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Botswana receives load bank system order

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 The first load bank system from power-generating brand supplier Vert Energy – the Southern Africa distributor of Asco power switching and control components – was supplied to private equity company Peter Investments, in Botswana, last month. 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

‘Siloed’ approaches to mineral processing giving way to integration

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 To keep abreast of the global drive towards system integration as a means of enabling lean production and process optimisation, State-owned minerals technology organisation Mintek is focusing on shifting the South African mining sector to increasing degrees of operation and control of the local... 

Endeavour reports solid progress with Houndé construction 85% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd May 2017 West Africa-focused miner Endeavour Gold has reached the 85%-complete mark in building the Houndé mine, in Burkina Faso, after receiving and starting installation of the longest lead time item, the semi-autogenous grinding mill. Endeavour, which expects to produce between 600 000 oz and 640 000... 

W Resources applies for govt grant for La Parrilla expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2017 Aim-listed W Resources has submitted a grant application to the Junta de Extremadura government for funding for its La Parrilla tungsten and tin mine expansion project in Spain. If approved, the regional government could fund up to 30% of the €19.5-million plant and facilities package for the La... 

W Resources seeking $24m in debt financing for Spain expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     16th May 2017 Tungsten miner W Resources has started negotiations with multiple debt financiers to raise $24-million for the expansion of its La Parrilla tin and tungsten mine in the Extremadura region of Spain. The Aim-listed miner has appointed specialist debt advisory group BurnVoir Corporate Finance to... 

Drill the SmartROC way

     12th May 2017 Atlas Copco’s automated SmartROC Down-The-Hole and Top Hammer drill rigs have transformed the drilling procedure. Equipped with smart technology, these rigs help to drive down operational and maintenance costs, drive up efficiencies, increase safety and reduce carbon footprints for sustainable... 

Trevali deploys new underground mining fleet at Caribou zinc mine

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Zinc producer Trevali Mining is currently phasing in some C$20-million of new underground mining equipment at its Cariboo zinc mine, in the Bathurst Mining Camp of north-eastern New Brunswick. The fleet upgrade is part of an operation-wide optimisation drive, in partnership with Sandvik Mining,... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     12th May 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... 

ELB completes first phase, Tippler A at the Manganese Terminal, Port of Port Elizabeth

     11th May 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) has successfully completed the refurbishment of the first phase, Tippler A, of the Transnet Tippler Refurbishment project at the Transnet Port Elizabeth Manganese Terminal. ELB’s scope of work included the design, supply of new components, stripping,... 

Integrated Pump Rental Blasts Its Way To Success On Copper Mine

     11th May 2017 Integrated Pump Rental, in JV with EC mining, secured the contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the DRC. This recent project follows on the successful completion of the cleaning up of two similar dams by the company at the same mine. Managing director of Integrated Pump Rental,... 

Tharisa buys mining equipment to further owner-mining strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 Dual-listed Tharisa Minerals, led by CEO Phoevos Pouroulis, has entered into a binding term sheet with MCC Contracts to buy certain of MCC’s equipment, strategic components, site infrastructure and spare parts at the Tharisa platinum group metals and chrome mine in the Bushveld Complex. This... 

Vesconite Bearings arranges US earthmoving roadshow

     8th May 2017 South Africa-based high-performance polymer producer Vesconite Bearings is arranging a roadshow to US earthmoving customers in June. This is according to newly-appointed earthmoving representative Juan van Wyk, who is spearheading the company’s drive to have the earthmoving industry use the... 

Upbeat Q1 earnings prove Agnico fires on all cylinders

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2017 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle Mines has reported buoyant first-quarter earnings on Thursday, nearly tripling profit on the back of increased output and higher precious metal prices. Excluding special items for the three months ended March 31, Toronto-based Agnico reported adjusted profit of... 

Durban-based plant delivered to Guyana mine

     28th April 2017 A $2.5-million project, facilitating, executing and unloading a shipment of assets for an 800 t/d modularised gold plant relocated from Durban, in South Africa, to Buck Hall, in Guyana, was concluded toward the end of last year by Canadian engineering, procurement and construction firm JDS Energy... 

Edenville’s coal wash plant nearly ready for shipment to Tanzania

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 The coal wash plant for use at Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal mine has been delivered to port in the UK and inspected and cleared by the appropriate authorities, ready for shipment to Tanzania. The first of the shipments is expected to leave the UK this month and will take six weeks to arrive in... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 The South Deep mine, in Westonaria, is set to steadily ramp up production using its fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies while improving the health and safety of personnel, as well as morale.  

