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Australia Minister denies report of China coal ban

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 The Australian government has moved to allay shareholder fears after the share prices of Australian coal miners tumbled on news that China’s northern port of Dalian had banned coal imports from Australia, and placed an overall cap of 12-million tonnes for coal imports during 2019. Trade,... 

Chinese traders freeze Australian coal orders amid 40-day customs delays - sources

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 Chinese coal traders have stopped ordering Australian coal as clearing times through China's customs have doubled to at least 40 days, according to major buyers in China and international coal merchants, resulting in a sharp fall in Australian prices. The traders and a broker said only cargoes... 

Copper cops play game of cat and mouse around desert convoys

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Just weeks after the police unit was formed, they caught their first glimpse of the copper thieves -- the silhouettes of a group of men on a hill overlooking the rail lines -- triggering a car chase at the dead of night across Chile’s Atacama desert. While the pursuit ended in failure, with the... 

China won't come to the rescue in global iron-ore supply crisis

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 China’s strict environmental regime means domestic iron ore mines won’t boost output to meet any supply shortfall after Vale’s dam disaster, according to the head of a major Chinese mining group. The global iron-ore market is in the grip of a supply shock after the deadly dam burst last month in... 

South32 finalising preferred list of coal mine bidders 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 The complete preferred list of bidders for South32’s energy coal interests is still being finalised, South32 CEO Graham Kerr told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday, when he also provided three reasons why the company’s Australian manganese operations are doing better than its South African... 

Transnet promises to ramp up efficiency 

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 Transnet has promised to deal with corruption and step up efficiency around its operations, which have taken a heavy knock over the past few years. “Over the past ten years, we have injected capital of R42-billion into the network side. Yet the scale of the network is worse today than it was ten... 

Transnet says coal exports expected to dip this year

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Coal exports are expected to drop this year, following a disappointingly slow run over the past few months, says Transnet Freight Rail coal GM Mandisa Mondi. “For the current financial year, the target for export was 77-million tonnes. We are trending at 73-million tonnes. We hope to have a good... 

Botswana keen for corridor to link to South Africa’s coalfields

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula area with South Africa’s Lephalale coalfields.   Makgato said the project aimed to link coal deposits in both areas with South African heavy haul... 

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market 

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 The global iron-ore market was pitched into turmoil after Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s largest producer, outlined plans to cut output after a deadly dam breach, buoying shares of rivals as investors weighed the impact of the disruption. Prices soared, with futures rallying more than 9%. Vale... 

Boost for international miners as India's thermal coal imports jump

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit. Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, one of the... 

On-The-Air (25/01/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 South Africa’s platinum outlook received a blow this week when cobalt was selected ahead of it for a new technology. Richards Bay Coal Terminal has again proved how well business and government can combine for the good of the South African economy. The World Economic Forum has highlighted the... 

Battery metals a key opportunity for Africa

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 A number of exploration projects are moving closer to production, following a period of significant explorative work financed by investors in the African battery metals space, says minerals exploration and evaluation consultancy firm The MSA Group principal consultant for critical metals Michael... 

Robots go to the "bottom": development forecasts for automated mining systems in 2019

15th January 2019 It is not a secret that the mining industry has historically been extremely conservative, and it has always been difficult to bring miners to experiment in the production, which has been developing for centuries. But the 21st century dictates its terms and to stay afloat, traditional businesses... 

Blaze damages Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert iron-ore export facility

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Rio Tinto closed part of its Cape Lambert iron-ore export terminal in Western Australia after a fire caused damage, the company said on Thursday. The blaze occurred early on Thursday and was extinguished with no injuries, the company said in an emailed statement. Cape Lambert is located about 1... 

Qld LNG exports reach new heights

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th January 2019 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports through the Port of Gladstone reached a record 20.58-million tonnes in 2018, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has revealed, reaffirming the sector’s importance to the Queensland economy. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said the data released by Gladstone Ports... 

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,... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

Detailed Jobs Summit package includes R100bn for black industrial firms  

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2018 The detailed 84-page framework agreement unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the much-anticipated Jobs Summit on Thursday includes a reaffirmation of a commitment by the financial sector to invest R100-billion in black-owned industrial enterprises over the coming five years. Funding for... 

Stanbic Botswana secures $125m loan guaranty to support diamond sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 Stanbic Bank Botswana, which is a member of Standard Bank Group, has, along with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution, and Botswana Finance, a subsidiary of Lazare Kaplan International, signed a $125-million loan guaranty, which... 

