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Mining Services News

Ausdrill subsidiary sees strong growth in West Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th August 2016 The West African gold industry continues to provide strong growth opportunities for Australia’s mining services company Ausdrill, with the company’s wholly owned subsidiary appointed as preferred contractor by private explorer and developer Toro Gold. Ausdrill said on Friday that African Mining... 

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction

     26th August 2016 Having received commitments to raise about A$21-million through a placement of 70-million shares at a price of A$0.30 a share, Perth-based gold company West African Resources can continue to rapidly progress its Tanlouka gold project. The placement proceeds will be used to start early civil... 

A$21m fundraising advances Tanlouka camp construction
ON TRACK The Tanlouka gold project feasibility study is on track to be completed in the fourth quarter

AMD technology a hot topic in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Finnish specialist in hydrometallurgical treatment technology Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) launched a treatment for acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa in July, which it claims is a cost-effective, one-step process that can integrate with the existing technology and equipment used by... 

AMD technology a hot topic in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Acid mine drainage, which has a high sodium content, has a negative effect on agricultural land when it is discharged into rivers that are used for irrigation

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 The remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry is growing at a staggering rate and such systems are increasingly being taken up by mining companies as a tool to manage their assets, operations and land.  

Drones offer significant benefits for mine surveying and analysis
Photo by Dylan Slater
AERIAL OPPORTUNITY Remotely piloted aircraft systems open the doors to numerous opportunities for the mining industry

New retractable dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Environmental management solutions provider I-CAT this year introduced a retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) for dust suppression at conveyor discharge points, which can be fully automated and allows for easy maintenance. 

New retractable  dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain
SIMPLIFYING MAINTENANCE I-CAT’s retractable stockpile dust ring makes the dust-suppression system easy to access for maintenance

Pneumatic tech significantly improves equipment performance  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 South African start-up Magnevane, assisted by consulting firm Deloitte, is introducing a design that significantly improves the performance of pneumatic engines by using high-powered magnets in air motor applications. 

Pneumatic tech significantly  improves equipment performance
Magnevane demonstrates the performance of a chainsaw before and after it is fitted with the company’s new pneumatics technology, go to www.miningweekly.co.za and click on ‘Video Reports’, or watch it on the Mining Weekly App on your iPhone. (Video courtesy of Magnevane)

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 The biggest potential in the facility services industry currently lies across Africa. This is a result of the remote nature of many of the mining camps that often do not have access to towns or facilities, states Allterrain Services (ATS), a subsidiary of Tsebo Solutions, CEO Sanjay Narain. 

Remote mining locations continue to offer opportunity
SITE FACILITIES SUPPLIED ATS run labour-intensive facilities and management operations encompassing hygiene, catering and cleaning

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 According to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa, the fact there are signs of resurgence in platinum, a stronger gold price and growing coal exports to India should be triggers for South Africa’s mining leadership to grasp the opportunities it missed in the last... 

SA urged to grasp opportunities afforded by platinum and gold resurgence, rising coal exports
MARCIN WERTZ Strong leadership is vital to ensure the next mining upturn can be capitalised upon

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 Tailored energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika is supplying its solar power panels for prefabricated housing on mining sites across Africa, particularly Mozambique, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), receiving positive feedback from mining companies in the process. On the back... 

Solar solutions power up prefabricated housing
SOLAR POWERED SITES Hybrid solar power plants are used to power a site manager’s office and several project offices, among other buildings

Solution provider servicing Holden mine clean-up

     26th August 2016 Modular building solutions provider Vesta Housing Solutions has been awarded a contract for British-Australian multinational mining corporation Rio Tinto’s Holden Mine Cleanup project. The facility provided by Vesta, in partnership with food and support services provider ESS Support Services... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) is engaged in extensive talks with various mining companies about solutions for their greenfield and existing mines. Surface miners are set to change the opencast mining industry in South Africa, as they have done worldwide, by addressing the... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa
MODERNISING OPENCAST MINING Wirtgen surface miners offer an alternative mining approach that will benefit the South African coal mining industry

Zim PGMs producer’s accommodation needs met

By: Kimberley Smuts     26th August 2016 African building manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings provided site accommodation capable of housing about 500 project personnel as part of refurbishment works being carried out at the Selous, Zimbabwe-based base metals refinery (BMR) owned by platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Zimplats –... 

Zim PGMs producer’s  accommodation needs met
ACCOMMODATING CHANGE Kwikspace prefabricated buildings are manufactured in modules, allowing for future expansion

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2016 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas says the decision to sell its infrastructure and building unit, as well as Genrec, to create a multinational project company focused on oil and gas, underground mining, as well as power and water has created an entity that no longer fits neatly within the... 

