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300 t/y mixed rare-earth oxides to be sold to Chinese company

Explorer and developer of rare earths Tantalus Rare Earths (TRE) has entered into an agreement to sell 300 t/y of mixed rare-earth oxides to China-based rare earths company Shenghe Resources. The ore will be provided by TRE’s project in northern Madagascar, and will make up about 30% of the... 

Company achieves record sales, despite Ebola outbreak

West Africa-focused mineral sands miner Sierra Rutile achieved record sales during 2014, despite difficult markets conditions, the company says. Sierra Rutile also recorded its third-highest quarter of rutile production in the company’s history, during the fourth quarter of last year. 

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China

By: Jonathan Rodin The potential for growth in the heavy minerals industry largely depends on China, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She says while it is difficult to consider the outlook for the heavy minerals sector as a whole – as heavy metals encompasses many different elements – the... 

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China
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INCREASED POTENTIAL In light of the trends of the modern world the heavy minerals sector is faring well and gaining in importance

Kenya-based project mineral resource upgraded

The upgraded and increased mineral resource estimates of mineral sands producer Base Resources’ 100%-owned Kwale project, in Kenya, will form the basis for the preparation of, and reporting on, the project’s update ore reserves over the next few months, the company says. The updated mineral... 

Mineral sands project developed

Exploration company World Titanium Resources’ Ranobe mine, in south-west Madagascar, is undergoing final environmental and social permitting by the local government, the company said in November last year. The mine, which forms a part of World Titanium’s Tier 1 Toliara Sands project is projected... 

Substantial cost-cutting programme implemented

Ongoing cost-cutting efforts at mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources’ Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique, could result in a 15% to 20% reduction of the mine’s workforce, the company says. Through its substantial cost-cutting programme Kenmare has achieved a decline in unit... 

Company signs four-year smelter service deal with pigment producer

Mining maintenance services provider Outotec has signed a four-year €20-million contract with the world’s second largest titanium dioxide pigment producer, the Saudi Arabia-based National Titanium Dioxide Company, also known as Cristal Global, for the provision of operational and maintenance... 

Foreign demand makes local mineral sands project ‘extremely attractive’

By: Pimani Baloyi The global mineral sands sector having recently faced a significant increase in demand that it cannot match, coupled with the ever-increasing demand for zircon and rutile, has made South Africa’s newly established Tormin mineral sands mine, owned by Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral... 

Foreign demand makes local mineral sands project ‘extremely attractive’
ANDREW LASHBROOKE The Tormin project has the advantage of starting with a clean slate and not being constrained by legacy issues

Heavy minerals miner prioritises energy efficiency, invests in dry mining

Sierra Leone-based heavy minerals miner Sierra Rutile in December entered into an agreement with power provider Smol Pawa Sierra Leone, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based Smol Pawa Energy, which stipulates that the miner will be the cornerstone purchaser of energy for its Moyamba hydro... 

Kenyan heavy minerals project set for success

Mineral sands miner Base Resources is positive about the prospects of its Kenya-based $310-million Kwale mineral sands project, located about 50 km south of Mombasa and 10 km inland from the Indian Ocean. The miner last month received an export permit to wave off its first bulk shipment from the... 

Upgraded heavy minerals bulk materials handling feeder launched in SA

By: Pimani Baloyi As the exclusive sub-Saharan distributor for UK-based Samson Materials Handling, local bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT South Africa (BLT SA) introduced a new Samson materials handling feeder to the region’s heavy minerals mining sector in January. BLT SA’s Samson Materials... 

WHIMS machine offers energy efficient heavy minerals separation

Mining solutions provider MBE Minerals South Africa reports that its minerals separation system, the Jones wet high intensity magnetic separator (WHIMS), has been well received locally, adding that about 200 models of varying sizes have been installed worldwide. The Jones WHIMS, which provides... 

ASX-listed mining junior intersects high-grade mineralisation

Western Australia-based mining junior Tungsten Mining reports that it has started with the second- and third-phase drilling programmes at its flagship Kilba tungsten project, which are due for completion by the end of the first quarter. Following positive final analysis of the first eight holes... 

Construction imminent at Tormin mineral sands mine

By: Samantha Herbst Construction at Australia-based mineral sands company Mineral Commodities Limited’s (MRC’s) new Tormin mineral sands mine will start in April, with first production expected within eight months, towards the beginning of the fourth quarter, reports CEO Andrew Lashbrooke. The mine, located on the... 

