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Baobab expansion to cost $53.4m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th October 2017 Initial studies into an expanded plant at the Baobab phosphate project, in Senegal, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $53.4-million to increase nameplate capacity from the current 500 000 t/y to one-million tonnes a year of high-grade phosphate rock... 

BHP’s entry into nickel sulphate ‘well timed’, cobalt sulphate may be next

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th October 2017 Mining major BHP is reviewing the timing of its Stage 2 nickel sulphate plant at the Kwinana refinery, in Western Australia, on the back of high demand. BHP Nickel West asset president Eduard Haegel said on Tuesday that potential customer visits had confirmed that the company’s entry into the... 

Leagold lifts Bermejal Underground measured, indicated resources 94%

By: Henry Lazenby     17th October 2017 Gold producer Leagold Mining has updated the compliant indicated and measured Bermejal Underground resource by 94% to 1.97-million ounces, the company reported on Monday. The measured and indicated Bermejal Underground resource, located at the company’s flagship Los Filos operation, in Mexico,... 

Lynas sets records in Sept quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th October 2017 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record sales revenue for the three months to September, along with record production and cash flows. Lynas on Monday reported record production of 1 442 t of neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) during the quarter, which was up 22.6% on the previous corresponding... 

Bluejay makes key feasibility appointments, changes project name

By: Mariaan Webb     13th October 2017 Mineral sands project developer Bluejay Mining on Friday announced the appointment of four consultants to advance key elements of the feasibility study for its newly renamed Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland. The consultants that will work on the feasibility study for project, which was... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Mining licence application submitted to Tanzanian govt

     13th October 2017 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources has submitted a mining licence application to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania for the Lindi Jumbo mine. The application, submitted last month, was prepared in compliance with the recently promulgated amendments to Tanzania’s Mining Act... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

CoAL settles major liabilities, transitions into coal producer in 'extremely positive year'

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Following an “extremely positive and transformational year” in which South Africa-focused Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) achieved significant milestones, such as settling significant liabilities and transitioning into a coal producer with the acquisition of the cash-generative Uitkomst colliery,... 

Specialist Knowledge Meets Innovation

     10th October 2017 Local Engineering And Construction Company Develops Unique Formwork Solution For Dome Structures Durban-based engineering company, NOVARC, has developed a safe, fast and cost-effective formwork solution for concrete dome structures and reservoirs. 

Admiral Bay's PFS proves positive

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th October 2017 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Admiral Bay zinc project, in Western Australia, has confirmed that the project could support both a direct shipping ore (DSO) operation and a combined DSO and concentrate project. “The PFS Stage 1 has delivered outstanding results for Admiral Bay and has... 

Kodal confirms battery-grade lithium carbonate produced from Bougouni spodumene concentrate

By: Anine Kilian     9th October 2017 China-based lithium carbonate producer Shandong Ruifu Lithium has produced a high-quality, low-impurity and battery-grade lithium carbonate using spodumene concentrate from Aim-listed Kodal Minerals’ Bougouni project, in southern Mali. The chemical analysis of the final lithium carbonate product... 

TLT MechCaL Expands Sub Saharan Reach

     9th October 2017 Under the TLT-Turbo umbrella, local ventilation firms, TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM have embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa.  This move follows the announcement of TLT MechCaL and TLT ACTOM working in collaboration with their majority shareholder, German based... 

Aspire granted mining lease at Nuurstei

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th October 2017 Coal junior Aspire Mining has been granted a mining lease for its Nuurstei coking coal project, in Mongolia. The mining licence from the Mineral Resources Authority of Mongolia provides the ASX-listed company with a minimum 30-year tenure over the licenced area, and will result in Aspire issue... 

First Cobalt samples high-grade mineralisation styles among historic Cobalt Camp mines

By: Henry Lazenby     6th October 2017 Project consolidator First Cobalt has sampled high-grade mineralisation styles from several historic mines it owns in the prospective Cobalt Mining Camp, in Ontario, located about 400 km north of Toronto. The Toronto-headquartered company announced on Thursday that high-grade vein style... 

Trelleborg Wear Liners Reduce Downtime, Down Under

     6th October 2017 Trelleborg’s engineered products operation in Australia has assisted in reducing unplanned downtime at the Tropicana Gold Mine, 330 kilometers east-northeast of Kalgoorlie, Australia, by improving the wear life of the High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) discharge pulping boxes. The high pressure... 

OLI South Africa

     6th October 2017 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrators manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. A complete range of electric and pneumatic vibrators is available from OLI,... 

Local conveyor OEM pursues global projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Owing to the downscaling of capital projects in South Africa’s mining industry in response to unstable economic conditions, conveyor equipment manufacturer Moret Mining is expanding more into international markets for conveyor component supply projects.  

