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Flowrox PVG Valves

Flowrox PVG is a robust yet compact pinch valve engineered with the highest quality standards. It is made for processes involving pressure resistance, abrasion, corrosion and aggressive slurries. PVG offers substantial savings through improved performance, long service lifetime and low... 

Avalon Rare Earths strikes refining accord and strategic partnership

By: Henry Lazenby Junior project developer Avalon Rare Metals recently struck an offtake deal with global chemicals firm Solvay to process Avalon's rare earth concentrate into pure rare earth oxides for ten years, from the start of deliveries to Solvay's rare earth separation and refining plant located in La... 

Sasol eyeing northern Mozambique gas ‘monetisation’ prospects

By: Terence Creamer Energy and chemicals group Sasol says the gas discoveries in the north of Mozambique are large enough to support significant additional “gas monetisation” options over-and-above the liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities currently being considered. There have been significant gas discoveries... 

Jobs impact still uncertain as Sasol gets set to implement streamlined model

By: Terence Creamer Energy and chemicals group Sasol will pull the trigger on its streamlined operational structure on July 1, with CEO David Constable forecasting a minimum of R3-billion in sustainable yearly savings as a result of the reorganisation. However, the ‘business performance enhancement programme’ will... 

Company launches heavy-duty butterfly valve

Global water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection company Pentair’s Valves & Controls division has launched a new line of heavy-duty resilient seated double-flanged butterfly valves, manufactured by China-based butterfly valve specialists Keystone Series GRF, aimed at industrial... 

Fortune Minerals pursuing strategic partnership strategy to finance projects 

By: Mariaan Webb As the mining world struggles to raise financing on global capital markets, Toronto-listed diversified junior Fortune Minerals is pursuing a financing strategy based on securing strategic partnerships with companies that need the product it plans to produce from its two development projects in... 

Vitol pays A$2.9bn for Shell’s downstream business in Australia

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Petroleum major Royal Dutch Shell on Friday reiterated its commitment to investing in Australia, after announcing the A$2.9-billion sale of its downstream assets in the country to oil major Vitol. Country chair Andrew Smith told journalists that the offer from Vitol followed on from Shell’s... 

Cloud-based project solution implemented at blue-chip clients

By: Dylan Slater Project management company SSG Consulting’s cloud-based KEY360 project management software solution is being implemented at an increasing number of blue-chip clients, including several South Africa-based mining houses. 

Mining pumps supplier expects growth in industry

By: Carina Borralho The mining industry requires cheaper, but more reliable pumps that take up less space and use less water, which is what the TRVX pumps range from Pompetravaini offers, Air & Vacuum Technologies sales and marketing director Mark Burn tells Mining Weekly. He adds that, owing to the predicted... 

Project house to reintroduce itself to the African market at indaba

By: David D‘ Oliveira Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons TWP will reintroduce itself to the African market as WorleyParsons RSA at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 3 to 6. This comes after... 

Selected blast mining able to revive gold – Robinson 

By: Martin Creamer The introduction of selected blast mining (SBM) has the potential to reduce the cost of mining narrow-reef gold to the extent of resuscitating South Africa’s ghost towns, says veteran research commentator Dr R E (Robbie) Robinson. Robinson, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online in a video interview... 

Petronas subsidiary now Sasol’s new partner in Canada shale gas assets

By: Creamer Media Reporter Energy and chemicals group Sasol has decided not to exercise its right of first refusal to match a C$1.5-billion bid from Progress Energy for part of Talisman Energy’s Montney acreage in Canada. In terms of Sasol’s existing agreement with Talisman, the South African company has a right to match... 

Omnia mining business poised for continued growth

By: Sashnee Moodley JSE-listed Omnia’s earnings a share for the for the six months ended September 30, rose 16% year-on-year to 637c a share, with Omnia MD Rod Humphris noting at the company’s interim results presentation last month that the macro environment for the company’s mining division was positive, while the... 

Illegal mining on the decrease but still a cause for concern

By: Sashnee Moodley Illegal mining has reduced drastically in Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng since Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu established Illegal Mining Stakeholder forums in 2009; however, this practice still remains a threat within the South African mining sector. Shabangu stated in... 

Advanced conveyor developed for new colliery

Mining equipment and service provider Sandvik Mining Systems is providing coal miner Sasol Mining with an end-to-end bulk materials handling solution for its new Shondoni Colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga. 

