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Tharisa transitions to owner mining, absorbs 900 contractor personnel

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2017 Platinum group metal (PGM) and chrome co-producer Tharisa Minerals on Friday announced the unconditional purchase of mining equipment from MCC Contracts as part of its switch to owner mining, which includes the employment of 900 MCC employees, effective from October 1.  The company, which has... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Following the recent $400-million acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets from mining major Glencore, Vancouver-headquartered Trevali Mining has become the go-to investment vehicle for investors keen to get in on rising zinc prices. Supported by strong fundamentals, including a growing supply... 

Construction starts on Pan African’s R1.7bn Elikhulu tailings retreatment project

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Black Butte advances further – Sandfire

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 ASX-listed Sandfire Resources has overcome another development hurdle at its Black Butte project, in Montana, after it was issued a draft operating permit for the copper project. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality now considers the project to be "complete and compliant" in... 

Rockwell perplexed as BRP opts to place 3 subsidiaries into liquidation, despite possible offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Canadian alluvial diamond miner Rockwell Diamonds remains in the dark as to why business rescue practitioner (BRP) Metis Strategic Advisors had chosen to file a motion in the Kimberley High Court, on Thursday, to place the company's three subsidiaries back in provisional liquidation, when a... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, 126 ct D-colour Type IIa,... 

Metro awards Bauxite Hills contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2017 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has awarded a mining contract at its Bauxite Hills mine, in Queensland, to contractor SAB Mining. Mine construction at Bauxite Hills started in July this year, and mining operations were on schedule to start in April 2018, with Metro saying on Thursday that SAB was... 

Petropavlovsk H1 profit surges on revenue growth

By: Mariaan Webb     12th September 2017 Gold miner Petropavlovsk on Tuesday reported a 166% increase in profit for the half-year ended June 30, as revenue jumped 20% on higher production from its hard-rock mines and an increase in the average realised gold price. London-listed Petropavlovsk, which operates the Pioneer, Pokrovskiy,... 

Pan African’s tailings retreatment project set to boost Mpumalanga economy

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Government, trade unions and traditional leadership have heaped praise on South African precious metals miner Pan African Resources for the development of its R1.7-billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant (TRP) project, located at the company’s Evander gold mine, in Mpumalanga. Speaking at the... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Minergy maintains positive momentum, eyes secondary listing by July 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th September 2017 As emerging coal miner Minergy posts its maiden results for the year ended June 30, much work has been completed in the background to bring to fruition the full potential of the Masama project, in Botswana. So far, the potential of the resource, which was beyond expectations, had proven far... 

Ormonde’s Spanish tungsten project is moving full speed ahead

By: Mariaan Webb     5th September 2017 The Barruecopardo tungsten project in Salamanca, north-west Spain, is proceeding at a rapid pace and is on schedule for commissioning in the third quarter of next year. Construction activities are under way, with several contracts having been awarded, Ireland- and UK-listed explorer Ormonde... 

Three Steps Towards More Cost Effective Procurement

     1st September 2017 With current cost pressures on mines in South Africa and elsewhere, the role of procurement officers in saving unnecessary expenditure has become vitally important. Procurement officers are being increasingly relied upon to save money for the mine, according to SPH Kundalila group commercial and... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

Eldorado contractor dies at Skouries project

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 A contractor employee has died on site at Vancouver-based miner Eldorado Gold’s Skouries project, in Greece, the company announced on Tuesday. The company, which maintains equity listings on both the TSX and the NYSE, advised that the employee was struck by a branch from a falling tree, resulting... 

India’s HCL seeking local contractors for MDOs

By: Ajoy K Das     29th August 2017 India’s sole integrated copper producer, Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL), has decided against engaging foreign contractors as mine developer operators (MDOs) for any of its future mining projects in the country. In the wake of a face-off with Perth-headquartered India Resource Limited (IRL), the... 

Preproduction mining gets under way at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Preproduction mining has started at Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources’ Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule for its first gold pour by the end of this year. The preproduction mining, which is being undertaken by contractor African Mining Services (AMS), will ramp up over the next... 

Work on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to start in October

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th August 2017 Indian major Adani has announced that early work on its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project, in Queensland, will start in October, with first shipments targeted for March 2020. The announcement comes just days after Adani won three legal battles against the proposed 60-million-tonne-a-year... 

