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Power generation now a ‘major focus’ for mines as fuel costs soar

By: Anine Vermeulen Owing to the increasing cost of conventional fuels in the mining industry such as diesel, power generation is becoming a major focus for mining companies, says renewable-energy solutions company MCD director Manuel Duggal. MCD recently designed and supervised the installation of a new heavy fuel... 

Altaaqa Global Opens East Africa Office

The new Nairobi office will serve as a hub for Altaaqa Global’s sales and operations in the East Africa region Dubai-based Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power, a global provider of temporary power solutions, has recently opened a branch in Nairobi, Kenya to serve the East Africa territory. The office... 

Infrastructure projects will increase future copper production

By: Zandile Mavuso The disruption in copper production in Central Africa over the past two years – the result of power failures, owing to the lack of infrastructure in the Copperbelt – has led to the construction of power plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, says research and consulting... 

Randgold profit up 80% despite 3% drop in gold price

By: Leandi Kolver Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources’ profit increased by 80% quarter-on-quarter to $97.5-million during the three months ended September, despite a 3% drop in the average gold price, owing to strong performance at its flagship Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali. However, the drop in the average... 

Expanding Kinross Gold’s Mauritania mine to cost $2.7bn

By: Henry Lazenby Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold on Monday released results of a prefeasibility study (PFS) to expand its Tasiast gold mine, in Mauritania, by adding a 38 000 t/d mill at a cost of about $2.7-billion. Kinross said the PFS was based on constructing a new 30 000 t/d mill at Tasiast using heavy fuel... 

Federal government backs Gove plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson gave reassurances this week that the government was committed to assisting mining giant Rio Tinto keep its Gove alumina refinery, in the Northern Territory, operational. The refinery found itself on shaky ground at the end of last year, as a... 

Engen to meet big portion of Moz mining projects’ 300Mℓ/y fuel demand

By: Natalie Greve Engen Mozambique has been awarded a significant share of commercial tenders as major new mining projects come on-stream in Mozambique, which, collectively, are expected to consume up to 300-million litres of diesel a year and five-million litres of lubricants a year by 2015. 

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