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Drilling services provider secures NGL contract

Integrated exploration drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear was awarded a contract in August this year for drilling services at the renewable energy company Magnum’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) Storage project at the Western Energy Hub, in Utah, in the US.... 

Exploration conference takes place next month

By: David D‘ Oliveira Strategic conferences, training courses and customised training solutions provider the Institute for International Research (IIR) South Africa is hosting the third yearly Junior Mining & Exploration Exhibition & Conference, which will take place at the Campus, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, from... 

Exploration conference takes place next month
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INVESTOR CONFIDENCE? There is currently a lack of investor confidence in the South African mining industry, with junior miners being affected the most

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone

By: David D‘ Oliveira The exploration team at a brownfield project, near mining major Anglo American iron-ore business unit Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, reached 670 lost-time injury-free days (LTIF) at the start of last month, confirms drilling and grouting services provider Rosond. “This is... 

Exploration team achieves LTIF milestone
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PERCUSSION DRILL RIG Rosond has 27 drill rigs at a brownfield exploration project near Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, including a persussion drill rig

Kitumba progresses to DFS

By: David D‘ Oliveira A definitive feasibility study (DFS) is currently under way at Australia-based resources company Blackthorn Resources’ Kitumba copper project, in Zambia.  Fieldwork in support of the DFS is expected to be complete by the end of the year. This follows the optimised prefeasibility study (PFS)... 

Kitumba progresses to DFS
KITUMBA HILL About 85 000 m of drilling has been completed at Kitumba and the region around the current mineral resource area

The MSA Group

Local mining consultancy The MSA Group, which considers itself to be Africa’s leading minerals exploration and evaluation consultant, provides exploration, geology, mining and environmental consulting. The group’s client base includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as... 

The MSA Group

Company exhibits ability for remote exploration and drilling

By: Jonathan Rodin Remote Exploration Services (RES) and Remote Drilling Services (RDS), both part of exploration and mining firm MS Group, will be exhibiting its ability to implement and fully support exploration and drilling projects in the most remote areas in Africa at the 2014 Investing in African Mining... 

Company to explore Botswana through JV

By: Anine Vermeulen Aim-listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds’ wholly owned subsidiary, Atlas Minerals, has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Russia-based OJSC Alrosa subsidiary Sunland Holdings to conduct diamond exploration in Botswana. The JV, which requires equal contributions from each party, will... 

Conference to look at success strategies in the junior mining sector

The second yearly Junior Mining and Exploration Conference, which will run from November 5 to 7 at The Forum, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, will this year aim to further promote investment, development, growth and sustainability in the Southern African mining sector. Focusing particulary on junior... 

International operations can benefit local mining sector

The diversification of South African mining operations into international markets is testament to the belief that specialised mining skills and services are transferable to new territories and terrains. And according to metallurgical consulting company Hape Coal Services MD Rhulani Maluleke, the... 

New technology can assist mining exploration companies

By: Anine Vermeulen Software service company Mimecast, which specialises in unified email management, reports that its Large File Sending email software has enjoyed significant interest since being introduced to the market in July. The software, a cloud-based sending service that can assist mining exploration... 

SA exploration industry in turmoil

By: Anine Vermeulen The current state of the local mining and exploration industry is not healthy, owing to a combination of unrest in the labour sector, coupled with low commodity prices, professional services firm Venmyn Deloitte exploration analyst Andrew de Klerk tells Mining Weekly. He notes that if there is... 

Akoase project hits second high-grade gold intersection

By: Zandile Mavuso The AKRC25D drilling hole at Perth-based Viking Ashanti’s Akoase gold project, in Ghana, which is targeting down-dip extensions of the higher-grade gold mineralisation at the Alimac prospect drilling site, has hit over 20 m down-hole width. This is a second high-grade intersection record at the... 

Australian explorer builds school in Niger

As part of its commitment to social development initiatives for the local communities within the areas where it is exploring, Australian gold explorer Middle Island Resources completed the building of a new primary school in a remote south-western area of Koutougou, in Niger, in December.... 

