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Caterpillar selected to help install solar PV system for Otjikoto

     10th November 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has selected capital equipment giant Caterpillar (Cat) and global industrial company Barloworld to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Otjikoto mine, Namibia, which will provide 7 MW of solar power to the mine. “For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable,... 

Galantas acquiring new equipment for Omagh

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Galantas Gold has made good progress with the development of an underground mine at Omagh, in county Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and is now looking at acquiring new equipment to speed up its development rate. The company reported on Thursday that development had been advanced... 

Service impresses, leads to ongoing work at Balama

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings expects to complete a multimillion-rand project for Mozambique mining company Twigg Exploration & Mining by the end of next month. Kwikspace CEO Shaun McCormack notes that the company first started work on Twigg’s Balama graphite... 

Challenges delay miner’s housing project

By: Nadine James     1st September 2017 The Gabonewe Housing Estate Development project, located near the town of Ledig in the North West province, has been delayed by various challenges, including cost constraints and stakeholder integration, says South African platinum group metals miner Wesizwe Platinum. Wesizwe’s Sustainable... 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

Integration of Keaton going well – Wescoal

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed Wecoal says the integration of Keaton Energy, which it acquired for R526.8-million earlier this year, is progressing well. In a strategic update to shareholders, published on Wednesday, the company said the targeted cost savings through synergies and optimisation of management and... 

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd August 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Eight Sykes Dewatering Pumps To Coal Mining Operation

     7th August 2017 Integrated Pump Rental reports that one of its surface coal mining customers recently purchased eight Sykes CP 150 self-priming diesel driven pumps from the company. Lee Vine, managing directors of Integrated Pump Rental, says that most significantly the order was placed following a short term... 

Lower grades, higher costs weigh on Guyana Goldfields’ Q2 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2017 Despite lower grades dragging down production at its Aurora mine, in Guyana, in the second quarter of this year, TSX-listed Guyana Goldfields has maintained its production guidance for the full-year, albeit at the lower end of the range of 160 000 oz to 180 000 oz of gold. The mine produced 29... 

Coal mine switches to Atlas Copco LED light towers

     25th July 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to trading partner, Tracpart Mining Supplies. The end-user, a coal mine in Mpumalanga, uses the light towers for above ground lighting applications. When approached... 

Diverse footprint keeps orders coming in during downturn 

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The wide geographic spread of Barloworld Equipment, the South African distributor of US-based construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s products, insulates it from the effects of mining cycles that may challenge the sustainability of some of its competitors. 

Implementation of hybrid renewable-diesel microgrids set to increase

By: Nadine James     30th June 2017 Mining houses’ use of microgrids and renewable energy to generate power and supplement diesel energy at isolated mining operations has been steadily increasing, says renewable-energy and microgrid consultant THEnergy. THEnergy founder and MD Dr Thomas Hillig notes that the company has been... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently move to mining towns, but prefer to maintain and return to their homes in rural areas, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as urban home... 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

Slurrysucker Makes Quick Work Of Cleaning Tank On Platinum Mine

     13th June 2017 Integrated Pump Rental reports that its locally produced SlurrySucker Maxi dredge unit recently made quick work of desilting a process water tank at a local platinum mine. The ongoing build-up of slurry, due to inefficiencies in the thickener process, had become a major issue at this process... 

WA Premier revives plan to scrap iron-ore levy as it seeks upfront cash

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th May 2017 Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has revived the possibility of scrapping a 25c/t levy on iron-ore produced from the state, in exchange for up-front payments. The Premier over the weekend admitted that the state government was weighing the option of a ‘buy-out’ of the lease rental fee in... 

Integrated Pump Rental Blasts Its Way To Success On Copper Mine

     11th May 2017 Integrated Pump Rental, in JV with EC mining, secured the contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the DRC. This recent project follows on the successful completion of the cleaning up of two similar dams by the company at the same mine. Managing director of Integrated Pump Rental,... 

eXtract to restructure amid slump in contract mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 Despite the recent improvement in commodity prices, the long-term outlook for the contract mining sector remains poor.  In a joint statement by enX and eXtract on Tuesday, the parties said there was an oversupply of contract mining services in the market. 

Lonmin committed to R500m expenditure on employee apartments

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2017 Platinum-mining company Lonmin is committed to spending R500-million over five years on its Infill Apartment Project, which develops the areas between converted hostel blocks. In 2014, all 128 single-sex hostel blocks were converted into renovated single and family apartment blocks at a cost of... 

Junior miners to benefit as a result of investment incentive

By: David Oliveira     7th April 2017 Junior mining companies stand to benefit greatly from increasing investments into venture capital companies (VCCs), which offer investors significant financial returns owing to the Section 12J tax return benefits offered by the South African Revenue Service (Sars). Venture capital company... 

