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Brazil bans upstream mining dams after Vale's latest disaster

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Brazil is prohibiting a specific type of tailings dam after two of those structures owned by miner Vale burst in recent years, causing death and environmental devastation. All so-called upstream dams need to be decommissioned or removed by August 2021, according to a resolution the National... 

Proposed Olympic Dam expansion declared ‘major development’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 Mining giant BHP’s expansion plan at its Olympic Dam project, in South Australia, has seen the project declared a major development by the state government. The proposed $3-billion expansion will increase copper production at Olympic Dam by some 75%, from 200 000 t/y to 350 000 t/y, and will... 

Jemena wins licence for 40 TJ/d gas plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th February 2019 The Queensland government has issued infrastructure provider Jemena a licence to start construction of a domestic-only gas processing plant. The plant is part of Jemena’s A$140-million Atlas gas pipeline project, which will create 150 jobs and connect Project Atlas to the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in... 

Vale loses licence at dam that caused iron-ore force majeure

By: Bloomberg     7th February 2019 Vale’s licence to operate a dam key to production at one of its largest mines was revoked by a Brazilian state regulator on February 5, adding another hurdle to efforts by the iron ore king to return to normal operations. Shares declined. The world’s largest miner of the steelmaking ingredient... 

Exxaro upbeat about its coal operations 

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Empowered coal mining giant Exxaro Resources is confident about its prospects in the coal sector, despite tough conditions and rising cost pressures in South Africa. Exxaro executive head of coal Nombasa Tsengwa on Thursday said the company produced 47-million tons of coal and was geared to grow... 

Krebs brings new levels of hydraulic efficiency in slurry applications

1st February 2019 The Krebs slurryMAX range of slurry pumps from global minerals process specialist FLSmidth has brought new levels of hydraulic efficiency to Africa’s slurry operations.  

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market 

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 The global iron-ore market was pitched into turmoil after Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s largest producer, outlined plans to cut output after a deadly dam breach, buoying shares of rivals as investors weighed the impact of the disruption. Prices soared, with futures rallying more than 9%. Vale... 

Trump lifts Rusal, EN+ sanctions as Glencore shuffles stake

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 The US Treasury Department lifted sanctions on three firms tied to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, including United Co. Rusal, a move that will provide relief to the global aluminum market. The metal fell in London. Deripaska, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, will remain under US... 

Johnson Crane Hire

25th January 2019 Ranked among the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire operates the largest mobile crane fleet in Africa. The company has an acknowledged track record for delivering appropriate solutions to the mining, petrochemicals, power and civil infra­ structure industries throughout... 

Santos books Q4 revenue of A$1bn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2019 Oil and gas major Santos has reported record sales revenue for the three months to December, on the back of a 6% increase in production. Sales revenue during the December quarter reached more than A$1-billion, up 7% on the previous quarter, with Santos also reporting record quarterly liquefied... 

RFID technology solution ideal for mining industry

By: Thabi Madiba     18th January 2019 With radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology being ideal for inspecting assets at a mine, screening and vibrating-equipment solutions provider Aury Africa has enlisted RFID specialist Thembekile Asset Management Solutions (TAMS) to develop a solution specific to the requirements of the... 

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

Whitehaven reports record quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Coal miner Whitehaven Coal has reported record quarterly run-of-mine production of 7.4-million tonnes, and a first half production of 11-million tonnes. The miner on Thursday told shareholders that it was on track to meet its full year production guidance of between 22-million and 23-million... 

B2Gold production surges as new Mali mine outperforms

By: Mariaan Webb     17th January 2019 For ten consecutive years, Canada’s B2Gold has booked record gold production and 2018 was no different, with the miner lifting output by 51% to 953 504 oz in what it describes as a “year of transformational growth”. Production received a major boost from the new large Fekola mine, in Mali, which... 

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Senate advances measure to keep sanctions on Deripaska companies

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 The Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, with 11 Republicans aiding Democrats in a rare split with President Donald Trump. The 57-42 vote to take up the measure Tuesday came shortly... 

Norsk Hydro says Alunorte production embargo lifted

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Norwegian aluminium-maker Norsk Hydro said on Tuesday that Brazil's northern state of Para has lifted a production embargo on its Alunorte alumina refinery, but noted that full production will not resume until a federal court follows suit. The plant is operating at half capacity after admitting... 

