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Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Chemical ore separation market now expanding

     20th April 2018 While the company’s historic market for the supply of chemicals to separate orebodies comprises mainly the Central Africa Copperbelt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the market is expanding in terms of geography and mineral range, says mining reagent specialist Axis House MD Trevor... 

Further tariff increases would exacerbate Eskom’s death spiral – EIUG

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) of Southern Africa, whose members account for about 40% of electrical energy consumed in the country, has warned that increases to electricity tariffs will exacerbate State-owned power utility Eskom’s “death spiral”. The EIUG is participating in the National... 

Polymetal’s new mine slightly ahead of schedule, Q1 output up

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2018 Construction activities at the new Kyzyl mine, which LSE-listed Polymetal is building in Kazakhstan, are slightly ahead of schedule, with commissioning brought forward by a couple of weeks. Dry commissioning of the processing plant would start on June 1, followed by first concentrate production... 

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... 

Semafo’s Boungou mine nearing completion

     13th April 2018 West-Africa-focused gold miner and regional explorer Semafo’s Boungou gold mine, in Burkina Faso, is more than 87% complete, with the first gold pouring scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. The Boungou gold mine, located on a high-grade gold deposit in the Est region in southeastern Burkina... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

Seabee gold operation, Canada

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

Strata expanding product lines, expanding choices

     5th April 2018 Strata Worldwide announces StrataConnect DigitalBRIDGE™, a new underground network solution created through a recently established partnership with RFI Technology Solutions of Australia. 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 An historical mining area, now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin in the central Rand Goldfield, immediately south-west of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining solutions and... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

     28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

Amur to position Russia project as ready source for EV battery market

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2018 London-listed Amur Metals is gearing up for an aggressive marketing programme in large nickel consuming nations China, Korea and Japan, as the Kun-Manie nickel sulphide project, in the far east of Russia, is shaping up to be potentially a ready source for the electric vehicle (EV) battery... 

Coal mining needs effective extraction means

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The best process for extraction of coal depends on the geographical and geotechnical information of the deposit, says Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary engineering consulting company GO Holistic Engineering engineering consultant Kevin Jacobs. He tells Mining Weekly that South Africa's diverse... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical and Dawsons Group JV: Minerals Processing Plant Maintenance ‘first’ for Africa

     15th March 2018 In a first for the pan-African mining sector, Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical (SSM) – part of the Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical and Electrical division of Stefanutti Stocks (Pty) Ltd - has formed a joint venture  with the Dawsons Group of Companies. This ground-breaking JV offers minerals processing... 

Chicago Pneumatic expands footprint in southern African mining sector with generator give-aways

     14th March 2018 Chicago Pneumatic has given away 5.5Kva portable petrol-driven generators at the first Mining & Technical Exhibitions which took place in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the first quarter of 2018. Abdurazak (Zak) Ramedies from Cullinan Mine was the first lucky recipient of the CPPG5... 

Australian Minerals Council backs TPP

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has again lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), joining nine other national industry groups in issuing a policy brief setting out the reasons Australia should support the regional trade agreement. The TPP, which was signed by Trade Ministers... 

Increased personnel safety & reduced risk of cable damage with TPU mining cables from Proof Engineering

     9th March 2018 Proof Engineering’s rugged TPU copper-screened mining cables are specially designed and engineered with safety top of mind and are able to withstand hazardous conditions typically found in open cast and underground mining applications as well as in industrial environments. Managing Director of... 

SA HIPPO SUBMERSIBLE SLURRY PUMP® GOES TO SIERRA LEONE DIAMOND MINE

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Zone valves provide effective fire protection, reduce system cost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire & Security Techniques (FST) has introduced its Fire-Eater ZSV-25 local zone valve (ZSV-25) to the local market for use in systems where multiple zones in mines are protected by one fire-extinguishing cylinder bank.  

New Century Resources appoints EPC contractor for zinc plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th March 2018 ASX-listed New Century Resources has contracted Sedgman as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, while selecting Ausenco as preferred bidder for the complete refurbishment and commissioning of operations associated with the Century zinc processing plant, slurry pipeline... 

Masimong mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd March 2018 A gold and uranium mine located in the Free State, South Africa, about 260 km from Johannesburg. 

Osisko outlines 50 000 m drill campaign for Pine Point

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 Base metals explorer Osisko Metals has revealed plans for a 50 000 m drilling programme for its Pine Point zinc/lead property, located in the Northwest Territories. The Montreal, Quebec-based company advised that, since the acquisition of the property closed early this month, it has mobilised... 

Bass in final phase of Graphmada mine recommissioning

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2018 Industrial mineral concentrates producer Bass Metals has reached the final phase of its recommissioning works at the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar. The company is aiming to have Graphmada fully operation by late March, with Stage 1 establishing Bass as one of the only two... 

Browns Range rare earths pilot plant installation on track

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 ASX-listed Northern Minerals’ Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant installation, in Western Australia, is on track for completion in June. In a project update on Monday, the heavy rare earths developer said that, owing to the successful share purchase plan, which raised $11.7-million for... 

Partnerships key as South Africa tackles Gamsberg project

     23rd February 2018 At global diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine, in the Northern Cape, motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise its range of transformers and motors across a number of... 

Flare-gas-harnessing solution to be on show at Infacon XV

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Swedish clean technology company Ripasso Energy will be presenting its PWR BLOK 400-F solution to the international ferroalloys industry at the fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV), which is taking place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, from February 25 to... 

Nautilus rises as vessel construction passes 75% completion mark

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2018 The TSX-listed equity of marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has gained nearly 44% since the start of the year, adding about 7% on Tuesday alone on news that construction of its production support vessel has passed the 75% completion mark. Under construction at the Fujian Mawei Shipyard, in... 

Local Certification Not Accepted Internationally Forces SA Hippo To Set Up Companies In Canada And USA

By: Celeste Koortsen     19th February 2018 In 1993 HAZLETON PUMPS designed, developed and manufactured the first HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry pump be used underground in the South African coal mines.  These pumps had to comply with the IEC 60097-1 regulations and certified by the SABS. As a result of the success of the HIPPO... 

Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10-million kronor ($1.26-million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals... 

Three months to first gold at Dalgaranga project

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2018 Construction of the Dalgaranga gold project, in Western Australia, is on budget and ahead of schedule with first gold expected in May, ASX-listed gold exploration and development company Gascoyne Resources reported on Thursday. Construction of the 2.5-million-ton-a-year Dalgaranga processing... 

Osisko Mining outlines C$3m work programme for Garrison project; C$100m in QC

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2018 Canadian gold project developer Osisko Mining has earmarked C$3-million to be spent on exploration at its Garrison project, in Ontario, in 2018. The work includes a resource estimate that will likely be published in July, infill and exploration drilling, and metallurgical work. 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

Win one of 25 CPPG generators at MTE, compliments Chicago Pneumatic

     14th February 2018 Visitors to this year’s Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) stand the chance of winning one of 25 Chicago Pneumatic CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generators. ”In a bid to grow the Chicago Pneumatic brand within the mining industry which is a key market for us, we took the decision to... 

Trump weighs tariffs, quotas on US steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering a range of options to address steel and aluminium imports that he said were unfairly hurting US producers, including tariffs and quotas. Trump's comments - his strongest signal in months that he will take at least some action to... 

Local PGMs industry at risk, but service provider optimistic 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2018 South Africa – which accounts for about 80% of the global platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserve – is at risk of receiving less valuable foreign exchange, owing to ever-increasing mining costs and the uncertainty created by the socio-political strife on the local platinum belt, states South African... 

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