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K+S produces first potash at $4.6bn Bethune mine ahead of schedule

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 German-held chemicals firm K+S Potash Canada has last weekend produced the first tonnes of marketable potash at its new $4.6-billion Bethune mine, in Saskatchewan. The company reached the milestone ahead of schedule, and is now focused on building up to its annual production capacity of... 

Emerging gas market drives Mozambique expansion

By: Nadine James     9th June 2017 The emerging gas market is one of the main factors driving gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) decision to expand its existing Mozambique operations. The company’s Mozambique strategy is being driven from its new 8 600 m2 headquarters, which will feature  a sales... 

Sasol on track with R15.3-billion mine replacement project

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2017 Sasol Mining, the coal mining arm of energy and chemicals group Sasol on Thursday unveiled the progress made over the past few years on its now nearly-completed R15.3-billion programme to replace its ageing coal mines in the Secunda area. Speaking during a site visit of the new Secunda-based... 

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Merger expands value of expo

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 This year is the first time Caminex and the Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) will be held as a combined event from June 6 to 8 at the Kitwe showgrounds, in Zambia, to create a more valuable trade expo by combining the shows’ resources and strengths. From 2018, the exhibition... 

Shell completes exit from Canadian oil sands

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2017 The world’s second largest publicly traded oil company Royal Dutch Shell is exiting Canada’s oil sands sector after announcing that subsidiaries Shell Canada Energy, Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Resources signed two agreements that will transform its Canadian business. Under the two... 

Metro signs LoI with Chinese offtaker

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th May 2017 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has signed a non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with Chinese chemicals group Shandong Aluminium Company (Lubei) for the supply of up to one-million tonnes a year of bauxite, over a three-year period, from the Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland. The supply agreement... 

Digital fixed gas monitoring system launched

By: Ilan Solomons     26th May 2017 Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems has released its new Aura-FX digital fixed gas monitoring system, which it says provides a “more convenient” solution to internal refuge chamber gas monitoring. The company believes that it is a “vast improvement” on current digital... 

Sector requires repositioning to realise future success

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2017 While outsourced mining services specific to the resources sector are adequate for now, the depressed commodity cycle in South Africa has masked the need for outsourcing to robustly position itself for the future, says Independent process industry consultant, business analyst and chemical... 

IDC approves R218m loan for development of Free State natural gas project 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has approved R218-million in loan finance to support the further development of a natural gas resource in the Free State through the creation of a 107-km pipeline network and associated gas processing facilities. The funding,... 

BMI expects gradual price recovery for industrial metals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Since bottoming out in early 2016 and staging an impressive, albeit largely speculative, rally over the past year and a half, industrial metals will experience a gradual price recovery over the coming years, as improving fundamentals support a stabilisation, rather than rebound, in prices,... 

Mali lithium project developments ‘great endorsement’

     14th April 2017 A potential second placing worth about £4.3-million with trading company Suay Chin International, if completed, will ensure that West Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals is well funded to produce initial mineral resource estimates at its Bougouni lithium... 

Sasol finalises currency hedges worth $4bn

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2017 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reported on Tuesday that it had finalised currency hedges with a total notional amount of $4-billion for its 2018 financial year. The hedges represent about 70% of its expected net rand/US dollar exposure for the period, which runs until June 30, 2018. The... 

One-off items impact AECI’s top-line performance in FY16

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2017 JSE-listed AECI on Tuesday said its core operating segments, explosives and specialty chemicals, have delivered “commendable” performances in 2016, despite a difficult domestic and global trading environment. Group revenue grew by 1% year-on-year to R18.6-billion for the 12 months to December 31,... 

Sasol says relations with Moz in ‘good space’ as new oil-find notice is issued 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Sasol joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell has described the group’s relations with the Mozambique government as being in a “good space”, despite the country’s current fiscal difficulties, as well as periodic criticism that the country is not benefiting fully from the South African energy and... 

Stronger rand flagged by Sasol as a key earnings risk for second half

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2017 Fuels and chemicals group Sasol has cautioned that ongoing rand/dollar volatility could pose an earnings risk for the second half its 2017 financial year, but reports that hedges are already in place to protect it from any downward oil price pressures. The JSE-listed group reported a 38% fall in... 

Critical minerals project awaits funding for construction

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2017 With cobalt trading above $17/lb and trending higher toward longer-term averages, project developer Fortune Minerals saw this as an opportune time to secure the project financing needed to build its Nico project, in Canada. 

Kinder Morgan: by shareholders, for shareholders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2017 Abdul Davids – Head of Research, Kagiso Asset Management In the late 1990s, the emergence of commercial hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for shale (collectively known as fracking) transformed the US energy landscape. These technologies enabled access to previously unreachable,... 

Explosives manufacturer launches electronic blasting system

     27th January 2017 Explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services launched what it claims is its most advanced electronic initiating system, the intelliShot, in December. The electronic initiating system is designed to work in partnership with the company’s DetNet. 

