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India's US coal imports highest since 2015, seen up further on ban

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 India's coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1-million tonnes in October from a year ago, the highest since at least January 2015, Thomson Reuters data showed, and buyers are looking to boost purchases amid a domestic shortage of the fuel. A ban on the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier... 

In-house focus ensures continued growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Industrial minerals and construction materials producer Afrimat is developing new marketing initiatives to strategically reposition some of its established products as it navigates the effects of rand volatility, market contraction and regulatory uncertainty in South Africa, and continues to... 

Political tension slows mining activity in Tanzania

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 Despite the fact that political tension in Tanzania has impacted the mining industry, with several operations subsequently closing, SEW-EURODRIVE continues to have a strong presence in the country, with Tanzania as its main hub for East Africa. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager... 

Voorspoed mine cohosts study camp for matric students

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 More than 370 matric learners from various schools in the Fezile Dabi district, in the Free State, benefited from De Beers’ Voorspoed mine’s education camp programme, which ran from October 15 to 22, at Landbou Skool in Kroonstad. The Voorspoed mine and the Free State Department of Education in... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

TLT MechCaL Expands Sub Saharan Reach

     9th October 2017 Under the TLT-Turbo umbrella, local ventilation firms, TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM have embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.  This move follows the announcement of TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM working in collaboration with their majority shareholder, German based... 

Large and small miners announce, plan contract awards for Moz projects

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 Brazilian mining group Vale has awarded Mota-Engil Africa a $445-million contract to supply mining services to the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique’s Tete province, the Macauhub news agency has reported. Mota-Engil Africa is a subsidiary of the Portuguese engineering, construction, contract... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     6th October 2017 The market leader in engineered wear protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, proudly South African Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been servicing the sub-Saharan African market since 1976. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a... 

Rainbow revises guidance for FY17/18, on target to ship first concentrate in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Run-of-mine (RoM) for LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi-based Gakara rare earths project is forecast to be in the range of 3 000 t to 4 000 tons, which is expected to generate 2 250 t of mineral concentrate for sale for the current financial year.    “Rainbow's revised guidance compares... 

India eases auction rules to usher in commercial coal mining

By: Ajoy K Das     26th September 2017 To successfully break out of the more than four-decade-long nationalisation of the coal industry, the Indian government will ease rules for the auctioning of ten coal blocks. To open up commercial mining of coal to private miners, the government will neither be setting a minimum reserve price,... 

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

     22nd September 2017 As the market leader in engineered wear-protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, WASA has been servicing the sub-Saharan Africa market since 1976. WASA is part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries worldwide.... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel Foundation co-founder and executive committee member Professor Rosemary Falcon. Despite South... 

Real-time analysis aids coal mining efficiency

     22nd September 2017 To avoid incorrect plant control decisions and plant inefficiencies, technologies that measure mining process streams must be implemented directly and in real time. Australia-based bulk materials monitoring company Scantech uses real-time analysis technologies to measure conveyed bulk materials... 

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 With platinum being one of the most effective and durable catalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology (PEMFC), fuel cell and electrolyser technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) CEO Vinay Somera believes that this presents an opportunity for the South African platinum... 

Development of Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi project advancing on schedule  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths has started mining ore from the Gasagwe pit at its Gakara rare earth project, in Burundi. CEO Martin Eales on Tuesday said the company was firmly on track to deliver its first shipment of concentrate from the mine in the fourth quarter of this year. 

Australian Bauxite completes shipments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 ASX-listed bauxite producer Australian Bauxite has delivered 30 000 t of bauxite ahead of schedule, from its Bald Hill mine, in Tasmania. The customer will pay 90% of the invoice value immediately, with the balance due on proof of weight. 

Perth-based company Process IQ, ideal partner for United States revolutionary mining technology

     15th September 2017 Process IQ Pty Ltd, a Perth-based Australian METS company, has been appointed as the exclusive commercialisation partner of new technology developed in the United States that can save energy and maintenance costs in the mining industry.   The track record of Process IQ and its international... 

