http://www.miningweekly.com

Global Mining News in real time

Mining Services News

AECI H1 earnings rise 45% on bulk property sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI’s R400-million bulk property sale, in Somerset West, paired with a maintained market share, despite a difficult environment, pushed its headline earnings for the six months to June 30, up 45% to R632-million, compared with R436-million in the first... 

NRW wins A$140m Rio contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Project house NRW Holdings has been awarded a A$140-million contract from mining major Rio Tinto at the Nammuldi iron-ore mine, in Western Australia. The scope of the contract included the construction of mine haul roads, ore stockpiles, waste dumps and other mine infrastructure, as well as... 

DRA and BGC join forces in Australia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Mining services providers DRA Pacific and BGC Contracting have formed a joint venture (JV) to service the Australian resources sector. The JV, with combined access to over 6 000 employees globally, was being marketed as a one-stop-shop delivering a full suite of services, including engineering,... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells Mining Weekly, stating that education is of paramount importance. In addition, better monitoring in... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
DANGEROUS BUSINESS Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided

Company pushing to bring closed lubrication system into iron-ore space

By: Dylan Stewart Over the next 18 months oil and lubrication company Shell will target the iron-ore market and introduce its bulk grease customer value proposition (CVP) through the Shell Grease Truck to various iron-ore mines in South Africa, says Shell South Africa technical manager Hentie Spangenberg. 

Company pushing to bring closed lubrication system into iron-ore space
LOADED The Grease Truck carries six containers called rockets with a capacity of 1400 kg of grease per rocket

Eskom aiming to slash truck-delivered coal as it seeks cost, other benefits 

By: Ilan Solomons State-owned power utility Eskom continues to press ahead with its integrated logistics strategy of prioritising the use of conveyors and rail to reduce the number of trucks that are required to transport coal to power stations, says Eskom road logistics head manager Nico Singh. However, he notes... 

Eskom aiming to slash truck-delivered coal  as it seeks cost, other benefits
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD AVOIDANCE Eskom intends to significantly increase the percentage of rail transportation use over the next five to ten years as part of its road-to-rail strategy

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

R2m mobile screen enables new business opportunities for sand mine

By: Zandile Mavuso Western Cape-based building and materials supply group Els Group has invested in a Sandvik QA331 mobile screen worth R2-million to increase output from its subsidiary OJ Plant Hire sand mine, which has opened up new business opportunities for the group. 

Stringent controls urged as explosives theft poses danger to society

By: Zandile Mavuso The theft of explosives by illegal miners presents great danger to society and steps need to be taken to ensure the prevention of such products falling into the wrong hands, says explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services global mining optimisation manager Simon Tose. 

Texas Rare Earth Resources signs $7m technology JV with K-Tech

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Heavy rare earths explorer Texas Rare Earth Resources (TRER) has finalised the terms of a $7-million joint venture (JV) with chemical process development and applications company K-Technologies (K-Tech) to develop, refine and market K-Tech's continuous ion exchange (CIX) and continuous ion... 

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

By: Sashnee Moodley A drilling programme had started at the Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project, in south-west Alaska, explorer Millrock Resources reported on Thursday.  

$2m drilling programme starts at Alaska Peninsula copper-gold project

Canadian research councils partner, to include mining and minerals sectors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has entered a partnership to provide tools and expertise to Canadian firms, to translate research and development from the laboratory to the marketplace. Together, the research companies would grow the local... 

BBBEE mining supplier development faces challenges

By: Schalk Burger Supplier development of small businesses to provide services for mines – in line with the new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) regulations – faces significant challenges, says supplier development consultancy Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin. Large corporate... 

Company introduces new mining service vehicle

Fluid transfer solutions and on-site repairs provider Pirtek Northern Cape has introduced the first dedicated Pirtek mining service vehicle to the South African market.  The new vehicle complements the current fleet of Pirtek mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu,... 

Company introduces new mining service vehicle
24/7 SERVICE The new Pirtek mining service vehicle complements the current fleet of mobile service vehicles in the Northern Cape operating from Kathu, Postmasburg and Upington

DoT, mines join forces to alleviate road infrastructure challenge

By: Ilan Solomons The Department of Transport (DoT) is partnering with mining companies to build and maintain road infrastructure located in major coal transportation areas of Mpumalanga, and intends to extend this collaboration throughout the rest of South Africa, DoT director Whity Maphakela. Maphakela was... 

DoT, mines join forces to alleviate road infrastructure challenge
MORE THAN A BUMP IN THE ROAD Over the past year the Department of Transport has piloted road infrastructure maintenance projects in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape with Eskom and mining companies

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy

By: Bruce Montiea Hydropowered rock drills can reduce the drilling energy requirement of a mine by up to 90% compared to pneumatic systems, as they operate at more than twice the penetration rate of air drills. In addition, as hydropower is more energy-efficient, it also reduces the number of drillers in a working... 

Hydropower can effect 90% reduction in drilling energy
PRECISE Hydropowered drilling can achieve improved advance rates through more accurate drilling

Japanese pneumatics expert establishes local subsidiary

In a quest to expand its global operations, Tokyo-based pneumatics and industrial automation component technology company SMC Corporation Japan in March established a new subsidiary in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company says the creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will grant companies in... 

