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Project Management News

Peristaltic pumps operating at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Randburg-based industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps’ Verderflex (VF) 125 peristaltic pump is in operation at mining company Kansanshi Mining’s Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine and is undergoing testing at two other Zambian mines, as well as mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.... 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save on maintenance costs

15th September 2017 More and more mines in Zambia are seeing the benefits and the profitable returns of investing in condition monitoring, with a direct positive impact on productivity and machine availability, and reduced maintenance costs, enthuses condition-monitoring specialist WearCheck. 

Specialist helps Zambian mines save  on maintenance costs
NEIL ROBINSON Customers are able to see for themselves the savings on the bottom line that are attributable to condition monitoring

Zambian interest in heavy-duty equipment range

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The trommel screens and apron feeders from engineering solutions developer Ireland-based MDS International (MDS) are of particular interest on the Zambian Copperbelt, states bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT. Designed by MDS for mineral processing and recycling applications, BLT... 

Zambian interest  in heavy-duty equipment range
HIGHLY ACCURATE The MF0814T tracked material feeder has a holding capacity of up to 100 t and is designed for high discharge control accuracy

Simulation software helps improve pump system efficiency

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 The Pumpsim pumping simulation software package uses three-dimensional (3D) models that identify the location of weak points in pumps systems and where greater pressure is required to improve efficiency, explains consulting services Chasm Consulting Australia director Craig Stewart. 

Simulation software helps improve pump system efficiency
Photo by Victor Moolman
ACCURATE MODELING Pumpsim enables mining companies can build a network of pipes, channels, pumps, tanks, valves and sprays to simulate flows and pressures of liquids, slurries and many other fluids

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining sector remains crucial to the economic growth of many African countries, including copper-dependent Zambia, and, as such, it is important that foreign mining companies operating in these countries can improve the performance of their mining assets to ensure their continued economic... 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth
STEPHEN DU PREEZ Mines will be transitioning from manual to autonomous operations, with a higher reliance on digitalisation

Eastmain lifts Eau Claire grade, proceeds with PEA

By: Henry Lazenby     12th September 2017 TSX-listed project developer Eastmain Resources has started a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on the Eau Claire deposit, located on its 100%-owned Clearwater property in James Bay, Quebec. The news follows the company's release on Monday of an updated mineral resource estimate for Eau... 

Centerra, Kyrgyzstan resolve long-standing legal standoff

By: Henry Lazenby     11th September 2017 Canadian gold producer Centerra Gold and the Kyrgyzstan government have reached a wide-ranging settlement agreement that resolves a years-long legal standoff, the company announced on Monday. The agreement, first rumoured by the media on Thursday, pushed Centerra’s Toronto-listed stock up 4.2%... 

Centerra, Kyrgyzstan resolve long-standing legal standoff
Photo by Centerra Gold
Centerra Gold's Kumtor mine, Kyrgyz Republic

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2017 With a bird in hand, Canadian project developer Fortune Minerals is considering to up the ante for its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based company late last month announced that its update of the 2014 feasibility study for... 

Improving prices prompt Fortune to aim for bigger, more economic Nico development
Photo by Fortune Minerals
Fortune Minerals president and CEO Robin Goad

Mineral processing plants prioritising cybersecurity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Infrastructure solutions company BT says minerals processing companies are starting to prioritise efforts against cyberattacks on process control solutions. BT Asia, Middle East and Africa head of energy and research Stephen du Preez, tells Mining Weekly that a targeted attack can cripple or even... 

Mineral processing plants prioritising cybersecurity
Photo by Bloomberg
HELD AT RANSOM A proper cybersecurity strategy can address this risk and block, for example, ransomware from gaining access to computers that run the process control software

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 With technology and equipment used for mineral processing well established and generally highly automated, slurry control valves manufacturer eDART is focused on the efficient use of energy and the improved reliability of components.  

Proper process control components increase processing efficiency
FLUID CONTROL eDART uses computational fluid dynamics to design splitter boxes for increased efficiency and controlling the flow distribution in a minerals processing plant

Success at C-Cut, but earlier design input needed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Wear solutions provider Rio-Carb completed a liner supply project for diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, in Gauteng, in June.  

