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Mining Services News

Outsourcing of technical mining services

3rd August 2001 It is extremely expensive to finance the large capital outlays required to bring new mines into production, and to manage the development of these large projects. 

Hardrock drill adjusted for use in coal-mine

3rd August 2001 A drill dig that has been redesigned for use in underground collieries to penetrate stone dykes is proving its worth at Anglo Coal’s Goedehoop colliery, near Witbank in Mpumalanga. 

International collaboration on SA bioleaching project

By: System Author     3rd August 2001 South Africa’s State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek, together with technology partner Bactech Enviromet Corporation of Canada, have taken the bioleaching of base metals a step closer to commercialisation. 

Twelve India–SA projects

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2001 Progress is being made in the India–South Africa geological and mineral resources co-operation programme. 

Polish rescue system launched in SA

By: Keith Campbell     27th July 2001 An underground mine rescue system developed and widely employed in Poland is now available on the South African market. 

Big mining equipment takeover

27th July 2001 International supplier of longwall underground mining technology Deutsche Bergbau-Technik (DBT) has announced that it has acquired the worldwide assets of Long-Airdox companies in order to expand its product line and manufacturing abilities. 

Three rock-breakers for local gold-mine

20th July 2001 A R1,3-million order for three SLS 300 rock-breakers to be employed at a gold-mine in Welkom in the Free State has been awarded to bulk materials-handling and minerals processing company Osborn. 

R3bn Oz coal-project gets go-ahead

20th July 2001 BHP Billiton said this month that it would start a $411-million or about R3,3-billion project to develop the Mount Arthur North open-cut thermal coal-mine in the Upper Hunter Valley, in New South Wales, Australia. 

Drill-rig a gem on diamond-mines

20th July 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Namaqualand Mines has successfully used a Bauer BG36C large-diameter bucket auger drill-rig to explore alluvial diamond deposits on South Africa’s West Coast. 

Crushing plant for Ethiopian quarry

20th July 2001 Crushing, screening and material preparation plant company IMS Engineering is expanding into Africa to meet the continent’s needs for cost-efficient and productive equipment. 

SA firm experiences explosive growth in Africa

20th July 2001 Already established as the leading producer of explosives for the mining industry in Africa, South African firm African Explosives Limited (AEL) is continuing to improve and expand its presence throughout the continent. 

Start planned for big Oz iron-ore mine in 2002

20th July 2001 The feasibility study for the Hope Downs iron-ore project in the Pilbara region of Australia is due to be concluded at the end of the year by which time the technical evaluation and financial modelling will be in place and the appropriate environmental submissions to the regulatory authorities... 

Vanadium recommendations accepted by Swiss firm

20th July 2001 Although Swiss mining company Xstrata does not agree with all aspects of a report into alleged exposure to vanadium compounds issued by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), it is happy with the recommendations made and will be implementing them as soon as possible. 

Gem plant gets a bigger budget and better features

20th July 2001 Several improvements have been implemented on De Beers’ combined treatment plant, in Kimberley, Northern Cape, raising the project‘s value to R780-million. 

New high-speed impact crusher to be launched

20th July 2001 North West Province company Askari Mining & Equipment is set to launch new high-speed impact crusher technology on the local market. 

Top new mining technologies probed

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2001 Mining companies proving willing to introduce new technology, and to educate and empower their people in using this technology optimally, will continue mining far into this new century. 

Second of three giant trucks delivered

20th July 2001 The second 280 t AC drive Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been delivered to Iscor’s Grootegeluk Colliery, in the Northern Province. 

Bioleaching plant commissioned in China

13th July 2001 Minerals technology research and development organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, and its partner, BacTech Enviromet Corporation, of Canada, have announced that their custom bioleaching treatment plant – with initial capacity of 65 000 oz of gold a year in Shandong Province, People’s... 

Five thickeners ordered for N Cape gem plant

13th July 2001 East Rand company Baker Process has received an order from Fluor Daniel SA for a deep-cone paste thickener package, the first of its kind to be manufactured in South Africa. 

