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Transnet praised for rapidly restoring stricken Saldanha iron-ore line 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2018 State rail transport enterprise Transnet has earned praise by pulling out all the stops to rapidly restore a railway bridge on South Africa’s crucial Sishen–Saldanha iron-ore line. The line came to a halt on November 28 after a truck carrying heavy equipment at excessive height on a public road... 

Morwe signals strategy shift as he prioritises restoration of trust amid ‘turbulance’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2018 Transnet acting CEO Tau Morwe is prioritising the restoration of trust, internally and externally, which he acknowledges has been affected by the “turbulence” associated with recent action taken by the board to tackle corruption and recover money “siphoned” from the State-owned company. However,... 

Australian miners embracing automation in quest for improved safety, efficiency

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2018 While the phrase ‘automation’ might evoke visions of a Schwarzenegger-esque future in which machines rise up to take over the world, it has come to have a distinctly different connotation in Australia. From drones being used to safely map, survey and explore mining operations to autonomous trains... 

Awards programme to promote innovation in project management

By: Paige Müller     2nd November 2018 Local project, programme and portfolio management practitioners’ association Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has introduced the Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Awards Programme to honour and promote local innovation in project management offices. “This is an exciting step that... 

Shipping delay hits Copper Mountain Q3 results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2018 The share price of Vancouver-based miner Copper Mountain fell to a 52-week low on Wednesday, after the company posted a third-quarter adjusted loss of C$8.31-million, after a shipping delay and lower prices hit revenue. The company explained that its revenue fell from C$77.15-million in the... 

Record low costs a necessity for Australia’s international competitiveness

31st October 2018 The resources sector is fundamental to Australia’s economic prosperity according to Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines during a presentation at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne today. “The sector generates exports of $226 billion a year, and that’s... 

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

Colquijirca (Tajo Norte) mine, Peru

26th October 2018 A zinc mine located in the Colquijirca district of the Pasco province, in Peru. 

Lake Charles on track and within budget

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Next year will be a defining year for petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol, with the start-up of its Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP), in the US, which is earmarked as a catalyst for transforming Sasol’s earnings profile. In its 2018 annual results, Sasol announced that it had achieved... 

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Rio Tinto and partners to invest $1.5bn in Pilbara

26th October 2018 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto and its Pilbara joint venture (JV) partners Japanese group Mitsui and steel producer Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal have approved a $1.55-billion investment to sustain production capacity at two iron-ore projects that form part of the Robe River JV, in Western... 

Kumba on track to meet FY18 guidance 

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Although rail constraints resulted in a reduction in export sales for Kumba Iron Ore during the third quarter ended September 30, the Anglo American subsidiary remains on track to meet its full-year guidance of producing between 43-million and 44-million tonnes of iron-ore. The iron-ore miner on... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Major equipment for Guinea bauxite project delivered

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 United Arab Emirates (UAE) group Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that the single biggest piece of equipment for its Boké bauxite project has arrived in the Republic of Guinea, in West Africa. Boké is being developed by EGA subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC). The... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Ramp-up for Anglo American's Minas Rio mine likely delayed to 2021

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 Anglo American should restart operations at its Brazilian Minas Rio iron ore mine in November or December but a planned ramp-up to 26.5-million tonnes per year is likely to be pushed back to 2021 from 2020 as previously expected, the miner's Brazil chief said on Tuesday. The company halted... 

Potential to expand mineral sands project

12th October 2018 The latest drilling results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources show there is significant potential to expand its 100% owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in Tanzania. The reconnaissance drilling returned multiple intersections of high-grade... 

Encouraging results from maiden drill

12th October 2018 The assay results from Australian mineral exploration and development company Strandline Resources maiden air-core (AC) drill programme and the second round of auger drilling at the Bagamoyo (BG) mineral sands project in Tanzania have provided the company with encouraging results. The BG-2... 

New equipment to boost PE port’s manganese export capacity by 1.8 Mt/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has taken delivery of the first two of four RAM rotating spreaders that are set to create an additional 1.8-million tons a year of capacity for manganese exports at its Port Elizabeth (PE) terminal. A further two spreaders will arrive from China at the end of... 

Altura ships first lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has shipped its first cargo of spodumene concentrate from Port Hedland to its offtake partner in China. The company on Tuesday said that some 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate was loaded onto the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious, which was shared with two other exporters. 

Australia’s Newcastle port is ordered to cut coal carrying costs for Glencore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered the Port of Newcastle Operations (PNO) to reduce its charges for ships carrying coal for mining major Glencore by 20%. In January 2015, PNO increased the charge for coal ships entering the port by about 40% to A$0.69/t. 

Vitol, Trafigura to bid for coal mines once owned by Guptas

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 Commodities traders Vitol Group and Trafigura Group have entered the bidding process for South Africa’s Optimum Coal, a miner under bankruptcy protection that was once controlled by the Gupta family. The interest from two of the biggest commodities trading houses underscores the strategic value... 

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... 

Altura loads first cargo ship

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has started loading its maiden cargo of 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, bound for customers in China. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that the final product testing of the cargo is ongoing, however, it added that the processing plant has... 

Pilbara readies for first shipment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st October 2018 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has loaded its maiden shipment of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, which is expected to depart shortly to offtake partners in Asia. The company’s chartered vessel is expected to receive up to 8 800 t of spodumene concentrate, with the product being loaded... 

On-The-Air (28/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 A China-backed South African mining company plans to build a rich metallurgical coal project in Limpopo province; Investment in South African mining was strongly promoted at this week’s Denver Gold Forum in the United States; and The government of Australia this week identified mining as the main... 

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... 

Trafigura Group helps re-establish historic African trade route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Independent commodity trading group Trafigura has successfully taken the first step towards reopening one of Africa’s most historic trade routes, with a train journey that ended in the Angolan port of Lobito on Saturday, September 22. A cargo of 800 t of copper blister, bought by Trafigura from... 

New Canada lithium production planned for 2020

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 The Authier lithium project in Quebec, Canada, has the potential to enter into production in 2020, producing 1.58-million tonnes a year of spodumene concentrate over 18 years, project developer Sayona Mining reported this week. Announcing the outcomes of the definitive feasibility study (DFS),... 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Graphex updates Tanzania graphite project’s PFS

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 An update to the 2015 prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Chilalo graphite project has delivered “robust” financial returns and confirmed the “exceptional economics” of the Tanzania project, Australian firm Graphex reported on Thursday. The updated PFS assesses a two-stage production scenario,... 

Activities restart at New Century’s port facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Queensland miner New Century Resources has started stockpiling zinc concentrate in its 80 000 t storage shed at the Karumba port, paving the way for exports to start and first revenue to be received this month. “The successful refurbishment and restart of activities at New Century’s port... 

NAIF approves A$95m loan for Sheffield’s Thunderbird

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is backing the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, through a A$95-million loan, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources announced on Wednesday. The NAIF loan comprises a A$30-million project development... 

ELB uses AI to automate cutters on spiral and shaking tables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that we have piloted and commissioned a fully automated control system to optimise the recoveries on spirals and shaking tables in the minerals beneficiation industry. “ELB has successfully managed to use camera recognition and machine... 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

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