Success at C-Cut, but  earlier design input needed
Rio-Carb GM Sias Suurd discusses challenges with liner installations and total cost of ownership in mineral processing plants. Video: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Anaconda infrastructure gets major boost with approval of Pine Cove in-pit tailings storage

By: Henry Lazenby     7th September 2017 Eastern Canadian gold producer Anaconda Mining is set to ramp up the mining rate at its Point Rousse project’s Pine Cove pit, after the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources approved a plan to use the nearly depleted pit as a tailings storage facility. Anaconda had previously... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it
EnviroLeach expects to capitalise on recovering metals from e-waste – the fastest growing portion of municipal waste expected to grow to 50-million tons by 2020

Conveyor belts tackle Botswana diamond mining conditions

1st September 2017 Rubber and plastics technology specialist ContiTech’s conveyor belts are in use by Botswana’s largest diamond producer. ContiTech’s conveyor belt technology is known for its high-impact-resistant conveyor covers, providing an extended belt life in real-field applications, that use advanced... 

Conveyor belts tackle  Botswana diamond mining conditions
RELIABLE RESISTANCE The ContiTech ForstressXP provides essential cut and gouge resistance

Prominent diamond miner invests in Botswana’s people

1st September 2017 Diamond mining major De Beers announced in August that it has secured a $3-million, three-year partnership with tertiary education entity US-based Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young entrepreneurs and established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The... 

Prominent diamond  miner invests in Botswana’s people
LIFE EXTENSION Debswana’s Letlhakane mine tailings project will extend the life-of-mine by 25 years

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing
HEAT RETENTION The oven does not lose heat, even with the door open

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments yield  long-term savings – BMI
LONG-TERM BENEFIT BMI expexts long-term cost savings to benefit companies that are ahead of the curve when it comes to prioritising green strategies

Opportune time to invest in Botswana

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 The subdued global mining industry, owing to depressed commodity prices, has prompted Botswana to find alternative economic growth areas in other sectors of the country’s economy, simultaneously providing a prime investment opportunity, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (CoM) CEO Charles Siwawa.... 

Opportune time to invest in Botswana
Photo by Bloomberg
LIMITED OFFER Diamonds are a finite resource, which has prompted diamond-rich Botswana to diversify its economy

EnviroLeach strikes global Jabil partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Mineworx Technologies announced on Wednesday that EnviroLeach Technologies has entered into a strategic global partnership with NYSE-listed Jabil Inc, to use the company’s patent-pending formula and processes to recover metals from circuit boards and electronic waste (e-waste). The... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

Atlantic Gold pushes ahead towards first production at Moose River Consolidated

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Vancouver-based project developer Atlantic Gold is nearing the end of dry and wet commissioning of the 87 000 oz/y Moose River Consolidated (MRC) mine, in Nova Scotia. The TSX-V-listed emerging miner announced on Monday that commissioning activities started late in July, as originally scheduled,... 

Atlantic Gold pushes ahead towards first production at Moose River Consolidated
Photo by Atlantic Gold
Atlantic Gold is nearing the end of dry and wet commissioning of the Moose River Consolidated mine, in Nova Scotia

Goldsource expands easy-to-mine saprolite resource at Eagle Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 Canadian junior Goldsource Mines is expanding the known saprolite gold deposit at its flagship Guyana-based Eagle Mountain mine, the company announced on Monday. The Vancouver-based company is completing geotechnical, metallurgical and cost estimation studies at Eagle Mountain, in support of a... 

Atlatsa remains in financial filing default

By: Henry Lazenby     28th August 2017 South Africa-focused miner Atlatsa Resources remains in default of filing its mandatory interim financial statements, owing to the recently announced financial restructure plan with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Atlatsa said it was uncertain when the company would be able to file its... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Investors will have to wait a little longer to review an update of the 2014 feasibility study on project developer Fortune Minerals’ Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The London, Ontario-based explorer said on Thursday that the feasibility study update by... 

Feasibility update on Fortune’s Nico project delayed by laboratory congestion
Photo by Fortune Mining
Fortune Minerals' Nico project is a primary cobalt project with about 60% of projected revenues from cobalt at current commodity prices

Largo chalks up thousandth shipment of vanadium as prices surge

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2017 Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources has shipped its thousandth consignment of the steel-hardening and catalytic compound from its flagship Maracás Menchen mine, in Bahia state, Brazil. The shipment represented about 44-million pounds of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) dispatched from the operation. 