Database software and 3D modelling key drivers in exploration industry

By: Zandile Mavuso Measuring the effectiveness of geological exploration and looking for trends that will lead to improved exploration success are key drivers for continued investment in the exploration industry. 

Junior explorer to increase resources base at tin project

By: Zandile Mavuso Aim-listed junior iron-ore and tin explorer Bushveld Minerals plans to prove up more than 20 000 t of tin in its licence area by expanding the Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource base this year. 

Mining services company launches drilling product for exploration

Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear reports that it has launched the GTUMX diamond coring bit as the latest addition to its Ultramatrix (UMX) line, adding to their product range in South Africa. 

Exploration work on Tier 1 discoveries on track

By: Joanne Taylor Exploration and development company Ivanplats says rapid and significant progress is being made at its two Tier-1 mineral projects in Africa. 

Mineral exploration market on the increase

By: Joanne Taylor The mineral exploration market continues to perform well despite economic headwinds, says exploration drilling products and services company Boart Longyear CEO Craig Kipp, who adds that the company is driving the continued expansion of its global footprint, rig activity and revenue. 

Positive drilling results in Senegal 

By: Joanne Taylor Canadian minerals exploration company Oromin Explorations has discovered ten additional high-priority gold targets in Senegal, West Africa. 

Diamond tool technology to assist in exploration

By: Idéle Esterhuizen It is now possible for diamond aligning technology to be used in drilling bits following its successful incorporation in saw blades through Arix technology, says diamond tool specialist Diamond Products director Brian Clark.  

Firm experiences growth with Chinese, Indian companies

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting South Africa principal geologist Hennie Theart says that, although the company still undertakes projects for its traditional clients, in recent years there has been a significant shift away from traditional mining houses based in South Africa, Canada and... 

Growth for nonferrous metals exploration in 2010

International minerals information and consulting company Metals Economics Group’s (MEG’s) 21st edition of its Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study estimates that the total budget for nonferrous metals exploration reached $12,1-billion in 2010, reinstating almost two-thirds of the... 

Positive year for project houses forecast

By: Jessica Hannah Mining, engineering and project management services company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) believes that 2011 will be a positive year for project houses.  

Targeted resource of 138m ounces of PGMs for Bauba

Platinum-group metals (PGMs) exploration company Bauba Platinum reports that it is under way with a scoping study on the southern cluster of its properties, situated within the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex (BIC), in Limpopo. 

Botswana uranium exploration two-thirds complete

By: Lindsey Berry ASX-listed uranium explorer Impact Minerals has completed half of its drilling programme at its Lekobolo Prospect in eastern Botswana. By mid-December last year, 27 holes had been drilled in the reconnaissance drill programme. 

De Bron scoping study to be completed in the first half of 2010

By: Lindsey Berry A scoping study under way at gold exploration company Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources’ (Wits Gold’s) De Bron prospect, in the southern Free State, is expected to be completed in the first half of 2010, says Wits Gold investor relations manager Hethen Hira. 

Strong exploration projects needed to attract funding

By: Lindsey Berry The decrease in readily available funding for junior exploration companies as a result of the global financial downturn has encouraged an increase in joint ventures (JVs) between juniors and established mining houses, says black economic-empowered (BEE) junior mining company BSC Resources CEO... 

Exploration company prepared to face economic challenges

By: Liam Morrison Gold exploration company Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources (Wits Gold) is in a fortunate financial position says CEO Marc Watchorn, a financial position that is not mirrored by many fellow mining juniors. 

PGM explorer notifies union of retrenchments

By: Liam Morrison Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer and explorer Lonmin is the only mining house that has submitted to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) notice of its intention to retrench workers, the union’s national spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka tells Mining Weekly. 

Sentula expects ‘substantial’ coal growth in next five years

By: Leandi Kolver Sentula Mining CEO Robin Berry says that the change in its current shareholder base will have a positive effect on the company by spreading its shareholders across a wider range of institutions, although these institutions have not yet been identified. 

Consolidation and exploration the aim for 2008

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout Mining exploration and drilling company Geosearch is looking at 2008 as a year of consolidation, while still making inroads into exploration areas where the company previously had only a passing interest. 

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