$70m already spent at $134m DRC tin project

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources is nearing completion of the boxcut at its 9 900 t/y Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra tells Mining Weekly that local earthworks contractor Kongo River, which is... 

Mining contractor activity progressing at Moz gold project

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reports. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary Explorator concluded... 

Explorer overcomes funding crunch, targeting first gold pour at Mali project by year-end

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 It is common knowledge that securing investment for exploration projects, particularly for junior operators, has been “extremely challenging”, owing to the current tepid global economic climate and low commodity prices, emerging gold miner Hummingbird business development head Robert Monro tells... 

Explorer overcomes funding crunch, targeting first gold pour at Mali project by year-end

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 It is common knowledge that raising investment for exploration projects, particularly for junior operators, has been “extremely challenging”, owing to the current tepid global economic climate and low commodity prices, emerging gold miner Hummingbird business development head Robert Monro tells... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

Wolf making progress with turnaround plan for UK project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Specialty metals producer Wolf Minerals said on Thursday that the operational turnaround plan for its Drakeland openpit mine at the Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in Devon, south-west England, was making good progress. The turnaround plan, which was announced last month, is aimed at achieving... 

Decmil wins BHP contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th August 2017 Mining contractor Decmil has been awarded a A$13-million contract at mining major BHP’s new South Flank project, in the Pilbara. The scope of the project will include civil and enabling works for the expansion of the Mulla Mulla village, which will be required to support current operations at... 

Mining contractors progressing work at Xtract’s Mozambique gold project, alluvial mining to start soon

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 The mining contractor activity at Aim-listed Xtract Resources’ Manica concession area, in Mozambique, is progressing “favourably”, with initial mining of the alluvial gold deposits expected to start at the end of this month, the company reported on Wednesday. Xtract’s Mozambique subsidiary... 

Bisie boxcut nears completion, first tin concentrates in 2019

By: Ilan Solomons     15th August 2017 Tin exploration and development company Alphamin Resources is nearing completion of the boxcut at its 9 900 t/y Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra tells Mining Weekly Online that local earthworks contractor Kongo River, which is... 

Specialised Plant Needs Specialised Care – Weba

     14th August 2017 A trend on many mines to cut maintenance costs has sometimes led to general contractors being engaged to conduct repairs and servicing; this is generally not a good idea for specialised equipment, warns Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems. “Most customers are well aware that good... 

Mastermyne awarded Whitehaven contract

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 Mining contractor Mastermyne has been awarded a roadway development contract at coal miner Whitehaven’s Narrabri mine, using place change methodology. Mastermyne will manage the project and supply personnel to execute works under the contract. The company said on Friday that the 18-month project,... 

Resource exports boost mining equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 The mining industry is Australia’s prime driver of export growth, says pumps and pressure cleaners manufacturer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps.  

Austrian engineering firms complain to EU about 'wage dumping' law

By: Reuters     9th August 2017 An Austrian law which could deter companies from contracting out work to lower-cost eastern Europe firms is in breach of EU law, the country's engineering industry has argued in a filing to the European Commission. Austria's Association of Metaltechnology Industries said late on Tuesday it had... 

A$600m capital investment at Olympic Dam in 2018

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th August 2017 Mining major BHP will spend more than A$600-million at the Olympic Dam operation, in 2018. Asset president Jacqui McGill said in a speech at the American Chamber of Commerce in Adelaide, last week, that the company had 49 projects in execution at Olympic Dam during the 2018 financial year. 

Bentley Civil Design Software Powers Denmark’s First High-speed Rail Project

     4th August 2017 Gita Mohshizadeh, CAD Manager, Banedanmark Banedanmark Delivers Buildable, Traceable Design and Achieves 9.3 Percent Lower Tenders Using Bentley’s Comprehensive 3D Modeling Applications 

Lucara lowers FY production, sales guidance

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Vancouver-based diamond producer Lucara Diamonds, which operates the Karowe mine, in Botswana, has lowered its full-year production guidance to between 265 000 ct and 285 000 ct, compared with the previously targeted 290 000 ct to 310 000 ct, as a result of lower mined ore volumes in the second... 

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