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Lynas production hits record, further increases planned for Q1 FY2019

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) and rare-earth oxide (REO) production for the June quarter, with further increases planned for the September quarter. The ASX-listed company on Friday reported REO production of 4 804 t, up 17% on the previous quarter’s... 

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to design and provide specialist concrete mixes. In addition to offering customised concrete for the... 

Construction project boosts services demand

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering service provider TDS Projects Construction has secured an integrated construction project, which has significantly boosted the company’s order book and the demand for construction services in the local mining sector. In June, TDS was awarded two distinct, but... 

Roxgold’s Bagassi South construction activities progress

20th July 2018 Construction at Canadian gold miner Roxgold’s Bagassi South gold project, in Burkina Faso, is progressing well, with the miner continuing “to be on track for delivery of first ore from our second mine expected in the fourth quarter”, comments Roxgold president and CEO John Dorward. Bagassi South... 

Hytec focuses on improving turnaround times

20th July 2018 Kempton Park-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Hytec Engineering, which is part of the Hytec Group, has enhanced its service offering this year by purchasing four additional computer numerical control (CNC) machines to increase quality improvements and lower cylinder downtime with the... 

Oyu Tolgoi in deals with Chinese contractors for power station

By: Mariaan Webb     19th July 2018 Mongolia copper and gold miner Oyu Tolgoi, which is controlled by Rio Tinto, has entered into agreements with three Chinese contractors to submit bids for the engineering, design and construction of a power station at the mine site. The company has refreshed previous plans to develop its own... 

Woodside production on the up

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2018 ASX-listed Woodside Petroleum has reported increased production with the start of the second liquefied natural gas (LNG) train from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone operation. Production during the three months to June reached 22-million barrels of oil equivalent, up from the 20.7-million barrels... 

South32’s manganese production up 10%, Illawarra beats guidance

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th July 2018 Diversified miner South32 has reported record performances at its Australian manganese and Mozal aluminium operations during the 2018 financial year ended June, while also exceeding revised production guidance for its Illawarra metallurgical coal operations. “We delivered record annual... 

Bacanora Lithium drops $100m placing for Mexico project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th July 2018 London-listed exploration and development company Bacanora Lithium, which earlier this week announced a funding package for the development of the initial 17 500 /ty lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) operation at Sonara, Mexico, has canned its proposed $100-million placing, citing “difficult market... 

Proof Engineering takes a stand at Electra Mining 2018

18th July 2018 Proof Engineering will reveal a newly designed tamper proof spindle for Ex Sockets alongside its latest range of Orion and Crater branded Ex glands at Electra Mining 2018. Part of the Hudaco group of companies, Proof Engineering leads the market in the design and manufacture of innovative... 

MOD could increase plant throughput at T3

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 ASX-listed MOD Resources has reported a 13% increase in the indicated resource of its T3 deposit, in Botswana, which could support a potential increase in the planned design throughput. MOD on Monday said that a reclassification of the T3 resource has seen the indicated mineral resource estimate... 

MGX to earn into Belmont’s Nevada lithium property

By: Mariaan Webb     13th July 2018 Diversified miner MGX Minerals has entered into an option agreement to earn into the Kibby Basin lithium brine project, in the western portion of the Great basin in Nevada, the Canadian firm announced on Friday. MGX will acquire an initial 25% interest in Kibby Basin from TSX-V-listed Belmont... 

Resolute secures key permit to turn Bibiani back on

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 Gold miner Resolute Mining is expected to make a final investment decision on the Bibiani underground mine, in Ghana, in 2019, the company said on Friday, announcing that it had received an environmental permit authorisation to recommission the mine and processing plant. Resolute said on Friday... 

Asanko focusing on Esaase development to expand production

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 As part of its near-term organic growth strategy, Canadian junior gold producer Asanko Gold is focusing on expanding production at the Asanko Gold Mine (AGM) in Ghana, with the development of the Esaase gold deposit, within the 2018/19 calendar year. The AGM, commissioned in early 2016, comprises... 

IoT, new technologies can solve challenges, increase competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating “a huge wave” in Africa, as smart connected devices are being deployed at mines, there is further potential for smart devices and IoT to positively impact on mining operations in Africa, says pan-African law conglomerate Centurion Law Group CEO NJ... 

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

Rand Refinery, South African Mint introduce 1 oz silver Krugerrand

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 Prestige Bullion, a joint venture between Rand Refinery and the South African Mint, will, from August 1, sell 1 oz silver bullion Krugerrands. The silver Krugerrand will be produced in unlimited mintage, dependent on market appetite and linked to the daily price of silver. 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

TDS Projects Construction awarded construction contract for mine development and infrastructure at Exxaro’s Matla Coal Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated projects at Exxaro Matla’s Mine2 and Mine3. This entails both mine development and infrastructure development. TDS will be working alongside Newrak Mining with whom they have entered into a joint venture for... 

