R/€ = 15.96 Change: -0.12
R/$ = 14.13 Change: -0.07
Au 1321.20 $/oz Change: 15.62
Pt 807.53 $/oz Change: 23.94


Letšeng delivered record number of large diamonds for Gem in 2018 

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 Relatively stable carat recovery and sales contributed to a strong performance for LSE-listed Gem Diamonds in the fourth quarter ended December 31. Gem on Thursday reported that it had recovered three diamonds larger than 100 ct at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, during the quarter, taking the... 

Death toll rises to six at South Africa coal mine gas explosion

By: News24Wire      7th February 2019 The number of people killed by a gas explosion in an unused coal mine in South Africa's eastern province of Mpumalanga has risen to six, and several others remain trapped, an official at the mine said on Thursday. The representative of the creditor protection team at the mine, Michael Elliot,... 

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.  

Company revives mobile dewatering pump systems

1st February 2019 When called upon to refurbish two diesel powered mobile dewatering trailers, pump supplier Mechanical Rotating Solution (MRS) made sure that it put its own personal seal of quality on the product by not only refurbishing the units but also improving on the original design aspects. 

Alrosa unearths 191ct diamond at Udachny

By: Mariaan Webb     29th January 2019 Russian diamond miner Alrosa has discovered its largest rough diamond in about two-and-a-half years, with the Udachnaya kimberlite pipe earlier this month delivering a 191.46 ct stone. The 40 mm by 31 mm by 20 mm diamond was extracted at the processing plant No 12 of Udachny mining and processing... 

Alrosa aims for 38m ct production in 2019

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 Russian diamond miner Alrosa reported 2018 production volumes of 36.7-million carats and sales of 38.1-million carats. Production declined by 7% year-on-year, owing to the shutdown of the Mir underground mine and the completion of openpit mining at the Udachnaya pipe.  

BlueRock expands Kareevlei resource, grades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd January 2019 Aim-listed BlueRock has updated its 2013 inferred level of confidence in the diamond mineral resource for the Kareevlei kimberlite cluster. The company owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, South Africa, and appointed Z Star Mineral Resource Consultants to compile its... 

Woodside awards Scarborough contracts ahead of FID next year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th January 2019 Australian oil and gas major Woodside is pushing ahead with the development of its $11-billion Scarborough gas project, announcing four contract awards for front-end engineering design activities. CEO Peter Coleman said the award of the contracts would support the project schedule and Woodside’s... 

BlueRock diamond sales up 71% in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 Last year yielded positive results for Aim-listed diamond miner BlueRock Diamonds, which achieved significant increases in production and recovered grade, and saw its diamond sales increase by 71% to 5 805 ct, compared with the 3 385 ct sold in 2017. Production volume for the miner, which owns... 

Chile's Collahuasi plans resource sharing with Canada's Teck Resources

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's Collahuasi copper mine is talking to Canada's Teck Resources Ltd about resource-sharing as the two companies embark on ambitious expansion projects, its Chief Executive Jorge Gomez said on Wednesday. Collahuasi - owned by Glencore and Anglo American - is seeking "synergies" with companies... 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

Anglo restarts Brazil iron-ore mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st December 2018 Diversified major Anglo American has resumed operations at its Minas-Rio iron-ore operation, in Brazil, following a technical inspection of the pipeline that carries the iron-ore in slurry form from the mine to the port. Production at the mines was suspended in March, after leaks were discovered... 

Gem to build $3m plant to test tech that identifies diamonds within kimberlite ore

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 In line with its strategy of the early detection of large diamonds and reducing diamond damage, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds has approved the construction of a $3-million pilot plant, at Letšeng, in Lesotho, that will use innovative technology to identify diamonds within kimberlite ore and... 

“Who will be running your future mine”

30th October 2018 Miners must prepare their workforce today, to meet the demands of tomorrow’s digital age, or risk future growth and innovation. Gaston Carrion, talent and organisation lead for Accenture’s resources practice in Australia and New Zealand, told IMARC 2018 delegates that as the use of autonomous... 

South Africa’s IDC invests R100m in Lucapa’s Lesotho mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has secured a R100-million development facility from the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) for its Mothae kimberlite diamond mine, in Lesotho. The facility will span a four-year period, and will include a 12-month moratorium on capital... 

Rio unveils three large diamonds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Diversified miner Rio Tinto and its joint venture partner Dominion Diamond Mines have revealed three of the finest large rough diamonds from the Diavik mine, in Canada, that will be up for tender, closing on October 25. Collectively known as the Diavik Stars of the Arctic, the three rough... 

Kareevlei output rises 81% y/y in H1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2018 Diamond mining company BlueRock Diamonds has achieved an 81% increase year-on-year increase in production at its Kareevlei diamond mine, in the Kimberley region, to 73 028 t for the six months ended June 30. This represents an active period for the company, culminating in the restabilisation of... 

Tsodilo's Botswana kimberlite project produces 44 ct

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources’ BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa kimberlite field, in Botswana, has produced a third parcel of diamonds, comprising 279 diamonds weighing 43.95 ct, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is about 6 ha in size at... 

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... 

