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Mining Services News

Cogeneration projects a viable option for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Having completed a cogeneration project with diversified miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan says the company looks forward to working on similar projects for more mining companies. Cogeneration, in the context of the South... 

Energy solutions provide power security for mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With existing and new mines in remote areas requiring electricity, power generation equipment manufacturer and energy service company Himoinsa’s bespoke and integrated solutions can support mines with a prime or a back-up power system, should there be a electricity outage. “We understand the... 

Energy solutions  provide power security  for mining industry
SOLUTIONS Himoinsa optimises a power solution that meets the requirements of the application by integrating different brands in its technology.

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark interest from mining companies

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Although the development of microgrid hybrid power solutions in South African mines is still in its infancy, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa director Dinesh Buldoo says there is growing interest from mining companies to offset the risks to their business that power supply... 

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark  interest from mining companies
IMPACT OF MINES Mines should create projects that are designed and constructed to feed into the surrounding areas and communities and that reduce the impact of their operations on the natural environment

Waste-to-energy viable option for mining operations

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With the Germiston-based facility of waste management company Interwaste benchmarked to provide a consistent supply of up to 1 000 tons a month of waste-derived fuel, Interwaste CFO Jason McNeil says there is opportunity to develop such projects and supply alternative fuel to mines. “The facility... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids

By: Nadine James     22nd February 2019 As various projects have demonstrated the value of renewables for reducing diesel, heavy fuel oil (HFO) and gas consumption, mining companies could now benefit from a significant cost reduction potential, said renewables research organisation ThEnergy MD Dr Thomas Hillig. “In the last few years,... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids
Photo by THEnergy
UPWARD TRAJECTORY Mining companies are expected to leverage increased competition between independent power producers for more cost-effective hybrid solutions

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     22nd February 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to improve project sustainability this year and lower the possible risks that can arise from tailings facilities. This includes regular inspections, geotechnical investigations  and necessary slope analysis, says... 

Consultancy implements responsible, sustainable practices for tailings facilities
TESTS AND MORE TESTS CPTu Style tests measuring friction and pore pressure during the sounding enables the company to interpret how consolidated the material is

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 Amid rising electricity costs and flailing power supplies across the East Coast of Australia, the country’s government is standing firm on its decision to keep coal as one of its main sources of electricity generation. Australia’s East Coast is facing a plethora of electricity issues, with... 

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

Linhleko Projects, FLSmidth partner to boost Waterval chrome production by 20%

By: Nadine James     21st February 2019 Black-owned fabrication and mining installations company Linhleko Projects this week officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth – a 50/50 profit sharing agreement in which Linhleko uses FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier (RC) technology to enhance chrome recovery from... 

Superintendent sides with Heron

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th February 2019 Contractor Sedgman’s additional costs of A$49.9-million related to the Woodlawn base metals project, in New South Wales, has been largely rejected by the contract superintendent. Sedgman presented project owner Heron Resources with a A$49.9-million progress claim for the Woodlawn project, which... 

Trust in tailings? Vale dam disaster spurs investors into action

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Seeking assurances from Brazilian miner Vale by phone after a second deadly dam disaster in three years is not enough for Sasja Beslik. He plans to fly there himself to get answers. Beslik, head of sustainable finance at Swedish bank Nordea, blocked the bank's investment managers from buying any... 

Govt, industry collaboration needed to create thriving diamond industry – Ernie Blom

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2019 World Federation of Diamond Bourses president Ernie Blom has called on Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, through an open letter, to put into practice what government has said regarding the development of the South African mining industry, in general, and to help “pave the road to... 

NRW settles RCR buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Mining services provider NRW Holdings has completed the A$10-million purchase of RCR Mining and RCR Heat Treatment from the administrators of RCR Tomlinson. RCR Mining includes the mining technologies business which owns intellectual property across a range of products and processes, and is an... 

Investment in new technologies in mining decreasing

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 The risk aversion of most mining companies has resulted in their being unwilling to invest in new technologies, which limits their competitiveness and growth potential, says emerging mining project management service provider Manhize Mineral Consultants (MMC) executive director Joel Mungoshi.... 

South African foundry involved in product development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the... 

South African  foundry involved in product development
Photo by Bloomberg
NICHE MARKET Thos Begbie has new products pending further investigation and studies that could present the opportunity to produce unique components for the steel industry, particularly blast furnaces

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management

By: Thabi Madiba     15th February 2019 Although there is much room for growth and the implementation of effective project management tools in mines across Africa, the current global economic climate has led companies to refrain from investing in project management software, says mining software solutions provider CCS Mining &... 

Economic climate poses threat to effective project management
PROJECT MANAGEMENT The right control helps mining companies understand where they have already overspent, but more importantly, assists them forecast the project-to-completion and highlight upcoming problem areas

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Serabi reports fatality at Palito gold mine

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Dual-listed Serabi Gold on Tuesday confirmed a fatality at its Palito gold mine, in Brazil, in a mining-related accident on February 11. The accident involved one of the company’s employees who sustained a crush-related injury and died from his injuries. 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Global professional services company Accenture is investing in a new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining, in Johannesburg, which will combine the latest in data science and artificial intelligence technologies with deep industry knowledge for the development of new intelligent digital... 

