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New patent makes for environment-friendly leaching

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Canadian junior Iberian Minerals has filed a patent for its HM X-leach formula to reduce the gold industry’s sustainability challenges in terms of reduced grades, more complex ores and increasingly stringent environmental conditions. The patent, which will be marketed by Iberian’s new, 100%-owned... 

AECI reports lower H1 earnings, higher revenue

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2016 Specialty chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI on Tuesday reported higher revenue, but lower earnings a share for the six months ended June 30. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) fell 48% year-on-year to 293c, while earnings a share (EPS) decreased 50% year-on-year to 292c. 

Enirgi Group and Lithium S to explore, develop in Argentina

By: Anine Kilian     22nd July 2016 Specialty chemicals company Enirgi Group Corporation and lithium exploration company Lithium S Corporation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that details a strategic collaboration to explore and develop lithium projects in northern Argentina. Following a successful capital... 

Ruskoway outlines ambitious plans to develop diverse asset portfolio

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd July 2016 South African junior mining and exploration company Ruskoway is intent on developing its four diversified mineral resource projects in South Africa, says Ruskoway project manager Siyabonga Sibiya. The company’s Fonte Verde platinum-group metals (PGMs), nickel and copper deposit is located near... 

Advances in energy-storage technology, burgeoning electric car market driving lithium and graphite uptake

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 Advances in energy-storage technology and rising demand for batteries from the global electric vehicle (EV) market are driving the need for technology minerals – such as lithium and graphite – which are increasingly used in lithium-ion batteries. The sectors mining these industries are “young and... 

Advances in energy-storage technology, burgeoning electric car market driving lithium and graphite uptake

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 The proliferation and streamlining of technological advancements in energy-storage systems, as well as the demand for batteries in the global electric vehicle (EV) market, are driving the need for technology minerals – such as lithium and graphite, which are increasingly used in lithium-ion... 

enX, Eqstra sign R7.8bn deal to create ‘industrial powerhouse’

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 JSE-listed industrial energy group enX will acquire two of JSE-listed industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra’s divisions and recapitalise Eqstra’s contract mining division in a R7.8-billion deal. enX would issue 52.7-million of its shares (consideration shares), at R21 apiece, to Eqstra... 

Dubai’s DMCC and China’s Zhongwei Sign MoU to Boost Trade along the ‘One Belt One Road’

     23rd June 2016 DMCC, the Government authority on trade, enterprise and commodities in Dubai, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zhongwei Ningxia Municipal People’s Government in China.   The purpose of the memorandum is to explore new collaboration, directives and... 

Improving froth pumping solution

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals is introducing the next- generation WARMAN horizontal froth pump, which features a continuous air removal system that can be applied to the company’s froth pumps already in the market. This is in line with Weir Minerals’ focus on... 

Peristaltic pumps ideal for mining applications

     10th June 2016 Multinational pumps and pump-related solutions provider PSG Dover has designed the new models of its Abaque series of peristaltic pumps, which have been specifically geared to meet the challenging requirements of the mining industry, partially owing to a stronger and more durable rotor design and... 

Maputo conference highlights potential for growth

     3rd June 2016 Despite the subdued mining situation in Mozambique there is a lot of room for growth across mining, oil and gas, and energy, but public and private entities need to work together to advance the strategy. This was the overall message conveyed at the fifth biennial Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and... 

Advisian engages with clients to create greater value

     31st May 2016 The South African operation of WorleyParsons’ global consulting business, Advisian, has experienced notable growth since its launch less than a year ago with its initial office of five members expanding to close to 100 in an effort to service the needs of clients and deliver expert strategic and... 

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain management. Launched last month, the technology will be deployed throughout the year to AEL sites in... 

South African software to improve plant operations

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 South African process and operations management solutions provider BluESP is introducing Model Predictive Control, a form of advanced process control technology, with applications to improve plant efficiency in several industries, including smelting and minerals processing. 

Value derived from waste streams

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th May 2016 Ingenuity has become paramount to the survival of minerals processing industry suppliers amid the challenging economic climate, says South African furnace and kiln manufacturer Thermopower Furnaces South Africa (SA). The company has undertaken several projects aimed at deriving value from waste... 

Expo set to be filled with innovation

     13th May 2016 There is no occupational health and safety (OHS) problem that does not have a solution at the Occupational Safety & Health Expo Africa 2016 (A-OSH EXPO 2016), says exhibitions servicing business Specialised Exhibitions event director Joshua Low. 

Engineering News Online Re-Booted

     9th May 2016 Creamer Media unveiled its new-look Engineering News Online website on May 9 – a re-boot that forms part of ongoing efforts to improve the website’s delivery of ‘real economy news in real time’. The re-engineered site simplifies the reader experience, with a homepage that features bolder... 

Canadian cobalt project development advancing

By: Malusi Mkhize     6th May 2016 More than C$115-million has, so far, been spent on the development, including test mining and a pilot plant processing, at the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. Once operational, Nico, discovered by North American development stage mining... 

Australian opencast mine completes world’s largest blast

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 The Daunia opencut coal mine, in the north-eastern state of Queensland, Australia, broke the world record for the largest-ever electronic detonator blast in December, firing 5 665 detonators in 2 683 blastholes using the South Africa-developed AXXIS digital initiation system from explosives firm... 

