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ENERGY STAND-OFF

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques, above, is seen during the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) conference at Parliament House in Canberra, where he chided the Australian government for allowing the country to become one of the most expensively priced energy countries. He warned... 

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago With platinum being one of the most effective and durable catalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology (PEMFC), fuel cell and electrolyser technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) CEO Vinay Somera believes that this presents an opportunity for the South African platinum... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

     Updated 4 hours ago As the market leader in engineered wear-protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, WASA has been servicing the sub-Saharan Africa market since 1976. WASA is part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries worldwide.... 

Further investment in Anglo by majority shareholder of Vedanta

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2017 Vedanta head Anil Agarwal has once again hit the headlines by announcing an intended further personal investment in Anglo American through Volcan Investments, which is the majority shareholder of Vedanta Resources. Volcan announced on Wednesday that it intended investing £1.25-billion to... 

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing's campaign for clearer skies has closed... 

PotashRidge to spin out Quebec assets; Encanto secures C$100m for Muskowekwan work

By: Henry Lazenby     21st September 2017 Despite a potash glut, junior project developers are making steady progress developing the next generation of mines that will provide plant nutrients needed to cater for exploding food demand across the globe. TSX-listed PotashRidge announced on Wednesday that it would spin out its Quebec assets... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

London's black cabs going electric spurs aluminium restart

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 London’s black cabs going electric shows the new wave of automobile technology is already reshaping the metals industry. After being closed for three years due to a weak market, Sapa SA’s aluminium plant in south Wales will reopen this week to supply lightweight parts for automakers such as... 

Davies approves operator for Musina-Makhado SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry has issued a special economic zone (SEZ) operator’s permit for the Musina-Makhado SEZ to South African Energy Metallurgical Base, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Shenzhen Hoi Mor Resources. The permit, approved by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies... 

Black Mountain divests of silver assets to focus on vermiculite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 ASX-listed junior Black Mountain Resources has divested of its non-core US silver assets, in a bid to focus its attention on its Namakara vermiculite mine, in Uganda. The company on Monday told shareholders that it had divested of its 70% stake in two prospective US silver mines in Montana and... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

South African companies to seek mining opportunities in China

By: African News Agency      15th September 2017 The minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies, said on Friday that China has agreed to support South Africa and Africa’s initiatives of industrialisation and mineral beneficiation as the country embarks on a drive to better exploit its mineral resources. Davies said in a statement that that... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Combination of factors influence pumps’ life cycles

     15th September 2017 It is important to frequently monitor the operation of pumping systems; however, the initial manufacturing of a pump, as well as its installation, are as important, explains South African pumps industry body the South African Pump Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma). 

Distributor expands pumps offering with Italian range

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Pumps supplier Packaged Metering & Pumping Solutions (PMPS) has added Rotho peristaltic pumps from Italian pumps manufacturer Ragazzini to its South African product offering. “We see huge opportunity to supply peristaltic pumps to projects in neighbouring countries,” PMPS MD David O’Neill tells... 

Industrial solutions provider aiming to benefit Zambia’s mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) states that air compressors used in the mining industry – including in Zambia – are, for the most part, well-proven, reliable pieces of equipment that can operate for years with relatively little maintenance. 

Kalumbila facility will service global mining industry

     15th September 2017 By the first quarter of 2018,  a building site in Kalumbila, in North-Western province, in  Zambia, will be transformed into a $40-million manufacturing facility that will produce high-quality mill-balls for mines in Zambia, neighbouring countries and the world market, says Zambia Chamber of... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, 126 ct D-colour Type IIa,... 

Sandvik invests in local equipment facility, launches new low-profile load haul dumpers 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology last week officially opened its new R15-million production unit in Boksburg. The opening of the new 1 500 m2 facility, which has ten production bays, coincided with the launch of the 5 t Sandvik LH115L low-profile load haul... 

Campaign for more diamond ads wins support from India's gem hub

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2017 The push for bigger diamond advertising campaigns and marketing to wealthy millennials has won support from a key part of the industry: India’s manufacturers and retailers. India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, which represents almost 6 000 diamond companies, has agreed to contribute... 

Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

Poseidon and Lithium Australia team up on lithium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th September 2017 ASX-listed Poseidon Nickel and fellow-listed Lithium Australia have inked a lithium exploration and processing memorandum of understanding (MoU) over the Lake Johnston project, in Western Australia. The parties are planning to explore for lithium-hosted pegmatites on tenements held by both firms... 

China steel, iron-ore climb as traders restock for peak season

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Iron-ore futures in China jumped more than 2% on Wednesday, rising with steel prices for a second day as traders build stocks to cash in on the peak season for demand in the world's top steel market. Chinese steel demand picks up in September and October after the summer lull as construction... 

Santos to supply ethane gas to Qenos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th September 2017 Oil and gas major Santos and fellow-listed Origin Energy have signed a new agreement with polyethylene producer Qenos to supply ethane gas. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will supply an estimated 27 PJ to Qenos for the remainder of 2017 until the end of 2019. 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Company’s solutions address minerals processing inefficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 To address water contamination in the minerals processing sector, processing specialist Multotec is installing its CleanTeQ ion-exchange system, which is designed for the removal of soluble elements from process water, at operations in Oman and soon in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Humidity, moisture sensors see growth

     8th September 2017 The need for optimal safety, high yield and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors in various industries, including the mining and minerals processing industry, states market research company Frost & Sullivan.  

Myriad of opportunities in Zim’s mining sector

     8th September 2017 Zimbabwe is poised for growth and, with the country committed to ensuring a sustainable growth path, there are a host of investment opportunities in the mining industry to be capitalised on. This is according to the investment promotion body Zimbabwe Investment Authority‘s Invest in Zimbabwe... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

Thermaspray showcases thermal spray coating technologies and welding capabilities in Limpopo

     7th September 2017 Thermaspray showcased its ground-breaking thermal spray coating technologies and Plasma Transferred Arc (PTA) welding process capabilities at the Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) which took place in Mogalakwena and Lephalale, Limpopo, on 1st and 3rd August 2017 respectively. Thermaspray’s... 

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

SOFC and Thermal Spray, General.

     6th September 2017 R. Hinckley Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and hybrid electrical generation systems based upon this technology offer the potential for highly efficient utilization of abundant natural gas resources.  Projected efficiency for SOFC-based systems for electrical power generation could reach as high... 

Russia plans gem reform to compete with India's million workers

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2017 Russia wants its biggest diamond miner to work more closely with the country’s top gem cutters so the industry can better compete in a market that’s dominated by Indian manufacturers. As part of a plan to boost the competitiveness of Russian diamonds, the government wants  Alrosa PJSC to offer... 

Sandvik unveils new R15m local production facility, launches new LHD line 

By: Ilan Solomons     5th September 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology on Tuesday officially opened its new R15-million production unit in Boksburg. The opening of the new 1 500 m2 facility, which has ten production bays, coincided with the launch of the 5 t Sandvik LH115L low-profile load... 

Astore Keymak

     1st September 2017 Manufacturer of plastic pressure fittings brand KeyFit Astore Keymak was founded and driven on the premise of supplying and manufacturing superior-quality products complemented by sound technical support. Established as Astore Africa in 1985, the company was bought by Hudaco Trading in 2008,... 

Conveyor belts tackle Botswana diamond mining conditions

     1st September 2017 Rubber and plastics technology specialist ContiTech’s conveyor belts are in use by Botswana’s largest diamond producer. ContiTech’s conveyor belt technology is known for its high-impact-resistant conveyor covers, providing an extended belt life in real-field applications, that use advanced... 

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

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