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. 

Repackaged technology to serve local minerals market well – FLSmidth 

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 The repackaging of established technology to process mined minerals is set to serve the local market well, according to mining and cement process technology company FLSmidth.  

India likely to miss mineral block auction target

By: Ajoy K Das     8th September 2017 India’s Mines Ministry is likely to miss its goal of completing the auction of 71 noncoal mineral blocks across seven provinces in the current financial year, despite a flurry of activity to ease federal rules. The unpreparedness of provinces to conduct auctions is largely blamed for the tardy... 

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector

     8th September 2017 Zimbabwe is poised for growth and, with the country committed to ensuring a sustainable growth path, there are a host of investment opportunities in the mining industry to be capitalised on. This is according to the investment promotion body Zimbabwe Investment Authority‘s Invest in Zimbabwe... 

Electra Mining Botswana to showcase latest products and technologies

     6th September 2017 Botswana’s largest mining, industrial and power generation exhibition will be showcasing the latest products and technologies, equipment and machinery, and cutting-edge systems and services when it opens its doors in September. Taking place at the Gabarone Fairgrounds from 12-14 September,... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

     1st September 2017 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

Aim-listed miner developing Moz limestone project and associated forestry, tourism operations

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 Mozambican newspaper “Diário de Moçambique”, which is published in the port city of Beira, capital of Sofala province, has reported that the TCT–Indústrias Florestais (TCT-IF) company is to invest $3-million into its Catapu limestone project. The newspaper cited TCT-IF manager James Whaite as its... 

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 –... 

Gamsberg project to retore Vedanta’s zinc output to 300 000 t/y from mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources subsidiary Zinc International has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure (capex) for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

NexGen in a class of its own as maiden PEA catapults Arrow into the big league

By: Henry Lazenby     17th August 2017 There are about 30 aspects around the recently unveiled maiden preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on uranium exploration junior NexGen Energy’s Arrow deposit, which is part of the Rook 1 project in the south-west of Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, that separates it from its development peers... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Colombia's Grupo Argos sells port company to Goldman for $136m

By: Reuters     15th August 2017 Colombian holding company Grupo Argos has sold its 50% stake in a port operator to an investment fund administered by Goldman Sachs for about $136-million, Grupo Argos said in a statement on Monday. Compania de Puertos Asociados, called Compas, moves principally coal and cement through its ports... 

Vedanta commits majority of Gamsberg capex, progresses waste stripping

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the Gasmberg project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

Quality management using online measurement of conveyed materials

     7th August 2017 Plant control is most effective when technologies measure process streams directly and preferably in real time. Measuring sampling streams that are not representative of the primary flow will result in incorrect plant control decisions. Sampling coarse conveyed flows is expensive and impractical... 

Coal India sales outpace production by record to ease stockpiles

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 Coal India’s sales outpaced production by a record last month as the world’s biggest miner continued its efforts to reduce stockpiles. Shipments in July rose 6.9% from the same month a year ago to 44.33-million metric tons, the ninth straight year-on-year gain, while production eased a fourth... 

More buyers for Bauxite Hill product

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th July 2017 Emerging bauxite producer Australian Bauxite has secured a further 30 000 t offtake agreement at its Bauxite Hills project, in Tasmania. The company on Thursday reported that the 30 000 t of cement-grade bauxite would be due for delivery before the end of September this year, with the ore to be... 

Power increasingly expensive input cost in Southern African mining

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 In Southern Africa, power is becoming a far higher input cost in industries and processes than it was in the past, says mining ventilation solutions provider TLT Actom director Craig Johnston, highlighting that one of the major input costs at any underground mine or process plant is that of... 

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Australia’s CEFC invests A$20m in lithium/tantalum mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2017 The federal government will invest around A$20-million into the Pilgangoora lithium tantalum project, in Western Australia. The investment will be done through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and is the current government’s first investment in a mining project of this kind in... 

Africa's richest man may quit Ethiopia over mining dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Dangote Cement, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East... 

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