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Mine Fire Protection

     24th July 2017 Australian Pump Industries announce the launch of a new twin impeller, high pressure portable fire pump for the mining industry.  Based on the Aussie’s Mr T portable firefighting pump, the new version has been upgraded to include additional safety features. “Our Aussie Mr T has an established... 

Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

Oil, chemical weakness force IHS materials price index lower

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit fell 0.7% last week, driven by weakness in the oil and chemicals sectors, the firm announced on Thursday. It was the MPI’s first decline since the middle of June, as weakness in oil, down 1.5%, and chemicals, down 3.9%, pulled the... 

Proper hose assemblies improve hydraulic safety and life span

     21st July 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG urges that care be taken when selecting, installing and maintaining high-quality components in any hydraulic system because hose assemblies can be highly dangerous if misapplied and if inadequate attention is given to maintenance of the hose and related equipment.  

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Hydraulic solutions supplier Turnkey Hydraulics will in the fourth quarter launch German control technologies manufacturer Bucher’s Hydraulic Design Series-24 (HDS-24) flow-sharing directional valves.  

Nuclear is not just about energy – Niasa MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine. Speaking at the one-day nuclear forum on the sidelines of the PowerGen Africa... 

BHP invests A$350m in Olympic Dam

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2017 Mining major BHP will invest A$350-million into its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia, in a smelter maintenance campaign. Olympic Dam asset president Jac 

Drifter Repairs At Lightspeed

     18th July 2017 At the heart of South Africa’s historic mining capital of Johannesburg, is a team of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology professionals so extraordinary that just a 6-man team maintains the rock drills on a large portion of the country’s drill rig fleets. Unsurprisingly, Sandvik South Africa’s... 

Kibali continues to deliver steady performance as it finalises full commissioning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 The two remaining components of Randgold Resources’ Kibali gold mine – its underground shaft system and a third hydropower plant – are both on track. The underground shaft system is expected to be commissioned this quarter, with the underground mine to produce about 2.2-million tonnes of ore this... 

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

Metso renovating KZN foundry to meet growing mining-sector demand

By: Dylan Slater     14th July 2017 Industrial company servicing the mining industry Metso is investing €3.5-million in crusher wear parts manufacturing in Africa by renovating a second melting furnace at the Isithebe foundry, in KwaZulu-Natal to meet growing demand from the mining industry for such components.  

Rest of Africa accounts for 50% of optimistic OEMs’ workload

     14th July 2017 South African process equipment supplier MIP Process MD Phillip Hoff is positive that 2017 will be a good year for the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). “Our pricing and [the level of] quality mean we are still highly competitive, compared with Asian and Chinese manufacturers.” 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

Local bushings producer showcases product in US

     7th July 2017 South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite Bearings is promoting the use of its thermoplastic bushings in various types of earthmoving equipment, including load, haul and dump equipment; backhoe loaders; excavators; wheel loaders; articulating dump trucks; graders and crawlers. 

Regular undercarriage maintenance reduces excavator running costs

     7th July 2017 Correct machine operation, together with regular maintenance, significantly reduces undercarriage wear, improves operating efficiency and reduces running costs of tracked excavators, says Hyundai earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa. 

SA company designs shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines gold mine

By: Dylan Slater     7th July 2017 Pretoria-based engineering firm Thuthukani Engineering has designed full service shaft hoisting infrastructure for Philippines-based gold miner Philsaga Mining Corporation, which is owned by Australian mining company Medusa Mining.  

Tharisa, MCC Contracts deal receives competition commission approval 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th July 2017 Tharisa Minerals’ R303.3-million deal to acquire equipment and infrastructure from MCC Contracts has been approved by the Competition Commission. The companies entered into an agreement in May, with Tharisa intending to transition from a contract-mining to an owner-mining model through the... 