TDS, Newrak awarded construction contract for Exxaro’s Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3

By: Nadine James     10th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction, in a joint venture with Newrak Mining, has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated mine development and infrastructure projects at Exxaro's Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3. The project will start on September 7, with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for... 

Magnum finds viability in Gravelotte re-establishment with 46 ct/t grade

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 ASX-listed Magnum Mining’s Phase 1 trial mining campaign at Gravelotte, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, has delivered more than 11 700 ct of emeralds to date, which were recovered from the treatment of 256 t of dump material, at an average grade of 46 ct/t.  

Latest Komatsu production loaders cut operating costs, boost performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2018 Komatsu has released upgraded low-emission Tier 4 engine powered versions of its WA500 and WA600 production loaders, with enhancements that see them consuming less fuel while delivering increased productivity and operating efficiency. The new WA500-8, powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine rated... 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

New wheel dozer to drive productivity levels

6th July 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has released the new Cat 814K – a wheel dozer that delivers “operating comfort, efficiency and serviceability advancements”. The wheel dozer’s features include a new, sound-suppressed cab, an efficient power unit and transmission... 

Manufacturer to launch new excavator

By: Melissa Zisengwe     6th July 2018 Heavy machinery manufacturer SANY will launch the new 75 t SY750 excavator this month for the local mining industry, having first launched the excavator onto the global market in 2017. According to SANY, the new excavator will be the first of its kind in South Africa. The excavator, primarily... 

Case celebrates 60 years of loader manufacturing

6th July 2018 Having introduced the W9 four-wheel drive in 1958, construction equipment supplier Case Construction Equipment today offers a full range of compact and full-sized wheel loaders for all applications, from road building and recycling centres, to urban construction and quarries. To celebrate its... 

Sandvik offers safe, dependable blast drilling

6th July 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has delivered and commissioned the first DR461i, now identified as the DR412i rotary blast hole drill, to the African continent.  According to Sandvik, the DR412i blast-hole drill improves productivity while returning fuel... 

COAL TO THE WORLD, GROWTH TO THE NATION:

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2018 The private-sector-owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal, which opened in 1976 with an original capacity of 12 million tons a year, 42 years later has a design capacity of 91-million tons a year – 10-million tons more than the State-owned Transnet Freight Rail is currently able to deliver. In a... 

Cullinan mine moves to centralised blasting to improve safety, efficiency  

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine hopes to achieve further improvements in safety, mining efficiencies and productivity, following the implementation of BME’s AXXIS centralised blasting system across its underground operation. The system was officially launched on Wednesday. 

Centerra warns water shortage may slow Mt Milligan throughput in Q4

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2018 Toronto-headquartered Centerra Gold on Thursday warned that it might have to reduce the throughput level of its Mount Milligan operation, as the company continues to face water risks at the British Columbia mine. Centerra has applied for permits to access further groundwater and surface water,... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

Fire away with FOGMAKER fire-suppression system at Electra Mining 2018

4th July 2018 FOGMAKER South Africa (Pty) Ltd. will not only display its efficient triple-action fire-suppression system at the highly anticipated Electra Mining Africa 2018 but will also be conducting live demonstrations to show the remarkable effectiveness of water-mist technology. Intelligently engineered... 

Band-It clamping solutions to be showcased at Electra Mining Africa

4th July 2018 Challenging market conditions in the mining industry necessitate the use of innovative, simple-to-use systems that provide for high-quality and cost-effective solutions. This will be the focus of Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa’s presence at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at Nasrec... 

Resolute’s updated study reduces Syama underground mining costs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 An update to the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Syama underground gold mine, in Mali, has delivered a significant reduction in the life-of-mine (LoM) all-in sustaining cost (AISC) to $746/oz, from $881/oz. The DFS update presents the results of an ongoing effort by ASX-listed Resolute... 

Rock-bolt drill hole logging - Enhance your Safety and Save Money

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 DMT has released the new generation of its Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) for imaging extra slim drill holes with a maximum diameter of 25 mm. One of its primary tasks is the logging of rock- or roof-bolt boreholes. There has been keen interest from South African mining companies with regard to this... 

Construction of Jubilee’s Kabwe zinc recovery circuit under way

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Johannesburg- and London-listed Jubilee Metals said on Monday that construction of the zinc recovery circuit at its Kabwe project, in Zambia, was under way, while development work around testing of the lead and vanadium circuit design parameters continued. “Our process development teams have... 

PERI Rail Climbing System reaches new heights at Katherine Towers

2nd July 2018 The complex core geometry at the Katherine Towers project in Sandton saw PERI South Africa deploy its RCS-CL (Rail Climbing System Carriage Light) to reduce crane time and maximise platform sizes for the complex core geometry. The project was designed by architecture and interior architecture... 

Bathurst signs up for Jameson's Canadian coal project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th June 2018 ASX-listed junior Jameson Resources has reached an agreement with fellow listed coal miner Bathurst Resources to fund the development of the Crown Mountain coking coal project, in Canada. Bathurst will provide an initial C$4-million investment into Jameson’s Canadian subsidiary NWP Coal Canada,... 

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