Company to exhibit highly resilient pipe at Copperbelt expo

     29th April 2016 Two trading arms of complete pipeline solutions provider Rare, Rare Plastics and Rare Pipeline Services (which incorporates Rare Construction Zambia), will be exhibiting at this year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) from May 12 to 13. Rare will be showcasing their new Rare... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Fluor South Africa Volunteers Pack over 10 000 meals for Ikageng AIDS Ministry in Soweto

By: Yolande Botes     22nd April 2016 Fluor volunteers recently packed more than 10 000 Stop Hunger Now hunger relief meals in support of Ikageng AIDS Ministry in Soweto. The Ikageng Ministry is a nonprofit organization that cares for more than 900 orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS around the Soweto area.... 

Abaque™ Series Peristaltic (Hose) Pumps Ideal Solution for Toughest Mining Applications

     21st April 2016 Oakbrook Terrace a Dover company and a global leader in the manufacture of pumps, systems and related flow-control solutions, is pleased to announce that new models of its Abaque™ Series Peristaltic (Hose) Pumps have been specifically designed to meet the challenging requirements of the mining... 

Fortune closes second tranche of financing as NWT road permitting gets under way

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2016 While TSX-listed project developer Fortune Minerals has closed the second tranche of a C$1-million financing for general working capital purposes, the transportation department of Northwest Territories government (GNWT) has submitted permit applications to build a public highway to the community... 

Despite its economic benefits, fracking could have serious enviro implications

By: Ilan Solomons     1st April 2016 The development of technology to release unconventional gas from underground shale deposits by undertaking deep horizontal drilling has been successfully applied in the US over many years, says British Geological Survey (BGS) senior hydrogeochemist Marianne Stuart. She points out that hydraulic... 

Resources Watch  

     17th March 2016 This week: Sasol outlines dual Southern Africa, North America growth plans Coal coming off the bottom – Exxaro And, resilient Sasol weathering storm 

Sasol outlines dual Southern Africa, North America growth plans 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2016 Despite the lower-for-much-longer oil price outlook, integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol is remaining focused on executing growth projects in Southern Africa and North America as part of a dual regional strategy. In presenting 63%-lower earnings attributable to shareholders in the six... 

Sasol sees another R8bn half-year capex going into Southern Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2016 After spending half-year capital of R8.6-billion in Southern Africa in the six months to December 31, integrated chemicals and energy group Sasol expects to invest a similar capital amount in the region in the current half year. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Engineering News Online after the... 

Lack of discipline to keep pressure on potash prices into the next decade

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2016 The consensus among potash companies participating in Bank of Montreal's (BMO's) Capital Markets Metals and Mining conference this week was that potash prices had reached a seasonal bottom on the back of production deferrals and cutbacks. However, BMO fertilisers and chemicals research analyst... 

AECI generates 56% of total earnings from mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI reported that 56% of the group’s revenue for 2015 has been generated from the global mining industry, of which explosives contributed 44% and mining extraction and chemicals 12%. Speaking at the company’s results presentation for the year ended... 

Butterfly valves achieve highest safety standard

     4th March 2016 Johannesburg-based industrial valve manufacturer Gunric Valves’ metal-seated butterfly valves are now compliant with the highest level of safety in South Africa as of the end of 2015, the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3.  

Market demand encourages product development

     4th March 2016 Engineering solutions company BMG is implementing a strategy to enhance its fluid technology services – which includes valves for the mining industry – to meet growing demand in the fluid control market. This strategy encompasses the introduction of new solutions as well as developments in the... 

Fluor Named to FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Companies for Fifth Consecutive Year Ranked top Engineering and Construction company.

     2nd March 2016 Fluor Corporation announced today that the company was named by FORTUNE magazine as the top-ranked engineering and construction company in its 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies list. For the fifth year in a row, Fluor earned the top designation among its peers in the engineering and... 

Lithium Australia hits ‘holy grail’ of lithium processing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2016 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has developed a new hydrometallurgical process for the recovery of lithium from spodumene. Dubbing it the “holy grail” of lithium processing, the company said that the Sileach process was a low-energy, low-cost and low temperature method, that did not require roasting. 

'Simplistic’ to correlate Sasol with oil price as chemicals contribution rises

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2016 Incoming joint Sasol CEO Bongani Nqwababa believes “simplistic” correlations of the company’s performance to the oil price will become less relevant in coming years as the revenue and profit contribution of its chemicals business rises in line with its large North American expansion projects.... 

New machine to recycle SA’s waste mining tyre stockpiles

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th February 2016 Vanderbijlpark-based machine building company Nicaud Trading has developed a tyre-recycling shredder to process and recycle waste off-the-road (OTR) tyres for the local mining industry. In joint venture (JV) with newly formed recycling company Kabusha OTR this will result in a solution to the... 

Scornful report on high-tech cobalt supply chains could prove a boon to Western producers

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2016 A report released this week by advocacy group Amnesty International has revealed human rights abuses by one of the world’s largest cobalt producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which raises the possibility of accelerating a looming supply gap. The report, 'This is what we die for:... 

Commodity consolidations, alternative end-user investment imperative

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd January 2016 Rationalisation and the resulting consolidation in the mining industry will become a key industry imperative, since little significant improvement is expected in commodity prices this year, states mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “The mining industry will have to see the start... 

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