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Alrosa recovers 136.24 ct diamond in Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     15th August 2016 Russian mining major Alrosa has recovered a formidable 136.24 ct diamond from the Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe, in Yakutia, Russia, the company revealed on Monday. The gem-quality rough diamond, which is classified as a 3 Black Makeable 1 Сolour, measured 29.32 × 23.88 × 21.9 mm and wis one of... 

NEB approves southern Ontario TransCanada gas pipeline construction

By: Henry Lazenby     5th August 2016 Canada’s independent energy regulator has approved construction of an 11.7 km natural gas pipeline in Vaughan, Ontario, subject to 19 conditions. TransCanada Pipelines’ Vaughan Mainline expansion project would be integrated into the company’s existing mainline system and its King’s north... 

Slurryblaster Hydro Mining Solution Applied In Drc

1st August 2016 Rapid sediment build-up in acid ponds can have dire results for mines as the reservoirs gradually lose their ability to store solution, impacting on both upstream and downstream processes. This is exactly what happened at a copper mine in the DRC when two of its acid ponds silted up completely... 

Large-diameter drilling at Orapa project may start at year-end

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th July 2016 Exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to extract between 2 000 t and 3 000 t of kimberlite from BK16, potentially one of the last economic kimberlite pipes in the Orapa kimberlite province in Botswana, during a large-diameter drilling (LDD) programme in the fourth quarter of the year. The... 

Belmet And 3c Metal Formalise A Shareholding Relationship

19th July 2016 Following a long history of successful collaboration and joint ventures between Belmet and 3C Metal, the French-based head office of 3C Metal has officially taken the decision to invest in a shareholding percentage of Belmet Namibia and Belmet South Africa. The shareholding agreement is effective... 

Dover Systems announces more major International orders.

18th July 2016 South African Psychometric Testing Program – The Dover Test –Latest export orders to Guinea Bauxite, West Africa and Panama Gold, has expanded its positive degree of international success. The Dover Test (www.doversystems.co.za) with has been an industry standard for the past 30 years.  Expansion... 

Lucapa diamond sales reach $3m in Q2

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2016 ASX-listed diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company, which owns and operates the Lulo diamond project in Angola, achieved two alluvial diamond parcel sales weighing a total of 2 670 ct, during the quarter ending June 2016, and achieved gross proceeds of $3-million at an average price of $1 132/ct,... 

Dominion allocates core development project capital, announces share buyback

By: Henry Lazenby     6th July 2016 Yellowknife-based Dominion Diamond Corp has allocated capital to a number of core development projects in Canada’s Northwest Territories and launched a share buyback programme, the company announced Wednesday. Following a review, the board had determined to continue to focus on the Sable and Jay... 

Stellar posts $228 000 in revenue from latest diamond auction

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has earned another $228 000 in revenue, bringing sales from a 100 000 t bulk sample exercise to nearly $1.23-million. The recent Baoulé diamond auction netted $72.65/ct from the sale of diamonds from its 75%-owned Baoulé kimberlite pipe, in Guinea. 

Atlas Copco launches automated surface drill rig

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco in April launched its automated surface drill rig – the SmartROC – to the South African industry in the mining town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape.  

Dominion Diamond contains Ekati fire

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 Canada's largest independent diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp, which is also the third-largest producer globally by value, on Thursday advised that it had contained a fire that had broken out during a planned outage in the Ekati mine’s process plant. The Toronto-headquartered company, which... 

CuDeco signs offtake term sheet for Rocklands copper

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 ASX-listed CuDeco signed a term sheet with major shareholder China Oceanwide on Tuesday for the offtake of all native copper from its Rocklands copper project,in Cloncurry, Queensland. The term sheet included a fair processing charge and a payable copper value of no less than 96.5% of contained... 

Alrosa finds 241.21 ct whopper

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2016 The world’s largest diamond producer by volume, Russia’s Alrosa has recovered a 241.21 ct rough diamond from the Nyurbinskaya pipe. It is one of the largest rough diamonds recovered in the Russian Federation and the third largest among those found at the Nyurba mining and processing division, the... 

Stellar completes trial mining evaluation at Baoulé

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2016 Trial mining at Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds’ 75% owned, five-hectare Baoulé kimberlite pipe in Guinea has been completed ahead of schedule through the processing of over 100 000 t of kimberlite from the eastern and western lobes of the pipe.  Stellar announced on Monday that 11 000 ct had been... 

Sinvac Piping

10th June 2016 Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. 

New pump range for hard to pump slurries

10th June 2016 Rokflo (Pty) Ltd is the exclusive distributor for the Southern Cross Pentair SX Solids pumps range and equipment in Africa. Darryl Macdougall, managing director of Rokflo (Pty) Ltd, says: 'There are numerous pumping problems and site conditions that require a reliable, robust, efficient and... 

Dominion beats fiscal Q1 forecasts despite lower sales, Misery production ahead of plan

By: Henry Lazenby     9th June 2016 The NYSE-quoted stock of Canadian diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corp on Thursday rose more than 7% to $11.64 apiece after the company late on Wednesday reported a net loss that beat analyst expectations. The Yellowknife, Northwest Territories-headquartered miner, which owns an 89%-stake in... 

Vacuum solutions provider assists diamond industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     3rd June 2016 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum systems designer, manufacturer and supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies is testing an automated, remote-controlled dual-vacuum unit at diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan mine, in Gauteng, which is expected to reduce theft. The Honeydew-based company is conducting... 

Diavik hits 100 Mct as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd June 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. A 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp, Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium MD Simon Trott praises... 