Illegal mining hits Ethiopia

13th July 2001 Ethiopia loses revenue worth $25-million a year due to illegal mining for gold, the Ethiopian mines and energy ministry has revealed. 

SA minnow sells flotation technology to Finnish giant

13th July 2001 Hitech software company Crusader Systems, of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, the developer of one of the first instrumentation and control products that converts froth image-analysis to useful plant measurements and controls, known as the FrothMaster, has sold the product to a subsidiary a Finnish... 

SA firm develops new-technology hammers

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 South Africa’s sole remaining manufacturer of down-the-hole drilling tools is developing a new technology stoping hammer of unpredecented narrowness and effectiveness. 

South African firms building DRC diamond-mine

6th July 2001 South Africans are in the throes of expanding a diamond-mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mining Weekly can today report that Gauteng company Senet, of Edenvale on the East Rand, already has personnel on site at the mine situated in south-west DRC. 

Another empowerment boost from gem project

6th July 2001 Economic development in the Northern Cape has received a significant boost with the establishment of the R4-million Sedibeng diamond recovery plant situated on the perimeter of the dormant De Beers mine. 

Northern Cape zinc-mine expansion project on track

29th June 2001 Progress on the Black Mountain zinc-mine expansion project located in Aggeneys, Northern Cape, is on track. 

Crusher company adds a new design dimension

29th June 2001 One of South Africa 

More orders for global materials-handling firm

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Mining and materials handling specialist Krupp MMH is processing two more orders for heavy-duty apron feeders for Debswana's Jwaneng and Orapa Mines. 

Age of driverless mining machines in sight

29th June 2001 Computers may soon operate heavy-duty load-haul dumpers (LHDs) and dump trucks used in underground mining operations. 

Zinc bringing power to Namibia

29th June 2001 The project to supply the new Skorpion zinc-mine in Namibia with power is well under way, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Gold producer trying out continuous mining

22nd June 2001 South African gold producer President Steyn Gold Mines has formed an official alliance with Australian mining technology company Brandrill - which holds various rock-breaking patents worldwide - with the aim to to commercialise a continuous mining method. 

Grade improvement at Messina

By: Zonika Botha     22nd June 2001 A bulk underground grade sample taken from the Upper Group Two (UG2) and Merensky platinum reefs has shown a 9% grade increase, SouthernEra Chairperson Dr Christopher Jennings tells Mining Weekly. 

Plan to kickstart small mining projects

22nd June 2001 A new technology demonstration centre has been established at Mintek, in Johannesburg, to assist artisanal and small-scale miners in developing processes to get their operations started. 

Platinum-mines mechanise to meet production demands

22nd June 2001 With all platinum producers announcing expansion plans to meet record world demand, Sandvik Tamrock has emerged a leader in the development of modern mechanised mining technology that will enable the raw material to be extracted more efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Pumpable explosives for underground

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 In response to twenty-first century mining needs, Sasol SMX has developed a pumpable explosive product and delivery system for underground development ends and similar applications. 

German precision used at new shaft

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 The 1 100 m ventilation shaft at Impala Platinum's new 1B Shaft near Rustenburg, in the North West Province, is being drilled by Rucbor's latest German-built rotary vertical drilling system (RVDS). 

Autodilution systems improve efficiency

22nd June 2001 Process equipment manufacturer GL&V Dorr-Oliver has installed and commissioned its first two DynaCharge autodilution systems in Southern Africa, at Ingwe Coal's Middelburg mine in Mpumalanga. 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

22nd June 2001 Increasing acceptance of Multotec Process Equipment's spiral concentrators in the ferrochrome industry has seen four installations of these spiral separation plants commissioned at Southern African and foreign mines over the past 18 months. 

Contract for transfer chutes awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm M&J Engineering has won a contract to supply all the transfer chutes for overland and plant applications at Maandagshoek platinum-mine, on the Northern Province-Mpumalanga border. 

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