Largo chalks up thousandth shipment of vanadium as prices surge
Photo by Henry Lazenby
Vanadium pentoxide produced by Largo Resources, at the Maracas Menchen mine, Brazil

Improve efficiencies before adopting new energy solutions

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 For many mines, there is still significant work to be done in terms of improving operating energy efficiencies, and a sound understanding of the benefits of digitalisation could be the key to unlocking considerable value in this endeavour, says professional services firm EY South Africa advisory... 

Improve efficiencies before  adopting new energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS With a thorough understanding of its daily energy requirements, a mine can achieve clarity on where an injection of renewable energy can provide maximum benefit

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines
READY TO GO Aksa’s new generator rental fleet is well stocked and designed to operate in harsh conditions, providing the ideal interim power solution for mines expanding in Africa

Appointments follow acquisition of only US PGMs miner

25th August 2017 Independent mining group Sibanye has appointed three executives following its acquisition of the only platinum group metals (PGMs) miner in the US, Stillwater Mining, in May, when its organisational structure subsequently repositioned from a divisional commodity structure to a geographical... 

Appointments follow acquisition of only US PGMs miner
POSITIVE PLAY Sibanye boasts a substantial South African platinum group metals portfolio and, with Stillwater enhancing this, is positioned to play a leading role in the international industry

Narrow-reef mining solutions in the works

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2017 With the platinum mining industry in South Africa experiencing tough times, technology has become a major driver in reducing costs and facilitating improved productivity, and global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is assisting in this regard through its strides in... 

Narrow-reef mining solutions  in the works
Photo by Ilan Solomons
NIEL MCCOY Sandvik believes that platinum is the toughest mining equipment application to manage

Seventh platinum conference to be held in October

25th August 2017 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum mining head Frik Fourie is scheduled to present a keynote address on how to make the South African mining business globally attractive again at the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM’s) seventh International Platinum Conference –... 

Seventh platinum conference to be  held in October
TECHNICAL TOURS The first of the Platinum 2017 conference's technical tours will take place at Mogalakwena, the world’s largest openpit platinum mine

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Having reached an advanced stage, power generation technology development has slowed worldwide, with companies instead intensifying their focus on the cumulative energy savings that can be realised through intensive equipment modifications and the disciplined application of existing technologies,... 

Incremental improvements now leading to energy efficiency
Zest WEG Group integrated sales executive Johan van Niekerk discusses the group’s energy efficiency technologies. Video and Editing: Lionel da Silva

First Cobalt, CobalTech ratify deal to create world’s largest cobalt-focused explorer

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 On the same day that cobalt posted the highest-ever recorded price at $60 250/t – up some 127% since the start of 2017 – explorer First Cobalt (FCC) on Monday executed a definitive merger agreement with fellow TSX-V-listed CobalTech Mining. The transaction, in combination with its separate... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market 

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 Higher prices for critical rare earth elements (CREE) are marking a return of confidence to the industry and the end of the so-called “hand-to-mouth” market as users increasingly turn to contracting to secure long-term security of supply. “For several years users were unsure about the market... 

Rising prices signal end of ‘hand-to-mouth’ CREE market

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2017 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is answering South Africa’s call for broader economic participation and transformation. The local company, which is part of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed WorleyParsons engineering group that serves the resources and energy... 

WorleyParsons developing black enterprises
WorleyParsons RSA CEO Denver Dreyer interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Darlene Creamer

Integra Resources created to replicate Integra Gold’s success

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 Shell company Mag Copper has rebranded and appointed three former executives of Integra Gold, which was acquired by Eldorado Gold last month for C$590-million, to replicate the former company’s success elsewhere in the Americas. The company, to be rebranded Integra Resources, plans to acquire a... 

IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining company Vedanta Resources’ Black Mountain base metals mine, in the Northern Cape, will later this year become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo drill rig equipped with an intelligent control system from high-technology engineering group Sandvik. 

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig
SANDVIK DD422i The drill rig, which includes bit-navigation and tele-remote tramming readiness, also employs software for blasting optimisation

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