-waste – the fastest growing portion of municipal waste expected to grow to 50-million tons by 2020

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD), which is water that has been polluted as a result of mining activity, is being used to relieve the cost burden of the large volume of water needed to recover gold from mine dump material, as well as lower the demand placed on scarce drinking water. Surface mining company... 

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the company’s use of AMD. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Excelsior receives operating permit for Gunnison copper project

By: Samantha Herbst     6th September 2017 The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has awarded triple-listed mineral exploration and development company Excelsior Mining an aquifer protection permit (APP) for its Gunnison copper project, in Cochise County, south-eastern Arizona. "Completing this permitting milestone, within... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2017 Surface mining company DRDGold, which has spent more money on vegetating tailings dams in the last ten years than it has paid dividends to shareholders, is seeing its dump vegetation effort going up in smoke at the same time as it comes under criticism from a leading nongovernmental organisation... 

Expensive mine dump vegetation going up in flames – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius broaches tailings treatment consolidation with Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer 5.9.2017

Philippines' Duterte wants ban on openpit mining to stay

By: Reuters     5th September 2017 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he agreed with banning open-pit mining in the Southeast Asian nation given the environmental harm it causes. He said he had asked Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu "to look into the eventual closure of openpit mining." 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The recent spike in fatalities at South African mines, with the most recent occurring at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine, near Carletonville, should serve as a timely reminder to the mining industry that a significant step change in health and safety practices is needed to ensure the goal of zero... 

Fatalities serve to remind industry of necessity to achieve zero harm – DMR
Photo by Creamer Media
Department of Mineral Resources chief inspector of mines Mthokozisi Zondi

Brazil suspends Amazon mining decree in face of criticism

By: Reuters     1st September 2017 Brazil's government said late on Thursday it would suspend action on a decree opening a vast section of the Amazon rainforest to mining, backtracking in the face of activist criticism and a legal challenge. The mining ministry said in a statement that, after consulting with President Michel... 

Council for Geoscience appoints new CEO

By: Ilan Solomons     1st September 2017 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has appointed Mosa Mabuza as its new CEO. The position was previously held by Simon Sikhosana until his retirement in November 2016. Mabuza was subsequently seconded to the CGS by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to act as its interim CEO until the... 

Council for Geoscience appoints new CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
MOSA MABUZA Mabuza is a qualified geologist with extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 As the mining industry winds down from the supercycle, thereby also coming under increasingly constrained budgets as markets tighten up and commodity prices fall, more mines are closing and, subsequently, the need for their rehabilitation is coming to the fore.  

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies
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