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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 Moolman 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 Moolman 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... 

Increase in injuries leads to increased focus on safety programmes

By: Darren Parker Following an increase in injuries at titanium dioxide slag producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), the company has re-emphasised the important role of its unique safety mechanisms in preventing such incidents. 

Madagascar Minerals not sinking

By: Darren Parker Despite the worldwide economic slowdown and financial problems being experienced by global mining group Rio Tinto, its subsidiary Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium’s mineral sands mining project, QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM), is on track and on schedule, with the project nearing the end of... 

Mineral sands outlook positive

By: Darren Parker Diversified miner Exxaro is expecting a positive 2009 in terms of its mineral sands operations, if market demand and prices remain stable. Increased production volumes at all its mineral sands operations, the first full 12-month contribution from the newly acquired Namakwa Sands operation, as... 

Regulations seemingly ignored in Xolobeni mining rights case 

By: Darren Parker In a highly controversial move, mining entity Transworld Energy Minerals (TEM), a subsidiary of Australian group Mineral Resource Commodities (MRC), was granted the right to mine the heavy minerals sand deposits in the Kwanyana block of the Xolobeni tenement area on the Wild Coast, in the Eastern... 

Developments in the South African heavy minerals industry

By: Loni Prinsloo South Africa’s heavy minerals industry stands favourably within the world market, producing just over 40% of the world’s zircon output, states a report released by the directorate of mineral economics, entitled An overview of South Africa’s Zircon Industry and the Role of Black... 

Electrical company controls dune dredging

By: Loni Prinsloo Control panels based on diversified electrical company Möeller’s technology have been installed in dredge mining plants at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), a key part of RBM’s expansion towards a target of two-million tons of minerals output a year. 

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