Housing strategy bears fruit

     31st March 2017 Platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum has completed its hostel conversion programme, announcing the achievement in its 2017 half-year results, which were released last month. Northam CE Paul Dunne said the company’s reinvigorated housing strategy is delivering pleasing results. “The... 

Slag use in building system offers multiple benefits

     31st March 2017 Alternative construction system company Moladi has developed a means of incorporating mine slag into its Moladi mix, offering mining companies a viable method for recycling their waste material and reduced construction costs when developing mine-site accommodation. Moladi founder and CEO Hennie... 

Sierra Leone gold sector ‘open for business’

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 The moderate rise in the average gold price to $1 248/oz in 2016 increased investor appetite for gold exploration and triggered some merger and acquisition activity in the sector, providing a positive environment for miner Sula Iron & Gold to advance its planned drilling programme at its... 

On track for low-cost production profile

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th March 2017 West African gold producer, developer and explorer Avesoro Resources expects its New Liberty gold mine, in Liberia, to be cash-flow positive during 2017, moving it closer to realising a low-cost production profile. 

Growing need for rental service in Namibia

     24th February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier and rental company Renttech South Africa has been meeting a growing demand for its rental equipment in Namibia’s mining industry, particularly its range of diesel generators and welding equipment.  The company reported in June that it had been supplying a major... 

Group to split to improve customer focus

     17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Call to review charter’s proposed home ownership model

By: Sascha Solomons     10th February 2017 Corporate monitoring organisation Bench Marks Foundation has long proposed that all platinum producers in South Africa, which promote private home ownership in line with the proposed Mining Charter, review this model, says executive director John Capel. He says the organisation’s surveys have... 

Rental fleet demand doubles in two years

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Demand for industrial pumps and dredging equipment supplier Integrated Pump Rental’s (IPR’s) rental fleet has doubled since the company’s introduction in 2014. IPR attributes this growth to its superior products and value proposition. IPR MD Lee Vine says the company’s ability to offer... 

Would-be kingmaker calls out Australian iron giants in ore tax battle

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2017 The world’s biggest mining companies producing iron ore from Australia aren’t paying their fair share in taxes, according to a lawmaker who wants a 20-fold raise in a state levy that’s been unchanged since the 1960s and the era of imperial pounds, shillings and pence. The proposal has... 

Lonmin must improve housing plan or face losing its mining rights

By: News24Wire      12th December 2016 The Department of Mineral Resources plans to ask mining giant Lonmin for a compliant housing plan and may revoke the company's mining rights if it doesn't receive it, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. Zuma was giving an update on steps taken by various government departments to implement the... 

Modular building company provides practical solutions on Mozambican graphite mine

     15th November 2016 The discovery of large reserves of mineral resources in Mozambique has spurred many companies on to explore opportunities within the country’s mining sector. Having expanded its business into Mozambique 5 years ago, and with the opening of assembly plants in Palma and Tete, Kwikspace Modular... 

Lonmin buys Amplats' Pandora platinum stake, lets out concentrator

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2016 Platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday announced the sale of its 42.5% interest in the Pandora Joint Venture (JV) to platinum company Lonmin in a deferred six-year cash transaction linked to a concentrator rental agreement. The transaction increases Lonmin’s ownership... 

Prime Industrial Property In Mining Hub Brakpan North, East Rand

     8th November 2016 Brakpan is a small town that emerged due to gold, uranium and coal mining. Together with Boksburg, Benoni and Springs, Brakpan is part of the urban sprawl of the East Rand. Main Reef road links Brakpan to all the other towns in the East rand and its central location is a convenience for the... 

Macmahon withdraws from Nigeria

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2016 Project house Macmahon Holdings has terminated its contract at the Calabar operations, in Nigeria. Macmahon told shareholders on Wednesday that operations at Calabar would cease on October 28, with demobilisation scheduled to start immediately after. 

Rio, BHP reject WA proposal to change iron-ore levy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th October 2016 Iron-ore majors Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have rejected an offer from the Western Australian government to scrap the existing 25c/t production levy on iron-ore produced in the state in lieu of an upfront payment. A spokesperson for Rio Tinto confirmed on Tuesday that the Western Australian... 

New products for crushing and screening

     30th September 2016 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Powerscreen launched three new products for the crushing and screening industry this year; the 2100 screen, the Warrior 1400XE screen and the Premiertrak 600 jaw crusher. 

New drills on show

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd September 2016 Global mineral exploration company Boart Longyear is using the quadrennial MINExpo International exhibition and conference to showcase several new and tried and tested drill rigs. Visitors to this year’s event, being held from September 26 to 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Nevada, US,... 

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