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AfDB optimistic about Eskom’s turnaround prospects

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 37 minutes ago The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended billions of rands in loans to Eskom, says it is optimistic the actions being taken to turnaround the embattled South African power utility will bear fruit. Power, energy, climate and green growth complex VP Amadou Hott told Engineering News... 

NT moves to clarify offshore oil, gas industry’s nuclear waste obligations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2019 The Northern Territory has passed the Nuclear Waste Transport Storage and Disposal (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, providing the offshore oil and gas industry with a blueprint of their obligations around the management of nuclear waste. The nuclear waste covered by the Bill included naturally... 

Tin use in batteries may rise to 60 000 t by 2030 – industry group

By: Reuters     15th February 2019 Tin could see a surge of new demand from lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage of up to 60 000 t a year by 2030, the International Tin Association (ITA) said on Thursday. Investors have been excited about the prospects for increased consumption of other metals, such as... 

Eagle mine, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 A copper/nickel mine located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. 

TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING:

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 TWO-FACED IRON-ORE MINING: Brazilian mining company Vale’s Brumadinho tailings dam collapse killed 150 died and left 182 missing; Vale-BHP’s Samarco dam collapse killed 19. What evokes great sadness is Vale’s payment of no less than seven cash dividends to shareholders between October 2015 and... 

Mining for coal still has a place in the power mix

12th February 2019 Wayne Lindecke, Director: Power Generation, WSP in Africa During the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba, concerns were noted on the impact that the move towards a ‘greener economy’ would have on coal mining – and, for base-load power production. However, coal mining and power production... 

Garpenberg mine, Sweden

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 A zinc/lead/silver/copper/gold mine in Hedemora municipality, Dalarna County. 

Sanedi ready to support the mining industry in energy efficiency

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 The mining sector has been encouraged to use more renewable energy and tighten up on energy efficiency, with the support of the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi). Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the mining industry would need innovative and novel solutions to reduce... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

Hudson starts calcium feldspar production in Greenland

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Hudson has started production ramp-up at its wholly owned White Mountain anorthosite calcium feldspar mine, in Greenland. Leading up to the ramp-up, the company completed the testing of all major equipment components, finding that all equipment was performing as expected, except... 

AfriTin discovers lithium occurrences at Namibia licence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th February 2019 AfriTin Mining has discovered significant grades of lithium, in addition to tin, in pegmatites in the ML 133 licence, located in the Nainais area, near its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Recent test work indicates that the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral present is petalite, with lesser... 

Goldplat's South African, Ghana subsidiaries achieve solid Q2 performance

By: Simone Liedtke     4th February 2019 Aim-listed Goldplat on Monday announced a 57% quarter-on-quarter increase in the production of gold-equivalent ounces for the second quarter ended December 31. Output was, however, 4% lower year-on-year. 

First Quantum resumes copper production at Spain mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2019 Canada-based First Quantum has resumed copper production at the hydrometallurgical plant at Cobre Las Cruces, in Spain, processing lower-grade stockpiled ore while it obtains necessary regulatory approvals to begin mining at an area unaffected by a recent land slippage. The slippage occurred... 

South African miners to review construction of tailings dams after Brazil disaster

By: African News Agency      1st February 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa on Thursday said local miners would be reviewing their tailing storage facilities construction, maintenance and operating protocols following the collapse of the tailings dam at Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. At least 60 people have been... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

Pan African’s low-cost Elikhulu exceeding expectations

By: Nadine James     1st February 2019 Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu operation, in Evander, Mpumalanga is achieving a better-than-expected production performance, CEO Cobus Loots noted during an investor and media tour at the operation, on Thursday. As reported by Mining Weekly Online last month, the Elikhulu project, which started... 

Invest in clean technology to counter the siege on the coal industry, Mantashe implores 

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2019 The coal industry needs to counter the negative attitude towards the industry by investing in clean coal technology and funding research initiatives to find alternative markets for coal, says Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. He told delegates at the opening of the fourteenth annual... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

India to look at mining agreements during Argentine President's visit

By: Ajoy K Das     30th January 2019 India is preparing the groundwork to sign a slew of bilateral agreements with Argentina encompassing nuclear energy, and the mining of copper, lithium and cobalt during the visit of Argentine President Mauricio Marci, next month. The Argentine President will be leading a high-level business... 

