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Highfield ups capital cost estimate for Spain potash project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 An optimised feasibility study into the Muga potash project, in Spain, has increased the project capital cost requirements, ASX-listed Highfield Resources reported on Monday. A 2015 definitive feasibility study estimated a capital investment of $256-million would be required to deliver... 

Mining at Gruyere to start in November

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 The Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia, remains on schedule to produce its first gold in the June quarter of next year. Joint venture (JV) partners Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields on Monday revealed that the overall project engineering was about 96% complete at the end of the... 

Transnet tests world’s longest manganese production train

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th October 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has successfully run a 375-wagon manganese train over a distance of 861 km from Sishen to Saldanha Bay. This formed part of the testing of the 4-km-long train, which will, once in operation, be a production train with the highest number of wagons in the world, and the... 

New size for the Nokian Armor Gard 2 excavator tire

10th October 2018 In the spring of 2018, Nokian Tyres introduced a new excavator tire with a feature set matching perfectly the challenges of the urban excavation work. Now, Nokian Armor Gard 2 can be fitted to a wider variety of excavators, thanks to its new 11.00-20 size. Nokian Armor Gard 2, a true next... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

Coeur maintains guidance despite lower Q3 output

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 NYSE-listed miner Coeur Mining has maintained its production guidance for the year, despite reporting lower third-quarter production results, at 8.5-million ounces of silver equivalent. The company, which owns mines in Mexico, the US and Canada, produced 2.9-million ounces of silver, 88 833 oz... 

MGX prepares for drilling programme at new Chile projects

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 Canadian firm MGX Minerals is set to hit the road running in Chile, announcing on Tuesday that it had made its option agreement to acquire an interest in three lithium projects definitive and that it would start a drilling programme this week. MGX, which in August announced an option to buy into... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

BHP sees major copper demand boost from China's widening belt and road

By: Reuters     4th October 2018 China's overseas expansion will spread over land that is home to more than half the world's population, potentially boosting copper use by 1.6-million tonnes, or roughly 7% of annual demand, major miner BHP said on Thursday. BHP has analysed the impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

MacLean acquires Sudbury underground test facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 MacLean Engineering (“MacLean”) has purchased the former MTI test facility on Magill Street in the Lively neighbourhood of Sudbury, Ontario, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean Sales, Service and Support Centre on Kelly Lake Road. The property includes an approximately 300-metre... 

Makhado project’s environmental authorisation faces fresh appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 MC Mining plans to follow due process to have a fresh appeal against an environmental authorisation (EA) for its Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project dismissed. The appeal by what MC described as a “narrow interest group” has resulted in the suspension of the amended EA. 

Customer-centric businesses leading the pack

28th September 2018 Supply chain solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) believes that customercentricity is much more than just good customer service.   “It’s about creating an experience from the moment we first engage with a client until after our services have been rendered,” says BLP international... 

Irony of resource-rich Africa remaining poor must be reversed

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2018 There are many world leaders holding thumbs that Africa will move to the next level in the not too distant future. Encouraging African steps just taken include the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 44 African Union member states, with the goal of creating a single market. But even... 

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... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Damage to West Coast beaches from mining can be kept to 'acceptable' levels, say consultants

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Consultants employed by Australian company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) have acknowledged that the massive expansion of mining for mineral sands on 10 West Coast beaches north of the Olifants River estuary will cause unavoidable environmental damage, but claim that the damage can be reduced to... 

IDM's Red Mountain entering final enviro assessment stage

By: Mariaan Webb     21st September 2018 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA) has initiated the final stage of the Red Mountain gold project environmental assessment process, inviting public comment on the draft report and potential conditions that will be applied. The draft comment period runs until October 18, and a... 

Minergy lauds Botswana regulatory authorities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2018 Minergy CEO Andre Bojé is full of praise for Botswana’s regulatory authorities, who he says use legislation to assist mining investment. Minergy, which is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has begun work on its maiden 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula coalfield, 50 km north... 

