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Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2018 The fact that junior Canadian start-up Gensource Potash has been able to secure two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) from separate US offtake partners that support the establishment of a new and independent supply of potash, speaks to a certain malaise in the continent’s crop nutrient market.... 

South Africa must be proactive in uranium beneficiation pursuit

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th April 2018 South Africa needs to decide whether it wants to be a dominant player in the world in terms of uranium exports, says South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) scientist and chairperson Dr Kelvin Kemm. He tells Mining Weekly that if the country decides to pursue dominance in the industry,... 

Modular buildings supplier aims to expand its African footprint

By: Melissa Zisengwe     30th March 2018 The remote locations of African mine sites represent a significant business growth opportunity for prefabricated modular buildings supplier Kwikspace, says Kwikspace sales executive Roberto Campos. 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

‘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. 

Digitalisation, automation to increase across Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation in the mining industry have become a reality, says mining and equipment services provider Sandvik Southern Africa sales VP Simon Andrews, who tells Mining Weekly that industry “has stepped beyond the conceptual phase and entered the operational phase”. He suggests... 

MGX funds development of technology to extract lithium from spodumene

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 Diversified resources company MGX Minerals has executed a letter of intent (LoI) with Orion Laboratories, in Tennessee, US, and Light Metals International (LMI), based in Vancouver, British Columbia, to jointly develop and commercialise a thermochemical process for extracting hard-rock lithium... 

BASF opens new lab in Joburg

By: Nadine James     9th March 2018 Specialised chemicals company BASF Mining Solutions South Africa, last month opened its new agglomeration laboratory, based at research organization Mintek’s premises, co-located with BASF Mining Solutions’ existing sample preparation and solid-liquid separation laboratory. Following the... 

thyssenkrupp committed to strengthening partnerships and driving industrialisation processes in Africa

     5th March 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is proud of its time-honoured history as a leading partner of engineering, equipment, technology, plant and service solutions to mining, cement, chemical, fertilizer and oil & gas industries across the African continent.  In a bid to further strengthen its... 

W clears last hurdle for ‘quiet achiever’ mine

By: Mariaan Webb     27th February 2018 Tungsten/copper/gold exploration and development company W Resources is gearing up to start work on the first stage of the Régua tungsten mine, in Portugal, after clearing the final hurdle for development by buying 20.3 ha of land. The purchase, for €300 000, covers the outcropping resource of... 

Digitalisation to impact on every aspect of mining – Schneider

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Of all the trends impacting on the mining industry, none will be as critical as digitalisation, says power management and automation systems Schneider Electric South Africa mining, minerals and metals (MMM) Africa business VP Wilhelm Swart.  

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

Modular pump form exported to N America

     2nd February 2018 To further enhance its presence in the US and Canada, South African slurry pumps provider Hazleton Pumps intends to ship its signature Hippo submersible slurry pumps in kit form, with electrical winding, assembly and testing to be undertaken on arrival to ensure the pumps are able to function... 

Presentation to bridge gap between mine planning and execution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2018 A presentation on how technology-based consulting can help bridge the gap between planning and execution will be delivered by mine management solutions’ provider Modular Mining Systems (MMS) solution manager for customer value Sergio Rojas at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be... 

Successfully delivering results 15 years after commissioning

     25th January 2018 For 25 years, Immersive Technologies has been working with mining companies across the globe to achieve Real Results in operator safety and productivity – these partnerships have for many years driven quantifiable operational improvement. Successfully achieving these results means consistently... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

Kibaran mulling battery-grade graphite pilot in Germany

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, exploration company Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of premium battery... 

QCoal contracts Sedgman to deliver Byerwen mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Mineral processing company Sedgman has been contracted to carry out engineering, procurement and construction at QCoal Group’s greenfield Byerwen coal mine in central Queensland, as well as the delivery of a coal handling and processing plant. With a combined revenue of almost $100-million, the... 

Richland halts operations at Queensland sapphire mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources has temporarily suspended mining activities at its Capricorn sapphire mine, in Queensland, citing extreme weather conditions and a weak market environment. The company said on Monday that it had decided to halt operations to conserve cash resources, as heavy rainfall... 

South African equipment company supplies iron-ore giant

     8th December 2017 South Africa-based process equipment sales and supply company MIP Process Technologies has landed a contract to supply equipment to global iron-ore giant Ehya Sepahan, which has operations in the Middle East, most notably Iran. Ehya Sepahan CEO Hadi Golzar and technical and planning manager... 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

Pilot Crushtec launches modular solutions, increases service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st December 2017 Crushing and screening specialists Pilot Crushtec International has launched two new products – the Pilot Modular MAXIscalp 600 and the Metso Nordplant C80 primary crushing station intended for use in modular configurations – at its 2017 Open Day last month.   The MAXIscalp 600 is the world’s... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Parnis Completes Skid-Mounted Substations For Panama

     13th November 2017 Heavy engineering and fabrication specialist Parnis Manufacturing has successfully completed a fast track project to supply skids and enclosures for three skid-mounted substations for Schneider Electrics. The large mining skids are bound for Panama. Parnis Manufacturing project manager Manuel Di... 

Madagascar graphite mine poised for global success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th November 2017 Proving its growing strength in the graphite market, Australian industrial mineral concentrate producer Bass Metals – the only graphite producer currently listed on the ASX – last month sold, in advance, 50%, or 3 000 t/y, of flake graphite concentrate from the first stage of its Graphmada mine’s... 

Modular Reflux Classifier launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier (RC) plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. This integrated engineered modular solution is based on a fundamental component – FLSmidth’s... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

     3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

Kumba’s September-quarter iron-ore output 2% down year-on-year

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Fluor successfully completes project at Letlhakane Mine in Botswana

     1st November 2017 Fluor has successfully completed the construction of Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Plant (LMTRTP), situated near Francistown in central Botswana. The modular plant, which was designed by Fluor, is currently being commissioned. The new 3.6 million tonne per annum modular... 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Mining licence application submitted to Tanzanian govt

     13th October 2017 Junior graphite developer Walkabout Resources has submitted a mining licence application to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania for the Lindi Jumbo mine. The application, submitted last month, was prepared in compliance with the recently promulgated amendments to Tanzania’s Mining Act... 

Parnis Completes E-Houses For African Mine

     9th October 2017 An established track record for quality manufacture resulted in Parnis Manufacturing securing a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-House) destined for a mine in Africa. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked increase in the demand for a company that can... 

World’s ‘largest wheel loader’ bound for Zambian copper mine

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 The Zambia-based Sentinel copper mine is set to receive “the world’s largest wheel loader” – a P&H L-2350 wheel loader – according to Komatsu Mining Corporation, previously known as Joy Global.  

Hazer and MinRes look at commercial opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2017 ASX-listed Hazer Group and Mineral Resources have signed a nonbinding heads of agreement to potentially develop commercial synthetic graphite facilities. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will work towards developing a large-scale commercial synthetic graphite facility,... 

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