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Gold Fields advances projects to ‘underwrite a better future’

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2018 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields aims to continue building new projects that will “underwrite a better future for [the miner] in terms of a longer life at lower costs”. This, CEO Nick Holland said during a conference call on Thursday, is particularly important, given the volatility of the gold... 

Elkview mine, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 A metallurgical coal mine located about 3 km east of Sparwood, in south-eastern British Columbia, in Canada. 

ELB to provide Side Arm Charger to Sappi Saiccor, KZN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that a contract has been entered into between Sappi Saiccor and ELB Engineering Services for the Sappi Saiccor Side Arm Charger Project at Umkomaas, South Coast of KZN, South Africa. The Sappi Saiccor mill at Umkomaas is planning to increase... 

Ivanhoe advances projects in ‘productive’ Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines had a productive second quarter ended June 30, with underground development at the planned initial copper mine at Kakula, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making steady progress. The mine is expected to reach the high-grade copper mineralisation later this... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

APA takes up A$13bn offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th August 2018 The directors of energy infrastructure business APA Group have unanimously recommended a near A$13-billion takeover offer from a consortium led by CK Infrastructure Holdings. The A$11 a share offer was first flagged in June this year, with the consortium, which also includes CK Asset Holdings... 

Unisa, Mintek officially launch shared imaging facility

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 The University of South Africa (Unisa) and Mintek officially launched their shared Materials Imaging Laboratory, and specifically their recent acquisition of an X-ray microscope (XRM), which enables both institutions to carry out advanced mineral and material research. In 2017, Unisa and Mintek... 

Haulage starts at Altura's mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th August 2018 First lithium concentrate from ASX-listed Altura Mining’s lithium mine has been hauled to Port Hedland, ahead of first shipments. “MD James Brown said on Wednesday that the start of haulage was another important step for the company. 

Battery metal deals still sparking - EY

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th August 2018 The battery metals sector appears to be somewhat isolated from the recently slow-down in global mining and metals transactions, advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) said. EY earlier reported that global merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction values in the mining and metals sector fell by 9.5%... 

Battery metals boom boosting services, project potential

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 There is a boom in the battery metals mining space, owing to a global focus on environment-friendly power initiatives, or ‘green’ energy, says mining industry specialist consultants The MSA Group. MSA Group critical metals principal consultant Michael Cronwright says the company has noted a... 

Fording River Operations, Canada

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd August 2018 A steelmaking coal, or metallurgical or coking coal mine located about 29 km north-east of Elkford, in south-eastern British Columbia, Canada. 

Red 5 expecting more in 2019

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd August 2018 Gold miner Red 5 is expecting to produce between 100 000 oz and 115 000 oz from its Western Australian operations in the 2019 financial year. The company on Thursday announced a 64% increase to the reserve estimate at its Darlot mine, which now stood at 1.92-million tonnes, at 3.5 g/t gold, for... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

DRDGold expects first tailings production from WRTRP assets in Q1 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 Following the successful implementation of the transaction between JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater and JSE- and NYSE-listed DRDGold, Sibanye-Stillwater now owns 38.05% of the issued share capital of DRDGold, which is currently worth R895.7-million. Under the terms of the transaction,... 

EPA backs plans to revive Paroo Station lead mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has backed plans to restart operations at the Paroo Station lead mine, near Wiluna. EPA chairperson Tom Hatton said the proposal from Rosslyn Hill Mining to expand the current mining operation by 400 ha and introduce new lead... 

McEwen achieves 45% increase in gold equivalent output in Q2

By: Simone Liedtke     31st July 2018 NYSE- and TSX-listed McEwen Mining increased its gold-equivalent ounce (GEO) production by 45% in the quarter ended June 30. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) per ounce decreased by 2% year-on-year. 

Goldplat FY18 financials expected to be in line with market expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2018 Aim-listed gold producer Goldplat expects its consolidated profit, before tax, for the financial year ended June 30, to be in line with market expectations, despite Kilimapesa Gold (KPG) having experienced a poor final quarter financially. While Kilimapesa Plant 1 was shut down during the final... 