High efficiency drives versatile pump set

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental recently completed the assembly of an electrically driven Sykes XH150 pump set, which it exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The pump set consists of a 315 kW motor with a 400 V drive capable of a maximum head of 180 m with a... 

Pipe fittings on show at Electra Mining

13th September 2018 Pipe-fitting solutions provider Plasson’s range of HDPE pipe fittings offer solutions for connecting polyethylene pipes used for conveying water and other fluids in urban and inter-urban infrastructure, as well as in industrial, mining, landscaping and farming applications. Plasson will be... 

Environmentally-Friendly Augmented-Reality Welding Simulators For Welding Students At TVET Colleges

11th September 2018 The new augmented-reality welding training solution from Sangari Education The blue collar skills shortage in South Africa is estimated at around one million jobs.  To meet this demand, training is essential, but the machinery needed is expensive.  Providing theory and no practical training is... 

BlueRock starts processing from second kimberlite pipe at Kareevlei  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei diamond mine, nearly Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, has started kimberlite processing from the KV1 pipe – the mine’s second kimberlite pipe. KV1 is one of five known kimberlite pipes within the Kareevlei project area and has an... 

Lucapa Achieving “Sparkling”Diamond Success In Both Africa And Australia

29th August 2018 Diamond producer, ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company Limited (LOM) says the Company has begun to “shine bright” in the world of Special diamonds. The Company’s CEO and Managing Director, Mr Stephen Wetherall, told the first day today of the three day Paydirt Africa Down Under (ADU) mining... 

SA HIPPO warns about the hidden cost of submersible pumping

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 When a Submersible pump is installed and in operation, in most cases the pump is completely submerged and out of sight while very little attention is paid to the actual operating costs involved. Before purchasing a submersible pump, the main consideration should be the total cost of ownership,... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Fibre optics punted for pipeline monitoring amid major spills in mining and other sectors

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Fibre optics were invented to carry huge amounts of voice data over long distances very efficiently, but advancements in optical technology have enabled the use of specialised fibre optic cables as sensors with the ability to measure parameters such as acoustic energy, temperature, strain, and... 

Mothae delivers more special stones for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th August 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered more special and coloured diamonds from its Mothae diamond mine, in Lesotho. The special recoveries included a 28 carat stone from the North zone and two light pink diamonds. 

Alrosa sells main diamond from Dynasty collection

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa on Thursday sold its Dynasty collection, and its central diamond of the same name, a 51.38-ct round stone, for a total of $10-million. The first auction for the sale of the collection, held in November 2017, saw four of the five stones sold, with the excess of final prices... 

Letšeng large diamond recoveries reach a record in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds continued to recover large diamonds during the first half of this year, with a record ten diamonds greater than 100 ct recovered, at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho. Gem recovered another such diamond in July, which resulted in the highest number of more-than-100 ct... 

Angola keen on South African companies entering its diamond sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Angola is working to ensure that the major South African diamond companies can operate in the country. This was stated recently by Endiama Strategic Planning and Minerals Operations Bureau head Laureano Paulo. (Endiama is Angola’s State-owned national diamond company. Its name is an acronym for... 

Botswana Diamonds exploration update, says confident it holds licence to Mooikloof

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 Analysis of Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds’ Free State kimberlites indicates high abundances of diamond inclusion type chemical compositions, thereby rating these kimberlites as being of high interest in terms of their diamond-bearing potential, the company said on Tuesday. The results also... 

Mothae delivers more diamonds for Lucapa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th July 2018 Diamond miner Lucapa has recovered another special diamond from ongoing bulk sampling at its Mothae mine, in Lesotho. The 11.88 carat diamond was recovered from the North zone, and is the first special diamond recovered from that section of the Mothae kimberlite pipe in the current bulk sample. 

Mining at Alrosa’s Zarya to start next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Russian diamond mining group Alrosa’s Zarya diamond deposit in Sakha (Yakutia) is in its final stages before diamond mining will start next year. Since 2016, ten-million-cubic-metres of overburden were removed from the openpit mine, reaching a depth of 100 m. Drainage ditch construction,... 

Lynas production hits record, further increases planned for Q1 FY2019

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) and rare-earth oxide (REO) production for the June quarter, with further increases planned for the September quarter. The ASX-listed company on Friday reported REO production of 4 804 t, up 17% on the previous quarter’s... 

Alrosa unearths soccer ball shaped diamond

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2018 Alrosa, the State-owned diamond miner of 2018 FIFA World Cup-host Russia, has unearthed a diamond that bears a resemblance to a soccer ball. The diamond was recovered on July 4, three days before the World Cup quarter finals, in which the Russian national football team lost to Croatia. 

Going to great lengths for the value pipeline

6th July 2018 Aegion South Africa provides 18m spools for concentrate hydro-transportation at mining project resulting in 10 % project cost savings In the high-stakes game of mining today, margins are tighter and under more pressure than ever. To remain viable, mining companies are becoming more scientific... 

BlueRock lifts Kareevlei production by 81% y/y in H1

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, achieved “good” production during the second quarter, contributing to an 81% year-on-year increase in tonnes processed to 73 028 t for the first half of this year. Revenue per tonne processed amounted to $7.76. 

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