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Eskom says facing coal shortages at seven power plants

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is battling to recover from a financial and leadership crisis, said on Tuesday that it was facing coal shortages at seven power stations. Eskom supplies around 95% of South Africa's electricity, predominantly by burning coal. The state-owned utility has... 

Alrosa switches to cheaper fuel sources to cut operating expenses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2018 The conversion of boiler houses and power plants to alternative fuels is expected to reduce the operating expenses of Russian miner Alrosa by about 5.3-billion roubles over the next ten years. In an update on Monday, Alrosa said that it would build a gas boiler-house in Almazny settlement in the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Ultra-intensive investigation needed to expose intentions of brutal Modikwa killers

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has correctly called on police to pull out all the stops in their investigation of the horrific killing of six mineworkers and the injuring of 44 others on April 2, when the bus in which 50 Modikwa Platinum Mine employees were travelling was brutally... 

Palladium surges 6% on jitters over Russia sanctions

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Palladium has surged 6% this week on the back of concerns that supply from number one producer Russia could be hurt by sanctions imposed by the US. Although the supply pipeline of the metal, more than two-fifths of which is sourced in Russia, has not been directly hit by the sanctions, the... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

Tahoe says La Arena fuel spill fully contained

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Tahoe Resources reported on Monday that it had fully contained a fuel spill at the La Arena mine, in Peru. According to a company statement, a contractor overfilled a diesel storage tank on Friday evening, spilling diesel into the containment facilities. 

ULPs drive innovation for underground mechanisation scheme

By: Donald Makhafola     6th April 2018 The MT3500X/NX and MT950 ultralow-profile (ULP) machines designed and developed by mining equipment and machinery supplier CMTI Group can facilitate mining at lower operating heights and at greater depths, as well as in inaccessible areas, such as remnant pillars and barred panels. "This is the... 

Seabee gold operation, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 A gold mine in Saskatchewan, Canada. 

CTC’s planned Open Day for Employers on 11 May 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2018 CTC’s suppliers and prospective suppliers are being invited to take part in the Open Day for Employers planned for 11 May 2018. Each supplier will be requested to refer 10 prospective new employers that may be in need of CTC’s expert training services. The day will also be used to showcase their... 

Legislative amendments call for suitable PDS solutions

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Educating the local mining industry on the correct application of and legislative requirements regarding pedestrian detection system (PDS) solutions is a priority, given the pending implementation of stricter safety regulations, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics. Chapter 8 of... 

Petrol autocatalysts, fuel cells seen driving automotive platinum demand in future

By: Nadine James     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary research team Afriforesight expects that future platinum demand will rely heavily on the successful uptake of fuel cells as well as petrol autocatalyst manufacturers switching from palladium-based to platinum-based coatings. Afriforesight chief chrome and platinum group metals... 

Shrinking platinum sector adds to Ramaphosa's economy challenge

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 “Ramaphoria” boosted the rand and revived investor sentiment on South Africa. But deep underground in the country’s platinum mines, there’s very little cause for optimism. Producers in South Africa, which accounts for about 70% of the world’s mined platinum, are closing shafts and cutting... 

The auto world needs to acknowledge that platinum is the ideal metal to exorcise the demons out of diesel

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2018 Platinum and diesel engines have been joined at the hip, which has created wonderful demand for the locally mined product over decades - and then all hell broke loose when the Volkswagen emission scandal broke in 2015. Since then, diesel has been progressively demonised, to the point of a German... 

Resources Watch  

     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

Jaws breathe new energy into JHB quarry

     12th March 2018 Lion Park Quarries in Lanseria has broken new ground with the commissioning of first-of-its-kind in Africa Terex WJ1175 electric wheeled jaw crushing plant. As a fully electric drive operated crushing plant, the new Terex is a significant departure from diesel guzzling predecessors with a smaller... 

Polymetal posts 10% drop in FY profit

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2018 A stronger Russian rouble has offset the double-digit production growth that precious metals miner Polymetal achieved in 2017, resulting lower earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebtida) and net earnings. The mining company, which operates in Russia, Kazakhstan and... 

On-The-Air (09/03/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2018 Black-led mining company Exxaro is negotiating the launch of a Fourth Industrial Revolution technology business with a global know-how partner; Germany's tough court ruling against diesel pollution looks like being a blessing in disguise for South Africa's struggling platinum industry. Palladium... 