Illegal mining on the decrease but still a cause for concern

By: Sashnee Moodley Illegal mining has reduced drastically in Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng since the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu established Illegal Mining Stakeholder forums from 2009; however, this practice still remains a threat within the South African mining sector. 

Report recommends lifting of Victoria fracking ban

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Gas Market Taskforce, chaired by former Federal Minister Peter Reith, has recommended that the state of Victoria encourage the development of onshore gas projects, also recommending that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should be allowed. Reith noted that alternative sources of production... 

Midsummer develops high-efficiency process for cadmium-free CIGS on stainless steel by sputtering

Midsummer www.midsummer.se , a leading supplier of production lines for cost effective manufacturing of flexible thin film CIGS solar cells, has developed a high speed process for manufacturing of CIGS solar cells utilising sputtering of all layers in the solar cell structure. Midsummer recently... 

Industrial plant rental solution effectively used in mining industry

The success of companies undertaking and executing large-scale projects in the mining sector, such as opencast mining activities, is heavily dependent on the capacity and reliability of its suppliers, says compressor hire company Rand-Air. 

MSA ‘performing well’ despite global mining-sector labour strife

By: Sashnee Moodley Despite labour strife in the global mining industry, particularly in South Africa, safety equipment manufacturer MSA Africa MD Colin Oliver believes that the company has been performing well and he has identified growth potential in the sector.  

Summit will address coal conversion potential in India

By: Carina Borralho The World CTX 2013 Summit, which will be held in Mumbai and Jamnagar in India, from December 2 to 4, will feature a practise-based programme on coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) projects worldwide and in India, feedback from commercial coal operations, technological news, economic assessments and... 

Company Annoucements:Frost & Sullivan: Limited Demand from Export Markets Puts Pressure on Manufacturing Sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter Poor performance in end user industries, like manufacturing and mining, and higher costs of importing inputs due to the weaker Rand, have played a significant role in restraining growth within the chemicals and materials industry over the past year.  

 Limited demand from export markets will... 

Research coordinator advocates new mining method for gold, platinum

By: Martin Creamer A new mining method, which avoids the wasteful shattering of precious metal during blasting, has the potential to boost gold and platinum mining significantly, says highly experienced research coordinator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson. Selected blast mining (SBM), assisted by modern computer... 

Mining pays double its GDP share in tax, earns half of SA’s foreign exchange, spends billions locally

By: Martin Creamer South Africa's mining sector is a substantial contributor to the government and society in the form of its tax contribution, it earns more than any other local industry in foreign exchange, and 80% of its expenditure goes into the local economy. In 2012, mining paid R21.4-billion or 14.1% of... 

Company Annoucements:Portable Hand-Held Temperature Monitors

By: Creamer Media Reporter Portable hand-held temperature monitors specifically aimed at laboratory operations across many industries have been launched by the OMSA Group, distributors of  GHMsilverline Handheld Instruments, Germany in South Africa. The hand-held device is used for the measurment of pH, temperature,... 

Fracking to require water use licence – Molewa 

By: Leandi Kolver Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Tuesday announced that companies wanting to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to explore for shale gas in the Karoo would require a water use licence. The Minister gazetted a notice of intent to declare fracking a controlled activity in... 

Busa calls for carbon-tax delay, seeks regulatory impact assessment 

By: Terence Creamer Business Unity South African (Busa) has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the South African government’s proposal to introduce a carbon tax from January 1, 2015. The National Treasury is in the process of shifting through a number of comments, including Busa’s, to a policy paper... 

Look beyond mining explosives, chemicals companies urged

By: Samantha Moolman African chemical companies need to diversify beyond the manufacture of mining explosives if they want to secure their position in the African and global chemicals market, says growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. While mining in Africa will support growth for chemicals companies in the long... 

Arkansas lawsuits test fracking wastewater link to quakes 

By: Reuters Tony Davis, a 54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But that was before the earth shook. In 2010 and 2011, the quiet farming town of Greenbrier,... 

Underground coal gasification holds promise – Sipho Nkosi 

By: Martin Creamer Underground coal gasification (UCG) holds promise as a future source of energy for South Africa, Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi said on Monday. Nkosi, who hosted a media lunch, told Mining Weekly Online that many companies were investing in UCG, a process of converting coal into gas while it is still... 

Correct valve selection critical to a mining operation

By: Ilan Solomons Mining solutions provider Aveng Manufacturing Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) former sales engineer Ray Kirby tells Mining Weekly that selecting the correct type of valve for applications in mining operations is important to ensure that the mine operates efficiently. Kirby, a British expatriate,... 

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