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Mt Peake vanadium project gains federal govt approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 The Australian government has approved the Mount Peake vanadium/titanium project, in the Northern Territory, for development. ASX-listed TNG on Tuesday said that the federal environmental approval, which was subject to a number of conditions, came after the Northern Territory Environmental... 

Brisbane court fines Linc Energy A$4.5m for environmental offences

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2018 The now defunct Linc Energy has been fined A$4.5-million for environmental offences in Queensland, relating to toxic gas leakages from its underground coal gasification operations between 2007 and 2013. Linc Energy, which is now in liquidation, was found guilty of five counts of willfully and... 

Integrated mining software championed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 The constant evolution and innovation of technology have prompted mining houses to move away from “disparate” legacy systems and pursue integrated and easy-to-use software tools instead, global consulting and technology company Deswik South Africa MD Ian Lawler tells Mining Weekly. Lawler... 

Integrated mining  software championed
UNIQUE FACET Deswik.Enviro is fully integrated with the rest of the Deswik suite and it enables mining companies to account for the cost of closure when doing a life-of-mine plan

Sustainable solutions possible for AMD treatment

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa states that while acid mine drainage (AMD) decant in the Witwatersrand gold fields and surrounds should be dealt with urgently, there is no company large enough to start a large-scale water rehabilitation programme. “The Witwatersrand gold... 

Sustainable solutions  possible for AMD treatment
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TACKLING ACID MINE DRAINAGE Acid mine drainage is one of the single most significant threats to South Africa’s environment and needs to be urgently addressed

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 In reaction to the changing dewatering needs of local mines, South African pumps rental company Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) is evolving its service offering towards a full dewatering solution by introducing a stainless steel range of mine water pumps, and dewatering products. “There is a big... 

Integrated Pump Rental evolves business model for water management
DREDGING SOLUTION The SlurrySucker operates from the top of the water surface and sucks silt from the bottom of the processing pond

New pumping system to dewater deep mine shafts

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Centurion-based, family owned, pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has patented a new pump technology that will dewater deep-level mine shafts more efficiently. The Hippo high head series submersible slurry pump system can remove acid mine drainage (AMD) water from flooded mine shafts in a... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     4th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa is exploring enhanced holistic measures to tackle mine dewatering in Africa. The company, a subsidiary of Scottish engineering company Weir Group PLC, has long provided the global and local mining and industrial sectors with sustainable and... 

Weir Minerals Africa to tackle mine dewatering using new model
PUMP IT The Multiflo pontoons offer an integrated solution incorporating Linatex hoses, Isogate valves and Warman dewatering pumps

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

Northwest Territories gets shortest end of straw as mining boosts Nunavut, Yukon economies

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2018 A lack of new mining projects in the development pipeline of Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT) is threatening to derail the region’s economic growth outlook, the latest ‘Territorial Outlook’ by The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) has found. The independent Ottawa-headquartered think tank... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2018 A reference court case brought by the environment-focused minority provincial government of British Columbia that seeks a confirmation of the province's constitutional rights to defend against the risks of a bitumen spill has been criticised by Canada’s petroleum producers as “just another stall... 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     27th April 2018 Recent changes in political leadership suggest that the South African mining industry may be moving towards a clearer operating framework but much uncertainty remains, says consulting engineering and science company SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. “This uncertainty... 

Uncertainty remains in mining industry, technology transformation arising
INNOVATION IMPERATIVE Innovative thinking must be embedded into all specialist disciplines of consulting engineering so that the full benefit of modern invention can be applied

‘Toolbox’ helps Harmony Gold improve environmental management

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th April 2018 JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining (Harmony) has improved its environmental management through the implementation of a system that centralises the company’s environmental data. The system, named Management Toolbox (MTB), facilitates the capturing of environmental data, the storing of related source... 

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is excited about the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which seeks to preserve jobs while creating new skilled positions through its support, research, industrial and sustainable development initiatives for the local mining sector, says CoM senior executive:... 

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE Industry has to address needs pertaining to the skills, health, safety and personal fulfilment of workers, while ensuring that mining operations become more efficient, and profitable

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela  Mining Precinct
JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2018 Hyundai has just launched its new Nexo fuel cell car in South Korea, pre-orders for which exceeded expectations, Honda last month launched the new 2018 Clarity fuel cell car, Doosan Fuel Cell America has cut the ribbon on three 460 kW fuel cells at the Waterbury Pollution Control Authority in... 

Fuel cell frenzy as cars, plants deploy platinum to protect environment
The NEXO, Hyundai's latest fuel cell vehicle

Online submission streamlines application procedure for water licences

By: Nadine James     26th April 2018 The process for water use licence applications (WULAs) is improving as a result of an online system being put in place by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), according to SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Jacky Burke. Burke, the leader of SRK’s WULA Group, hosted a... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 A new report that fine-combed the national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of Canada, the US and Mexico to explore pollutant data reported by industrial facilities, has pointed to the critical need to standardise the way information is collected across the three jurisdictions,... 

N American oil & gas, mining sectors released a third of total 2013 pollution – report

BHP, Vale given a further 66 days to resolve Samarco dam failure dispute

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 A Brazilian federal court has given mining giants BHP and Vale an additional 66 days to resolve a multibillion-dollar settlement regarding their joint venture Samarco mine’s tailings dam failure in 2015, that killed 19 people and is billed as the country’s worst environmental disaster. BHP and... 