HammerTek expands defection elbow product offering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th May 2016 The cast aluminium line of Smart Elbow deflection elbows from manufacturer HammerTek is now available in tube and pipe sizes from 3.8 cm up to 30.5 cm in diameter, helping to improve materials handling in dilute-phase and dense-phase pneumatic conveying systems applications. The deflection... 

Diavik hits 100m-carat milestone as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. Simon Trott, MD of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium, a 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp,... 

Upgrade will produce 3.38 Mt/y of hot metal

20th May 2016 International engineering company Paul Wurth has been contracted to reline a blast furnace at international steel products manufacturer NLMK’s Lipetsk plant, in Russia, to yield nominal production of 3.38-million tons of hot metal a year. 

Letšeng Q1 production up 28% y/y, Ghaghoo downsizing continues

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 In a challenging period for the diamond mining industry, LSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, achieved a 28% year-on-year increase in production to 28 698 ct for the quarter ended March 31, owing to higher grades sourced from the satellite pipe. Letšeng diamonds achieved an average... 

Positive progress at Kombat copper mine

13th May 2016 Canadian exploration and development company Kombat Copper president and CEO Paul Bozoki is confident that the Kombat copper mine, in the Otavi Mountainlands of Namibia, will start production in late 2016 and begin generating cash flow for the company.  

Company to exhibit highly resilient pipe at Copperbelt expo

29th April 2016 Two trading arms of complete pipeline solutions provider Rare, Rare Plastics and Rare Pipeline Services (which incorporates Rare Construction Zambia), will be exhibiting at this year’s Copperbelt Mining Trade Expo and Conference (CBM-TEC) from May 12 to 13. Rare will be showcasing their new Rare... 

New method to neutralise flooded opencast mines

29th April 2016 Germany-based mine closure planning company GMB has developed the Underwater Nozzle Pipelines (UNP) method, using natural water circulation to distribute lime and carbon dioxide (CO2), as a more effective means of neutralising flooded opencast mines. “The method is particularly suitable for... 

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd April 2016 Consulting engineers and their clients should focus on long-term sustainability rather than short-term profitability, says high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufacturer Sinvac Piping MD Kobus van Dyk. “In South Africa, traditional concrete piping systems and manholes are being prescribed by... 

With first sales under belt, Goldsource eyes adding an excavator at Eagle Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     20th April 2016 Since starting commissioning activities late January, Guyana-focused gold producer Goldsource Mines has recorded sales of 81.7 oz of the yellow metal on April 14, at $1 240/oz. With a declaration of commercial production imminent, the TSX-V-listed project developer said Wednesday it would add a... 

Stellar Diamonds outlines long-term plans for West African projects

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Diamond exploration and mining company Stellar Diamonds continues to develop its diamond projects in West Africa, which it intends to own and operate as functioning mines in the long term. Stellar is focused on continuing the trial mining evaluation of a 5 ha pipe at the Baoulé diamond project,... 

Hidden Valley mine, Papua New Guinea

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 A gold operation, located 90 km south-west of Lae, in the Morobe province.  

Pipe Launders Make Their Way To Chrome

7th April 2016 Multotec’s pipe launders are well known in the mineral sands and iron-ore mining industries. The polyvinyl chloride pipe launders have proved their worth in these arduous applications for many years, significantly outperforming their steel rubber-lined counterparts. Now, chrome producers are... 

Govt intent on creating incentives for mines to benefit from platinum fuel-cell investment 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2016 The South African government is intent on creating incentives for mines to derive greater benefit from investing in platinum fuel-cell technology. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who spoke at the launch by Impala Platinum (Implats) of a fuel cell forklift and hydrogen refuelling... 

New OPTIQUAD-EOF 4050 W: inline analyser system for edible oil and fat processing

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st April 2016 KROHNE introduces OPTIQUAD-EOF 4050 W for the continuous inline measurement of free fatty acids (FFA), total polar material (TPM), peroxide value (POV), moisture or dirt. 

Stellar Diamonds moves focus to financing Sierra Leone project

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2016  Aim-listed exploration company Stellar Diamonds is turning its attention to finding potential and appropriate sources of funding for its Tongo project, in Sierra Leone. An estimated $25-million would be required to bring the surface and underground mining operations into production, the company... 

Vanderbilt Commercial to fund $30m Tango loan for Botswana project

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2016 California-based financial lender Vanderbilt Commercial Lending has presented TSX-V-listed Tango Mining with a proposal outlining a $30-million loan commitment to fund Tango’s acquisition and the capital required to restart the BK11 kimberlite diamond mine (BK11 mine), in Botswana. Pending... 

DiamondCorp’s Lace mine study delivers good economics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 Southern African diamond mining, development and exploration company DiamondCorp has estimated the total resource tonnage in the main pipe at its 74%-owned Lace mine, in the Free State, to be 38.48-million tonnes to the 920 m level, an increase of 16% on the 33.12-million tonnes estimated in... 

Botswana Diamonds, Alrosa to start $700 000 exploration programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds and its joint venture partner Alrosa will start a $700 000 exploration programme in Botswana, this month. Managed by Alrosa, the programme would see the drilling of one of its core holes to 300 m, along with one or two large diameter holes, each 300 m deep, on the... 

Stellar to auction off 3 295 ct during March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2016 West Africa-focused Stellar Diamonds will hold the next auction of 3 295 ct of diamonds recovered during trial mining at its Baoulé kimberlite project, in Guinea, in March.   The auction would close on March 8.   This diamond sale formed part of Stellar’s trial mining evaluation process of the 5... 

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