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Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Invincible Valves

17th August 2018 High-quality valve products and ancillary equipment supplier Invincible Valves prides itself on service excellence and flexibility, as it strives to enhance every customer’s bottom line. The 36-year-old company’s core values include growing through creativity, invention and innovation. 

Canada Cobalt produces first cobalt sulphate from Castle mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed Canada Cobalt Works produced the first premium-grade cobalt sulphate from its 100%-owned Castle mine, in Northern Ontario, using its proprietary Re-2OX process.  President and CEO Frank Basa said in a statement on Thursday that pilot plant production of cobalt/nickel-rich gravity... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

May-Elaine Thomson

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 This week Mining Weekly features May-Elaine Thomson, the CEO of global law firm Hogan Lovells. 

Genuine effort to ensure localisation and transformation are key to success of mining sector

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

Kibo to acquire 60% stake in UK energy company

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Africa-focussed energy company Kibo Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in UK company Mast Energy Developments (MED). Under the terms of the MoU, Kibo can acquire a 60% shareholding in MED for £300 000 payable to existing MED... 

Ausdrill adds underground expertise with Barminco deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th August 2018 Mining services provider Ausdrill has made a takeover offer for joint specialist underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco in a deal valued at A$271.5-million. The transaction will create Australia’s second-largest mining services company. 

RMB Corvest assists clients internationally

8th August 2018 RMB Corvest has realised significant returns in exiting the Servest Group, demonstrating its expertise internationally. RMB Corvest is a preferred PE partner, commanding an authoritative track record in the field and enjoying the diverse skills of an experienced executive team. “Our emphasis is... 

New legal and innovation expertise on board at the Bigen Group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Dr McLean Sibanda, until recently CEO of The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIH) in Pretoria, has joined the Bigen Group as Executive: Investments and Concessions at its head office located at The Innovation Hub precinct in Pretoria. The Bigen Group is a leading multinational infrastructure... 

Exciting new features ahead at 5th edition of Mauritanides

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 The largest and only biennial mining and energy conference and exhibition held in Mauritania since 2010, returns to Nouakchott from 11-13 December 2018. More than 1500 attendees are expected to converge once again in Nouakchott for this flagship showcase. This event, a major fixture in the... 

Jubilee gains full control of the Kabwe project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Jubilee Metals has gained full control of the Kabwe project, in Zambia, by increasing its interest in the project to 87.5%. While Jubilee has the option to acquire 100% of the Kabwe project, Aim-listed BMR retains a maximum of 12.5% of the generated earnings. 

Erudite adopts a fresh approach to transformation 

By: Nadine James     3rd August 2018 Becoming a sustainable and relevant mining industry service provider requires a genuine effort to meet and address issues of localisation and transformation, while fostering local partnerships to develop extractive projects in African countries, suggests engineering, procurement and construction... 

Ironbark finds contractor for Citronen

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd August 2018 Base metals hopeful Ironbark Zinc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with mining contractor Byrnecut Offshore over the Citronen zinc/lead project, in Greenland. The two companies will now work on a commercial agreement for underground contract mining services, underground mine cost... 

Coeur expands historical Nevada focus with Northern Empire buy

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd August 2018 NYSE-listed Coeur Mining on Thursday announced that it would buy Northern Empire, which owns high-grade heap-leachable deposits in Nevada, in a recommended transaction that values the TSX-V-listed junior at about $90-million, or C$117-million. Northern Empire’s principal asset is the fully... 

CCP hopes to get first investment approved by year-end

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2018 Recently launched 12J mining fund Concentrate Capital Partners (CCP) is hoping to get one of its first investments approved by year-end. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of the 12J Marketplace conference, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, MD Paul Miller said the venture capital... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 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... 

Strutfast is the cable specialist on Africa's mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st July 2018 Cable management solutions specialist Strutfast says it has become the recognised African cable management brand for the mining sector, having successfully supplied its solutions to hundreds of mining projects across the African continent. “Strutfast has developed an enviable international... 

New Indian EV battery policy to determine response to Bolivia lithium invite

By: Ajoy K Das     31st July 2018 An Indian government policy advisory body will publish a policy offering subsidies for lithium-based electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing, which will determine the response to an invitation from the Bolivian government for joint ventures (JVs) in lithium-rich Latin American nation. The... 

Elementos to invest in Spanish tin

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st July 2018 ASX-listed Elementos has signed a heads of agreement with TSX-V-listed Eurotin to acquire the Oropesa tin project, in Spain, in exchange for one-billion shares in the company. Elementos told shareholders that Oropesa was one of the best undeveloped tin resources in the western world, with a... 

C-suite moves rock lithium as industry expands in battery boom

By: Bloomberg     29th July 2018 Unexpected leadership changes within a day at the world’s two largest lithium producers underscore concerns over a lack of executive experience in the industry amid a nascent boom for the battery metal. On Wednesday, Albemarle announced the replacement of its lithium president John Mitchell, who... 

