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New mine water treatment technologies under development

By: Leandi Kolver Optimised membrane processes and ion-exchange are two mine water treatment methods currently under development that could replace traditional methods in future, says engineering consultancy TWP Projects Principal Water Engineer Darryl Howard. 

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... 

Conference opportunity to increase funding into African resources projects

By: Reggie Sikhakhane The investment banking business of the Nedbank Group, Nedbank Capital, says this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba comes at a time when Africa is enjoying huge opportunities in the resources sector. 

Indaba the ideal platform for industry discussions

By: Reggie Sikhakhane The Investing in African Mining Indaba 2012 is the perfect platform to hold industry-related discussions, while addressing pressing issues that undermine the true potential of the global mining sector, says resources and infrastructure engineering firm TWP. 

Erection of Sishen pilot plant is progressing well

Mining and minerals project house TWP, a subsidiary of the Basil Read group, reports that the erection of the Sishen expansion project (SEP) 1B beneficiation pilot plant at iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, is progressing well. 

Group nominated as preferred contractor for proposed Venetia underground project

Engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M & R’s) subsidiary M & R Cementation has been selected by diamond miner De Beers as the preferred contractor to undertake the development of an underground mining operation at the Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo. 

Work advances on Twickenham decline shafts and infrastructure

By: Sinette Goosen Work on the Twickenham platinum mine project is progressing well and is expected to gain momentum after being delayed by three years, reports engineering project house TWP Projects, a subsidiary of construction company Basil Read. 

Fridge shaft project for world’s largest shaft-sinking contract complete

By: Reggie Sikhakhane Mining and minerals project house TWP has successfully completed the fridge shaft project for the No 17 shaft at Impala Platinum’s (Implat’s) Rustenburg operation 

Ncondezi coal project still on schedule, with additional assay labs appointed

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Despite the delayed turnaround times of coal washing results for the Ncondezi coal project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS), the $376-million project, owned by exploration and development company Ncondezi Coal Company, in Tete, Mozambique, remains within budget and on schedule to be completed... 

Digby Glover – TWP Holdings


Nearly half of projects now Chinese funded – MDM

By: Martin Creamer The London Aim-listed Africa-focused mining project company MDM Engineering, which is back in the black, reports that 40% of its projects are Chinese funded in some form, a far cry from 2008 when MDM was not delivering a single project that was Chinese linked. “I think Chinese funding’s going to... 

Company Announcement: Murray & Roberts Cementation nominated as preferred contractor for proposed venetia underground project

Murray & Roberts Cementation has been selected by De Beers as the preferred contractor to undertake the development of an underground mining operation at Venetia Diamond Mine. This project is in a feasibility stage and will be considered by the De Beers Board in 2012.  

Company Announcement: Update on Penumbra Mine development and de Wittekrans bankable feasibility study

Final review of Bankable Feasibility Study to focus on optimisation of coal wash plant and rail siding options 

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,... 

Suite of R46bn platinum projects on Bushveld’s western limb

By: Martin Creamer Six major platinum projects, collectively worth some R46-billion, are under project management on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex in the Rustenburg area. Only two of the six are growth projects and the rest are replacement projects. Five are being managed by TWP Projects, the Basil... 

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