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Tri-Star reports technical issue at Oman facility

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 38 minutes ago Shares in London-listed Tri-Star Resources fell on Monday, as the company reported that it had been informed of a technical issue at its 40%-owned Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP) facility, in Oman. The company said it liquid metal had been produced in the reduction furnace at... 

Taseko closes Yellowhead Mining acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago TSX- and NYSE-listed Taseko Mines has successfully added a near-shovel-ready copper project to its assets with the successful acquisition of  Yellowhead Mining. The company reported on Friday that the transaction had closed and that Yellowhead’s shares would be delisted from the TSX-V. 

Fortune says Whati all-season road construction to start this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2019 The Northwest Territories government has signed an agreement with North Star Infrastructure to construct the Tlicho all-season road to the community of Whati, 50 km south of TSX-listed Fortune Minerals’ proposed Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper mine. As part of its proposed development, Fortune... 

South African foundry involved in product development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th February 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is developing a critical furnace component as part of a cooperation agreement with a major Canada-based consulting firm. Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes tells Mining Weekly that the development is “top secret” and that the... 

Large New Tomra X-ray Sorter A Game Changer For Mineral Processing

15th February 2019 The contribution of X-ray ore sorting to the efficiency of mineral processing is growing, and TOMRA’s new COM XRT 2.0 sorters are taking the value added by this technology to another level. This upgraded model features higher belt speed and throughput, which translate directly into increased... 

Complex heavy industrial demolition - from mining to power generation

14th February 2019 From mining facilities to the automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical, petrochemical, power generation, and steel and glass industries, Jet Demolition has both the expertise and equipment to undertake complex heavy industrial demolition projects. The company’s range of services extends beyond... 

Carnarvon raises A$50m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th February 2019 ASX-listed Carnarvon Petroleum will raise A$50-million through a placement to institutional and sophisticated investors to fund appraisal and exploration activities in the North West Shelf. The company will issue some 151.6-million new shares, at an issue price of 33c a share to sophisticated... 

Eskom grid upkeep increasingly problematic – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 The quality of maintenance of the Eskom distribution infrastructure is becoming increasingly problematic, DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius said on Wednesday. At the company's presentation of power-hit interim results for the six months to December 31, Pretorius said that although DRDGold's own power... 

Myanmar increases resource confidence at Bawdwin

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 ASX-listed Myanmar Metals has reported a 50% increase in the indicated resource estimate for its Bawdwin polymetallic mine, in Myanmar, which is now estimated to host the world’s largest primary lead resource. The indicated mineral resource has now been estimated at 37.2-million tonnes, at 4.3%... 

Harmony exploring Target North, Kalgold 

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold is currently adjudicating a tender for the drilling of the Target North greenfield exploration project in the Free State and is engaged in near mine brownfield exploration at Kalgold in the North West. Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp on Tuesday described the Target North prospect as... 

Rothsay expected to deliver more gold

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2019 An updated definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Rothsay gold project, in Western Australia, has increased the project’s projected gold production from 250 000 oz to 289 000 oz. ASX-listed EganStreet Resources on Tuesday told shareholders that the forecast increase in production, which came... 

Neometals recycling pilot gets under way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2019 ASX-listed Neometals has commissioned Stage 1 of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant in Canada. The pilot project is intended to demonstrate Neometals’ mixed feed flowsheet, which will accommodate a variety of lithium-ion battery types from multiple sources. The plant is expected to... 

Stemming slow progress in science & tech requires encouragement

11th February 2019 In an era where South African women have become increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?  Encouragement vs. acumen seems to be the key to speeding up the take-up of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In... 

Polymetal approves $431m POX-2 project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th February 2019 Russian gold miner Polymetal on Monday announced the approval of the POX-2 project and authorised the immediate start of construction, with the aim of commissioning the plant by the third quarter of 2023. The company’s second pressure oxidisation facility is immediately adjacent to the current... 

Better techniques are making a big difference in drilling and blasting, says MAXAM

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2019 Advanced technologies in mining explosives are making major inroads in the mining industry. This was highlighted by MAXAM, a global technological leader specialising in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic solutions, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape... 

Demand for impeller, agitator tech in DRC increasing

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th February 2019 Demand for more effective and efficient impeller and agitator technology is on a dramatic upward trend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says industrial agitator and mixer manufacturer Mixtec sales and projects manager Rudi Swanepoel. He notes that the company sees a significant... 

Brazil set to ban upstream tailings dams after collapse kills hundreds

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Brazil's mining agency plans to ban upstream tailings dams used for storing mining waste, a director at the National Mining Agency (ANM) said on Thursday, after such a dam burst last month, likely killing at least 300 people. Eduardo Leão, a director at ANM, said the agency aims to issue an... 

