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Goodwin Africa focuses on service, holistic solutions

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 As part of enhancing its services and solutions offering, submersible slurry pumps supplier Goodwin Submersible Pumps Africa has invested in several initiatives, such as a service exchange programme, new offices in Cape Town and the development of a new pumps range, says Goodwin Africa marketing... 

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

The Internet of Things – Monitoring Mine Performance

13th June 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to a mine near you.  And it would be a determined Luddite who resists this new wave – the next great industrial revolution that is transforming our world.  Bell Labs has described the “goal of the Internet of All Things to be to build a digital... 

India moots allocating coal blocks to oil companies for methanol production

By: Ajoy K Das     11th June 2018 he Indian government has mooted a proposal to allocate coal blocks to national oil refining-marketing companies to produce methanol and to reduce dependency on imported crude oil-based diesel consumption. The work-in-progress proposal under the Road Transport Ministry will be submitted to the... 

Chaarat plans to lead consolidation in CIS region

By: Mariaan Webb     11th June 2018 London-listed Chaarat Gold’s offer to take over Kyrgyzstan’s largest gold mine, Kumtor, is only “one of a number of potential deals” that the company is considering in former Soviet Union countries, chairperson Martin Andersson said on Monday, reaffirming the junior’s strategy of selective... 

Northern Vertex secures right of way for construction at Moss mines

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2018 TSX-V-listed Northern Vertex Mining has received certified grant letters for right of way (ROW) for the powerline, fibre-optics and access road construction for the Moss gold and silver mine, in Arizona. The letters and ROW, from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), signal a “milestone which... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Qld refutes claims it will fund access road to Carmichael mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th June 2018 The Queensland government has denied reports that it is planning to fund up to A$100-million to build an access road for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. “There are currently no proposals about roads and Adani being considered by the government,” Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony... 

Mandela Mining Precinct partner boasts simulation capabilities, serves as ‘test-bed’ for Mining 4.0 technologies 

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 SiMINE @ Mandela Mining Precinct, located at Carlow Road in Johannesburg, effectively offers two core services – experiential mining simulation as well as a “test bed” for Mining 4.0 principles and systems – for the betterment of the industry, says SiMINE director Gary Lane. He explains that... 

Don’t let your network dictate your choices

7th June 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... 

Mining resumes at Avanco’s Brazil mine

By: Mariaan Webb     4th June 2018 Mining operations have resumed at the Antas mine in strike-hit Brazil, after fuel and other supplies started flowing into Parauapebas. The Antas mine, which was shut last week amid a crippling truck driver strike, is functioning on a normal roster, ASX-listed Avanco said on Monday. 

Strong PEA opens door for Eastmain to advance Eau Claire

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 Toronto-headquartered gold developer Eastmain Resources says the strong economics demonstrated in the recent preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its flagship Eau Claire project, located in Quebec’s James Bay region, has opened the door to proceed to the prefeasibility stage, while allowing... 

MInteg invest in rope access training centre

31st May 2018 Improved IRATA Status Extends Working at Height Expertise Maintenance, inspection and integrity specialist, MInteg, have opened a purpose-built rope access training centre at parent company EnerMech’s Aberdeen headquarters. 

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

The 5 most exciting commodity markets in Latin America in 2018

29th May 2018 Excitement around lithium is booming at the moment with the future of electric vehicles nearly upon us. Lithium is the key element used in lithium-ion batteries, usually found in mobile phones and laptops. However while a laptop battery needs 30g of lithium, an electric car needs at least 10kg,... 

Avanco cuts Antas production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th May 2018 Plant operations and most mining activities have been suspended at the Antas openpit mine, in Brazil, as a strike by truck drivers drags on. ASX-listed Avanco Resources has previously warned that operations at Antas would be affected by the strike, as fuel and consumables failed to be delivered... 

In lithium hot spot, ghost towns recall another boom gone bust

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2018 Chile knows what it is to be expendable. Ghost towns that pepper the nation’s north are a painful reminder of a time when it was replaced almost overnight as the world’s top fertiliser producer. These days, the decaying buildings and rusty plants serve as a harbinger for miners embarking on a... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The once burgeoning platinum industry that in the recent past benefited from a years-long upswing in commodity demand and prices is now failing to recover from the global economic depression that heralded the end of its glory days and shut many smaller operators down. In the wake of the 2008... 

Miners halt dividend payouts, stay-in-business capex as price languishes in the doldrums

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The once burgeoning platinum industry that in the recent past benefited from a years-long upswing in commodity demand and prices is now failing to recover from the global economic depression that heralded the end of its glory days and shut many smaller operators down. In the wake of the 2008... 

East Africa Metals continues to explore Ethiopia

25th May 2018 Mineral exploration company East Africa Metals will continue to explore highly prospective areas in the immediate vicinity of the Terakimti gold project, Mato Bula copper and Da Tambuk gold deposit areas, in Ethiopia. This work will be concurrent with an on-going development review and assessment... 