BlueRock improves diamond recovery since upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds on Thursday reported that since it restarted operations at its Kareevlei mine, recovered grade has been improving from an initial 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) to the most recent results of 3.02 cpht. The company late last year embarked on a thorough overhaul... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Opportunities aplenty for S Africa-based contractor

By: Nadine James     31st March 2017 African buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings will supply a construction camp and site offices valued at R20-million for a Guinean gold project by mid-2017. Kwikspace business development executive Nick Alexander says the 1 400 m2 project includes accommodation for 120 personnel,... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

     29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

St Barbara approves A$100m for Gwalia extension project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2017 The board of gold miner St Barbara has approved a A$100-million investment to expand its Gwalia operations, in Western Australia. “The approval of the Gwalia extension project begins an exciting new phase in St Barbara’s and the Gwalia mine’s story. Gwalia started in 1896 and it just keeps... 

Tlou raises A$5.2m for CBM projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th March 2017 ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has raised some A$5.2-million through a share placement to fund work at its coal bed methane (CBM) projects, in Botswana and elsewhere in Southern Africa. The company placed more than 51.78-million shares at an issue price of 10c each, to sophisticated and... 

New entrants lack experience in coal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2017 A lot of people are entering the coal sector with no experience in coal whatsoever, nonprofit trust Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) lead coal course presenter and coal industry specialist Alan Johns tells Mining Weekly 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, buoyed by increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals such as lithium and cobalt to keep pace with the demand from technology developers. Global... 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, the result of increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals, such as lithium and cobalt, to keep pace with the demand from technology developers.... 

DTI content with mining equipment manufacturing sector collaboration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2017 The Department of Trade and industry (DTI) on Thursday said it was “pleased” with the progress being made in developing South Africa’s mining equipment manufacturing sector under the umbrella of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). The department launched the initiative to... 

Tiger to lose 100 t of production amid repairs to pump mixers

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th March 2017 Copper miner Tiger Resources expects to lose some 100 t of production during March, as repairs to the tank leach circuit at its Kipoi project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are under way. Tiger previously reported damage to its tank leach circuit components, including the pump mixers. The... 

Delivering integrated power solutions for African projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Integrated energy solutions provider Zest Energy, a member of the Zest WEG group, is set to hand over a power generation solution for Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite mine, in Mozambique, at the end of April. This flagship project – the company’s largest power plant in terms of power output –... 

South African wear solutions specialist appoints Namibian sales agent

     24th February 2017 South African wear solutions specialist RioCarb has appointed a new sales agent in Namibia and is confident this will improve its customer service and product delivery, as well as rapidly grow its market share in the country this year. The chromium carbide (CrC) liner plate expert signed an... 

Kipoi hit by disruptions, output affected – Tiger

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd February 2017 A number of disruptive events at the Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have resulted in ASX-listed Tiger Resources warning of a "material negative impact" on cash flows, as well as reduced revenues from lower copper production. The miner in October 2016 reported that heap... 

Asa delivers mixed quarter as Trojan weighs on performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th February 2017 London Aim-listed Asa Resources has delivered a mixed performance in the third quarter as commodity prices declined and some lingering operational difficulties persisted at its Trojan nickel mine, in Zimbabwe. However, the company has implemented several mitigating measures to deal with the... 

Arconic sells majority of its stake in Alcoa Corp

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 NYSE-listed specialty alloys manufacturer Arconic has sold about 60% of its 19.9% stake in its former downstream business segment Alcoa Corp for $890-million. Arconic, which makes lightweight, high-strength components for the aeronautics and automotive industries, sold 23.35-million of the... 

Coal terminal avoiding ‘catastrophic failure’, doubling equipment capacity

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Phase 1 of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) yard machine upgrade, in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed in February 2018, says engineering and infrastructure advisory services company Aurecon. 

Rehabilitation plan important for proper project management

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Rehabilitation should be included and budgeted for in a project’s initial mine plan to ensure proper project management over the entire mine life cycle, says nonprofit organisation Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa (LaRSSA) president Raina Hattingh. 

Local fuel cell manufacturing launch good for platinum demand outlook

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2017 The fuel cell plant launched this week has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry. With the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed by CEO Vinay Somera, has invested in a state-of-the-art German manufacturing plant technology... 

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