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Ark Mines to establish gold processing plant early next year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 ASX-listed Ark Mines is on track to complete its Union extended (UE) mining management plan (MMP) for the establishment and operation of a carbon-in-leach (CIL) gold processing plant in the Northern Territory by early 2018. Desktop hydrogeological studies and terrestrial ecology desktop studies... 

Canadian junior mining company makes progress in Northern Cape

     15th December 2017 Canadian junior mining company Tango Mining has made progress at its Oena diamond project, based in the Northern Cape in South Africa, appointing diamond recovery company Bluedust 7 as its mining contractor, which it announced in October. The contract will take place for a 60-month period, during... 

Underground mine plans for Karowe moving forward

     15th December 2017 The results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) announced by diamond miner Lucara Diamonds in November demonstrate the potential economic viability for the development of an underground mine at Karowe, in Botswana. The development of the underground mine is planned after the completion of... 

Fast-paced developments at Prieska benefit all stakeholders

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th December 2017 Australian minerals explorer Orion Minerals’ activity at the Prieska zinc/copper mine present an “unparalleled” value creation opportunity for investors and shareholders while promoting and supporting critical socioeconomic development in the Northern Cape, says Orion Minerals MD Errol Smart.  

BME’s West African footprint expands as it clinches Mali blasting service contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 West Africa remains an exciting region for South Africa-based explosives and blasting leader BME, which has won a full blasting service contract for a new opencast gold mining operation that is set to become the largest producer in Mali. From 2006 to 2015, 18 mines were opened in the region,... 

Engineering contractor appointed for Mahenge graphite DFS

By: Mariaan Webb     14th December 2017 Midtier Perth-based engineering company CPC Project Design has been selected as the engineering contractor to deliver a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Mahenge graphite project in Tanzania, project owner Black Rock Mining announced on Thursday. CPC was selected in a tender process,... 

Water recovery issue keeps Diamcor’s Krone-Endora at Venetia project from full potential

By: Henry Lazenby     14th December 2017 Inadequate recoveries of water from project developer Diamcor Mining’s Krone-Endora at Venetia project's settling dams continues to hinder the project from reaching design capacity, resulting in lower output, the company announced on Wednesday. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based company advised... 

Sonora feasibility study places Bacanora among the world’s top lithium suppliers

By: Samantha Herbst     13th December 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora Minerals’ Sonora lithium project, located in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, has the potential to become a significant supplier of battery-grade lithium to growing industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage, according to Bacanora CEO Peter Secker.... 

Gold Fields Ghana to dismiss 1 500 staff as contractor hired

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2017 Gold Fields’ unit in Ghana said it will dismiss 1 500 of its own staff as the company is hiring a contractor to operate its biggest mine in the West African nation. A contractor will take charge of the Tarkwa operations from early 2018 as the deposit’s remaining life span is too short to replace... 

QCoal contracts Sedgman to deliver Byerwen mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Mineral processing company Sedgman has been contracted to carry out engineering, procurement and construction at QCoal Group’s greenfield Byerwen coal mine in central Queensland, as well as the delivery of a coal handling and processing plant. With a combined revenue of almost $100-million, the... 

Kasbah to revise plans for Morocco tin project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 ASX-listed Kasbah Resources will revise its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Achmmach tin project, in Morocco, after having identified several project optimisation opportunities that have the potential to materially improve the project and reduce risk. These opportunities mainly relate... 

Survey Says: More Oil Producers Moving Toward a Risk-based Approach for Asset Life Extension

     12th December 2017 Producers have discovered that a risk-based inspection approach can cut costs if it’s implemented properly, says an OGIQ survey. Now, it’s a matter of increasing the adoption rate. By Anne-Marie Walters 

More than 100 jobs on offer at Rio Tinto’s Weipa mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2017 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has launched a recruitment drive for more than 100 new roles at its bauxite mines on the western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The opportunities are available across Rio Tinto’s operations at Weipa including existing mines at Andoom and East Weipa and the new... 

Lead project engineers appointed for Waterberg JV project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th December 2017 A technical committee appointed by Waterberg JV Resources, which holds the Waterberg platinum project, in South Africa, has appointed Stantec Consulting International and DRA Projects South Africa as lead independent project engineers. Stantec will focus on underground mining engineering and... 

SA Hippo Founder Celebrates 38 Years Of Innovative Manufacturing.

     11th December 2017   Hazleton Pumps International (Pty) Ltd previously known as Electro-Mech (Pty) Ltd was registered on 23 October 1979 with electrical and mechanical contracting being the main business activities of the company. Electro-Mech further expanded the business to include borehole drilling and the... 

Underground mining revival triggers equipment manufacturing investments

By: Ajoy K Das     8th December 2017 With green shoots emerging in the underground mining sector, a slew of Indian companies are looking to tap into opportunities by building new domestic underground equipment manufacturing capacity. For one, an Indian consortium of companies is resurrecting Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation... 

eCobalt switches strategic focus to cobalt concentrate, instead of sulphate

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 TSX-listed project developer eCobalt Solutions has decided to rather focus on producing a cobalt concentrate at its Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP), citing a reduced premium on cobalt sulphate on the back of Chinese capacity consolidation, cost reduction and production increases. “Due to these... 

