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India mulls bringing natural gas under single unified tax regime

By: Ajoy K Das     18th January 2019 The Indian government has initiated moves to bring natural gas under the purview of Goods and Service Tax (GST) offering succor to a large number of gas-based power plants stranded by high-priced fuel. A Parliamentary committee on energy has batted in favour of including natural gas in the... 

Ultra-efficient three shaft screen released for mining industry

18th January 2019 Processing equipment supplier ELB Equipment has released an ultra-efficient three shaft screen – Powerscreen Warrior 2100 – which is capable of dealing with overburden for use in rehabilitation or to stockpile materials as a saleable by-product of mining. ELB Equipment national sales manager... 

SA company wins international award for ventilation shaft repair and waterproofing

By: Nadine James     18th January 2019 On the November 9, 2018, for the first time in more than two decades, a South African company won the Award of Excellence at the International Concrete Repair Institute Awards, which took place in Omaha, Nebraska, in the US. The Award of Excellence was presented to Sanika Waterproofing... 

Palladium hurtles through $1 400 as breakneck rally continues

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Palladium rocketed through $1 400/oz the first time, extending its precipitous rally despite signs that global vehicle sales are slowing. The precious metal, primarily used in the auto industry for catalytic converters, has surged more than 65% since the middle of August. The bull run has been... 

TLT-Turbo African Consolidation Creates a Market First Turn Key Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Following the launch of the TLT-Turbo Africa, in Q2 2018, German based ventilation firm, TLT-Turbo (GmbH), has concluded the consolidation of several South African based operations to become the continent’s first and only complete, turn-key mining, energy and industrial ventilation solutions... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South32 delivers solid Q2 results; announces leadership shuffle 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2019 Diversified miner South32 has reported a solid production performance in the December quarter, with the miner maintaining its production guidance for the full year to June 2019. “We achieved a strong quarter of production, maintaining full-year guidance for all operations with the exception of... 

Optimum, Koornfontein preliminary business rescue plan to be submitted for creditor approval next week 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Legal adviser Bouwer van Niekerk expects to have a preliminary business rescue plan for Optimum Coal Mine and Koornfontein Mine submitted for creditor approval by the end of next week, he confirmed to Mining Weekly Online on Wednesday. The mines’ business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have been... 

Centerra reports production results, sets guidance for 2019

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2019 Midtier miner Centerra Gold produced 729 556 oz of gold in 2018, a 7% decrease from that of 2017, but above the company’s guidance of 665 000 oz to 705 000 oz for the year. Centerra, which operates the water-constrained Mt Milligan mine, in British Columbia, and the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan,... 

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... 

Commodity-Wide Success For Kwatani Screens

15th January 2019 The recent orders won by vibrating screen and feeder specialist Kwatani have cemented its reputation as the leading South African original equipment supplier (OEM) with a truly cross-commodity footprint. Kwatani’s custom engineered products are now in some of the world’s largest mines, and many... 

Multotec Brings Value Of Spirals To More Minerals

15th January 2019 Experience in the field and in its test laboratory has allowed Multotec Process Equipment to prove the economic impact of applying spiral concentration technology to high value minerals used in cellular phones and electric cars. “A number of customers mining minerals such as copper, lithium, tin... 

Talga finds possible buyer for graphite

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th January 2019 ASX-listed Talga Resources has inked a letter of intent (LoI) with a subsidiary of Germany’s Schunk Group to cooperate on the exploration and incorporation of Talga graphene into a Schunk product with applications in the automotive sector. Schunk is a globally operating technology company with... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is preferred supplier to chrome mines in Steelpoort area

14th January 2019 The Nelspruit branch of SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is not only the industrial gear hub for Southern Africa, it supplies drive solutions for the rest of the continent. It also supplies electric motors, geared motors, planetary, and industrial gear units for the chrome-mining industry in the region,... 

DebTech supplies X-ray diamond recovery tech to Sierra Leone project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2019 Diamond processing technology specialist DebTech is supplying its X-ray diamond recovery technology to Newfield Resources’ Tongo diamond mining project, in Sierra Leone. DebTech is collaborating with project house Paradigm Project Management on the project.  

Capstone delivers on FY18 copper output guidance

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 TSX-listed Capstone Mining produced 155.2-million pounds of copper in 2018, in line with expectations, and has set its 2019 output guidance at between 145-million and 160-million pounds of copper at a C1 cash cost of between $1.80/lb and $2/lb. During this year, the Canadian base metals miner... 

Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th January 2019 With a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior... 

eCobalt sees potential 1 200 t/d cobalt production rate at Idaho project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 TSX-listed eCobalt Solutions has identified the potential to increase the targeted production rate at its Idaho cobalt project to 1 200 t/d from the previously planned 800 t/d. The 50% increase in anticipated production within the updated mine plan should create more resilient project... 