Accenture seeks to improve mining sector data analytics
Accenture Applied Intelligence and Data Science lead for Africa Dr Caroline Belrose discusses Accenture's new Applied Intelligence Studio for Mining with Engineering News Online. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Pretoria-based Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman won the fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, which was held from January 26 to February 1. Bauman’s project, titled ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, addresses the problem of miners and... 

Learners represent South Africa at Taiwan International Science Fair
Hoërskool Waterkloof learner Christiaan Bauman

Basil Read subsidiary to sell 28% stake in Majwe JV

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 Basil Read Mining Botswana (BRMB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basil Read Mining, will sell its 28% interest in the Majwe Joint Venture (JV) to Thiess Botswana and Bothakgwa Burrow Botswana (BBB) for R110.5-million. Under the terms of the agreement, BRMB will sell 28 ordinary shares,... 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Aury Africa aims for expansion into PGMs sector

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa is planning to expand its operations into the platinum group metals (PGMs) market this year with the introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) audit and inspection solutions. Aury Africa regards the local... 

Aury Africa aims  for expansion into PGMs sector
EXPANSION INTO PGMS MARKET The company hopes to use its signature range of products and services, such as vibrating screens, to capitalise on opportunities in the PGMs market this year

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

Gra-Tech to add value  in PGMs industry
CLEANING FOR METALS RECOVERY PGMs are absorbed into the surfaces of the equipment and we complete a destructive or nondestructive clean to remove these precious deposits for recovery

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Despite the turbulent political landscape in Zimbabwe currently, low-cost platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa Minerals remains fully committed to its Investment Project Framework Agreement with the Zimbabwe government. The agreement involves the establishment of a... 

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment
THARISA PLANT We remain optimistic about PGMs and will continue to invest in the locations we operate in, while looking for new opportunities

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Aside from the relative lag in demand and price for platinum, the other platinum group metals (PGMs) – osmium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium and particularly palladium – are expected to develop a stronger presence in the markets after a strong 2018, says global precious metals mining company... 

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst
PLATINUM OVERSUPPLY At 2018 basket prices we saw anywhere between 500 000 oz and 800 000 oz of PGMs coming out of the primary supply side, mostly from South Africa, when the prices just were not sustainable

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
Solar Mining's Charles Hurly discusses the company's product offerings and its growth plans, while CEO Desmond Pillay talks about the company's impact on the Mpumalanga economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Barminco wins zinc mining contract in India

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th February 2019 Underground mining services provider Barminco has been awarded a A$100-mllion contract from Hindustan Zinc at its Rampura Agucha mine, in India. Barminco has operated at Rampura Agucha since late 2016. 

GR Engineering wins Carrapateena contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Project house GR Engineering Services has won a A$16.3-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from fellow-listed Oz Minerals for the design and construction of the Northern Wellfield at the Carrapateena project, in South Australia. The scope of the work will include... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps launched its latest innovation, the Hazelton Pumps On-Site Mechanical Seal Replacement System, for its Hippo slurry pump range used predominantly in mining. “The system is designed so that the client can replace the mechanical seals of the pump... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement
IMPROVING SYSTEMS Hazelton Pumps launched its on-site mechanical seal replacement system for the Hippo slurry pump range

Company revives mobile dewatering pump systems

1st February 2019 When called upon to refurbish two diesel powered mobile dewatering trailers, pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solution (MRS) made sure that it put its own personal seal of quality on the product by not only refurbishing the units but also improving on the original design aspects. 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

New tech protects pumps against dry running

1st February 2019 A new type of detection technology from global technology powerhouse Siemens protects centrifugal pumps from dry running in hazardous areas. For this purpose, the corporation has developed special current/voltage detection modules for its Simocode pro motor management system. The principles and... 

Pumps manufacturer secures DRC slurry pumps contract

1st February 2019 Local pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has won a multimillion-rand tender to supply locally manufactured specialised slurry pumps to minerals and metals processing specialist Outotec, for the large-scale greenfield Mutoshi copper and cobalt mining project in the Democratic Republic of... 

Pumps manufacturer  secures DRC slurry  pumps contract
LSA PUMP The company offers pumps for various applications within the plant

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines

1st February 2019 The HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump manufactured by heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps is regarded as the world leader when pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads and high volumes and has been exported to the major mining countries.... 

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines
DEMAND Hazelton Pumps’ HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump is in demand in US coal mines

Sister companies provide one-stop pump solutions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Sister companies Integrated Pump Technology and Integrated Pump Rentals believe that while their market offerings differ it is their philosophy of providing single-source pump solutions to customers in the mining industry that has led to the significant growth of both in the past four years.... 

Sister companies provide one-stop pump solutions
Integrated Pump Rentals offers it's customers brands such as the Grindex Industrial pumps range and the Sykes pump range

South African mining a ‘complex business’ – UFS Vice-Chancellor

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 Mining has become a “complex business”, largely as a result of the unique dynamics of stakeholder engagements and expectations, government regulations and the technical and operational imperatives, University of the Free State (UFS) Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Francis Petersen states in... 

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