Japanese pneumatics  expert establishes  local subsidiary
EXPANDING The creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will enable companies in South Africa and neighbouring countries to have easier access to SMC Corporation Japan’s products and technologies

Legislative complexities make it difficult to distinguish illegal from artisanal miners

By: Zandile Mavuso The legislative complexities that exist within the South African mining sector have made it difficult for industry to clearly distinguish which miners can be declared illegal miners and which artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs), says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa... 

Most purchasing decisions in North America made on site

By: Ilan Solomons A recent survey by UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Centre (MIC) has found that the majority of North American miners still make purchasing decisions for heavy mobile mining equipment at the mine sites rather than at their corporate head... 

Most purchasing decisions in  North America made on site
CLIFFORD SMEE Outside of North America, notably in Australia, there is a trend towards greater procurement centralisation

Private sector, govt should discuss BEE

By: Pimani Baloyi Black economic empowerment- (BEE-) compliant companies, the private sector and government should discuss ways in which the mining industry can ensure it creates business opportunities for reliable and effective BEE-compliant companies, says local mining pumps engineering company Turbo Tech Pumps.... 

Process reliability of hydraulic connection technology crucial

The process reliability of hydraulic connection technology is crucial for the effective and economical operation of modern working machinery, says hydraulic coupling technology provider VOSS Fluid. To ensure that systems, which are subject to permanent stress, such as large excavators in mining,... 

Process reliability of  hydraulic connection  technology crucial
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED VOSS Fluid uses its in-house, sustainable zinc-nickel base coating for all tube couplings

Road deaths in South Africa equivalent to ‘one Marikana tragedy a day’

By: Ilan Solomons The proposal by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters that commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 9 000 kg not be allowed to operate on urban roads from 06:00 am to 9:00 am and from 17:00 pm to 20:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays is still under consideration, stated Department of... 

Road deaths in South Africa equivalent to ‘one Marikana tragedy a day’
ANDREW MARSAY The Department of Transport is under immense pressure to do something meaningful to curb the high yearly death toll on South Africa’s roads

Taiwanese machine-tool maker targeting SA mining sector

By: Zandile Mavuso Taiwan-based machine tool manufacturer Fair Friend Group (FFG) has identified the South African mining industry as a potential market for the supply of its milling machines, in line with its strategy of entering more regions to become the number one machine tools manufacturer globally by 2022. 

Zimele fund already aligned with new BBBEE codes

By: Leandi Kolver Mining major Anglo American did not have to change the way its enterprise development arm Zimele functioned to adapt to the amended Broad-based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, which came into force in May, Zimele MD Hlonela Lupuwana tells Mining Weekly. She explains... 

Digitalisation expands specialist skills requirements at mines

By: Dylan Stewart Digitalisation across the spectrum of mining processes could create various new jobs, thus promoting skills development, says information technology consulting and system integration services company Wipro energy and natural resources director Gerhard Greyling. 

Digitalisation expands specialist skills requirements at mines
GERHARD GREYLING Digitalisation will increase the need for desktop technicians, process integration specialists and trainers

Durban varsity to host composites conference in October

By: Zandile Mavuso Following the success of its first conference, held in Durban in 2013, the Composite Research Group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Durban University of Technology will be hosting its second International Conference on Composites, Biocomposites and Nanocomposities (ICCBN) from... 

Engineering firm to design front-end operations of Moz graphite project

In June Perth-based mineral sector engineering services provider CPC Engineering was appointed by ASX-listed explorer Syrah Resources to complete the front-end engineering design for the Balama graphite and vanadium project, in Mozambique. 

Local company unveils Turkey-manufactured drill rig range

By: Ilan Solomons Local diversified information technology, mining and cooling solutions and products provider Troya Trading officially unveiled its new Geo 900 exploration drilling rig range to the local market at a company open day, in Midrand, last month. The drill rig was manufactured in Turkey by drilling... 

Local company unveils Turkey-manufactured drill rig range
DRILLING MATTERS The Geo 900 drill rig had a dry hole depth capacity of 1 700 m and a 2 000 m wet-hole capacity at BQ size

Mining-sector status quo not an option for the next 100 years

By: Ilan Solomons The twenty-first century will be remembered as the century of knowledge, where information became attainable at speeds that were never thought possible. The twenty second century, however, is likely to become the century of leisure and the mining industry must adapt to these new realities if it... 

Mining-sector status quo not an option for the next 100 years
FUTURE MINE OPERATOR STATION? The future generation will thrive in a job that is a pleasure to work in and one of the prevailing aspects of leisure is to stay connected to the Internet and be up to date with the latest technologies
First
Prev
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next Last
RSS Feed

About

Mining Weekly is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on MiningWeekly.com is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
R/€ = 13.79Change: 0.09
R/$ = 12.55Change: 0.01
Au 1096.25 $/ozChange: 0.90
Pt 985.00 $/ozChange: 2.00
 
Subscribe Now for $96
Subscribe Now for $96 Close