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... 

Resource-rich Africa, Masama coal mine and Pan African's reconfiguration make headlines  

20th September 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses getting resource-rich Africa on the road the success, the Masama coal mine and Pan African’s reconfigured gold operations.   

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Velocity completes Rozino PEA, earns 70% stake

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 Eastern Europe-focused Velocity Minerals has completed a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Rozino openpit gold project, paving the way for the TSX-V-listed company to earn its 70% in Bulgaria project. The assessment is based on an openpit mining operation, which recovers... 

New Botswana coal mine development under way – Minergy

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 Work is under way on the new Masama coal mine, which Botswana Stock Exchange-listed Minergy expects to commission in January, ahead of its primary listing on London’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in the first half of next year. The 390-million-tonne Masama, located in the Mmamabula... 

Top miner sees US-China trade tensions limiting global growth

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2018 Rising US-China trade tensions threaten to curb consumer purchasing power, crimp productivity growth and limit global economic expansion, according to the world’s biggest mining company. The confrontation between the world’s top two economies, “along with an increasingly unpredictable policy... 

‘Major’ drilling programme approved for Torrens

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 The management committee of the Torrens joint venture – a 70:30 Aeris Resources and Argonaut partnership – has approved Stage 1 of a “major” drilling programme the iron-oxide/copper/gold project, in South Australia. Stage 1 will involve eight to ten drill holes to depths of between 700 m and 1... 

Myanmar unveils Bawdwin ‘starter pit’ scoping study

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 ASX-listed junior Myanmar Metals has unveiled the results of a scoping study for the Bawdwin polymetallic mine, in Myanmar, demonstrating the viability of developing a 13-year “starter pit” that will fund the life-of-mine infrastructure. Based on the indicated and inferred resources from the... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

Urquhart still on the radar

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th September 2018 An updated prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Urquhart bauxite project, in Queensland, has confirmed the low capital cost requirements for the project development. The PFS estimated that a capital injection of A$2.2-million would be required to develop Urquhart to produce some 1.5-million... 

DMR approves amended EA for MC Mining’s Makhado project

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has approved the environmental authorisation (EA) for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project, in Limpopo. The approval by the DMR follows confirmation earlier this month that the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and... 

ABB equipment set for Kittilä gold mine in Finland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 The Kittilä mine has invested in multinational corporation ABB’s production and personnel hoists, and these are set to be installed and introduced at the mine during 2020/21 The ABB delivery includes one friction type production hoist with 2.5 MW of motor power and a 1.2 MW single drum personnel... 

The immediate usefulness of EV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2018 Underground mining is at an interesting place right now, with the availability of diesel-free, battery electric equipment in most of the vehicle categories except heavy haulage, with that gap being actively addressed by a number of OEMs and the solution not something to be relegated to the... 

The immediate usefulness of EV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2018 Underground mining is at an interesting place right now, with the availability of diesel-free, battery electric equipment in most of the vehicle categories except heavy haulage, with that gap being actively addressed by a number of OEMs and the solution not something to be relegated to the... 

Trans Hex sells Cape Town head office building

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 JSE-listed diamond miner Trans Hex will sell the building that has been its head office for nearly three decades, announcing this week that the Cape Town property will be sold for R28.5-million. The building is located at 405 Voortrekker road, Parow.  

Mining waste set to grow, but ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ solutions abound

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2018 The evolution of waste management techniques to accommodate the shift to low-grade ores by mining operations is one of the key emerging trends in the global mining waste management market, states UK market research company Technavio. The London-headquartered company explains that in the last... 

Investors need proof of Zimbabwe mining pudding

By: Evert Wasserman     7th September 2018 There are plenty of new and dormant coal projects in Zimbabwe, which can help improve the economy of Zimbabwe, says senior coal analyst Xavier Prévost. Zimbabwe has abundant coal resources of a high quality, as some contain coking coal, which is usually available and also the most expensive kind... 

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