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Aggressive drilling programme under way at Gascoyne’s Dalgaranga

By: Samantha Herbst     24th May 2016 Following the completion of a prefeasibility study of its 80%-owned Dalgaranga gold project earlier this year, which proved the project to be a robust development, ASX-listed gold hopeful Gascoyne Resources on Tuesday announced that an aggressive drilling programme was currently under way at... 

Contract mining offers edge in depressed market  

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Historically, mining was a highly protected industry and had a low propensity for outsourcing, but more operations are being outsourced across Africa, says global consultant and adviser Deloitte. This is owing to mines not having access to robust mining systems and processes, expertise and the... 

Contract mining offers  edge in depressed market
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA There is a direct correlation between the market size of contract mining and the commodities cycle/prices and investment patterns in capital projects

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Although tailings retreatment is not new to South Africa, the country’s mine dumps, especially those of the gold mining sector, still hold immeasurable value that could increase the profitability of mining projects for clients and contractors, says materials handling and hauling expert Ncamiso... 

Contractor finds value in gold mine dumps
Photo by Duane Daws
FIKILE MASHININI Ncamiso Mining's outsourcing services facilitate job creation and the eradication of illegal miners in some of the communities in which it operates

Conveyor engineered to withstand high temperatures

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global mining solutions provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa is introducing the Superbelt conveyor technology, developed by Italian environment-friendly hot bulk materials handling solutions provider Magaldi Italy, to Southern Africa. The conveyor has been designed specifically for hot bulk materials... 

Conveyor engineered  to withstand high  temperatures
MAGALDI SUPERBELT CONVEYOR The conveyor is ideally suited to conveying materials in heat processes

Enviro assessments for Delmas colliery pollution control dams project under way

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 Specialist assessments required for the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the proposed extension and remediation of the discard dump and two pollution control dams at the North Shaft section of local coal mining and beneficiation company Kuyasa Mining’s Delmas coal mine is currently... 

Fire safety needs to be self-regulated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Global safety, health and environmental management services provider Nosa maintains that it is imperative that businesses in fire-related industries, such as smelting and minerals processing, assume a self-regulatory role with regard to fire safety standards. Nosa marketing, social media and... 

Greater demand for outsourced service providers possible

By: Sascha Solomons     20th May 2016 Mining projects in South Africa have been placed on hold, owing to the current commodities oversupply and price slump, as well as the shortage of funding for projects, but the concern is whether South Africa will be able to ramp up production when the industry recovers, states specialist... 

Greater demand for outsourced service  providers possible
BRIDGING THE GAP Mining companies operating in South Africa might employ contractors to fill skills gaps once business conditions improve

New products on offer

     20th May 2016 Innovative instrumentation solutions designer and manufacturer E Instruments is introducing a combustion gas and emissions analyser that is ideal for commercial and industrial use, and a new sampling conditioning unit, which allows for moisture removal at flue gas sampling points. 

New products  on offer
E4500-N The new analyser allows for the accurate measurement of gas emissions

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Global consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting have prepared a manageable system and training programme, which is designed to simplify the process of aligning personnel responsible for implementing and renewing a mining water use licence (WUL)  

New solution simplifies water-use licence application, renewal processes
JACKY BURKE Mines must conduct routine inspections and aquatic assessments, applying corrective actions where necessary

South African EPCM business acquired by Swiss company

     20th May 2016 Worldwide supplier of advanced technologies, products and services for the metals and mining industries Tenova has concluded the sale of its South African electronically commutated permanent magnet (ECPM) business operation Bateman Projects. The company announced the successful demerger in April,... 

South African software to improve plant operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 South African process and operations management solutions provider BluESP is introducing Model Predictive Control, a form of advanced process control technology, with applications to improve plant efficiency in several industries, including smelting and minerals processing. 

South African software to improve plant operations
PLANT OPTIMISATION BluESP’s Model Predictive Control technology the software is ideally suited to the smelting and minerals processing industries

SRK Consulting: 40 years on

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 Global engineering consultancy SRK Consulting launched its fortieth anniversary book – SRK: 40 years in the deep end – during this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which took place in February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The book covers SRK’s journey from its... 