New from Weidmuller: an end-to-end energy condition monitoring solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Weidmuller introduces a new portfolio of selected energy monitoring components for energy consumption measurement, monitoring and integrated quality analysis of electrical supply networks. Designed for production facilities both large and small, Weidmuller’s modular and scalable solution provides... 

Consultancy plans to expand mining capability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     25th January 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consultancy Knight Piésold aims to expand its mining capability and market share, especially in tailings, as well as assist mines in developing renewable-energy projects in remote areas where grid power is unavailable or unreliable, says Knight... 

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... 

Candelaria Mining Complex, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 A copper/gold/silver mine in Atacama – Region III. 

Leagold sets 2019 guidance at up to 420 000 oz

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd January 2019 Canadian junior Leagold Mining has set a production target for 2019 of between 380 000 oz and 420 000 oz, at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of between $920/oz and $970/oz. This guidance range incorporates the company’s first full year of contributions from the three mines in Brazil that it... 

Gas flows from Van Gogh

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Oil and gas major Santos has produced first oil from its Van Gogh infill project, in the Exmouth Basin, offshore Western Australia, marking the completion of the two-well programme that is expected to increase production from the field. The Van Gogh field is one of three subsea field... 

Sheffield secures LNG for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd January 2019 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has struck a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with ASX-listed Woodside Energy and Energy Developments (EDL) at is Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. The 15-year supply agreement will see Woodside and EDL deliver 1 950 TJ/y of LNG to the... 

Location a key discussion point as Saudi Aramco mulls South African refinery investment

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2019 “Location, location, location,” South Africa’s Minister Jeff Radebe quipped on Friday after a meeting with his Saudi counterpart, Khalid Al-Falih, where it was agreed that Saudi Aramco and the Central Energy Fund (CEF) would jointly study a plan for a new oil refinery and petrochemical investment... 

Goldcorp names #DisruptMining semi-finalists

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 The six semi-finalists for #DisruptMining 2019 and the five 'sharks' who will judge the live finale of Goldcorp's yearly innovation challenge have been named. 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

Gamsberg set to trigger new wave of industrialisation in Northern Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     18th January 2019 With diversified miner Vedanta Zinc International’s (VZI’s) flagship Gamsberg project coming on stream, the Northern Cape province has the potential to become a base metals mining, processing and beneficiation hub. VZI CEO Deshnee Naidoo says Gamsberg has the potential to have a huge impact on... 

MAP packaging for good-looking red meat

15th January 2019 Afrox, through its Foodfresh® brand of gases, has developed a wide range of modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) solutions for keeping fresh food unspoilt, attractive and appetising while on supermarket shelves. In this article, Hans Strydom, Afrox’s Production Quality manager, talks about the... 

Acacia’s North Mara fined $130 000 for alleged environmental transgressions

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 London-listed Acacia Mining’s North Mara gold mine, in Tanzania, has received an environmental protection order (EPO) requiring the payment of a fine of $130 000, or TSh300-million. The EPO was issued in relation to alleged breaches of environmental regulations. 

Central Asia Metals meets production guidance for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Aim-listed Central Asia Metals (CAM) met its 2018 production guidance for copper, zinc and lead at the Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and electrowinning copper recovery plant, in Kazakhstan, as well as at the Sasa zinc/lead mine, in Macedonia. Kounrad produced 14 049 t of copper in 2018,... 

Equinox sets 2019 gold output guidance at 230 000 oz to 265 000 oz

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Equinox Gold, which produced about 26 000 oz of gold from its Mesquite gold mine, in California, in 2018, expects to produce 230 000 oz to 265 000 oz of gold this year at an all-in-sustaining cost (AISC) of $900/oz to $950/oz. This year's production will include contributions from Mesquite, which... 

Miners warn of Green's coal ban Bill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2019 The resources sector has warned of the detrimental effects a Bill to ban thermal coal mining in the Galilee Basin, in Queensland, would have on the economy. The Galilee Basin (Coal Prohibition Bill) has been introduced by the Greens into the Federal Senate, and if made into law, will see the... 

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Load-shedding spectre returns as unplanned outages rise  

By: Terence Creamer     1st November 2018 The spectre of load-shedding, which has haunted South Africa and its economy since 2008, but has lifted somewhat in recent years, appears to have returned. State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirmed with Engineering News Online on Thursday that the system had become vulnerable once again,... 

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