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Consultancy aiming to grow to accommodate more complex projects

By: Leandi Kolver Mining projects being established at remote locations need to be much larger than those operating in areas with existing infrastructure to justify capital investment in supporting infrastructure and, therefore, require higher production rates.  

Initiative seeks to improve headgear quality

By: Reggie Sikhakhane Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project house TWP, which is a member of the Mining Structures working group committee for the South African National Standards (Sans), is strongly advocating the adoption of South African mining standards as an International Organisation... 

Company Announcement: Update On Penumbra Mine Development And Coal Mining Operations

Continental Coal Limited is pleased to provide an update on the mine development activities and site construction and civil works at the Penumbra Coal Mine and an update on operating and financial performance at the Vlakvarkfontein and Ferreira Coal Mines and Delta Processing Operations in South... 

Mozambique has developments on several mining fronts

By: Keith Campbell It its draft new mining law, Mozambique is proposing that business deals involving mining rights and licences for the country’s resources will have to be executed within the country’s borders. 

Styldrift Merensky Phase 1 project, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala Royal Bafokeng Platinum remains confident about its Styldrift Phase 1 project and is looking forward to intersecting the Merensky reef towards the end of 2012. 

Company Announcement: Penumbra Coal Project Press Release

Progress on the Penumbra Coal Project as part of the EPCM contract to develop the underground bord and pillar coal mine is well underway, after commencing with site work in September last year, reports Adam Wilkinson, project manager and mining engineer in the coal department at engineering... 

Mining consultancy expands service

By: Sashnee Moodley The resource and infrastructure-focused engineering project house TWP Projects has officially introduced an underground, gold mining-specific, project and technical services offering through the opening of its Krugersdorp branch. 

TWP Projects opens first Northern Cape office

By: Natalie Greve Increased iron-ore demand by China, as well as ongoing engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) activities at the Sishen iron-ore mine in Kathu, in the Northern Cape, has impelled the expansion of a regional centre for turnkey solutions provider TWP Projects 

Pan African Resources reports record earnings

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Despite falling short on planned gold production, Africa-focused precious metals producer Pan African Resources reported record earnings for the six months ended December. CEO Jan Nelson on Wednesday attributed the strong performance to a high gold price, a significant effort to increase... 

Promising year ahead for project houses

By: Leandi Kolver The outlook for mining project houses in 2012 is promising, as commodity projects remain strong, reports mining and minerals project house TWP CEO Digby Glover.  

Company Announcement: Mine Safety feature

Complacency and human error remain the most common causes of the accidents that continue to haunt the mining industry. Often, interventions fail to reduce the number of incidents because they are implemented in an ad hoc fashion, rather than being part of a pre-planned, holistic safety campaign... 

Chile becomes first South American country to host solvent extraction conference

By: Natasha Odendaal The International Solvent Extraction Conference (ISEC), which is held every three years, was hosted for the first time in South America, with Chile as the host country, from October 3 to 7. The nineteenth ISEC was a forum for professionals and scientists from around the world and aimed at... 

Company Announcement: Penumbra Coal Mine Development Update

South African focused thermal coal mining and production company Continental Coal Limited is pleased to provide an update on development activities and site construction works that are being undertaken by the Company’s South African subsidiary at the Penumbra Coal Mine. 

Multiple projects progressing on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal Metallurgical and chemical solutions provider Outotec is progressing on schedule with the €119-million design and delivery of a new manganese sinter plant, the largest in the world, for the Kalagadi Manganese project, near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, says marketing communications manager for... 

PGMs project moving forward

By: Natasha Odendaal JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in the Western Bushveld Complex, is moving forward with the next step of starting civil works. 

Minas Moatize sees progress

By: Natasha Odendaal Mining group Beacon Hill Resources (BHR) reports that it continues to make significant progress in all aspects of the development of its Minas Moatize coal project, in northern Mozambique. 

Planning of Minas Moatize feasibility study started

By: Natasha Odendaal Engineering project house TWP Projects, a subsidiary of construction company Basil Read, has initiated the project planning phase of a $1.7-million feasibility study (FS) for mining group Beacon Hill Resources’ (BHR’s) Minas Moatize coal mine project, in Tete province, Mozambique. 


