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Commissioning starts at Browns Range pilot

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Commissioning of the Browns Range crushing circuit has now started, heavy rare earths developer Northern Minerals reported on Tuesday. The commissioning of the crusher circuit was the first phase of the commissioning for the Browns Range project, in Western Australia, with the pilot plant... 

eCobalt preconstruction activity ramps up

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2018 Preconstruction activities for eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP) are ramping up with components for the water treatment plant starting to arrive on site, the company reported on Monday. The Vancouver-headquartered company has awarded contracts for the water treatment plant’s... 

Companies reach shaft sinking milestones

     20th April 2018 Multinational mining company Turquoise Hill Resources’ Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine in Mongolia, has achieved significant underground development milestones with the completed sinking of two shafts this year. The Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s largest new copper/gold mines, is located in the South... 

Base production declines as KP2 readies

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Mineral sands producer Base Resources has reported a slight decline in production for the March quarter, as a month-long mining and wet concentrator plant shut-down was initiated at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. The shut-down was part of the final equipment installation and piping tie-ins for... 

Polymetal’s new mine slightly ahead of schedule, Q1 output up

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2018 Construction activities at the new Kyzyl mine, which LSE-listed Polymetal is building in Kazakhstan, are slightly ahead of schedule, with commissioning brought forward by a couple of weeks. Dry commissioning of the processing plant would start on June 1, followed by first concentrate production... 

Gorgon Stage 2 gets approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 The Western Australian state government has welcomed a decision by US energy major Chevron to proceed with the second stage of the Gorgon project expansion, off the coast of Western Australia. Premier Mark McGowan said Chevron's subsea development at the Gorgon natural gas project will create... 

Semafo’s Boungou mine nearing completion

     13th April 2018 West-Africa-focused gold miner and regional explorer Semafo’s Boungou gold mine, in Burkina Faso, is more than 87% complete, with the first gold pouring scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. The Boungou gold mine, located on a high-grade gold deposit in the Est region in southeastern Burkina... 

Newmont looks to the future in Ghana

     13th April 2018 US gold major Newmont Mining, one of the top global gold producers, expects to put up a new growth project – Ahafo North – for funding approval in 2019, according to Newmont regional senior VP for Africa Alwyn Pretorius. Ahafo North, located 50 km north of the existing Ahafo gold operations, is a... 

Bushveld Energy progresses with electrolyte production facility, Eskom VRFB project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy has made significant progress with exploiting the commercial opportunity of Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) technology within the energy storage market in the first quarter of this year.  

Aftan progresses plant upgrades at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan), in which Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global holds an interest, has started the tendering process for the laying of pipework for the newly approved Orange River water project at its Namibia Tantalise Investment mine.  

Avesoro achieves record production at Liberia, Burkina Faso mines in March quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 West African gold producer Avesoro Resources achieved record production at its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, and its Youga and Balogo gold mines, in Burkina Faso, in the quarter ended March 31. 

Millennium advances sulphide expansion plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2018 Gold miner Millennium Minerals has revealed that the expansion of its Nullagine gold project, to process the sulphide mineral resource, would require a capital investment of A$15-million. The company has completed a key component of the sulphide resource expansion feasibility study for the... 

Vulco R67 mill lining rubber compound

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 The mill liner that lasts longer Fields results show that the new Vulco® R67 mill lining rubber compound from Weir Minerals delivers an increase in wear life of 20%. With a liner that can run significantly longer, operators will experience a measurable reduction in mill downtime, installation and... 

Prospect and Sinomine cement Zim lithium project agreement

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th April 2018 Gold and lithium developer Prospect Resources has cemented an agreement with Hong Kong-listed Sinomine Resources Exploration, which will see the development of the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The two companies in November inked a conditional placement and framework agreement under... 

Kola project feasibility study progresses, due end Q2 or early Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) on potash exploration and development company Kore Potash’s Kola project, in the Republic of Congo, is 81% complete.  

Platinum mine rope attachments’ installation completed

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 The installation of winding rope attachments for man-and-materials shaft winders at a platinum mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, has recently been completed, says mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) GM Tom Searle. Becker Mining SA was... 

‘Home away from home’ accommodation for mine

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 Prefabricated site accommodation supplier Speedspace completed the installation of a management camp for diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ zinc subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamsberg project in February. 

Goldplat completes installation of Ghana elution plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat’s Gold Recovery Ghana (GRG) subsidiary has completed the installation and commissioning of an elution plant and all associated ancillary equipment at its gold recovery site in Tema, Ghana.  

