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Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs

Owing to mining clients’ negotiation positions for renewable-energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) having improved considerably as renewables can be used with diesel generators in hybrid systems, the opportune time is now for them to pursue renewable sources of energy, says Germany-based... 

Demand for logging tool soars since October launch

By: Mia Breytenbach Demand from the mining industry for the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA driller operable, gamma logging tool, used in geological mapping, has markedly increased since its launch in October last year, states downhole instrumentation, data management and data analysis technologies provider REFLEX. The REFLEX... 

Demand for logging tool soars since  October launch
PERFORMANCE EFFICIENCY The lower cost of gamma logging provides an opportunity for further logging, which has previously been too expensive an exercise

Dependable power will boost economic growth

As a result of electricity supply limitations in South Africa and many other sub-Saharan African countries, economic growth is set to be impeded, which will affect many electricity-intensive and -dependent industries, including mining.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use

By: Dylan Slater A common trend in the mining industry is the misuse or non-use of energy data, says Sandton-based sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) South Africa air quality and climate change team head and senior partner Massimo Bettanin.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use
EFFICIENT MINDSET All mining personnel should be trained to operate their respective machinery in the most efficient manner possible

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling

Vancouver-based gold explorer Pilot Gold expects to resume drilling in March at its Goldstrike property in Southwestern Utah, in the US, to focus on extending and defining mineralisation along the main gold trend. The company released the results of the second phase of its inaugural drill... 

Gold explorer to start third round of drilling
The Goldstrike property comprises a past-producing gold mine within an 8-km-long corridor of gold mineralisation that is largely untested and ready to be drilled

Hybrid power solution aimed at African mining industry

By: Dylan Slater Contrary to popular belief, a power solution incorporating renewable-energy solutions and diesel generators does exist and has been developed particularly for the mining industry, especially miners operating in regions with high average solar-peak yields, says renewable-energy solutions company... 

Hybrid power  solution aimed at African mining industry
SOLAR POSSIBILITIES South Africa has lots of solar photovoltaic potential with high average peak yields of sunlight

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines

By: Ilan Solomons Local ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting’s MT100 ultralow-profile mining machine has successfully operated for more than 500 hours at several gold and platinum mines throughout South Africa, CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. The MT100,... 

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines
MT100 MINING MACHINE The locally manufactured MT100, with a sweeper and a dozer attached, is a battery-driven platform with a maximum height of 420 mm and a battery life of seven hours

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability

By: Dylan Slater Dependable electricity supply is critical to the operation of a mine within safe parameters, and negligence thereof can leave a mining company vulnerable to costly litigation and rising insurance premiums.  

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability
SECURE SUPPLY Any loss of power, however short, is an expensive risk and unacceptable at a mine site

Stakeholders urged to embrace fast-approaching digital mining

By: Kim Cloete With the interplay between technological development and the mining industry becoming increasingly prominent, delegates at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba have been urged to embrace the concept of digital mining. Diversified metals and mining major Vedanta Resources CEO Tom... 

M&R, EGMF set up DRC company at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer Underground mining services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation, together with Enterprise Generale Malta Forrest SA (EGMF), used the Mining Indaba as a setting to establish a new joint company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to serve the mining industry in Central Africa.... 

M&R, EGMF set up DRC company at Mining Indaba
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R Cementation business development executive Allan Widlake

Lack of domestic finance hobbles growth in African mining

By: Kim Cloete While African countries account for a significant amount of the world’s mineral deposits, the do not have the financial infrastructure to make the most of these abundant resources, said Nigeria Emir of Kano and Black Rhino Group chairperson Lamido Sanusi, addressing delegates at the 2016... 

Lack of domestic finance hobbles growth in African mining
Nigeria Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities

By: Ilan Solomons Monitoring abandoned mines and illegal mining activities using satellite imagery is now possible, says remediation services provider and subsidiary of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, Crosstech director Hansjörg Eberle. Crosstech, as part of the Swiss consortium that also includes software... 

Satellite imagery to assist in monitoring illegal mining activities
NEW VIEWS A key driver of innovation is using satellite imagery, which is becoming increasingly available free of charge

Sinvac Mining & Engineering

Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. Piping systems are manufactured, supplied, fabricated and installed by Sinvac... 

