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BME conference contributes to explosives education, information sharing

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining explosives company BME hosted its twenty-second yearly Drilling and Blasting Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Conference Centre, in Pretoria, last week as part of the company’s contribution to education and information sharing on blasting... 

Sasol pursuing flexible US cracker funding plan to leave GTL headroom 

By: Terence Creamer In a reversal of traditional foreign-investment flows, an African company is poised to make the largest-ever capital investment into the southern US State of Louisiana, with a second, even bigger, investment under investigation. JSE-listed energy and chemicals group Sasol is poised to invest... 

Mining seen posing a threat to water quality in the future

By: Sashnee Moodley Future mining activities will take place in potentially water-scarce areas, which will also affect water quality in those areas, creating a threat that must be addressed. 

Company sells new underground mining pipes at expo

By: Pimani Baloyi Local pipes manufacturer Marley Pipe Systems sold several of its newly launched MegaTuff co-extruded flame-retardant high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and ventilation pipes for underground mining at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, where the products were introduced to the market for... 

AEL leans on coal, iron-ore

By: Natasha Odendaal As strikes in South Africa’s mining space, particularly within underground operations, weigh on AECI during 2014, the JSE-listed group has moved to lean more on the coal and iron-ore sectors to bolster the group’s bottom line. Speaking at an investor day at AECI’s Woodmead offices, on Tuesday,... 

Sasol Mining maintains presence at Mining Lekgotla

By: David D‘ Oliveira Energy and chemicals group Sasol mining subsidiary Sasol Mining maintained its presence at the Mining Lekgotla this year, which included a speech delivered by Sasol sustainability and business transformation executive director Nolitha Fakude on the role of industrialisation in enhancing... 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

More bulk for mines using new conveyor

Mines can save time and money by moving larger volumes of their mined materials using the Helix 800 – the new flexible screw conveyor by global bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Hapman, says product manager Mike Zeluff. “Launched in July, the Helix 800 is one of the largest flexible... 

Resources Watch

By: Creamer Media Reporter Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future. Gov, business and labour grapple with hostile labour climate at Nov summit. And, Sasol expects R4bn in restructuring savings, without ‘forced’ job cuts. 

Sasol repositions itself for gas-based future 

By: Terence Creamer South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has “strategically repositioned” itself over the past three years to focus on gas-based opportunities in Southern Africa and North America, having moved away from coal-to-liquids opportunities in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa. The... 

B&W Instrumentation and Electrical

Established more than 40 years ago, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical has grown into one of South Africa’s largest specialist electrical and instrumentation (E&I) construction groups, with a footprint throughout South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

SA Gauge

SA Gauge is a manufacturer and supplier of pressure and temperature measurement instrumentation, with branches in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and Kempton Park, Gauteng. 

A New Era in Water Treatment: Keeping it Clean with Sustainable Solutions

Mining companies today face a trifecta of challenges. They need to be compliant with clean water regulations at a budget-friendly cost and do it without harming the environment. Just managing wastewater alone can be an arduous responsibility, whether a company is cleaning sludge from filtering... 

Aus states, territories convinced hydraulic fracturing a viable option 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While Australia is estimated to host more than 800-trillion cubic feet of gas resources, the rapidly expanding gas industry is facing a significant battle in exploiting some of these resources. During the three months to March, Australian gas production reached 15-billion cubic metres, and for... 

There are serious weaknesses in enviro plans of companies wishing to explore for shale gas – activist

By: Zandile Mavuso Following the submission of a letter by Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) to President Jacob Zuma last week, requesting him to declare a fresh moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa, TKAG CEO Jonathan Deal states that government has to review how shale gas will be a sustainable... 

Joburg to host two-day shale gas conference next week

By: Zandile Mavuso Following President Jacob Zuma’s confirmation during his State of Nation Address (Sona) last month that the South African government is planning to push ahead shale gas exploration in the Karoo, training company Amabhubesi Conference and Training will be hosting a two-day shale gas conference in... 

AngloGold Ashanti Appoints Christine Ramon as Incoming CFO

AngloGold Ashanti is pleased to announce Christine Ramon will be taking the post of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Board, from October 1, 2014. She will replace Richard Duffy, who will then step down from both the Board and Executive Committee. The appointment of Ms. Ramon,... 

Omnia posts record FY revenue on mining, currency gains

By: Natalie Greve Specialised chemicals provider Omnia has lifted revenue 21% to a record R16.3-billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2014, on the back of volume and sales price increases in its mining and agricultural divisions, price increases in the chemicals division and foreign currency gains. Gross... 

State

By: Alida Odendaal Tender work arising from state contracts 

AEL honours manager for spray-drying process

By: Zandile Mavuso Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services says its investment in the research and development (R&D) of explosive technology for the mining industry has proven successful, as AEL group technical manager of initiating systems Cheryl Kelly won the Innovator of the Year award for AEL’s... 

Electronic blasting’s safety, enviro and efficiency benefits

By: Zandile Mavuso Explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services says that with mining being a risky operation, developing ways to make the process safer and more efficient has been the main driver in the evolution from the bronze-age setting to modern-day blasting with electronics. 

CIL diversification plans may not find government support

By: Ajoy K Das Coal major Coal India Limited’s (CIL’s) diversification plans to enter the chemicals and fertiliser business was expected to hit a government roadblock. According to an official in the Coal Ministry, the new Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has frowned upon... 

FMC Green River receives coveted safety for a second time

By: Henry Lazenby Diversified chemicals company FMC Corp on Wednesday said its Wyoming manufacturing facility had recently earned an award from the Industrial Minerals Association-North America (IMA-NA) for the best overall safety record for 2013 in the large company category for the second year in a row. Run in... 

BME continues to grow after 30 years, focused on expansion

By: Chantelle Kotze Celebrating three decades in business, mining explosives company BME has noted continual growth on the African continent throughout this time and has firmly set its future growth sights on further expanding its footprint in Southern and East Africa. 

Mining lab focuses on Namibia

By: Carina Borralho Namibia is replete with skilled, English-speaking professionals required by the chemicals and mining industries and, as such, is proving to be an invaluable African investment for many companies worldwide, says mining laboratory services provider Tramecon. “We are very excited to see the... 

Creamer Media publishes Canandian Mining Roundup for April 2014

By: Reinette Classen The Canadian Mining Roundup is a business and information tool for decision-makers in the sector and covers activities in the Canadian mining sector over the past month. The roundup presents the information in an easy-to-read disaggregated format, covering exploration and feasibility studies,... 

Protecting pump integrity in the mining sector

Protecting the integrity of centrifugal process pumps used in critical applications in mining is key to minimising downtime and ensuring the safety of workers. Jacques Visser of Morgan Advanced Materials examines the various technologies available for ensuring pump safety and how the use of... 

Artisanal mining continues to threaten water quality 

By: Carina Borralho While regulated mines have greatly improved their environmental performance over the years, specifically with regard to water management, the use of liquid mercury in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) continues to pose a serious threat to water quality in certain African regions, says... 

Global gathering creates opportunity for local businesses, says Ghana pumps supplier

By: Pimani Baloyi The biennial West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) presents West African businesses with an ideal opportunity to showcase products and services and could help even small-scale businesses gain access to major mining and power industry players, says Ghana-based pump supplier Sunbabsco... 

State

By: Alida Odendaal Tender work arising from state contracts 

WorleyParsons

Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons has been consulting in the global resource and energy sectors, as well as other complex-process industries, since its inception in 1977. With a wealth of expertise and experience in the hydrocarbons, minerals, metals and chemicals, and... 

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