Decline in skills essential for deep underground safety requiring intense management vigilance

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 Mining executives with decades of experience are finding that certification qualifying individuals for management positions in deep underground mines do not necessarily have know-how that ensures underground safety. Top mining executives Mining Weekly has communicated with of late are putting new... 

ELB Continues To Provide Know How Solutions To Multiple Sectors

24th May 2018 ELB announces the award of Debmarine-M.V. Grand Banks and completes Assmang’s Black Rock Projects, the Sack Tipping Unit for Unilever Nigeria and Colleen Bawn Clinker Loading in Zimbabwe ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the drying system for the M.V.... 

Lemur Concludes Concession Agreement with the Government of Madagascar for the Imaloto Power Project

22nd May 2018 Bushveld Minerals, the AIM-listed integrated vanadium producer with additional investments in coal, power and tin, is pleased to provide the following update in respect of Lemur Holdings Limited ("Lemur"), Bushveld's coal and energy subsidiary that is developing an integrated thermal coal mining... 

Aegion South Africa ‘conveys’ improved, cost-effective bulk mineral hydro-transportation solutions in the pan-African mining sector

22nd May 2018 Africa faces the urgent problem of having to address its ageing pipeline infrastructure. Specialist pipeline rehabilitation company, Aegion South Africa, has a range of highly effective solutions to this pressing problem; and has been providing successful project solutions locally and to various... 

Comprehensive package facilitates fugitive dust management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2018 Fugitive dust emissions pose risks to mining companies, surrounding communities and the receiving environment, and require proper management to mitigate their effects, and environmental management company I-CAT is well poised to do so through its comprehensive solution offering. I-CAT... 

Revival of Zambia mining industry demands fuel industry overhaul

18th May 2018 While the mining industry in Zambia is currently looking healthy – owing in part to the surge in demand for cobalt to produce lithium-ion batteries – it is crucial that the country’s fuel industry keeps pace with the upswing in industrial output and changing market demands, says independent... 

Communities oppose West Wits gold project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 ASX-listed exploration and development company West Wits Mining’s South African subsidiary West Wits Mining MLI (West Wits MLI) is facing resistance from some of the affected communities surrounding the West Wits Mining Project (WWMP), located west of the Johannesburg Central Business District... 

South African mining is obliged to negotiate the many turning points and deciding moments confronting it with courage and care

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 Major turning points and crucial deciding moments continue to confront the South African mining industry, which can no longer flinch from negotiate them with fortitude and fairness. The industry has reached a point of being obliged to look long and to act strong when it comes to doing what is... 

Mayskoye mine, Russia

By: Thabi Madiba     18th May 2018 A gold mine located in the Chaunski district of the Chukotka Autonomous region, in Russia. 

Roxgold increases full-year production guidance after record Q1 output

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2018 Burkina Faso-focused Roxgold, which operates the Yaramoko mine, produced 40 452 oz of gold during the first quarter of the year ended March 31, and increased its full-year production guidance to between 120 000 oz and 130 000 oz. The record production for the quarter was driven by improved... 

Canadian Zinc seeks to raise C$195m in debt for Prairie Creek

By: Mariaan Webb     17th May 2018 Negotiations are under way and proposal are being evaluated for potential debt financing for the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver project that TSX-listed Canadian Zinc is advancing in the Northwest Territories. The company, which this week named former KGHM International executive Don MacDonald... 

Premier’s Cove PEA sets stage for Nevada-focused exploration camp

By: Henry Lazenby     16th May 2018 Canadian miner Premier Gold has reported strong economic metrics for its 100%-owned Cove project, near Battle Mountain, Nevada. Based on a gold price assumption of $1 250/oz, the PEA calculated an after-tax net present value (NPV), applying a 5% discount rate, of $143-million. 

Callinex jumps 35% on viable combined Nash Creek, Superjack PEA

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 Base metals-focused Callinex Mines has made public the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) examining the production of zinc from the combined 100%-owned Nash Creek and Superjack projects, located in New Brunswick’s prolific Bathurst Mining District, in Maritime Canada. The PEA... 

New 6” Trash Pump

14th May 2018 Australian Pumps’ new heavy duty 6” trash pump, the MQ62TD, is set to change the way dewatering is done on construction sites.  Traditionally dry primed pumps are used, even when the dry prime feature is not necessary. Australian Pumps’ research has revealed that 80% of construction sites... 

Maptek’s Evolution 5 provides intelligent optimisation approach

11th May 2018 Software, hardware and services provider Maptek continues to stamp its ownership on the global mine scheduling market through an intelligent optimisation approach, with the company’s latest milestone, Evolution 5, announced last month. Generating an optimised mine schedule with practical... 

Too little mining sunrise in sight as chug-along approach predominates

By: Martin Creamer     11th May 2018 The State of the Nation address referred to the sunrise potential of South Africa’s mining industry, but one still cannot see the required beams of light penetrating the darkness. A somnambulant, chug-along approach is predominating, despite the widespread acknowledgement that mining can drive... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

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