Suncor achieves record quarterly oil-equivalent production of 831 000 bbl/d

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 Energy company Suncor reported total upstream production of 831 000 bbl/d of oil equivalent for the fourth quarter of 2018. This marked a quarterly production record and represented a 12% increase from the third quarter. 

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... 

Battery Minerals tables feasibility study for Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th December 2018 A feasibility study into Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated a capital cost of $69.4-million to support production of 58 000 t/y over a mine life of 27 years. ASX-listed Battery Minerals said on Wednesday that Balama would generate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation... 

Barrick Gold eyes assets, exploration as it plots new phase 

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2018 Barrick Gold, soon to become the world's largest bullion miner, is interested in adding more copper assets as long as the red metal is accompanied by bullion, executives said on Friday. Barrick, which expects to complete its $6.1-billion takeover of Randgold Resources January 1, outlined plans... 

Difficulties continue for Afarak in Q3

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 Industry seasonal effects, coupled with some internal adversities, primarily in the ferro-alloys segment, continue to make this a difficult year for specialty alloys producer Afarak. During the company’s third-quarter period, ended September 30, the benchmark price for ferrochrome fell further,... 

Diamond industry’s confidence in XRT sorting growing

2nd November 2018 X-ray transmission (XRT) technology has ushered in a new era for diamond recovery, with an increasing number of mining companies embracing the technology and scaling back on the use of conventional technologies, such as dense-media separation, for the treatment of middle- and coarse-sized... 

Afrimat prospers in H1, despite tough economic environment

By: Simone Liedtke     1st November 2018 Openpit mining company Afrimat on Thursday posted a 4.3% year-on-year improvement in operating profit to R202.7-million for the six months ended August 31, while revenue increased by 28.6% year-on-year to R1.5-billion. These positive results, CEO Andries van Heerden said at a media breakfast,... 

Reducing the safety risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 As with all Victaulic products, the Victaulic Series 795 Knife Gate Valve has been produced to meet the challenging demands of the South African mining industry, not only reducing costs, but reducing the time and manpower spent in the replacement, and therefore greatly reducing underground risks.... 

Electra Mining Africa 2018 was a vital platform for the future of mining

31st October 2018 By Norman Maleka, National Sales and Marketing Manager Our focus was to showcase the new products we are developing for the future. SEW is present in all major industries, from mining to food-and-beverage and automotive, to name a few. Hence it is always a challenge for us when it comes to... 

BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer says relationships are crucial in the supply chain

30th October 2018 While average realised prices have been strong for the most recent fiscal year, BHP’s Chief Commercial Officer, Arnoud Balhuizen has warned to not get too caught up with the numbers alone. “Prices have generally benefited disciplined owner-operators with high quality assets, particularly those... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Epiroc sponsors graduate greatness through GradStar Awards 2018

26th October 2018 Epiroc’s resolute focus on being an employer of choice combined with the undeniably important role of the youth in taking South Africa forward, prompted southern Africa’s mining, infrastructure and natural resources equipment partner to co-sponsor the prestigious DHL GradStar Awards 2018. The... 

Namibia scraps black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 Namibia has scrapped a requirement for companies seeking mining exploration licences to be partly owned and managed by black Namibians, the country's mining industry group said on Friday. The policy was introduced in 2015 to increase the participation of historically disadvantaged black Namibians... 

Nevsun ups guidance for Eritrea zinc/copper mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2018 Canadian base metals miner Nevsun Mining, which is being taken over by China’s Zijin Mining, has increased its 2018 zinc and copper guidance for the Bisha mine, following a strong third-quarter performance. The mine, in Eritrea, produced 69.6-million pounds of zinc in concentrate, compared with... 

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... 

Manufacturer and marketer working hand in hand

26th October 2018 Integrated chemicals and petrochemicals company Sasol and multifunctional distribution company Helm have entered into a long-term marketing agreement for ethylene glycols. The agreement between Sasol and Helm will come into effect upon the start-up of Sasol's new ethylene oxide and ethylene... 

Reutech Mining plans to expand product range

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th October 2018 Mining technology and geotechnical slope-stability-monitoring radar systems supplier Reutech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019, says executive manager Jan de Beer. The company provides equipment that can assist in real-time monitoring of the mine walls in opencast mines to provide... 

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... 

New lease on life for Leeuwpan

26th October 2018 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ Leeuwpan opencast coal mine, in Mpumalanga, was at risk of running out of coal, until last month a new road gave it access to coal reserves. “Leeuwpan needed to develop an area where it could mine another 5.1-million tons a year to extend its life by a further... 

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... 

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