Despite commodity slump, M&R bets future on resources
Photo by Duane Daws
Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Omnia still pursuing North American entry after Nordex offer is withdrawn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings has withdrawn and terminated its offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Canadian firm Nordex Explosives. The chemicals company on Monday said Nordex shareholders had approved the change of control private placement and going private transaction with... 

Caterpillar to cut nearly 200 jobs as it seeks alternatives for certain underground products

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2016 In dealing with the longest down cycle in its 90-year history, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is pursuing strategic alternatives for its room-and-pillar products and discontinuing the manufacture of track drills. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said Thursday it would forthwith... 

Company looks to strengthen position

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 Despite the current depressed commodities market, Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) producer African Mineral Standards (AMIS) has had a successful year and intends to continue to strengthen its position as a market leader in order to maximise its growth once the market improves. As part of its... 

Company looks to  strengthen position
SIGNIFICANT STOCK AMIS stocks a wide range of certified reference material which are sourced from naturally occurring raw materials worldwide

Cooperation needed to save PGMs industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Owing to the lower overall platinum group metals (PGMs) price, platinum producers have started to review opportunities to work together through joint ventures.  

Cooperation needed to save PGMs industry
JEREMY WITELY South African PGM producers are caught between a rock and a hard place because of capital and low share prices, causing their debt to rise

Decline in ore grades grows interest in geometallurgy

By: Nadine James     19th August 2016 The concept of geometallurgy is being researched by State-owned mineral research council Mintek’s Mineralogy division, owing to the global mining industry’s challenge of confronting declining grades and low-grade orebodies. The current lack of exploration, in addition to the finite number of... 

Decline in ore grades grows interest in geometallurgy
NOSIPHIWO NYAMANE Geometallurgical modelling absorbs a wider range of specialists, increasing opportunities for geologists and consulting companies

Gold mining now under way at Sol Plaatjies project

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 Mining has started at ASX-listed gold developer West Wits Mining’s Sol Plaatjies project within the Soweto Cluster prospecting right area, in Johannesburg. With prestripping completed over the past few weeks, the extraction of the first ore from the openpit is imminent. 

Gold mining now under way at Sol Plaatjies project
Photo by Bloomberg
PRIORITY PAYMENT West Wits Mining will receive a priority payment equal to the prevailing value of 0.6 g of gold for each tonne of ore mined

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Developments over the past three decades by mining explosives manufacturer BME, have resulted in a lowered negative impact on the environment through the impeded release of nitrates during blasting operations, thereby, preventing possible groundwater contamination and allowing enhanced recycling... 

Impeded release of nitrates mitigating enviro impact of mining explosives
EXPLOSIVES DEVELOPMENT Emulsion-based explosives released about 0.7% of its nitrate content into water in tests

Mining code aimed at helping countries attract investment launched

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Towards the end of July, the World Initiative of Mining Lawyers (WIOML) launched a mining code that is aimed at guiding countries in attracting investment while securing fair benefits from mineral exploitation within their borders.  

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays

     19th August 2016 Eleven products from specialist chemicals company Sika have been used in the refurbishment of platinum producer Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg operations, a 14-shaft complex in the Bushveld Igneous Complex near Rustenburg, which was completed in June. Since this active platinum... 

Mining complex refurbished with no major delays
NO DELAYS The refurbishment project was carried out under a highly restrictive schedule

No mining sector without geology

     19th August 2016 Mining development is one of the main areas where geoscience directly contributes to a country’s economy, with Africa expected to supply a significant portion of the world’s future mineral resources through the application of various scientific approaches, states the local organising committee... 

No mining sector without geology
ABERRA MOGESSIE The professor says geological, geochemical and geophysical investigations form the foundation for successful exploration activities

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

By: Jade Davenport     19th August 2016 It is an age old adage that when the mining industry enters a slump exploration budgets, particularly those designated for greenfield activities, are the first to be curtailed. This has certainly been reiterated over the last few years as the drastic slump in commodity prices and, consequently,... 

Political risk, poor infrastructure and lack of geodata stymying African exploration

Producer has positive platinum outlook

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) remain a positive investment, as there is improved sentiment in the platinum market, and platinum exchange-traded fund (ETF) prices remained stable in the first half of 2016, states PGMs mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). The company held its interim... 

Producer has positive platinum outlook
MOGALAKWENA Amplats’ flagship Mogalakwena operation provided a record performance, with tonnes milled so far this year increasing by 6% to 208 000 oz

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th August 2016 A tyre management project under way at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena platinum mine, in the Waterberg district of Limpopo, aims to increase hauling days without tyre failures to improve the operation’s productivity and safety, as well as facilitate financial savings by make... 