SRK Consulting:  40 years on
Photo by Duane Daws
IN THE DEEP END The book covers SRK’s journey from its formation in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Oskar Steffen, Andy Robertson and Hendrik Kirsten in 1974 to its global presence today

Ukwazi

     20th May 2016 Independent mining adviser Ukwazi strongly believes in following transparent and compliant mine planning processes by applying specialist teams that are focused on specific mining methods and commodities. “We follow outcome-driven project management principles and supply specialist technical... 

Ukwazi

Upgrade will produce 3.38 Mt/y of hot metal

     20th May 2016 International engineering company Paul Wurth has been contracted to reline a blast furnace at international steel products manufacturer NLMK’s Lipetsk plant, in Russia, to yield nominal production of 3.38-million tons of hot metal a year. 

Value derived from waste streams

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Ingenuity has become paramount to the survival of minerals processing industry suppliers amid the challenging economic climate, says South African furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces South Africa (SA). The company has undertaken several projects aimed at deriving value from waste... 

Value derived from waste streams
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS An iron fines reduction tube designed and manufactured by Thermopower Furnaces SA

Australia’s GB Energy to acquire lithium project in Namibia

By: Samantha Herbst     19th May 2016 In line with its strategy of targeting minerals critical for the future of the energy environment, ASX-listed GB Energy has entered into an option agreement with an unnamed South African company which, if exercised, provides the GB Energy with the right to acquire a 70% stake in Namibia’s... 

Adequate environmental management systems boost health, safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 An effective environmental management system (EMS) has to reduce the possible environmental damage caused by and the overall cost of a mine, as well as ensure that workers are safe and healthy, says mining industry consultant The MSA Group. 

Adequate environmental  management systems  boost health, safety
ROBIN BOLTON Water, air and noise pollution, the loss of resources through spills or leaks, along with accidents and the impact on surrounding communities, are repercussions of not identifying risks timeously

Amplats-linked German company unveils hydrogen storage, logistics system

By: Dylan Slater     13th May 2016 The first commercial hydrogen storage and logistics system was launched earlier this month at Germany-based hydrogen startup Hydrogenious Technologies, a company in which platinum miner Anglo American Platinum invested.  

Amplats-linked German company unveils  hydrogen storage, logistics system
Photo by Duane Daws
FUEL CELL A hydrogen fuel cell prototype used by Anglo American Platinum in a locomotive

Check employee health, avoid implications

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Occupational health medicals of mineworkers are taking place frequently enough in South Africa, affirms occupational health service Working Knowledge International (WKI). 

Check employee health, avoid implications
HEALTH MATTERS Having mineworkers’ health checked on site could save employers and employees time and money

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety
Photo by Duane Daws
MINING POWER SUPPLY A power failure at an underground mine could lead to mineworkers becoming stranded

Event heads back to Swakopmund, Namibia

     13th May 2016 The African leg of mining software developer and provider Hexagon Mining’s MineQuest 2016, the company’s global user event series, will be hosted by Namibia in Swakopmund from June 22 to 24.  

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fatigue has to be managed throughout a mine to ensure everyone is functioning at their peak, especially when working under the hazardous conditions prevalent in the industry, to achieve optimal production results, says fatigue management specialist Predictive Safety. 

Fatigue management prevents accidents, enhances output
KOLOMELA MINE Predictive Safety is managing three fatigue systems across South Africa, one of which is the Kolomela iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities for mining sector

     13th May 2016 Fuels, lubricants and oil-based products producer and marketer Engen Petroleum was scheduled to complete the construction of a fuel storage and dispensing facility at the Husab uranium project, in Namibia, in late March.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities  for mining sector
POWERFUL PROSTECTS Once in full production, the Husab uranuim mine will be one of the largest in the world

Metso solution set to increase efficiencies at Sedibeng iron-ore mine

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Diversified engineering group Metso will soon deliver a stationary crushing and screening solution to iron-ore miner Sedibeng Iron Ore, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, for its iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, the company announced last week. The solution consists of a 561-2V vibrating feeder, a... 