Nersa calls for comment on special pricing deal to unlock ferrosilicon production 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is calling for written comments on an application by Eskom to implement a two-year incentive pricing package that will enable the restart of ferrosilicon production in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The regulator turned down an earlier... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Premier African Minerals says trading to resume soon

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2017 Trading in Aim-listed multicommodity miner Premier African Minerals’ shares, which has been temporarily suspended, will resume presently. The group’s trading was suspended under Aim rules after it failed to post its 2016 results within six months of the end of the reporting period. In a statement... 

3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

Agbaou mine, Côte d'Ivoire

By: Thabi Madiba     30th June 2017 A gold mine located about 200 km north of Abidjan, in Côte d'Ivoire. 

New Gold’s Rainy River progresses on schedule, budget

By: Henry Lazenby     28th June 2017 Canadian miner New Gold on Tuesday reported that construction of its $1-billion-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, remains on track to start operations in September, with commercial production expected to follow in November. “Through the second quarter, our team has both successfully commenced... 

High-quality products equal reduced maintenance on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 To lower maintenance costs and increase plant efficiency in trying economic times, gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers clients service level agreements (SLAs) after the completion of projects.  

Maintenance going more digital

     23rd June 2017 In today’s highly competitive production and mining environments, reactive and preventive maintenance have become unsustainable, says consultancy firm Onpro Consulting.  

New technologies, mechanisation require adapted mining maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 There are numerous developments globally that combine analytics with advanced technologies to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance solutions, complementing the broader trend of mines moving away from one-off cost reductions and employing sustainable cost-management programmes that improve... 

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended

     23rd June 2017 Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to improve reliability and limit downtime, reports rotating equipment maintenance and repair service provider Sulzer.  

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 If the mining industry could standardise maintenance and downtime procedures, it would help “tremendously” to facilitate more efficient, cost-effective, faster maintenance, says capital plant equipment manufacturer Halley & Mellowes group of companies (HMA).  

University presents maintenance management in mining course

     23rd June 2017 In a mechanised mining environment, mining equipment occupies a pivotal position in the mining process and equipment performance is often the production constraint that determines the performance of mineral extraction and processing operations, says Gauteng tertiary institution University of the... 

Dingo reduces downtime with Trakka

     22nd June 2017 Dingo’s Trakka™, the industry leading predictive maintenance software, helps maintenance teams reduce operating costs by maximising the life of major components and increasing availability through the reduction of unplanned failures.    It provides an easy and cost-effective way to run a... 

Lydian hits Amulsar milestones as construction proceeds apace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Construction of Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar project, in Armenia, is advancing fast with 58% of the $369.9-million project capital committed as of May 31. Priority will now shift to advancing site earthworks. 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

Opportunities to be had in pumps industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 There are a myriad of opportunities in the pumps industry to develop it, propel its growth and improve efficiency, avers independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. A potential area of development in the mining pumps industry lies in the better understanding and the holistic use of... 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

US Energy Department selects research projects for rare earths from coal industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected three projects for funding to research the recovery of saleable rare earth elements (REE) from domestic coal and coal byproducts. The DoE will invest about $3-million into these projects, which will focus on laboratory testing and the preparation of... 

Pan African’s Elikhulu tailings project to deliver ‘exceptionally’ low cost organic growth

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Focusing on low-cost, high-value organic growth projects has seen South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources prioritise the R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga, which is expected to produce 689 000 oz of gold at an... 

Pan African’s Elikhulu tailings project to deliver ‘exceptionally’ low cost organic growth

By: David Oliveira     9th June 2017 Focusing on low-cost, high-value organic growth projects has seen South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources prioritise the R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project at its Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga, which is expected to produce 689 000 oz of gold at an... 

Boring to depth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2017 By Simon Anderssen - Associate Portfolio Manager, Kagiso Asset Management Mining services companies are often tarred with the same attributes as their customers: significant commodity price risk and highly cyclical earnings. Yet there are a handful of service providers that are able to generate a... 

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