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

     8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

B2Gold achieves commercial production at Fekola, ups mine guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 Canadian gold producer B2Gold has declared commercial production at its Fekola mine, in Mali, last Thursday, achieving the feat four months ahead of the original schedule, and one month ahead of the revised schedule. Vancouver-based B2Gold advised that Fekola remains ahead of schedule, with gold... 

Cleveland-Cliffs launches two debt offerings to fund first hot briquetted iron plant

By: Henry Lazenby     5th December 2017 US iron-ore producer Cleveland-Cliffs has launched two debt offerings totalling $716-million to help fund its first hot briquetted iron (HBI) production plant – a $700-million expansion to Cliffs’ production capabilities targeting the electric arc furnace steel market. Based in Cleveland, Ohio,... 

Wuhlf ready to fill orders for its Africa-tough TLB

     4th December 2017 The new locally manufactured 70 kW 4 x 4 Skerpioen tractor loader backhoe (TLB) will provide businesses in Africa with an affordable, low-tech solution that is robust enough to withstand the harsh operating environment synonymous with the continent. After developing the machine for the past two... 

PNX appoints study manager for Hayes Creek project DFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed PNX Metals has appointed engineering, consulting and contracting company GR Engineering Services as the study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of the Hayes Creek zinc/gold/silver project, in the Northern Territory. GR Engineering will be tasked with the process design... 

Battery Minerals prepares for Montepuez development

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals is gearing up to start the development of its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, following its $20-million over-subscribed capital raising, the appointment of the lead design engineer and ordering of the primary crusher. Battery Minerals is progressing its... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

Winners of PlatAfrica 2017 jewellery design and manufacturing competition unveiled

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 The winners of the eighteenth PlatAfrica 2017 jewellery design and manufacturing competition were announced on November 2, during a ceremony hosted by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) at the Theatre on the Track conference centre at Kyalami, Midrand.  Amplats’ yearly competition was presented in... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Dassault Systèmes heralding in new autonomous mining era  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2017 The 'mine of tomorrow' is expected to be a factory-like entity equipped with a multiplicity of autonomous devices, which are controlled by technology savvy personnel working from remote centres, attendees of the natural resources forum heard in Sandton on Thursday. The ‘mine of tomorrow’ would... 

European Metals raises £2.28m for lithium DFS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th November 2017 Australia- and UK-listed European Metals has raised £2.28-million through subscriptions to UK-based sophisticated investors. The funds will be used to advance the ongoing definitive feasibility study on the Cinovec deposit in the Czech Republic, which the company says is Europe’s largest lithium... 

RCR to design relocatable conveyor for Cloudbreak mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2017 Engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson has been awarded a A$33-million contract to design, manufacture and construct a 5 km relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue Metals. The relocatable conveyor system will be trailed at the Cloudbreak mine, near Nullagine in the Pilbara. 

European Metals reports increased indicated resource at Cinovec

By: Samantha Herbst     28th November 2017 Following a four-month drilling campaign, ASX- and Aim-listed European Metals has announced an additional upgrade of its Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant Cinovec lithium/tin project, in the Czech Republic, confirming the project’s status as Europe’s largest lithium resource. The drilling... 

Bald Hill project 'coming to life'

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 The Bald Hill lithium project, near Kambalda, in Western Australia, is proceeding apace with structural steel work now well advanced and the placement of mechanical equipment and electrical cable having started. Mark Calderwood, MD of Tawana Resources, which owns the project in a joint venture... 

Noront hits encouraging VMS mineralisation at McFaulds No 8; requests proposals for plant

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2017 Ring of Fire (RoF) development champion Noront Resources has intersected encouraging results at the McFaulds No 8 volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit, hosted on the property where the first discoveries in the RoF were made and which spurred the initial staking rush in 2002 to 2003. The... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Katoro adds Lidar survey to Imweru PFS

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th November 2017 Aim-listed Katoro Gold has expanded the prefeasibility study (PFS) of its Imweru gold project, in Tanzania, to include a light detection and ranging (Lidar) survey. The Lidar survey, which has been commissioned without compromising the timeline or budget, will use pulsed laser light to create a... 

A$12m raised for lithium exploration in southern Mali

By: Mariaan Webb     24th November 2017 Lithium explorer Birimian has received commitments from investors to raise A$12-million for its Goulamina lithium project, in the Bougouni region of Mali. Birimian, which has a listing on the ASX, said on Friday that the placement at A$0.38 a share was “heavily oversubscribed”. 

Increasing demand for variable-speed drives

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Following the successful commissioning of two MoviDrive B ventilation and air conditioning variable-speed drives (VSDs) at an underground mine in the North-West, in South Africa, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa will commission an additional four of its MoviDrive B drives... 

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