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Modular, mobile dry-type transformers ideal for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 As mining projects move into ever more remote locations in Africa, modular and mobile energy solutions – such as dry-type transformers – are gaining popularity, says transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. 

Sierra Leone gold sector ‘open for business’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 The moderate rise in the average gold price to $1 248/oz in 2016 increased investor appetite for gold exploration and triggered some merger and acquisition activity in the sector, providing a positive environment for miner Sula Iron & Gold to advance its planned drilling programme at its... 

Policy body advancing implementation of African Mining Vision

     8th July 2016 Policy implementation body the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) – established to support, promote and assist in the implementation of the objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) – has presented at workshops across Africa on initiatives that are expected to drive continental growth... 

Stellar submits Tongo mining licence application

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2015 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has formally submitted its application for a large-scale mining licence for the Tongo project to the Sierra Leone National Minerals Agency (NMA). The application would be processed by the NMA and then forwarded to the Minerals Advisory Board, which would make a... 

Stellar looking to further Tongo development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st April 2015 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has started an application process for a mining licence at its 100%-owned, 1.45-million-carat Tongo Dyke-1 kimberlite project, in eastern Sierra Leone. The company would need to invest $20-million in capital expenditure (capex) to bring the mine into production and to... 

Approved licence for Sierra Leone mine

     5th December 2014 Australian resources company Cape Lambert Resources announced in October that a large-scale mining licence for the company’s wholly owned Marampa iron-ore project, in Sierra Leone, has been approved. Marampa is a specular hematite project currently at the permitting and development stage, located... 

Lacklustre Chinese demand drives iron-ore prices to 5-year low

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd September 2014 Benchmark iron-ore prices, which had fallen by more than one-third since the start of the year, last week breached the $90/t level and continued to spiral lower to 86.2/t on Monday, as a supply glut faces reduced demand growth from the commodity’s largest consumer, China. London-based fund... 

Piping solutions successful in tough African mining environment

By: Carina Borralho     2nd May 2014 As water is a scarce and valuable resource, it is essential for mine owners to effectively manage the flow of water throughout an entire mine site, from frontline raw material processing to infrastructure build, community welfare, water storage, water reuse and mine dewatering processes, says... 

Polypipe Meets Tight Logistics Schedule for Supply to Marampa Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2013 A twinwall drainage system from Polypipe has been installed in the first phase of the infrastructure work at the Marampa Mine project in Sierra Leone 

New mining projects emerge in Sierra Leone

By: Ilan Solomons     12th July 2013 West Africa-focused gold and diamond mining company Golden Saint Resources (GSR) seeks investment of ₤3.5-million to develop gold and diamond projects, in Sierra Leone. “GSR already has ₤2-million in an escrow account, which will be used for the projects’ development,” GSR executive chairperson... 

New Sierra Leone gems plant exceeds targeted 35 000 ct in first month of operation

     8th June 2012 The Koidu diamond mine, in Sierra Leone, has exceeded expectations by producing over 35 000 ct in the first month’s operation of its new 180 t/h dense-media separation (DMS) processing plant. 

Sierra Rutile mine, Sierra Leone

By: Sheila Barradas     8th June 2012 A rutile, ilmenite and zircon concentrate mine in the south-west of Sierra Leone. 

Diamond miner Koidu eyes listing, to quadruple output

By: Reuters     9th March 2012 Sierra Leonean diamond miner Koidu Holdings is studying a possible flotation and aims to reach a previously stated target of quadrupling its output to 45 000 carats a month in July. "There is significant benefit in having access to capital markets ... Discussions are taking place," CEO Jan... 

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