Senate democrats will force vote on sanctions of Deripaska firms

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2019 US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will force a vote on a measure to block the Treasury Department’s plans to lift sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is reported to be under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe of Moscow... 

Mnuchin defends lifting sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signaled he won’t back down from plans to lift sanctions on three companies tied to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin even as he said the Trump administration would consider delaying the move to accommodate concerns raised by lawmakers. Mnuchin denied... 

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,... 

Manitou Southern Africa Launches the World’s First Electric Mining Telehandler at Electra Mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 Manitou Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Manitou Group, a world leader in rough-terrain rough-terrain handling, launched some of its latest innovations at Electra Mining Africa 2018. The highlight of the Manitou stand was the launch of the world’s first electric telescopic handler, the Manitou... 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

Kenmare to declare maiden dividend for H1 2019; reports strong Q3 ilmenite, zircon production  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources on Tuesday announced its dividend policy, a watershed moment for the company, with dividends to be based on a minimum of 20% of profits after tax. Kenmare will start with an interim dividend for the first half of 2019, which will be paid in the... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

Queensland fires up for gas supply challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 More explorers are on the hunt across Queensland for gas for the hungry Australian market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Tuesday announced that four companies would soon start exploring more than 6 600 km2 for more gas for local use, as well as export dollars. 

New products can improve safety, productivity

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Bidvest Commercial Products division Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) has expanded its service offering – aimed at improving safety and productivity, particularly with regard to working at height, and the associated lifting, rigging or lashing requirements. The new safety-focused products can assist... 

Japan's Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corp said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 GW by 2030 to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and tackle global climate change. “As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new... 

Pumps range displays benefits across applications

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Innovative engineering has resulted in minerals industry supplier FLSmidth’s new Krebs slurryMAX split-case slurry pump gaining a strong foothold in slurry applications across Africa. The company recently exhibited the new features and safety benefits of the pump at mining and power exhibition... 

Johnson Crane Hire

12th September 2018 Ranked among the top crane hire companies in the world, Johnson Crane Hire operates the largest mobile crane fleet in Africa. The company has an acknowledged track record for delivering appropriate solutions to the mining, petrochemicals, power and civil infrastructure industries throughout South... 

Gauteng-focus stands RGM Cranes in good stead

11th September 2018 Overhead cranes and services supplied by RGM Cranes are recognised as the “gold standard” for reliable and safe lifting within the Gauteng region, says MD Alex Dowling, who believes that the company’s focus on providing its services to Africa’s largest industrial and mining hub has stood it in... 

DMR Limpopo office reopened following two-month closure

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) confirmed on Thursday that it had reopened its regional office in Limpopo, following a two-month shutdown. The Limpopo regional office was closed on June 25 as an “urgent intervention” after staff were allegedly threatened and a bullet was allegedly sent... 

New-generation glove improves miners’ safety

5th September 2018 Hand injuries have been dramatically reduced at underground mining contractor Byrnecut Mining’s operations at the Gwalia gold mine, in Western Australia, since the site's 230 workers have adopted Ansell's HyFlex 11-840 new generation general purpose safety glove. 

Mobile workshop in the middle of nowhere

4th September 2018 One of the most innovative products to come from Konecranes recently is the CXT Explorer. It is a combination of a 6.3-t mobile crane, supported by two sturdy containers, which make for a fully equipped workshop that can literally be set up in the middle of nowhere. 

SABS gears up to restart partial testing in response to industry frustration

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2018 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), which was placed under administration by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies earlier this year, intends lifting its two-year moratorium on the partial testing of product conformance, also referred to as customer specific requirement testing. The... 

ToughLift jacking system redesigned

30th August 2018 Hydraulic tools designer, manufacturer and supplier Hi-Force has introduced to the market its new and improved range of ToughLift jacking systems. 

Manitou launches new telescopic handler

29th August 2018 Secrecy and mystery surround Manitou’s latest mining machine, which the global handling and lifting equipment manufacturer will be launching at this year’s Electra Mining Africa. Developed by Manitou Southern Africa (MSA), the new telescopic handler is designed for underground mining applications... 

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