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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,... 

CSIR points to 30 000 net jobs gain in electricity to 2030, despite fall in coal jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 An analysis of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) recommended plan in the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 (IRP 2018) shows that there will be a 30 000 net increase in employment in the electricity industry to 2030, despite a 100 000 fall in coal jobs over the period. In its formal response to... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Colquijirca (Tajo Norte) mine, Peru

26th October 2018 A zinc mine located in the Colquijirca district of the Pasco province, in Peru. 

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Lynas’ NEXT project starts to deliver as Sept quarter output rises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2018 Rare earths developer Lynas has reported record production for the three months to September 30, while revenue increased by 15.2% on the previous quarter. Neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr) production for the quarter reached a record 1 579 t, up 9.1% on the June quarter. 

Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

Newcrest reports y/y increase in Q1 production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2018 Gold miner Newcrest Mining reported a 5% increase in production for the quarter ended September 30, compared with the previous corresponding period, but output fell by 14% when compared with the June 2018 quarter Gold production in Newcrest’s first quarter reached 548 000 oz and the... 

Independence invests A$51m in exploration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Independence Group will spend A$51-million on discovery expenditure in the 2019 financial year, MD and CEO Peter Bradford said on Tuesday. Speaking to the Australian Nickel conference, Bradford said that some A$33-million of this funding would go towards greenfields... 

Cononish mine receives planning application decision notice

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2018 Scotgold, the company gearing up to build the Cononish mine on the edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, said on Monday that it had received a decision notice relating to the planning application for its gold and silver project. The Aim-listed company’s application for the... 

Eskom gearing up for big grid-scale battery storage roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is preparing to roll-out battery energy storage systems (BESS) across multiple sites as part of a replacement plan for the 100 MW Kiwano concentrated solar power (CSP) project initially approved as part of the $3.75-billion World Bank loan extended to the... 

Orion completes follow-up metallurgical testwork at its Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has completed the follow-up locked-cycle metallurgical testwork on the deeper mineralised domains at its Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. The Prieska deep sulphide zone is currently the subject of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) targeted for... 

Flow of LME nickel to hidden storage dents bull story

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 The bulk of nickel moving out of London Metal Exchange-approved warehouses in Asia is showing up in hidden facilities in Europe, analysts said, denting a bullish scenario of potential shortages. LME nickel stocks have shrunk by about 40% this year, largely from warehouses in Malaysia, Taiwan... 

“Green” measurement technologies break traditional barriers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Innovation is at the heart of the “green” revolution that focuses on mitigating the environmental impacts associated with mining, by reducing greenhouse gases, ecological footprints, chemical use and potentially harmful X-ray or nuclear emissions. This focus spans the exploration phases all the... 

Sheffield warns of A$115m Thunderbird cost blowout

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has warned of a cost blow-out at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, of some A$115-million. The company on Friday said that the Stage 1 capital cost for the Thunderbird project was expected to be some A$463-million, compared with the... 

Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age

19th October 2018 As mining companies rapidly shift their strategies and operating models to leverage digital transformation, new technologies in blasting and explosives are making an ever more vital contribution to bottom-line improvements. A combination of market volatility, changing global demand and radically... 

Pacton mulling milling options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 ASX-listed junior Artemis Resources has entered into a strategic processing alliance with TSX-V listed Pacton Gold, leveraging opportunities at Artemis’ Radio Hill operations, in Western Australia. Pacton told shareholders on Thursday that the Radio Hill processing facility provided the... 

Sales and production soar at Woodside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has seen an increase in both production and sales revenues for the third quarter, as its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project continued to contribute strongly to operations. “Production at Wheatstone LNG continued ahead of plan, underpinning a 13.8% rise... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Lynas raises storage red flag

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 ASX-listed Lynas could well be faced with another dilemma if the Malaysian government is lax to respond to a request to extend the company’s permission to store NUF at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP). NUF is one of the two solid residues produced at LAMP. NUF is not a radioactive... 

Lynas still waiting on clarity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Rare earths miner Lynas was still seeking clarity from the Malaysian government over the details of a reported review committee established to review the company’s operations in that country. Lynas on Tuesday said that local media outlets in Malaysia had announced the members of the review... 

On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in the country, says Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin. “The new legislation has worked in our favour, as we... 

Epiroc takes after-market service to the next level

11th October 2018 “When customers invest in our products they do so with peace of mind, resting assured in the knowledge that they can count on the support of a competent team throughout their product’s life cycle – this is Epiroc after-market,” states Floris Timmers, Regional Business Line Manager MRS (Mining &... 

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Hydro CEO says focus on full output at Alunorte, no layoffs

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Norway's Norsk Hydro is focused on a return to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil and is not contemplating layoffs there, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters on Wednesday. Hydro had said last week it would close down the world's largest alumina refinery and lay off 4... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

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... 

ERA reports 36% increase in production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has reported a 36% increase in production during the three months to September, with production reaching 544 t of uranium oxide, up from the 400 t produced in the June quarter. ERA said on Wednesday that the increased production resulted from... 

ERG bets on cobalt from Congo in quest for growth

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to ramp up cobalt output at its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facility as it expects the electric car industry to boost demand for the metal, ERG CE Benedikt Sobotka told Reuters. ERG, a global mining and metals group with Kazakh roots, aims to raise... 

Zimplats, hydrogen storage and a local borehole logging system make headlines 

9th October 2018 This week, Zimplats is held as a safety benchmark, CSIR researches hydrogen storage technologies and a local borehole logging system is going global. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Altura ships first lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has shipped its first cargo of spodumene concentrate from Port Hedland to its offtake partner in China. The company on Tuesday said that some 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate was loaded onto the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious, which was shared with two other exporters. 

Bacanora grows Germany resource, funding talks for Mexico project ongoing

By: Mariaan Webb     9th October 2018 London-listed Bacanora Lithium has grown the measured and indicated resource at its 50%-owned Zinnwald project, in southern Saxony, Germany, by 30% to 124 974 t of contained lithium. The total resource estimate for the project, including measured, indicated and inferred, is now 142 240 t of... 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

Mustang to change name

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources will start trading under the name New Energy Minerals on October 15, after shareholders approved the name change earlier this month. The company said on Monday that the new moniker reflected its focus on vanadium and graphite exploration and mining. 

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