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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... 


By: Alida Odendaal Tender work arising from state contracts 


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... 


Established in 2007, Johannesburg-based mining laboratory services provider Tramecon provides turnkey laboratory solutions to new mining projects, including workload determination, staff training, laboratory design commissioning and management. With a yearly turnover of over R10-million, Tramecon... 

Orica secures BEE partner, set to expand African footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal ASX-listed global commercial explosives and mining and tunnelling ground support provider Orica and South Africa-headquartered investment group Reindus Holdings have partnered to further Orica Mining Services South Africa’s (OMSSA's) African expansion ambitions. The venture, in which Reindus... 

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 , 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.  

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