Metso solution set to increase efficiencies at Sedibeng iron-ore mine
C130 JAW CRUSHER The crushing and screening solution will bring Sedibeng mine increased production capacity and reliability while reducing production costs

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success,  holds much potential
BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK More than 50% of the sorghum planted had grown despite not using any irrigation other than rainwater

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

     13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine
CONFIDENT CONTRACTOR EBM is confident that it will meet the commissioning date of the production facilities at the Kombat copper mine

RamPiping Systems

     13th May 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Randgold’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex delivers robust Q1 results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 London and Nasdaq-listed gold miner Randgold Resources announced earlier this month that its flagship operation, the Loulo-Gounkoto complex, in Mali, delivered a robust performance in the first quarter ending March 2016. This is attributable to the commissioning and resolving of technical issues... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Enbridge turns to renewable energy with French offshore wind acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 Canadian oil and gas infrastructure giant Enbridge has agreed to buy a 50% interest in French offshore wind development company Éolien Maritime France (EMF), for C$282-million. NYSE- and TSX-listed Enbridge would co-own the company with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of Électricité... 

Ausenco wins A$91m contract in Canada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2016 Project management company Ausenco has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth some A$91-million with TSX-listed Atlantic Gold over its Moose River consolidated gold project, in Canada. Ausenco was expected to deliver a two-million tonne a year gold processing plant... 

GR Engineering awarded major contract at APLNG

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th May 2016 Oil and gas producer Origin Energy has awarded a contract to project house GR Engineering Services over the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project. The contract would see GR Engineering Services provide wellsite, gas production and water treatment facility maintenance as well as... 

Adoption of mining technology stressed

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 It is now more important than ever to reap the benefits that mining technology can provide while understanding the science behind the technology to audit results, according to mine software and technology developer Hexagon Mining communications director Neville Judd. The increasing complexity and... 

Adoption of mining technology stressed

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The Daunia opencut coal mine, in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, broke the world record for the largest-ever electronic detonator blast in December, firing 5 665 detonators in 2 683 blastholes using the South Africa-developed AXXIS digital initiation system from explosives firm... 

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast
BLAST SETS RECORD The size and success of the blast at Daunia demonstrates the ease of use of the AXXIS system

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The contract mining, plant leasing and rental division of Eqstra, MCC, is taking a new approach to contract mining to improve its partnerships with clients. The company has embarked on creating a contract model that works on a project-to-project basis to reduce costs, increase revenue and grow... 

Contract miner to restructure partnerships to enhance rewards
RESTRUCTURED CONTRACTS REDUCE COSTS MCC will provide solutions based on each mine it services, enabling the alignment and adaption to clients' changing requirements

Crushing circuit commissioned at Côte d’Ivoire gold operation

By: David Oliveira     6th May 2016 Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources announced last month that it had commissioned its fourth-stage crushing circuit at its Tongon gold mine, in Côte d’Ivoire, completing an extensive capital project designed to improve throughput and recovery.  The new circuit is being optimised.... 

Developer boosts focus on mine planning software

By: Sebastian Whyle     6th May 2016 Continuing exploration challenges in South Africa have led leading provider of innovative software solutions, MICROMINE, to enhance and continue its focus on exploration and three-dimensional (3D) mine planning, which, subsequently, has assisted in boosting the uptake of mining and scheduling... 

Developer boosts focus on mine planning software
PIECE OF MIND The Micromine solution’s data-validation features enable users to ensure that a job has been completed correctly

Feasibility study starts on phosphate JV

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th May 2016 ASX-listed exploration and development company Minbos Resources last month started work with joint venture (JV) partner Petril on the bankable feasibility study (BFS) work programmes for the high-margin, high-grade phosphate Cabinda project, in Angola. The 391.3-million-ton project, with an... 

Feasibility study starts on phosphate JV
Photo by Bloomberg
HIGH PROSPECT The high-margin, high-grade phosphate Cabinda project, in Angola is an estimated 391.3-million-ton project, with an estimated ten-year mine life
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