China’s preference for long-term contracts affecting Indian iron-ore miners

By: Ajoy K Das     25th September 2018 Indian overseas shipment of high-grade iron-ore fines and lumps is facing significant risks as Chinese steel mills are increasingly looking at long term supply agreements. According to three miner-exporters based in the eastern Indian province of Odisha, the largest iron-ore producer in the... 

China's iron-ore demand to remain flat as scrap steel use rises

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 China's iron-ore demand is expected to stay flat, said an official from Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, the country's biggest listed steelmaker, as Beijing's stricter environmental rules boost the use of scrap steel. China's growing stockpiles of scrap steel should also increase its use in steelmaking... 

Hurricane threatens US coking coal exports

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Prices of metallurgical coal, used by steelmakers, are likely to rise if Hurricane Florence disrupts port operations at Virginia’s Hampton Roads for an extended time, Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Thursday. Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded from a category four to a category two... 

Danakali banks on new investor mood to fund Eritrean mine

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 Fertiliser miner Danakali aims to raise $322-million this year to develop giant potash reserves in Eritrea, industry sources say, banking on Asmara's warmer ties with Ethiopia to help lure investors. The project will test the changing mood in the West towards the isolated nation, sandwiched... 

Don’t let your network dictate your choices

6th September 2018 Strata Worldwide and RFI Technology Solutions have joined forces to bring the underground world a simple yet powerful solution for overcoming many of the classic constraints of typical digital networks. It assists in resolving the common “last mile” difficulties of getting power and connectivity... 

India-US dialogue to set outline for Indian crude oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th September 2018 The Indian government will not totally halt crude oil imports from Iran, but will likely show flexibility on volumes of inward shipment as a nuanced stance at the US-India bilateral engagements starting Wednesday. The Indian government reckons that this willingness to reduce crude volume imports... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Gas monitor upgraded for better accuracy

31st August 2018 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include an upgraded atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and... 

Bauba optimistic for FY2019, despite potentially weaker chrome market

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2018 JSE-listed Bauba is optimistic about prospects for the 2019 financial year, despite the possibility of a weaker chrome market. Commenting on the chrome producer’s results for the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, CEO Nick van der Hoven explained that the ramp-up of underground production to 30... 

Beowulf marks maiden resource milestone at Aitolampi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Aim-listed Beowulf has announced a maiden mineral resource estimate for its Aitolampi graphite project, which it believes has the potential to serve the developing battery manufacturing market in Finland and Sweden. The Aitolampi project, in eastern Finland, has an indicated and inferred mineral... 

Indian private thermal power plants critical of CIL e-auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     8th August 2018 India’s independent power producers (IPPs) have flayed State-run Coal India Limited’s (CIL) move to push higher sales through e-auctions forcing thermal power plants without fuel linkages to resort to high cost dry fuel imports. However, simultaneously, the Power Ministry has asked all thermal... 

Advisian quickly becoming an advisor of choice in transport and master planning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Transport infrastructure is a primary driver for expanding trade and sustainable development throughout the EMEA region. This is particularly the case in the SSA (sub-Saharan African) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions, where the integration of transport infrastructure with new... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

Asset flexibility strategy to deliver value

27th July 2018 Metal and mining corporation Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore business aims to continue to deliver superior value for its shareholders by developing greater flexibility across its system of mines, rails and ports in Western Australia so that it is capable of dynamically responding to changes in market and... 

Giyani Metals and SA university in manganese research pact

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 Canada-based Africa-focused exploration company Giyani Metals Corporation last week announced the signing of a research collaboration programme with South African tertiary institution Rhodes University, regarding battery-grade manganese within the company’s flagship Kanye manganese project in... 

Zimbabwe's African Chrome Fields eyes equity sale to fund expansion

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Zimbabwe's largest chrome miner African Chrome Fields (ACF) is talking to foreign investors about an equity sale to help fund expansion but will ensure the firm's two main partners retain control, the majority shareholder said on Wednesday. The chairman of Moti Group, which has a majority stake... 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

Sedibeng Iron Ore DMS plant to feature industry 4.0 technologies

By: Nadine James     20th July 2018 ELB Engineering Services is excited to be involved in the construction and digitalisation of the 200 t/h dense media separation (DMS) plant at Sedibeng Iron Ore, near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape, says CEO, Dr Stephen Meijers. Meijers explains that the project aims to incorporate Industry 4.0... 

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