Maritime consultancy wins Madagascar mineral sands advisory contract

By: Samantha Herbst Australia-based mineral sands mining and exploration company World Titanium Resources (WTR) has commissioned port and maritime developments specialist consultancy BMT JFA Consultants to provide project management services and supervise site investigations for the Toliara Sands project, north of... 

Company’s belting division extends range

Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) belting division has extended its range of components, designed specifically for the conveying of heavy minerals, to include robust Megaroller idlers that ensure reliable operation, low maintenance requirements and an extended service life. 

Miner strikes silver, platinum and gold at heavy mineral project

Junior US mining exploration and development company Sunergy has received further analytical results on its West Africa heavy mineral sands project in Pampana, Sierra Leone, and has discovered potential economic quantities of silver, platinum and palladium, in addition to the known gold and... 

Mineral sands demand increases, supply remains static

By: Sashnee Moodley The global demand for mineral sands and the products made from them is growing steadily, while the supply has remained stagnant, says local miner Exxaro Resources mineral sands and base metals commodity division executive GM Trevor Arran. 

Revised Fairbreeze BAR submitted in search of project approval

By: Sashnee Moodley Diversified mining company Exxaro has compiled a revised basic assessment report (BAR) for necessary regulatory approvals on the Fairbreeze mine project, says Fairbreeze project manager Cobus Janse van Rensburg. 

US company begins tests on world’s largest titanium deposit

By: Sashnee Moodley Privately owned mining company CIC Resources is making progress in delineating its resource at its Alto Paraná project, following its announcement last year of the discovery of what may be the world’s largest titanium deposit, in Paraguay, and is conducting furnace tests in South Africa.  

Decision on $2,1bn titanium, zirconium project pending

By: Natasha Odendaal The results of a prefeasibility study on the proposed construction of an integrated titanium and zirconium minerals beneficiation complex in South Africa is under review. 

Moma project advancing timeously

South African construction major Aveng’s Engineering & Projects Company (E+PC) has successfully advanced the detailed design stages of mineral sands-miner Kenmare’s Moma Expansion project, in Mozambique. 

New separation equipment for mineral sands producer 

Mineral separation and mineral processing solutions company Mineral Technologies delivered a range of mineral separation equipment to mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) for their TTP expansion project in Richards Bay. The equipment includes Readings magnetic separators, Carrara... 

Rare-earth mineralisation identified in tailings

As a result of its ongoing strategic review process, mining company Sierra Rutile (previously known as Titanium Resources Group) reports an initial Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant mineral resource and the identification of potentially value-enhancing rare-earths mineralisation in... 

Titanium could be a strategic economic driver for SA

By: Natasha Odendaal Titanium has the potential to serve as a strategic economic driver for South Africa, should low-cost titanium production options in the industry become available, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing senior process engineer Shaan Oosthuizen. 

Widespread kimberlite indicator minerals identified

A heavy minerals stream sediment programme undertaken on the Tasse Diamond project, in British Columbia (BC), has identified widespread kimberlite indicator minerals, pointing to the presence of multiple kimberlite sources on the property. 

Zulti North prospecting rights application withdrawn

Minerals producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has submitted prospecting rights applications for two areas, namely Zulti North and Zulti South, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Ground engineering firm provides mining services to industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt South African diversified mining group Exxaro Resources contracted ground engineering and environmental services company Golder Associates to carry out a resource reserve audit, which was completed in December 2009. 

Rare-earth elements play significant role in low-carbon energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Looming electricity shortages, the apprehensive predictions of depletion of natural resources and the search for alternative energy has sparked a debate on the use of thorium, an element occurring in heavy minerals sands, as an energy supplier. 

Titanium industry to flourish 
as demand increases

With international business conditions being hampered by the global financial meltdown, as well as delays in aerospace and industrial programmes, 2009 proved to be a difficult year for the titanium industry. 

Australian minerals miner positive 
going forward

By: Darren Parker Despite current uncertainties in global economies, Australian heavy mineral sands miner Iluka’s operational and marketing performance shows improvement, as its major projects remain on track, supported by a strong balance sheet, while confidence about the positive fundamentals of the mineral... 

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