Basil Read group project house TWP Projects is managing five of six significant shaft-sinking platinum projects on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, in the Rustenburg area. All are modern vertical shaft projects, referred to as third-generation shafts. The biggest of these is No 17 Shaft,... 

TWP completes erection of phase I shaft headgears at RBPlat’s Styldrift project, full production scheduled for 2017

By: Jonathan Faurie South African engineering consultancy TWP Projects has successfully completed the erection of the pre assembled headgears of both the main shaft and the services shaft at Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlats) Styldrift shaft complex.  

Coal-mining junior part of consortium vying to participate in running of Trans-Kalahari rail link

By: Jonathan Faurie ASX-listed coal-mining junior Continental Coal has been included in a consortium which has been shortlisted by the government of Botswana, along with a number of other preferred participants, to participate in the running of the Trans-Kalahari rail link between Gaborone and Walvis Bay. 

Petra buying De Beers Finsch diamond mine for R1,4b, TWP sourcing outside of ‘expensive’ South Africa, US Ex-Im Bank urged to end its 'fossil-fuel binge’

By: Martin Creamer The London Aim-listed Petra Diamonds is buying yet another De Beers’ diamond mine, this time the automated Finsch. Mining and minerals project house TWP is looking closely at procuring goods and services from countries that “have a more competitive cost base than South Africa”. An environmental... 

Project house reports increase in new projects

By: Jessica Hannah Resources and infrastructure engineering project house TWP reports an increase in the number of new projects it has received over the past two months compared with the projects received for the previous 18 months. 

TWP appointed Anglo American’s Tier 1 EPCM services provider in Southern Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt South African engineering project house TWP has been contracted by diversified mining company Anglo American as its Tier 1 engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) provider, for its mining projects throughout southern Africa. 

Model platinum project progressing

By: Eleanor Seggie Sinking has progressed to more than 4 000 m total sink at South African platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) No 17 shaft project, in Rustenburg, in the North West pronvince, says project house TWP CEO Digby Glover. 

Project house on track for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal Growth for project house TWP, following an aggressive expansion plan for 2010, has had a slower-than-expected start.  

TWP looks to Philippines, Turkey, China sourcing, South Africa ‘too expensive’

By: Martin Creamer Mining and minerals project house TWP is looking closely at procuring goods and services from countries that “have a more competitive cost base than South Africa”, including the Philippines, Turkey and China. TWP chairperson Nigel Townshend says that the company within the JSE-listed Basil Read... 

R20-million turnkey contract for Mototolo mine

By: Tracy Hancock Engineering projects firm TWP has been awarded a R20-million turnkey contract for a new materials handling system at the Mototolo mine's concentrator, scheduled for completion in February 2011. The platinum-group metals mine is a joint venture (JV) between platinum-mining company Anglo Platinum... 

Bellzone appoints consultants for Guinea project

By: Petronel Smit Aim-listed Bellzone Mining on Wednesday announced the appointment of TWP Australia and Ausenco as the engineering consultants to conduct the detailed feasibility study (DFS) for the Kalia iron-ore mine in Guinea. Bellzone expected the studies to start immediately and to be completed by the... 

Mining projects rebound beyond R100bn mark for TWP

By: Martin Creamer Project house TWP is working on projects that have a total capital value “well in excess of R100-billion”, says new TWP CEO Digby Glover. Now part of the JSE-listed construction and mining services company Basil Read, TWP reports a strong rebound in mining project demand in South Africa,... 

Agitated leach process the most cost effective for Copperbelt ores

By: Megan van Wyngaardt Engineering projects firm TWP Projects, which holds a number of copper/cobalt projects in the African Copper Belt, extending from northern Zambia to the Katanga province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have conducted an in-depth economic evaluation of the leaching process to identify the... 

company to 
pursue sulphide dump processing

Investment firm TWP Investments is exploring opportunities to invest in the Zimbabwean mining industry, with the company particularly interested in gold, rock phosphate, chrome, coal and nickel projects. 

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