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Alcohol, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 With the experience gained through the application of its Altair 4X multigas detector in the South African mining sector, safety equipment supplier MSA Africa believes that the mining industry could benefit greatly from its newly launched Altair 4XR. Meant for application in confined spaces in... 

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier
ALTAIR CONNECT The MSA Altair Connect application can immediately send alarm notifications to other users using text messages

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner

     19th May 2017 South Africa’s diverse wealth of minerals and a well-regulated mining industry mean mines employ hundreds of thousands of mineworkers from all over Africa, states miner, refiner and marketer of platinum-group metals Impala Platinum (Implats). 

Strong stance on employee safety required – miner
Photo by Duane Daws
TOP PRIORITY Safety needs to be respected and prioritised above all other tasks

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Time to get PDS-ready is now
PROXIMITY DETECTION SYSTEMS The Booyco PDS warns when pedestrians enter the area around a machine

First Quantum executive director Rowley resigns

By: Henry Lazenby     18th May 2017 One of the co-founders of Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals Martin Rowley will retire on June 30. He co-founded the company with Philip Pascall and Clive Newall in 1996, and served as CFO and director until 2007, when he assumed the role of executive director for business... 

Report sketches optimistic outlook for BC mining sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2017 The mining industry in British Columbia is cautiously optimistic as prices of key metal and resource commodities either rose or stabilised in 2016, new analysis by professional services firm PwC Canada has found. The trend continued into the first quarter, building on net mining revenues rising... 

Despite strong vanadium price recovery, Largo still under water 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2017 The strong price recovery of the industrial metal vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) has not yet been enough to lift producer Largo Resources into the black, casting material doubts on the company’s ability to meet its financial obligations should it be unsuccessful in raising more cash. During the first... 

Despite strong vanadium price recovery, Largo still under water

Down 2.1% last week, IHS Materials Price Index tracks lower for third week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lacklustre Chinese manufacturing data, coupled with moves by regulators to crack down on risky investments, is fuelling concern that Chinese demand growth is set to decelerate and that it had pushed down commodity prices over the last three weeks, market intelligence firm IHS Markit said in a... 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
NEW FRONTIERS The I-Site XR3 laser scanner allows for greater coverage with fewer scans, allowing for the surveying of otherwise out-of-range areas on mine sites

Evander shafts back in operation after R41.5m refurbishment

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 South African gold miner Pan African Resources has completed the R41.5-million stoppage and refurbishment programme for the 7 and 8 shafts at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Normal production has resumed. Evander GM Tenda Tendaupenyu noted during a media briefing at the mine last month that... 

Extended product range to improve opencast offering

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco is developing and extending its PAS, VAR and WEDA pump ranges to include high head variants that will better service the requirements of opencast mining customers, says Atlas Copco business line manager of the portable energy division David... 

Improved geology function advances mine planning

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining. 

Improved geology function advances mine planning
BETTER VISUALISATION GeoLogic helps geologists build complex shapes, using mathematical algorithms to create a surface or a solid from drillhole data

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners
BOOSTING DEVELOPMENT MICROMINE’s fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, is assisting Mongolian copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi to restart its underground development

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

More technical skills needed
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Mines are required to continuously innovate how they plan and operate their production systems

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

Canadian mining and metals sector faces a looming digital disconnect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2017 A new report by professional services firm EY has identified an encroaching digital disconnect between the productivity potential from digital transformation and the poor track record of implementation in the mining sector. In its report entitled ‘The digital disconnect: problem or pathway’, of... 

Geodrill reports ‘most promising start to any fiscal year ever’ – CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2017 A 20% jump in first-quarter revenues bears witness to strong demand for drilling services provided by Canada-based Geodrill, prompting president and CEO Dave Harper to bill the three months ended March as “the most promising start to any fiscal year ever”. The Toronto-based company recorded... 

Geodrill reports ‘most promising start to any fiscal year ever’ – CEO

Water management strategy cannot be ignored

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 With water scarcity and quality being fundamental risks to South Africa’s mines, necessitating that operations understand and develop water management strategies that ensure their viability, the comprehensive strategy of a North West platinum mine presents a level of management to aspire to,... 

Water management strategy cannot be ignored
Photo by Bloomberg
WATER INTENSIVE With mines requiring water in the majority of their processes, water management strategies are vital

Argentina says lithium output to grow to 145 000 t by 2022

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 Lithium production in Argentina is on track to reach 145 000 t in 2022, from 29 000 t produced in 2016, thanks to new investment plans, the Energy and Mining Ministry said in a report on Tuesday. Argentina is the world's No 3 producer of lithium, a hotly demanded material used in car batteries... 

Sherritt scales back Ambatovy ownership, to remain operator

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd May 2017 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has reached agreement with its joint venture (JV) partners to reduce its interest in the Ambatovy nickel/cobalt mine, in Madagascar, from 40% to 12%. Sherritt, which derives about a quarter of its revenue from Ambatovy, has long ceased funding... 

Sherritt scales back Ambatovy ownership, to remain operator
Photo by Sherritt International
Ambatovy, Madagascar

Gold falls as dollar, equities edge higher

By: Reuters     1st May 2017 Gold prices fell on Monday amid thin trading as the dollar firmed as the chance of a US government shutdown receded and as stronger equities dampened demand for non-interest paying bullion. Spot gold dropped 0.4% to $1 262.51/oz, as of 09:00 GMT. 

Gold falls as dollar, equities edge higher

Optimisation tools up probability of success

     28th April 2017 In today’s world of constrained capital, engineering, procurement and construction consultant WorleyParsons notes that clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to improve returns while reducing their exposure to risk, particularly those companies who need to make strategic decisions on... 