Anglo confident of ‘favourable outcome’ with Eskom on sale of three tied coal mines  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2017 Mining group Anglo American says it has held discussions with and continues to engage with Eskom, government and potential bidders on its plan to exit its Eskom-tied mines – Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal. Responding to Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko’s insistence that Eskom had assets at the... 

Zambian copper mine to receive upgraded refuge chambers

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th January 2017 A Zambian copper mine is set to receive delivery of 12 MineSAFE underground refuge chambers from manufacturer and supplier MineARC, incorporating its new System Intelligence package, including the GuardIAN remote monitoring system, compressed air management system and Aura-FX digital gas... 

Quality Equipment Directly Impacts Safety and Efficiency

     12th January 2017 The mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes. Whether to transport slurries filled with product or to siphon away waste and excess water, pumps surround the operation. However, mined materials are not always soft, safe, and easy to handle. A lot of damage can be done to... 

Coal demand growth to stall as appetite wanes, according to IEA

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 As appetite for other energy sources gain momentum, with the fast growth of renewables and a strong focus on energy efficiency, growth in global coal demand is expected to stall over the next five years, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest ‘Medium-term Coal Market’ report shows.... 

Sasol turns focus to oil in Moz after shoring up gas for 400 MW power plant

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2016 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has completed drilling two gas wells in southern Mozambique and has since turned its attention to the development of two commercial oil reservoirs, located in close proximity to its producing gas fields in Temane and Pande. Under the terms of the... 

R10-million laboratory commissioned in DRC

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2016 Turnkey laboratory solutions provider Tramecon has commissioned the R10-million Kinsenda laboratory, a project headed by midtier mining group Metorex, near the border town of Kasumbalesa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

As domestic oil-refinery debate continues, study highlights big jobs contribution

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2016 The employment and economic spin-offs of South Africa’s domestic oil refining sector have received prominence in a new study, which suggests that the country’s six refineries generate yearly economic activity of more than R200-billion and sustain more than 480 000 jobs. The study, titled ‘The... 

Multimillion-rand investment furthers aim of industrial market growth

By: Sascha Solomons     11th November 2016 The growing strength of GUD Holdings-owned lubricant company Indy Oil’s brand and reputation among its customer base, which includes members of the mining industry, has led to a multimillion-rand investment in a blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. GUD Holdings is a manufacturer of... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     21st October 2016 Headquartered on the East Rand, KSB Pumps and Valves in an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Since 1959, the company has... 

Equipment supplier adapts to meet industry needs

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Mining equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa is offering junior miners in the surface mining industry a tailor-made package that will help new mining operations produce State-owned power utility Eskom-grade coal. 

Africa must monetise economically unmineable coal

     21st October 2016 New coal mines will have to be developed in South Africa as existing mines exhaust reserves, while State-owned power utility Eskom, petrochemicals giant Sasol and new independent power produces (IPPs) must expand alternative production. This is according to South African mining and minerals... 

RamPiping Systems

     14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

Occupational health, hygiene and safety are all equally important in achieving zero harm goal

By: Ilan Solomons     14th October 2016 Occupational health and hygiene practitioners share a common vision with safety practitioners, which is that of ensuring zero harm to all mineworkers and a healthy and productive workforce, through the effective management of occupational health and safety risks in the workplace, says diversified... 

Thickener upgrade under way in Tanzania, demand growing in Africa

     7th October 2016 Mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa is currently upgrading a thickener at a gold mine in Tanzania, with the scope covering the complete under solution, which includes new rakes, torque tube, centre cage and thickener drive.  

Ntshu Air - PSI Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th September 2016 Ntshu Air provides complete air compressed system solutions for the mining, automotive, chemicals, petrochemicals, plant hire, construction and power generation industries. 

Mosaic’s radioactive sinkhole problem could mean mine delays

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2016 As the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertiliser, Mosaic is used to digging up parts of Florida to recover the mineral. But lately, one particular hole is causing the company some headaches. A sinkhole 14 m wide has opened up in a pile of mining waste at the company’s New Wales site, in... 

Mine land, water should be used for community development through agriculture

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2016 The calls made for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture need to be heeded. 

Gold digger turns alchemist chasing billions hidden in waste

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2016 With gold output in South Africa mired in a multiyear decline, the country’s biggest producer is turning to an overlooked and cheaper source of supply: the dump. About 6.5-million ounces valued at $8.5-billion is buried inside mammoth mounds of discarded mine waste at sites owned by  Sibanye... 

iX Engineers – an Enterprise Development success story

     19th September 2016 An active participant in the transformation of South Africa, project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA has demonstrated that Enterprise Development can be successful, as attested to by the creation of iX Engineers (Pty) Ltd, a 53% black-owned consulting engineering company... 

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