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Robots go to the "bottom": development forecasts for automated mining systems in 2019

It is not a secret that the mining industry has historically been extremely conservative, and it has always been difficult to bring miners to experiment in the production, which has been developing for centuries. But the 21st century dictates its terms and to stay afloat, traditional businesses... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Sandvik releases non-cabin Ranger™ DXR series surface drill rigs: unbeatable productivity in difficult ground conditions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2019 In response to customer requests, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is expanding its Ranger™ DX series of surface top hammer drill rigs with two non-cabin Ranger™ DXR versions for improved safety in the toughest quarry and construction applications. Ranger DX series of surface top hammer drill... 

Ferrexpo expects production to remain flat in 2019

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 London-listed Ferrexpo, which operates mines in the Ukraine, produced about 10.6-million tonnes of iron-ore pellets in 2018 – a 1.2% increase on the 10.4-million tonnes produced in 2017. In a trading update published on Tuesday, the company reported that pellet production for this year would be... 

Train derailment investigation points to sabotage – Transnet

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Transnet hopes to re-open on Saturday one of two closed coal export lines linking mines to the Richards Bay export terminal after it was closed following a train derailment, the State-run freight company said on Friday. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the derailment points to... 

Indian billionaire's Australian mine plans face further delay

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 Gautam Adani’s long quest to build a coal mine in the Australian outback faces another setback, with the Queensland state government refusing to sign off on the company’s plans before further studies into the project’s environmental impact are complete. “Two plans are yet to be approved before... 

Northern Coalfields to hit 100Mt production in current FY

By: Ajoy K Das     20th December 2018 Northern Coalfields Limited (NLC), the wholly-owned operational subsidiary of State-run Coal India Limited (CIL), will invest an additional $612-million over the next three months of current financial year to hit its 100-million-ton-a-year production target. Should it meet that target by the end... 

South Africa coal train derails, export line shut - Transnet

By: Reuters     20th December 2018 A 200-wagon coal train derailed in South Africa on Thursday, shutting down the rail line that links mines to the Richards Bay export terminal, freight firm Transnet said. The crew were unhurt in the incident in which 51 wagons derailed, the State-run company said. 

RINL to bid for iron-ore block to diversify raw material sourcing

By: Ajoy K Das     19th December 2018 Indian state-run steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), which operates a 6.3-million-ton-a-year steel mill without any captive iron-ore asset, is planning to participate at auction of iron-ore blocks and at the same time diversify its raw material sourcing to reduce dependency on... 

Transnet misses H1 export coal target

By: Mariaan Webb     19th December 2018 Freight logistics group Transnet has missed its half-year coal export target by 2.3-million tons, the State-owned company reported on Wednesday, citing locomotive failures, community unrest, as well as customer and export terminal constraints. The export coal line, which connects mines in... 

Canada offers C$1.5bn in loans for oil-sector liquidity

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 The Canadian government announced C$1.5-billion in loans for the oil and gas sector, as well as some government funding for unspecified projects, after a supply glut sank heavy crude prices to as low as $13.46 a barrel last month. The country’s Energy and Trade Ministers announced the aid... 

The world's most controversial coal mine is set to break ground

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2018 The world’s most contentious coal project is edging closer toward development, potentially unlocking one of the biggest untapped resources even as a debate rages around the fuel’s future. Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s Carmichael is located in Australia’s huge Galilee Basin, which covers... 

Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led UN talks

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Delegates at UN climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80% of the country's electricity. Poland's decision to host the negotiations to revive the 2015 Paris agreement on phasing out fossil... 

Australian rail workers postpone coal haulage strikes as cyclone looms

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings have postponed some planned strikes in Queensland, a union official said, as a cyclone is forecast to bring poor weather near some of the affected railways. Aurizon's four major railways in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, the world's... 

Policy certainty lifts sentiment, safety slips and a challenging 2019 forecast

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Improved sentiment on the back of a newly appointed Minerals Resources Minister, the publication of and the subsequent consensus on Mining Charter 3 after extensive consultations, and mixed global commodities demand influenced by macroeconomic developments – primarily US-China trade tensions –... 

Policy certainty lifts sentiment, safety slips and a challenging 2019 forecast

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Improved sentiment on the back of a newly appointed Minerals Resources Minister, the publication of and the subsequent consensus on Mining Charter 3 after extensive consultations, and mixed global commodities demand influenced by macroeconomic developments – primarily US-China trade tensions –... 

First coal production due in 2020

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Coal mining and exploration group of companies Canyon Coal is expecting first coal production at its Springfield coal project in the second quarter of 2020, with a targeted production rate of 600 000 t of run-of-mine coal a month. The project, comprising a coal deposit of 307.86-million tons, is... 

Prieska project edging closer to construction

By: Nadine James     14th December 2018 Dual-listed base metals miner Orion Minerals will release an updated Joint Ore Reserves Committee- (Jorc-) compliant resource statement for its Prieska zinc/copper project later this month. The Northern Cape project has a Jorc-defined maiden resource of 1.1-million tonnes of contained zinc... 

Domestic coal supply faces difficulties

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 While coal exports generate valuable export earnings, the competition between exports and domestic coal poses a major challenge for the security of domestic coal supply, says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The demand for coal has increased in countries such as India, which had used... 

Back to the future for Eskom as it seeks to plug 1.3bn ton coal hole

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom is going back to the future as it seeks to close an estimated 1.3-billion ton coal shortfall that it calculates will arise over the remaining life of its coal-fired power station fleet. The shortfall calculation takes account of the decommissioning of the... 

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