Sandvik, Resolute gear up for the fully automated Syama gold mine

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Global engineering group, Sandvik, is looking forward to moving full steam ahead in its partnership with Resolute Mining to fully automate the Syama underground gold mine.  The Syama underground mine is set to be the world’s first purpose-built, fully automated sublevel cave gold mine. 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Vale moves to reduce reliance on tailings dams

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Disaster-hit Vale has announced a R$1.5-billion (about $390-million) investment in the implementation of dry stacking technology, as the company moves to reduce its reliance on tailings dams. By 2023, Vale will rely on dry processing for 70% of its production, compared with 40% in 2014 and 60%... 

Vango finds funding for Marymia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th February 2019 Gold developer Vango Mining has secured A$10-million in funding to advance its Marymia gold project, in Western Australia. The debt facility will have a 24-month period and an interest rate of 12% a year, payable at the end of the 24-month period. 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

GR Engineering wins Carrapateena contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Project house GR Engineering Services has won a A$16.3-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from fellow-listed Oz Minerals for the design and construction of the Northern Wellfield at the Carrapateena project, in South Australia. The scope of the work will include... 

Hudson starts calcium feldspar production in Greenland

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Hudson has started production ramp-up at its wholly owned White Mountain anorthosite calcium feldspar mine, in Greenland. Leading up to the ramp-up, the company completed the testing of all major equipment components, finding that all equipment was performing as expected, except... 

Weba Chute Mechanism Saves Costs, Downtime At Diamond Mine

4th February 2019 Challenging materials handling applications are the norm for Weba Chute Systems, and the company’s recent solution at a diamond mine in Botswana tackled the issue of large particle sizes to ensure more uptime for the customer’s operation. The mine had been faced with replacing transfer chutes... 

Goldplat's South African, Ghana subsidiaries achieve solid Q2 performance

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2019 Aim-listed Goldplat on Monday announced a 57% quarter-on-quarter increase in the production of gold-equivalent ounces for the second quarter ended December 31. Output was, however, 4% lower year-on-year. 

Firestone on track to meet FY guidance despite subdued environment

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2019 Aim-listed Firestone Diamonds on Monday reported that it had treated 1.9-million tonnes of ore in the six months to December 31, in line with the company’s full-year guidance of between 3.6-million tonnes and 3.9-million tonnes treated. In a quarterly operations update for its Liqhobong diamond... 

Heron facing higher costs at Woodlawn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2019 ASX-listed Heron Resources is facing a near A$50-million cost overrun at its Woodlawn base metals project, in New South Wales. Heron on Monday reported that the company had received a A$49.9-million progress claim from contractor Sedgman, which was over and above the agreed upon A$109-million... 

Technical defects at Medupi and Kusile resulting in serious underperformance  

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2019 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi and Kusile coal projects, which are not only years behind schedule and significantly over budget, but are now also beset with technical defects that are resulting in a serious... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

Pan African’s low-cost Elikhulu exceeding expectations

By: Nadine James     1st February 2019 Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu operation, in Evander, Mpumalanga is achieving a better-than-expected production performance, CEO Cobus Loots noted during an investor and media tour at the operation, on Thursday. As reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, the Elikhulu project, which started... 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

Company revives mobile dewatering pump systems

1st February 2019 When called upon to refurbish two diesel powered mobile dewatering trailers, pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solution (MRS) made sure that it put its own personal seal of quality on the product by not only refurbishing the units but also improving on the original design aspects. 

Resources Watch  

31st January 2019 This week: Kropz anticipates first phosphate ore from long-awaited Elandsfontein by year-end And, the World Bank says Eskom debt restructuring should be coupled to power market reform 

Strong vanadium market underpins healthy cash flow for Bushveld

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2019 A strong vanadium market has ensured that Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Vametco operation, which forms part of Bushveld’s vanadium platform, generated healthy cash flow, despite its operational performance falling below expectations during the fourth quarter ended December 31. Even though the... 

Euro Manganese tables PEA for Czech tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Dual-listed Euro Manganese has announced the results of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Chvaletice manganese project, in Czech Republic, which shows the tailings project can operate for a quarter of a century, producing 1.19-million tonnes of high-purity electrolytic manganese... 

Magino project EA approved

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th January 2019 TSX-listed Argonaut Gold has received a positive decision statement for the environmental assessment (EA) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for its 100%-owned Magino project in Ontario, from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. The decision follows an EA... 

Latin American miners digital journey starts with Finnish ZYFRA IIoT and AI solutions developer

28th January 2019 Finnish digital solutions vendor ZYFRA Group has opened an arm of its subsidiary VIST. The company is an industrial leader in development and implementation of information technologies for digital mining. Together, ZYFRA Group and VIST will initiate a business tour as the primary step to fulfill... 

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