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Vereeniging operation offers new milling, crushing solutions  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 In line with global industrial equipment company Metsos commitment to innovation, its Vereeniging operation is offering two solutions that are new to the African crushing and milling industries. 

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

     6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

New compact crusher range unveiled

     6th October 2017 Manufacturer of screening and crushing equipment McCloskey International’s expanding crusher line now includes a compact crusher, which made its worldwide debut in Europe’s largest basalt quarry at Steinexpo 2017, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe held from August 31 to September 2 in... 

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Company investing in new tech despite challenging market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 Mining solutions provider Harcliff Mining Services has installed a German-made Hӧfler Rapid 2000 cylindrical gear grinding machine at its manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The machine, bought from Switzerland-headquartered Swiss-German gear technology company Klingelnberg Group was... 

High-quality components decrease downtime

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 The failure of mining conveyor components, such as bearings, is most often caused by improper sealing arrangements, lubrication and installation, and can cost some mines up to R1-million an hour in downtime, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International.  

World’s ‘largest wheel loader’ bound for Zambian copper mine

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 The Zambia-based Sentinel copper mine is set to receive “the world’s largest wheel loader” – a P&H L-2350 wheel loader – according to Komatsu Mining Corporation, previously known as Joy Global.  

OceanaGold declares commercial production at Haile

By: Henry Lazenby     4th October 2017 OceanaGold declared commercial production at the Haile gold mine, in South Carolina, on October 1 – less than two years after taking ownership of this world-class asset, the Melbourne, Australia-based miner reported on Wednesday. The dual TSX- and ASX-listed company said that all aspects of the... 

Alrosa starts removing ore from Verkhne-Munskoe deposit

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2017 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has started removing ore from the Verkhne-Munskoe kimberlite field, in Saskha, to confirm the diamond content as it works towards a 2018 production starting date for the project. The Verkhne-Munskoe deposit – Alrosa’s largest investment project –contains for... 

Rainbow revises guidance for FY17/18, on target to ship first concentrate in Q4

By: Anine Kilian     4th October 2017 Run-of-mine (RoM) for LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Burundi-based Gakara rare earths project is forecast to be in the range of 3 000 t to 4 000 tons, which is expected to generate 2 250 t of mineral concentrate for sale for the current financial year.    “Rainbow's revised guidance compares... 

Birimian outlines plans for Mali lithium project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th October 2017 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Goulamina lithium project, in Mali, has found that the project could be in production by early 2021, with construction set to start in mid-2019, ASX-listed Birimian reported. The PFS considered four development scenarios, based on the size of the pit design... 

Thuthukani Engineering Installs Turn Key Gland Service Water System for Grootegeluk

     3rd October 2017 Pretoria based engineering firm, Thuthukani Engineering was contracted by Exxaro to supply a gland water service system for their largest mine, Grootegeluk mine in Limpopo. Grootegeluk has the world’s largest beneficiation complex where 8000 tonnes per hour of run-of-mine coal is upgraded in 10... 

Hazer and MinRes look at commercial opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 ASX-listed Hazer Group and Mineral Resources have signed a nonbinding heads of agreement to potentially develop commercial synthetic graphite facilities. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work towards developing a large-scale commercial synthetic graphite facility,... 

RCT’s agility and adaptability in demand

     3rd October 2017 The majority of mine sites today utilise a mixed fleet in their operations; acquiring machines that best suit their needs at different stages of the mining process. As companies look towards bringing automation and information gathering into the forefront of their operations; it is important they... 

Canadian miners commit to new actions in combat against climate change

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has adopted 13 actions under the six policy areas proposed last year by an internal advisory body, that will help its members better fight against climate change. The MAC said on Monday that it has incorporated recommendations levelled by the association’s... 

Savannah reports ‘steady progress’ towards granting of Oman licences

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 Aim-listed Savannah Resources is making “steady progress” towards the granting of mining licences for the first two of a planned series of copper mine developments in Oman. To date, the company has received regulatory approval from five Ministries for the Maquil South licence application,... 

Commercial production declared at KAZ Minerals’ Aktogay sulphide plant

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2017 Copper miner KAZ Minerals on Monday announced that the sulphide concentrator at its new Aktogay mine, in eastern Kazakhstan, had reached commercial production and that the mine could exceed its 2017 production guidance. Commissioning of the sulphide concentrator started in December last year and... 

Capital-Saving Solutions For Crushing And Screening

     2nd October 2017 As some rising commodity prices bring the sparkle back into potential new mining projects, raising enough finance remains a challenge. B&E International, specialist in crushing and screening plants, has a toll model that reduces the capital demands of mining entrepreneurs. “Many smaller operators... 

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