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DRDGold profit down, gold reserves up

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2019 Surface gold mining company DRDGold on Wednesday reported a 54% fall in operating profit to R102.2-million in the six months to December 31, but a major jump in mineral reserves. Reserves shot up by 83% to six-million ounces of gold from a former 3.28-million ounces but gold production in the... 

Cimic wins A$90m APLNG contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2019 Project house Cimic has been awarded a A$90-million gas gathering and infrastructure works contract from the Australian Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project, in the Surat Basin, in Queensland. The contract is expected to deliver more than 300 coal seam gas wells over a two-year period,... 

First US coal plant in years opens where no options exist

By: Bloomberg     11th February 2019 One way to boost coal in the US: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s dark much of the year. That’s how the first coal-fired plant to open in the US since 2015 bucked the trend in an industry that’s seen scores of... 

Codelco plans to resume Chuquicamata mine operations after rains

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to soon restart operations at its northern Chuquicamata copper mine a day after heavy rains forced its suspension. Codelco said operations at its smaller Ministro Hales mine restarted late on Friday after several hours' suspension and that... 

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. 

Transnet, Botswana Rail seek to unlock Botswana’s coal reserves

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 State-owned Transnet and Botswana Railways have resuscitated discussions on the construction of a proposed heavy-haul railway line that will link the two countries to “unlock” Botswana’s estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves, Transnet announced on Thursday. Discussions around this project... 

Institute forecasts better year for silver

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Following a challenging year for silver, reflected in the muted price performance of 2018, the Silver Institute expects 2019 to be a better year for the metal and that prices will regain some shine. The Washington-based nonprofit industry association says it expects sentiment for the silver... 

McEwen anticipates first gold from Nevada mine by end-Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals miner McEwen Mining on Tuesday reported that construction of its Gold Bar mine, in Nevada’s Battle Mountain-Cortez trend, was nearing completion. The mine is on schedule for first gold production later this month. Commercial production will follow when the... 

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

Company launches on-site mechanical seal replacement

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     1st February 2019 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps launched its latest innovation, the Hazelton Pumps On-Site Mechanical Seal Replacement System, for its Hippo slurry pump range used predominantly in mining. “The system is designed so that the client can replace the mechanical seals of the pump... 

SA Hippo in demand for US coal mines

1st February 2019 The HIPPO flameproof, medium/high voltage, submersible slurry pump manufactured by heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Hazelton Pumps is regarded as the world leader when pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads and high volumes and has been exported to the major mining countries.... 

Logistics a weak link in South Africa’s coal value chain

By: Tracy Hancock     1st February 2019 There needs to be greater impetus on improving the infrastructure that transports coal for domestic use and for export in South Africa. One way of doing so is by dealing with the overuse of road transport and coordinating the logistics of junior miners, which contribute to inefficient coal... 

New from Weidmuller: an end-to-end energy condition monitoring solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Weidmuller introduces a new portfolio of selected energy monitoring components for energy consumption measurement, monitoring and integrated quality analysis of electrical supply networks. Designed for production facilities both large and small, Weidmuller’s modular and scalable solution provides... 

Iron Road halves CEIP plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Iron Road has unveiled plans to halve the size and costs of its Central Eyre iron project (CEIP), in South Australia. The company said that the new plan was driven by a clear industry preference to maximise capital efficiency. As a result, annual targeted output has been reduced from... 

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

Integrated Pump Rental

25th January 2019 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a comprehen­sive... 

Zest WEG Group

25th January 2019 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Spotlight on Cables: Delivering power and control to critical infrastructure

25th January 2019 Mining operations the world over are reliant on a network of cables to power lighting, equipment, and critical systems, and maintain control and monitoring systems. Reliability is the gold standard sought across any installation, and cables are the backbone of all operations. So when was the last... 

Zimbabwe Lithium to start DMS plant construction by Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 Zimbabwe Lithium Company completed bulk testwork on tailings material from its Kamativi tailings project, in Zimbabwe, during the last quarter of 2018. The testwork was completed with the help of South African national mineral research organisation Mintek.  

UGL wins A$200m in service contracts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2019 Project house CIMIC Group was expecting to generate revenue of around A$200-million from a range of new maintenance and service contracts in the Australian oil and gas sector. CIMIC on Friday reported that its subsidiary UGL had secured a maintenance and turnaround services contract with US... 

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

Pragma’s student training programme offers professional, personal development

11th January 2019 Our Chief People Officer, Stéphan Pieterse, and the top three students from the 2018 Student Training Programme talk about the highlights of the programme. More about the STP: 

Sierra Metals completes expansions at Bolivar mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 Sierra Metals’ expansion plans at the Bolivar mine, in Mexico, are on track, the company reported in a statement on Wednesday. The company last year announced plans to achieve a sustainable and staged increase in mine production and mill throughput from 3 000 t/d to 3 600 t/d by the first quarter... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Copper demand to outstrip production – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2019 Fitch Solutions Macro Research, a unit of Fitch Group, expects the global copper market will see a persistent undersupply over the coming years, as global consumption, driven by China’s power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle production, continues to outpace... 

HAZLETON PUMPS introduces the SA HIPPO submersible slurry pump on-site mechanical seal replacement system.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2018 The HIPPO Submersible pump range has been successfully in use since 1984 and HAZLETON PUMPS decided to re-design this range of pumps in order that the mechanical seals can be replaced on-site by the user without having to remove the shaft, bearings, the electrical stator winding or the pump... 

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Manitou Southern Africa Launches the World’s First Electric Mining Telehandler at Electra Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Manitou Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain rough-terrain handling, launched some of its latest innovations at Electra Mining Africa 2018. The highlight of the Manitou stand was the launch of the world’s first electric telescopic handler, the Manitou... 

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

Wood awarded a contract to provide new Super Portable® system and 6.5km of overland conveyors at Arizona copper mine

26th October 2018 Wood announces today that its subsidiary Terra Nova Technologies (TNT), a global leader in conveying and material handling systems solutions, has been awarded a contract for the design and supply of a Super Portable® heap leach stacking system and overland conveyors at a copper mine in Southeast,... 

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

I-CAT misting system for dust suppression, fire prevention in coal mining

25th October 2018 About 75% of coal mines in South Africa have to contend with the risk of the spontaneous combustion of coal dust when material is tipped from load haul dump trucks (LHDs). The I-CAT Dust Division has devised a bespoke solution for a major coal-mining client that it intends to introduce as its... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has launched the first phase of its WEG Motor Scan solution – a motor performance monitoring solution for electric motors. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the official product launch, held at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last... 

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

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