Higher H2 production forecast at Pan African’s Barberton Mines, Royal Sheba resource doubles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 South African gold miner Pan African Resources expects its Barberton Mines subsidiary to produce about 50 000 oz of gold in the second half of the 2018 financial year – a 23% increase from the first half of the year, which ends on June 30. 

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Vast expands Manaila’s mineral resource

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th March 2018 Aim-listed Vast Resources has significantly expanded the mineral resource estimate of its Manaila polymetallic mine, which, when the company bought the Romanian mine in 2015, had less than 400 000 t of mineral resources left in the operating pit. The openpit mineral resource in the measured and... 

Oyu Tolgoi completes sinking Shaft 5

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2018 Mongolia’s massive Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine has achieved its latest important milestone after sinking of the new Shaft 5 has been completed. The shaft has a final depth of 1 178 m. 

Andrew Mentis Expanded Metal Products Increase Safety

     19th March 2018 On-site safety remains a major focus for all industries. While slips, trips and falls can be attributed to a number of factors, inadequately designed and manufactured walkways remain a primary contributor to on-site accidents. According to Lance Quinlan, national technical sales consultant at... 

Kalgold openpit mine, South Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     16th March 2018 A gold mine located on the Kraaipan greenstone belt, about 55 km south-west of Mahikeng in the North West, South Africa. 

Kram Engineering

     16th March 2018 The study of friction, wear and lubrication is of enormous practical importance. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention, as it has become evident that the waste of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of South Africa’s... 

Northern accelerates enhancement plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2018 Rare earths developer Northern Minerals has announced plans to fast-track its enhancement initiatives at the Browns Range heavy rare earths project, in Western Australia. The company, at the end of December, unveiled enhancement initiatives, which include a higher exploration budget to extend... 

Diamcor seeks more project efficiencies as Krone-Endora at Venetia water runs low

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Explorer Diamcor Mining has launched a nonbrokered private placement worth C$5-million in an effort to address the insufficient recoveries of water from the settling dams at its Krone-Endora at Venetia project, in South Africa's Northern Cape province. The TSX-V-listed miner is finalising... 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

Continental Gold intensifies focus on Buriticá advancement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 TSX-listed Continental Gold will focus on completing detail engineering and finalising major mill and infrastructure procurement in the year ahead, to advance its Buriticá project, in Colombia, to its first gold pour in 2020. “We want to be well advanced with both earthworks and concrete work,... 

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

Thermoplastic valves lightweight and cost saving

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Where steel valves do not meet mines’ process requirements, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG says thermoplastic valves, such as those of UK-based manufacturer SAFi Thermoplastic Valve Solutions (SAFi), can be offered instead.  

Ghana, AngloGold agree to Obuasi redevelopment

     9th March 2018 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has signed the regulatory and fiscal agreements with the government of Ghana that will provide the framework for the redevelopment of the Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, into a modern, productive mining operation, the company announced in a press release last... 

Brazil court denies Norsk Hydro request to resume production

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 A Brazilian court denied a request by Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro to resume full operations at its unit Hydro Alunorte, the court said in a statement, in the latest setback after allegations it had contaminated water in the area. Norsk Hydro had appealed to a higher court after a judge... 

Booyco Leads The Pack As PDS #5,000 Goes Into Witbank Coal Mine

     5th March 2018 As South Africa’s leader in terms of the largest deployment of proximity detection systems (PDS) in the mining sector, Booyco Electronics has celebrated another massive landmark: its 5,000th PDS installation. Getting to this point has taken years of commitment to customers, and a dedication to... 

AECI posts record HEPS for FY17

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 Explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI on Tuesday reported its highest recorded headline earnings per share (HEPS) to date, at 959c, for the financial year ended December 31. HEPS were up 17% year-on-year, while earnings a share increased by 22% year-on-year to 900c. 

More strides taken towards BK16 production - Tsodilo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 The first consignment of 43 drums of concentrate from the BK16 kimberlite project, in Botswana, have been securely moved to TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources' final recovery area in its security complex in Maun. This followed the January 18 commissioning of a dense media separation (DMS) plant at... 

Browns Range rare earths pilot plant installation on track

By: Anine Kilian     26th February 2018 ASX-listed Northern Minerals’ Browns Range heavy rare earths pilot plant installation, in Western Australia, is on track for completion in June. In a project update on Monday, the heavy rare earths developer said that, owing to the successful share purchase plan, which raised $11.7-million for... 

Barrick guides for lower output for longer as it works to bolster production profile

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 Major miner Barrick Gold has outlined a lower production profile in the coming years as it focuses on developing four major new projects that are expected to lift output by about one-million ounces from 2021 onwards. The Toronto-based company expects to produce between 4.2-million and 4.6-million... 

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