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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. 

RamPiping Systems

     13th May 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... 

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.... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     22nd April 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... 

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... 

Mining veteran calls for ‘zero deaths’ target as his own operation notches up 5 589 fatality-free shifts

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd January 2016 It is incumbent on all stakeholders to prevent deaths in South Africa's mines, says uranium and gold miner Shiva Uranium safety manager Koos Jacobs.   In May 1995 Jacobs was the chief safety officer when a massive tragedy occurred at Shaft No 2 at the Vaal Reefs gold mine, in the North West. A... 

Collaboration key to sustainable growth

By: Nadine James     15th January 2016 Explosives suppliers and manufacturers needed to start establishing common goals, share knowledge on training, and standardise testing methodology and best practices to ensure sustainable economic growth, said integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol senior manager of technical services Ron... 

Sasol appoints Nqwababa, Cornell as joint-CEOs

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2015 Energy and chemicals group Sasol announced on Friday that it had appointed Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell as joint-CEOs, with effect from July 1, 2016. The appointments follow the June 8 announcement that incumbent CEO David Constable had decided not to extend his contract with beyond June... 

Tramecon

     27th November 2015 Tramecon is a turnkey laboratory solutions provider, servicing mining projects worldwide from its wholly owned Randburg facility, comprising two mini factories covering 400 m2. The company has recently supplied South Africa-based product logistics monitoring for a Democratic Republic of Congo... 

Imported LNG set to kickstart gas-to-power vision – Sasol

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2015 Imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to initiate the greater use of gas in South Africa’s currently coal-dominated electricity generation. Anticipated is the establishment of infrastructure at South African ports, such as Saldanha Bay, Coega or Richards Bay, to facilitate the... 

Fluor opens office in Botswana as it expands footprint

By: David Oliveira     20th November 2015 Engineering construction company Flour Corporation last month launched its new office in Gaborone, Botswana, with Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa, among other dignitaries and business leader, in attendance. The new office will serve as the company’s operations base to expand and... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

     23rd October 2015 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps and Valves has been in operation since 1959, manufacturing a range of pumps, valves and related systems for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Most of the products are manufactured under... 

Sasol promotes reading through book drive

     23rd October 2015 Chemicals and energy company Sasol is set to handover close to 20 000 books to the Maharishi Institute the Girls and Boys Club of Soweto, at the Jabavu Community Library and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in the maiden project of its global ‘Sasol for Good’ initiative. “As our first... 

SA’s liquid-fuels economy to be sustained for next 40 years

By: Bruce Montiea     23rd October 2015 The coal-to-liquids (CTL) industry is going to be a core part of South Africa’s liquid-fuels economy for the next 40 years, says global management consulting firm AT Kearney principal Martin Sprott. He says the country’s CTL industry is centred on energy and chemicals group Sasol's CTL plant in... 

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