Optimisation tools up probability of success
AIDING DEVELOPMENT Advisian acts as lenders’ independent technical and environmental adviser for nonrecourse project finance, export credit agency finance and structured trade commodity finance

Vale stocks trade lower as slower sales offset improved iron pricing

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2017 The world’s most prolific producer of iron-ore, Vale, on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings that disappointed investors, sending its NYSE-listed stock falling as much as 5.4% in early trading. The Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based diversified miner reported net income totalling $2.49-billion... 

Vale stocks trade lower as slower sales offset improved iron pricing
Photo by Vale
Physical progress on the doubling of the S11D project railway reached 66% in the first quarter

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2017 The NYSE-listed stock of US-based diversified miner Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) on Tuesday closed 7.11% higher despite the miner reporting earnings below analyst forecasts, as investors were pleased with the company reporting resumed copper concentrate exports from Indonesia following a three-month... 

FCX stock rises on interim Indonesia export deal despite earnings miss
Photo by Reuters
Freeport has taken actions to adjust its cost structure, reduce its workforce and slow significant investments in its underground development projects and new smelter at Grasberg, Indonesia

Conflict-free cobalt to remain industry question, opportunity as DRC dominates supply

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 Sourcing conflict-free cobalt for application in new technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries, will remain both a concern and an opportunity for manufacturers for years to come, as production is dominated by the politically unstable Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Central African... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd April 2017 ‘Big money’ investors are increasingly looking to invest in the relatively small ‘new-age metals’ space, comprising metals such as lithium, graphite and cobalt, as strengthening fundamentals for these minerals and an unprecedented high-impact investment opportunity draw the potential for bonanza... 

Strengthening fundamentals continue to bolster ‘new age’ metals outlook

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st April 2017 Bolstered by strengthening tin prices and improving fundamental support in the long term, Canadian mineral exploration firm Strongbow Exploration is set to revive a mining tradition in England’s county of Cornwall, that reaches back thousands of years to the early Bronze Age. The company’s... 

Strongbow’s South Crofty to revive age-old tin mining tradition in Cornwall
Strongbow president and CEO Richard Williams discusses the prospect of reviving a Bronze Age mining tradition in Cornwall. Video: Henry Lazenby; Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Strategic mining alliance to clients’ benefit

     21st April 2017 Mine shaft sinking and mining services company Redpath Mining South Africa has entered into an alliance with multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks, joining their complementary capabilities and services to enhance benefits to their clients.  

Strategic mining alliance  to clients’ benefit
SINGLE SOURCE Through the Redpath Mining and Stefanuti Stocks alliance, mining clients benefit from a single role-player taking responsibility for an entire project

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2017 Bolstered by improving silver and base metals prices, junior miner Americas Silver is in the home stretch to deliver on a four-year turnaround strategy at its two operating mining complexes in Sinaloa state, Mexico and Idaho, in the US. “We have a lot of intrinsic value that’s about to be... 

Americas Silver gains momentum in transition to low-cost producer by 2018

Agrium completes commissioning of $720m Borger urea plant, Texas

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed Agrium has commissioned its new urea plant at the Borger Nitrogen Operations facility, in Texas, having completed its first run of urea production – widely used in fertilisers as a source of nitrogen. The Calgary-based company, which controls the largest retail distribution... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Canadian precious metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has cut its 2017 guidance from 100 000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) to 85 000 oz 4E, saying it is working with BMO Capital Markets and Macquarie Capital to review and assess corporate and asset-level strategic... 

PTM reviews strategic alternatives as Maseve’s underperformance leaves a hole in pocket

Economics of proposed agreement ‘very attractive’

     14th April 2017 If finalised, a tribute agreement between West Africa-focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds and diamond mining company Octea Mining will see Stellar simultaneously mine both its wholly-owned Tongo project and the adjacent Tonguma project, in eastern Sierra Leone, with the company... 

Economics of proposed agreement ‘very attractive’
Photo by Reuters
POSSIBLE TRIBUTE AGREEMENT The agreement will allow Stellar to mine the Tonguma licence area alongside the company’s own Tongo project and process and sell any diamonds mined from these concessions

Codelco awards design contract for eighth phase of Talabre tailings expansion to SNC-Lavalin

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 TSX-listed engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), one of the largest copper producers in the world, to provide detailed design services for the Talabre tailings expansion Phase VIII project, located in the... 

Taseko output rises somewhat while molybdenum prices gain traction

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 British Columbia-based base metals producer Taseko Mines has produced 41.3-million pounds of copper and 900 000 lb of molybdenum during the first quarter ended March, which was marginally higher than the fourth quarter, but benefitted from continued relative copper price strength and a molybdenum... 

Giyani to start exploration of new ‘proof of concept’ Botswana manganese mine

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 Exploration firm Giyani Gold will undertake a field exploration campaign on its newly acquired brownfields Kgwakgwe Hill manganese mine, located in the Kanye basin of south-eastern Botswana, to test its thesis that manganese deposits exist in Botswana. The TSX-V-listed company has acquired six... 

Scotiabank’s commodity price index gains 2.2% in February

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th April 2017 The Scotiabank Commodity Price Index gained 2.2% month-over-month in February as industrial commodities continue to benefit from healthy demand on the back of a stronger global economic outlook, while supply-side idiosyncrasies continue to provide opportunity for differentiation, the banking... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 New analysis by the research arm of the Fitch Group, BMI, forecasts water scarcity and contamination in Latin America will drive increasingly stringent environmental regulations in the region over the coming years. While increasing the costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on... 

LatAm water scarcity, pollution to drive more stringent enviro rules
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