Sinvac Mining & Engineering

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

By: Ilan Solomons The Council for Geoscience (CGS) has embarked on a three-year research programme involving a range of geoscientific investigations associated with the drilling of a vertical deep-core borehole to better conceptualise some of the geological issues related to potential shale gas resources in South... 

Council for Geoscience advances shale gas research in the Karoo

Eqstra warns of lower H1 earnings, to sell Moz mining equipment assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt JSE-listed mobile capital equipment distributor Eqstra has, through its Mozambican subsidiary, signed a memorandum of agreement with Minas de Benga Limitada to dispose of all plant and equipment assets used in the provision of mining services during a five-year contract at Minas’ Benga coal mine,... 

Unearthed ‘hackathon’ seeks solutions to challenges facing mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Australia-based innovation programme for the global resources sector, Unearthed, will host a ‘hackathon’ event in Cape Town from February 5 to 7 – its first international event. Unearthed’s ‘hackathon’ events brought together young software developers, designers and industry insiders to develop... 

Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor production tools

By: Creamer Media Reporter Marine-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Monday announced that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has taken delivery of the three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from British manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility, in Newcastle... 

AEL’s Simon Tose accepted as SAIMM fellow

By: Anine Kilian Local explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services mining optimisation manager Simon Tose has been accepted as a fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).   Tose said he would take the opportunity to give back to the industry, especially the youth.... 

AEL’s Simon Tose accepted as SAIMM fellow
AEL Mining Services mining optimisation manager Simon Tose

Looking back at Dr Robbie Robinson 

By: Creamer Media Reporter Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer talks to senior deputy editor Tracy Hancock about the legacy left behind by chemical engineer Dr Robbie Robinson, who died at 86. Dr Robinson was often featured on Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online. 

Looking back at Dr Robbie Robinson

Call to adopt internationally recognised pumps standards certification processes

By: Malusi Mkhize South African exports to lucrative overseas markets will be simplified when the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) product certification processes and procedures are amended to be recognised by other international certification authorities, says South African Pumps Systems Development... 

Call to adopt internationally  recognised pumps standards  certification processes
Photo by Duane Daws
OVERCOMING RESTRICTIONS Cooperation between the South African Bureau of Standards and international standards authorities can pave the way for pumps of South African manufacturers to enter lucrative overseas markets

Cost savings of positive displacement pumps outlined

Global progressing cavity pumps manufacturer for the oil and gas industrial sectors PCM Pumps has highlighted the benefits of positive displacement pumps as the overall efficiency and life cycle of pumps are becoming paramount in the procurement process. PCM’s progressive and peristaltic pumps... 

Cost savings of positive  displacement pumps outlined
COST SAVINGS Positive displacement pumps offer efficiency at a low life cost

Experience reason for competitive advantage, pumps’ longevity

By: Malusi Mkhize Pumps manufacturer Mather + Platt claims to have built up one of the largest number of pumps operating in the South African mining and water sectors. Mather + Platt marketing and business development manager Dave Johnson tells Mining Weekly that pumps that have been installed and working for more... 

Experience reason for competitive advantage, pumps’ longevity
EXPERIENCE COUNTS Mather + Platt has been operating in South Africa since 1954

Expert aims to further BEE goals

By: Malusi Mkhize Pump supplier, testing and servicing expert AESPUMP intends to further expand its apprenticeship programme, which it says is at the heart of its recent upgrade to Level 4 black economic empowerment (BEE) accreditation. “We believe that this emphasis on skills development will, over time, lead to... 

Expert aims to  further BEE goals
Photo by Alan Thrush
IMPARTING SKILLS Apprenticeships ensure that a steady stream of qualified fitters and turners enters the pumps industry

German leak-free hydraulic diaphragm metering pumps available locally

South Africa-based components and systems provider for metering liquids and water treatment and disinfection solutions the ProMinent group has introduced a new range of hydraulic diaphragm metering pumps – the Orlita MF. Launched late last year the Orlita MF offers reliable capacities even under... 

Inaugural pumps summit aims to expand pumps industry

The inaugural Pump Summit Americas is set to expand the pump industry network and offer a professional platform for the pump community members and experts across North and South America to stay informed about the latest technologies in the field of pumps and pumps systems. The two-day conference... 