Mutamba mining lease applications being considered by Mozambique government

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is “actively” considering that granting of three mining lease applications that form part of Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. The mine lease applications cover an area of 417.32 km² and comprise the Jangamo,... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

By: Reuters     21st April 2018 With melting ice expanding access to the Arctic, investors from China to Canada are watching Greenland's election next week for signs of the political will to get a flagging mining programme on the island back on track. Greenland is hoping rising commodity prices can help attract foreign... 

Mining firms from China to Canada watch as Greenland holds election

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Unpacking this week's mining headlines 

18th April 2018 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks this week's mining headlines: Glencore’s sustainability report, South Africa’s potential role in the Congo potash project and the debut of a game-changing fuel cell dozer. 

Unpacking this week's mining headlines
Unpacking this week's mining headlines

Northcliff hopeful of ‘timely conclusion’ of Sisson permitting

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 Project developer Northcliff Resources is hopeful for a timely conclusion of the amendment process of the applicable metal mining effluent regulations, in consultation with all stakeholders and led by Environment Canada and Climate Change, for its Sisson tungsten/molybdenum mine, in New... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2018 The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG2018) is scheduled to make its debut on the Canadian resource conference circuit between June 16 and 21, in Vancouver, and is shaping up to be an event unlike the myriad of competing forums held in Canada throughout the year. RFG2018 chairperson... 

First ‘Resources for Future Generations’ conference to be held in Vancouver
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RFG2018 chairperson John Thompson

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle vital issues

13th April 2018 The upcoming tenth West and Central African (WaCA) Mining Summit and Expo will showcase the dynamism and resilience of the mining industry in these regions, as well as explore the challenges facing mining in the region, with speakers that will cover various topics that have significant impact on... 

West and Central African Mining Summit to tackle  vital issues
PRESSING MATTERS The West and Central African Mining Summit and Expo will discuss the most pressing issues facing mining in the region

West African mining industry rising despite challenges

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th April 2018 West Africa has the potential to attract greater investment and further develop its fledgling mining industry, says Centurion Law group CEO NJ Ayuk. “Almost every country in the region has mineral reserves that have barely been touched, in contrast with Southern Africa, where mining is a mature... 

West African mining industry  rising despite challenges
WEST AFRICA RISING West Africa’s diverse mineral resources, increasing political stability and relatively low entry costs are ideal conditions for mining investment

Remote sensing increasingly being used in mining to monitor water

By: Nadine James     13th April 2018 It is becoming increasingly important for mines to stay up-to-date with the latest monitoring technology to ensure water resources are efficiently monitored on site, both from a water management point of view and from a compliance and legislative point of view, says SRK principal hydrologist... 

Canada's Saskatchewan sees smaller fiscal deficit as spending kept tight

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, home to major potash and uranium reserves, said on Tuesday it would run a smaller deficit in the current fiscal year and balance its books in 2019/20 as it keeps a tight lid on spending despite projected higher commodity prices. Saskatchewan, which has... 

Anglo American fined $21m for Brazil pipeline leaks

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama fined Anglo American $21.1-million for two leaks in the pipeline transporting iron-ore from its Minas Gerais mine, to port in Rio de Janeiro state, the watchdog said on Tuesday. Ibama ordered Anglo American to halt mining operations after the leaks, which... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has joined the board of project developer Ivanhoe Mines with immediate effect, the company announced on Tuesday. In his new nonexecutive capacity, Motlanthe is expected to bring a “new dimension” to the company’s strategic evaluations, consensus... 

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe joins Ivanhoe board
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Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe

Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro denied on Monday its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil had contaminated local waters, contradicting the findings of a Brazilian public health group. Citing an internal study and a report commissioned from green consultancy SGW Services, Hydro said no evidence was... 

Operations restarted at Newmont's gold mines in Ghana – spokesperson

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Operations restarted at Newmont Mining's two gold mines in Ghana on Monday, a company spokesperson said, after they were shut down on Saturday following an accident in which six construction workers were killed. Civil works on the mill expansion project at Newmont's Ahafo project, where the... 

Tahoe says La Arena fuel spill fully contained

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Tahoe Resources reported on Monday that it had fully contained a fuel spill at the La Arena mine, in Peru. According to a company statement, a contractor overfilled a diesel storage tank on Friday evening, spilling diesel into the containment facilities. 

Lydian nixes Newmont’s Amulsar royalty for fixed payments

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 The TSX-quoted stock of Armenia-focused project developer Lydian International jumped 9.52% on Monday following the company's announcement that it has terminated a royalty agreement with former joint venture partner Newmont Mining, replacing it with a fixed payment option. Toronto-based Lydian... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

By: Henry Lazenby     9th April 2018 Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada (KMC) has placed non-essential activities and related spending to twin an existing crude oil pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia on ice, as opposition to the project in British Columbia intensifies. The C$7.4-billion project, which was previously... 

Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain Expansion project as political firestorm heats up

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Brazil state fines Anglo American $37.73m over pipeline leak

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais slapped a $37.73- million fine on Anglo American on Wednesday for pollution caused by one of two spills last month from a pipeline that carries iron-ore from the company's Minas-Rio mine. The leak in the pipeline, which carries slurry to a port in Rio de... 

Mackenzie Valley review board OKs Tlicho all-season road; a boon for Fortune

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has completed an environmental assessment of the Tlicho all-season road project, proposed by the Northwest Territories government, subject to 23 measures to reduce its environmental, social and cultural impacts. The conditional approval was... 

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