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India’s Nalco to bid for bauxite blocks at auctions, readies to foray into merchant mining

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2018 With various Indian state governments readying to put 21 bauxite mines up for allocation, State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) will put in bids at the auctions for captive consumption and foray into merchant mining of the raw material. The 21 bauxite blocks will be auctioned by... 

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Encana to acquire shale oil producer Newfield for $5.5bn

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 After years of slimming down its oil and gas holdings, Canada’s Encana is reversing course with a $5.5-billion acquisition of a US shale producer in what will be the company’s biggest-ever deal. Encana agreed to purchase Newfield Exploration, which will give it positions in the Stack and Scoop... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

New Eskom report warns of possible generation gaps in coming five years  

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Eskom’s newly released Medium-Term System Adequacy Outlook (MTSAO) report highlights several risks to South Africa’s electricity supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and indicates that additional capacity will be required during the period to restore generation adequacy should the energy... 

Peabody says Q4 focus is on North Goonyella, completing Shoal Creek buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 NYSE-listed Peabody on Tuesday announced solid results for the third quarter, despite ending the three-month period with substantial challenges at the fire-hit North Goonyella mine, which remains idled. The miner reported revenue of $1.41-billion, compared with $1.48-billion a year earlier, and... 

Santos continues Southern Amadeus farm-in

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has informed fellow listed Central Petroleum that it would proceed with Stage 3 of the Southern Amadeus farm-in, after completing seismic works as part of the Stage 2 farm-in. Following the Stage 3 investment, Santos’ share in the EP112 permit will increase to 70%.  

Canada challenges innovators to modernise 100-year-old mining processes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has challenged innovators to develop new technology solutions to lower energy consumption for crushing mined rock - a process that currently accounts for up to 3% of the world’s electricity usage. Launching the $10-million Crush It! Challenge,... 

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... 

India extends Vedanta’s contract for Rajasthan oil, gas fields

By: Ajoy K Das     30th October 2018 The Indian government has granted a ten-year extension to Vedanta’s contract for exploration and production at the Barmer oil and gas block in the central state of Rajasthan, possibly signalling the end of litigation between the company and government. "The government, acting through the... 

Goldcorp’s all-electric Borden gets $5m govt boost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 The Canadian government has announced a $5-million investment to support TSX- and NYSE-listed Goldcorp Borden project, which will be the first underground mine in the country to replace all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicles. The new all-electric Borden, in Chapleau, Ontario,... 

New rock drill set to disrupt the mining industry

26th October 2018 Three concept designs for a new rock drill that is set to disrupt the mining industry were revealed at the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on 25 October 2018. Following a nationwide initiative to gather concept designs for a new rock drill, the MMP is proud to announce three winning entries... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

On-The-Air (26/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2018 South Africa is ahead of the world in the new race to develop innovative ‘power fuels’ that prevent climate change. An Australian company is selling its four big South African coal mines in Mpumalanga to new black owners. The Mandela Mining Precinct this week took its first steps towards the... 

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to... 

Mining still booming in Oz - ABS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2018 The Australian economy reached over A$1.8-trillion in 2017/18, reflecting a 2.8% increase, new data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said. “Australia has now recorded its 27th consecutive year of economic growth and is performing above the 10 year average growth of 2.6%,” said ABS... 

Waterberg drilling programme increases confidence in mineral resources – PTM

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 A 2018 drilling programme at TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) 50.02%-owned Waterberg project, in South Africa, has increased confidence in the estimated mineral resources for the project, with 6.2-million platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) ounces now recognised in the... 

South32 foresees short-term volatility, but long-term growth, sustainability 

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2018 Diversified mining and metals company South32 on Thursday forecast short-term price volatility for the commodities it produces, but also highlighted its strong cash position and its work to further optimise its global portfolio of assets. In a speech delivered at the company’s 2018 annual general... 

Govt banking on policy certainty to revive mining industry 

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 South Africa's government is banking on recent reforms and policy certainty to revive the mining industry after production  fell by 1.7% in the first eight months of 2018 compared with an increase of 4.5% in the same period last year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. In his maiden... 

Strike Energy raises A$13m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 ASX-listed Strike Energy has received binding commitments from institutional and professional investors to successfully raise A$13-million through a share placement. More than 113-million shares will be issued at a price of 11.5c each under the company’s existing placement capacity. 

India receives $822m investment commitment in first round of oil, gas block auction

By: Ajoy K Das     24th October 2018 India has received an investment commitment of $822-million in oil and gas exploration through agreements with successful bidders of 55 oil and gas blocks at the recently concluded maiden auction under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). Of the 55 blocks, Anil Agarwal-controlled Vedanta bagged... 

Ichthys ships first LNG to Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 The Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) has shipped its first LNG from its onshore gas liquefaction plant in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. Operator Inpex on Tuesday said that the first shipment of LNG was destined for the Inpex-operated Naoetsu LNG terminal in Japan, and followed the first... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to roll-out battery energy storage systems (BESS) across multiple sites as part of a replacement plan for the 100 MW Kiwano concentrated solar power (CSP) project initially approved as part of the $3.75-billion World Bank loan extended to the... 

Sheffield warns of A$115m Thunderbird cost blowout

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has warned of a cost blow-out at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, of some A$115-million. The company on Friday said that the Stage 1 capital cost for the Thunderbird project was expected to be some A$463-million, compared with the... 

SRK Ghana expanding into other West African markets

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 As the economic mood in the global mining industry turns towards the better, SRK Consulting’s Accra office, in Ghana, has been making inroads into new markets in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, SRK Ghana country manager John Kwofie noted in a release last week. He believes that there is potential for... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

Sales and production soar at Woodside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has seen an increase in both production and sales revenues for the third quarter, as its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project continued to contribute strongly to operations. “Production at Wheatstone LNG continued ahead of plan, underpinning a 13.8% rise... 

Santos revenue jumps on higher oil price, volume growth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has reported a 6% increase in production during the third quarter ended September, while sales revenue increased by 10%. “Santos’ third-quarter results serve to highlight the benefits of a cash generative core asset portfolio and our low-cost, disciplined operating... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade... 

Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s... 

CER attorneys to address MPs on new coal in the IRP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 Attorneys from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) plan to, on Tuesday, tell Members of Parliament (MPs) that an Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) that provides for expensive new coal-fired power, at a time when South Africa needs to be urgently transitioning away from... 

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

Graphex positive common ground to be found

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Australian mineral exploration and development company Graphex Mining submitted a 200-page document to the Tanzanian Ministry of Minerals earlier this month. The submission contains recommendations regarding the new mining legislation that was announced in Tanzania in July 2017. “At one of our... 

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