Tyre management project yields positive results for producer
DAMAGED TYRES Tyre life is directly affected by the condition of haul roads

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner
Photo by Largo Resources
Vanadium from Largo Resources' Maracas Menchen vanadium mine, in Brazil

DRA enjoying rise in gold project share, eyeing more gold opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2016 Mining project house DRA, which has hit the gold project high spots in particularly West Africa, is now well poised to extend that gold triumph further into Central Africa, East Africa and also South Africa. DRA’s impressive penetration of the gold project market has been characterised by... 

DRA enjoying rise in gold project share, eyeing more gold opportunities
DRA MD Johann de Bruin talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the company’s project successes in gold. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Cliffs secures new 20-year energy agreement for core Tilden mine

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2016 North American iron-ore products producer Cliffs Natural Resources has secured a new 20-year energy agreement with fellow NYSE-listed WEC Energy Group to provide the company’s core Tilden mine with a long-term, reliable and affordable source of electric power in Michigan. “Our Tilden Mine... 

Omnia asks TSX-V to deny or reprice Nordex going-private placement

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Johannesburg-based Omnia Holdings has submitted a letter to the TSX-V asking it to consider denying or repricing a proposed change-of-control transaction through which Société Anonyme d’Explosifs et de Produits Chimiques (EPC) intends to take Canadian firm Nordex Explosives private. According to... 

Mining machines maker Komatsu enters underground market with $3.7m Joy Global bid

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 The board of Japanese mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has given the green light for the firm to make its biggest-ever acquisition by buying its rival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Joy Global, in a bid valued at $3.7-billion, the company announced Friday. Komatsu has signed a $2.89-billion... 

Innovation Metals successfully separates high-value rare earths

By: Henry Lazenby     12th August 2016 Mississauga-based private rare earths company Innovation Metals Corp (IMC) has successfully demonstrated that its proprietary RapidSX can produce commercial-grade praseodymium-neodymium (Pr-Nd) oxide, using feedstock from the Mineração Serra Verde (MSV) deposit in Goias state, Brazil. The company... 

Advancing base metals recovery from platinum production

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th August 2016 State-owned research organisation for the minerals industry Mintek is partnering with platinum producers in South Africa to improve the recovery of base metals associated with platinum-group metal (PGM) production. Mintek GM Peter Craven notes that the challenging economic environment is... 

Advancing base  metals recovery from platinum production
WITHSTANDING FINNISH WINTERS Only the heat-generating bioleach reactors are located outdoors at the Mondo plant, as they can withstand the extreme temperatures

DHL enters into freight forwarding agreement with Madagascar mine

By: Ilan Solomons     12th August 2016 Global logistics company DHL Group has entered into an initial three-year global freight forwarding agreement with the Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mine, in Madagascar. Ambatovy is a joint venture (JV) operation among diversified Canadian resource company Sherritt International, Japanese trading... 

DHL enters into freight forwarding agreement with Madagascar mine
AMBATOVY MINE SITE, MADAGASCAR DHL is responsible for providing import customs clearance for airfreight shipments of mining spare parts into Madagascar with delivery to the Ambatovy mine site

Mines converging IT and operational technology

By: Ilan Solomons     12th August 2016 Many mining companies are currently focused on the convergence of traditional information technology (IT) and automation-focused operational technology (OT), which, historically, these two areas have operated separately, says professional services company Accenture mining group research lead... 

Mines converging IT and operational technology
STEADY PROGRESS The mining industry’s efforts are still evolving, but many are far enough along to provide some insights into how mines can make convergence work

Northam pushing ahead with R4.8bn Booysendal projects as it anticipates continuing platinum demand growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 Despite challenging market conditions facing the South African platinum sector, scaling back on local operations, delays in various projects and a new wage negotiation season, JSE-listed mining company Northam Platinum maintains that it has “a good pipeline of projects at its Booysendal mining... 

Northam pushing ahead with R4.8bn Booysendal projects  as it anticipates continuing platinum demand growth

Skiptainer helps PE terminal increase manganese export volumes

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 Port operator Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) skiptainer solution has proven successful in meeting rising demand for the export of manganese, says TPT Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal manager Nelisiwe Mbenekazi. She says that there was significant demand abroad for manganese, but TPT was unable to... 

Skiptainer helps PE terminal increase manganese export volumes
Photo by Duane Daws
MANGANESE FLOW Transnet Port Terminals handled 160 000 t since December in the 2013/14 financial year and expects to handle 1.6-million tons for the 2016/17 financial year

Trialling of products, services top factor when African mines choose suppliers, survey finds

By: Ilan Solomons     12th August 2016 Whether it can trial a service or a product is the most important factor for African mining companies, when choosing any new supplier, finds a new survey by UK-based information solutions and technologies company Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Centre. According to the report, entitled ‘Winning... 

Trialling of products, services top factor when African mines choose suppliers, survey finds
NEZ GUEVARA The survey’s findings clearly indicate how important it is for African miners to see products operating in the field through demonstrations or product trials
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