Global platinum demand expected to increase marginally in 2018

By: Nadine James     8th March 2018 Global platinum demand is expected to increase marginally this year, based on a 2% recovery in jewellery demand in Asian markets, as well as a 6% demand increase for industrial applications. This combined with a 2% decline in supply, owed to mine closures in South Africa, will have resulted in a... 

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2018 While diesel demonisation continues to the detriment of platinum, several key steps that will benefit platinum are poised to be taken in the next 18 to 24 months. The first of these key steps is the substitution of platinum for palladium in gasoline systems, against the backdrop of palladium... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat  

     7th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer has the details. 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

TNG in talks for Mt Peake finance, offtakes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Australian strategic metals developer TNG on Tuesday said it has had preliminary meetings with Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank and received a positive hearing with an expression of interest to conduct further due diligence ahead of possible mandating for finance for the development of its flagship Mount... 

Eskom still studying Nersa report warning of utility ‘death spiral’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is still studying the reasons for decision (RfD) advanced by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for restricting its 2018/19 tariff increase to 5.23%, as opposed to the 19.9% hike sought, and would “decide on the way forward... 

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The 40 000-employee Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, which is 'harvesting' unprofitable shafts while studying additional investment opportunities in the many profit-making shafts within its well-endowed, long-life lease area, has set in motion a process to cut costs by R1-billion. Harvesting,... 

Integrated Air Solutions showcases specialist compressor engineering at Bauma 2018

     1st March 2018 Integrated Air Solutions will showcase its comprehensive range of world-class compressed air solutions for customers in the construction, mining and drilling sectors in South and Sub-Saharan Africa at Bauma 2018 (stand ES 213). Integrated Air Solutions boasts decades of experience with the ELGi... 

Miners report some infrastructure damage after Papua quake

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 Miners in northwest Papua New Guinea reported some damage to infrastructure following a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the weekend, as projects in the resource-rich region assess the impact on their operations. Barrick Gold said a power station that supplies its Porgera gold mine had been... 

Himoinsa solutions provide light, power to Southern African mines

     23rd February 2018 Designer and manufacturer of diesel and gas generator sets, hybrid generators, lighting towers and control panels Himoinsa Southern Africa is delivering solutions to power mines across Southern Africa, emphasising that its generators and lighting towers are robust and durable enough to provide... 

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 African mining companies and investors have expressed increasing interest in hybrid energy solutions that show the potential to address off-peak demand challenges, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo, who expects this trend to continue. “We have seen several hybrid... 

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

New directive will affect mining vessels off the shore of Namibia

By: Victor Moolman     23rd February 2018 In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will implement a low sulphur fuel directive (LSFD) that will impact on the availability of fuel for ships and mining vessels off the coasts of African countries, including Namibia. The LSFD will require ships to use low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO),... 

Extreme Cleaning Pays Off

     22nd February 2018 In a major breakthrough in mine site cleaning, Australian Pump has announced an expansion in their Aussie Mine Spec Extreme series. The range of continuous duty hydro-blasters now includes the big Aussie 4,300 psi Python with a huge 31 lpm that delivers real cleaning whack. The combination of... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

Aussie Exports Test Gear

     19th February 2018 Australian Pump Industries announced a major contract for supply of 500 bar hydrostatic test gear for the Middle East.  Conceived, designed and built at Australian Pump Industry’s 2.5 acre Sydney manufacturing base and headquarters, the big machines were chosen against stiff competition from both... 

Bauba launches Moeijelijk underground chrome development

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 JSE-listed Bauba Platinum officially launched the underground development phase of its Moeijelijk chrome mine, in Limpopo, on Friday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, CEO Nick van der Hoven said the mine, which is set to create about 400 direct and indirect jobs by December, has already started... 

Weir Minerals launches Multiflo® RF dewatering pump

     19th February 2018 Weir Minerals announced the expansion of its extensive dewatering solutions portfolio with the global launch of the Multiflo® RF dewatering pump unit.  The new Multiflo® RF range sets the benchmark for dewatering pump units, expertly engineered in a compact package, offering customers a light and... 

Amplats restores dividend, productivity soars, six die

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 Six employees died in a year in which Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) chalked up R2.4-billion in free cash flow generated from its operations, doubled return on capital employed to 18% and reintroduced a cash dividend for the first time in seven years. Productivity has soared by 58% since 2012... 

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