Oando financials thrive on back of high-demand, low-supply oil environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th July 2018 JSE-listed Nigerian energy group Oando reported a solid financial footing for the first half of the year on the back of higher oil prices as a direct consequence of increasing demand and lower supply. Higher oil prices, and the resolution of joint venture funding challenges with the Nigerian... 

Lynas production hits record, further increases planned for Q1 FY2019

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) and rare-earth oxide (REO) production for the June quarter, with further increases planned for the September quarter. The ASX-listed company on Friday reported REO production of 4 804 t, up 17% on the previous quarter’s... 

Roxgold’s Bagassi South construction activities progress

20th July 2018 Construction at Canadian gold miner Roxgold’s Bagassi South gold project, in Burkina Faso, is progressing well, with the miner continuing “to be on track for delivery of first ore from our second mine expected in the fourth quarter”, comments Roxgold president and CEO John Dorward. Bagassi South... 

Kinsevere mine, Democratic Republic of Congo

By: Thabi Madiba     20th July 2018 A copper cathode mine located about 27 km north of the provincial capital Lubumbashi in the Katanga province, in south-east Democratic Republic of Congo. 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Johnson Crane Hire Now Offers Access Platforms, Telehandlers

10th July 2018 Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in... 

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

Company expands South American service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 As part of its coordinated international strategy, minerals processing specialist Multotec is establishing a joint venture (JV) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which will enhance its presence in the South American region, says Multotec screening media VP Roy Roche. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

6th July 2018 Every time a piece of rock impacts or moves across a metal surface, it removes small pieces from this surface, resulting in wear. Even though this wear is very small, the volume loss of these shavings adds up over time and has a direct impact on operational costs. For this reason, Benoni-based... 

Vedanta starts commissioning activities at Gamsberg

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Diversified mining company Vedanta Resources’ subsidiary Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has started commissioning activities at its Gamsberg project, a greenfield mining project in the Northern Cape. Waste pre-stripping was completed by the end of June and ore production has started. 

AngloGold starts development of Vogue orebody to increase Sunrise Dam production

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 Development of the large, high-grade Vogue orebody at gold miner AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine, in Western Australia, is now under way, with production expected to increase by 25% this year to about 300 000 oz. This development follows the commissioning of the miner’s Recovery Enhance... 

New technical models set to reduce costs of power generation, distribution for Africa

5th July 2018 Innovative new technologies and architectures set to reduce the costs of power generation and distribution will be presented at the upcoming POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference and expo. Speaking ahead of Africa’s premier power sector summit, experts outlined a number of new technologies... 

Bacanora secures $150m debt for Mexico lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 The Sonora lithium project is one step closer to fruition with Bacanora Lithium on Thursday announcing that it had secured $150-million in debt for the development of Stage 1 of the Mexico mine.  

Rock-bolt drill hole logging - Enhance your Safety and Save Money

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2018 DMT has released the new generation of its Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) for imaging extra slim drill holes with a maximum diameter of 25 mm. One of its primary tasks is the logging of rock- or roof-bolt boreholes. There has been keen interest from South African mining companies with regard to this... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Filtration company facilitates required high quality for fuel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th June 2018 With clean, uncontaminated fuel being the key to optimal fuel system performance and longevity for modern diesel engines used in the mining industry, filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration is ensuring that its products and services cater to this. This entails the proper... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Westwater outlines plan for ‘made in US’ battery-graphite business

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2018 Nasdaq-listed Westwater Resources is planning to establish a speciality battery graphite manufacturing business in the US state of Alabama, with the Coosa graphite mine an essential cog in this wheel. Once operational in 2026, the Coosa graphite project, near Birmingham, will provide feedstock... 

IEA sees gas demand growth of 1.6% a year, China to become largest importer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2018 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global gas demand will grow at an average rate of 1.6% a year, reaching just more than 4.1-trillion cubic metres in 2023. This forecast compares with demand of 3.74-tillion cubic metres in 2017, the IEA noted in its ‘Gas 2018’... 

AngloGold gets environmental go-ahead for Obuasi redevelopment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has received environmental permits for its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, paving the way for the redevelopment of the large and high-grade orebody.  

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