Inaugural pumps  summit aims to expand pumps industry
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING THE PUMPS NETWORK Pump Summit Americas aims to create a pumps community across several industries and share knowledge of the pump industry

Kirton Mechanical Equipment

  Technical consulting services provider Kirton Mechanical Equipment (KME), the vacuum technology-specific,  KwaZulu-Natal-based  rotating equipment supplier, offers solutions to the very destructive system variables that prevail in most manufacturing and process plants. 

Kirton Mechanical Equipment

KZN aggregate producer establishes new quarry

By: Mia Breytenbach KwaZulu-Natal-based aggregate producer Flanders Quarry has expanded its operations and fleet of crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International equipment, following the opening of an additional site at Verulam on the north coast. The new operation, known as Flanders Canelands, is... 

KZN aggregate producer establishes new quarry
NEW ACQUISITION The Rubble Master RM80GO! can manoeuvre easily in confined spaces on quarries

Legal, illegal Mozambique rubies and legal Angola diamonds in the spotlight

By: Keith Campbell Mozambican mining company Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada has made public its concerns about unfair competition by illegal miners. The company operates a ruby and corundum mine at Namanhumbir in the Montepuez district, which lies in the southern region of Cabo Delgado Province. It is 75%-owned by... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective
Photo by Bloomberg
AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Provider looks to complement its other solutions

By: Malusi Mkhize Global sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco is focused on the development and extension of its pumps in 2016 and 2017 to take advantage of the synergies within its compressors and generators offering. As such, the company is concentrating more of its international resources to... 

Provider looks to  complement its  other solutions
PRODUCT BOOST Atlas Copco is placing the same emphasis on its pumps range as that of its compressors and generators

Pumps supplier offers new hydro mining solutions

By: Malusi Mkhize Industrial pump solutions leasing company Integrated Pump Rental has introduced Slurry Blaster, a cost-effective cleaning tool for slurry removal. The Slurry Blaster forms part of the company’s hydro mining equipment solutions and was launched in mid-2015 as a response to the lack of hydro mining... 

Pumps supplier  offers new hydro  mining solutions
SLURRY REMOVAL The Slurry Blaster is a hydro mining solution for the removal of slurry build-up

SA pumps manufacturer supplies significant Canadian mine

By: Malusi Mkhize Comprehensive pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps expects to deliver two Hippo model 200MH slurry submersible absorbing 185 kW pumps to the Kearl oil sands project in Canada by the end of the next month. “Owing to the general economic slump experienced in South Africa and more specifically the... 

SA pumps manufacturer supplies significant Canadian mine
OVERSEAS FOOTPRINT Hazleton Pumps’ Hippo model is destined for one of Canada’s highest-quality oil sands deposits

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation

By: Ilan Solomons Miners currently face many challenges, from low commodity prices to the exhaustion of accessible high-quality orebodies and high development costs. However, by drawing on the oil and gas industry’s process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, miners may have new ways to tackle those problems... 

‘Frack mining’ mooted as a future mining innovation
ADRIENNE RATMANSKY Frack mining combines the mining industry’s practice of in-situ leaching with the oil and gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing process

Sparton assists in commissioning of 8 MWh Chinese vanadium-flow battery

By: Henry Lazenby One of the largest vanadium-flow batteries in the world has been commissioned in China, reveals TSX-V-listed Sparton Resources, Sparton’s subsidiary VanSpar Mining played a critical role in raising finance for the Zhangbei project’s 8 MWh vanadium-flow battery that was successfully commissioned... 

Agreement improves mining training opportunities for British Columbians

By: Henry Lazenby The British Columbia Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) on Tuesday launched a pilot project that will offer students the opportunity to complete up to a full year of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) mineral exploration and mining technology diploma at four new... 

Mining pressed to overcome barriers to secure greater renewable presence

By: Simon Rees The pace of renewables uptake by mining companies has been weighted down by the economic downturn, excessive capital costs and cultural barriers, an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce renewables in mining conference heard. These issues had been compounded by... 

Africa still focus of explosives company

JSE-listed Omnia Group’s mining explosives division, BME, continues to invest in its growing African footprint despite the depressed mining climate, as the continent remains a strategic focus area for opportunities in the mining industry. “BME is developing the business in various parts of Africa... 

Africa still focus of explosives company
BLASTING PRECISION The AXXIS digital initiation system allocates precise firing times to the electronic detonators, allowing engineers to design complex firing sequences in a blast

Applied Mineral Technologies

Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the fabrication and construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many... 

Applied Mineral Technologies
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