New milestone set at Gamsberg zinc project

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 The completion of the main construction activities and commissioning of the front-end ore crushing, handling and stockpiling system for the Gamsberg zinc mine project in the Northern Cape is seen as a significant milestone. Completed for the Black Mountain Complex – part of the Vedanta Resources... 

ELB Successfully Commission Gamsberg Ore Handling System

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 The completion of the main construction activities and commissioning of the front-end ore crushing, handling and stockpiling system during the month of July 2018 by ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) and their business partners for the Gamsberg Zinc Mine Project in the Northern Cape for the... 

Lundin hikes FY guidance targets; names new CEO as Conibear retires

By: Mariaan Webb     25th July 2018 A stellar performance from the Neves-Corvo mine, in Portugal, during the most recent quarter has prompted TSX-listed Lundin Mining to paint a more rosy production outlook for the full year, with the miner's copper and zinc guidance having been improved. The Neves-Corvo mine, where Lundin is... 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

Fluor Chosen for Conceptual Study for Sasol’s Clean Fuels and Octane Program in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd July 2018 IRVING, Texas and WOODMEAD, South Africa (July 23, 2018) – Fluor Corporation  announced today that it was awarded the front-end loading engineering (FEL) for the Secunda Clean Fuels Baseline Improvement Basket of Projects by Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Fluor signed the contract in the second... 

Barrick Gold is the undisclosed bidder for Detour Gold

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Barrick Gold is the undisclosed gold miner that was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement alongside activist investor John Paulson to discuss potentially buying Detour Gold, according to people familiar with the matter. While Barrick’s level of interest in Detour is unclear, neither Paulson... 

Detour Gold to enhance board, outlines 'next steps' in building value

By: Mariaan Webb     20th July 2018 Fresh from a week of public disagreements with hedge fund Paulson & Co, Ontario miner Detour Gold on Friday issued a statement detailing the “next steps” in building value for its shareholders, addressing issues around potential offers, an update on the CEO search and enhancements to the board.... 

AfriSam offers ‘mine-ready’ concrete, technical expertise

By: Melissa Zisengwe     20th July 2018 As many built structures in the mining environment require the use of aggregates, cement and concrete, leading construction materials supplier AfriSam can collaborate with contractors and mines to design and provide specialist concrete mixes. In addition to offering customised concrete for the... 

Sedibeng Iron Ore DMS plant to feature industry 4.0 technologies

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 ELB Engineering Services is excited to be involved in the construction and digitalisation of the 200 t/h dense media separation (DMS) plant at Sedibeng Iron Ore, near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape, says CEO, Dr Stephen Meijers. Meijers explains that the project aims to incorporate Industry 4.0... 

De Beers brings Chidliak resource into its fold with C$107m Peregrine buy

By: Mariaan Webb     19th July 2018 Diamond major De Beers announced on Thursday that it would buy Canadian miner Peregrine Diamonds – the owner of the Chidliak diamond resource in Nunavut Territory – for C$0.24 a share, or C$107-million, in cash. The Chidliak resource, 120 km north-east of Iqaluit on Baffin Island, hosts 74... 

Amtec

17th July 2018 The construction division of minerals processing projects specialist Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) is an integral part of the company’s offering. Not only is this division the largest in the company, it is probably the most important, as no project can be undertaken without the manpower... 

Major Beadell shakeup targets $100m cost savings

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th July 2018 Gold miner Beadell Resources has implemented major management changes and cost reductions at its Tucano mine, in Brazil, that could save more than $100-million. CEO and MD Simon Jackson and COO Peter Holmes will step down from their current positions, with Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell taking over as... 

White Rock and Sandfire strike Alaska base metals deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th July 2018 Copper miner Sandfire Resources has struck a deal with fellow listed White Rock Minerals to form a strategic relationship in relation to White Rocks’ Red Mountain zinc project, in Alaska. Sandfire will subscribe for A$2.5-million shares in White Rock, and will be issued more than 208.3-million... 

Going to great lengths for the value pipeline

6th July 2018 Aegion South Africa provides 18m spools for concentrate hydro-transportation at mining project resulting in 10 % project cost savings In the high-stakes game of mining today, margins are tighter and under more pressure than ever. To remain viable, mining companies are becoming more scientific... 

Junior miners against Mining Charter III, claim they haven’t benefited from previous iterations

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 SRK Consulting principal geologist and partner Mark Wanless has suggested that despite government’s stated intention of nurturing a junior mining sector, feedback from last month’s Junior Mining Indaba demonstrated that this commitment has yet to be met.  “There is a strong sentiment among junior... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

6th July 2018 Every time a piece of rock impacts or moves across a metal surface, it removes small pieces from this surface, resulting in wear. Even though this wear is very small, the volume loss of these shavings adds up over time and has a direct impact on operational costs. For this reason, Benoni-based... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

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