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Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems company Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control System was introduced to coal mining fifteen years ago and it... 

Market Report: How carbon is shaping energy for mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 By Catherine Skrzypinski, Energy and Mines Alongside power security and cutting energy costs, reducing the emissions intensity of mining operations has been elevated to a top strategic concern for the global mining sector. The combination of carbon pricing in key mining markets and increased... 

Miner Goldplat seeks to tame Africa risk

By: Reuters     19th September 2017 Upheaval in Tanzania, where the government has made huge tax demands and seized minerals, has triggered changes in neighbouring Kenya, which should reassure the industry, said the CEO of Goldplat, which operates a gold mine there. Chief Executive Gerard Kisbey-Green said he was nevertheless... 

Dalradian considering ore sorting at Curraghinalt

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2017 Gold developer Dalradian Resources is considering investing in technology to separate high-grade gold from waste at the Curraghinalt project, in Northern Ireland, using ore sorting technology. The company recently had a bulk sample of 5 t of mineralised material grading 9.52 g/t tested by... 

AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with a selected party which could result in a sale agreement involving the disposal of the 36-year-old, lossmaking Kopanang gold mine. AngloGold Ashanti said in a media release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on Friday that unsolicited... 

Next Fortescue CEO to lead push beyond iron-ore cash machine

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 Nev Power’s successor as Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s top executive will be charged with leading the world’s fourth-largest iron ore exporter’s drive into new businesses. “We are going to look for and consider other opportunities, where other investors can join us,” chairperson and founder... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, 126 ct D-colour Type IIa,... 

Peristaltic pumps key in war on water wastage

     15th September 2017 Peristaltic pumps use less water, with traditional centrifugal pumps losing efficiency when the slurry has a specific gravity (SG) of 1.3, or 30% solids, or more. Peristaltic pumps can efficiently circulate slurry with SGs of up to 1.6 to 1.8, or up to 80% solid content.  Pumps supplier Verder... 

Pumps offer suitable for minimal lubricity

     15th September 2017 Engineering components supplier BMG’s SF series of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps, introduced four years ago, is used mainly on oil lubrication systems in mines, steel works, power stations and in general industry. 

Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference to be held next year

     15th September 2017 Educational institution Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) will host the second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, in Livingstone, Zambia, in July next year. 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Zambian interest in heavy-duty equipment range

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The trommel screens and apron feeders from engineering solutions developer Ireland-based MDS International (MDS) are of particular interest on the Zambian Copperbelt, states bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT. Designed by MDS for mineral processing and recycling applications, BLT... 

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2017 Surface gold mining company DRDGold, the oldest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with more experience than any other mining company in the recovery of gold from tailings dumps, believes that the time may have arrived for the transplanting of its remarkable expertise to other... 

Demand for quality metals amplifying – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2017 Global climate change mitigation is amplifying the demand for good quality, low-impurity metals, which are being rewarded with high price premiums. There is a huge drive in China towards better quality, which will eventually use less energy and cause less pollution. (Also watch attached Creamer... 

Eskom at a sustainability ‘tipping point’, business and labour warn

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2017 Business and labour raised serious questions on Friday about the sustainability of State-owned electricity producer Eskom in light if its current governance failings, which were now undermining its financial health to the point where government could be force to assist the utility in meeting its... 

Industry challenges encourage new tech developments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Automation technology for minerals processing has become an indispensable element of productivity, owing to the role it plays in improving quality, reducing cost and labour intensity, as well as decreasing energy and raw material consumption, says integrated solutions provider Takraf Africa,... 

Poor market conditions lead to diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Owing to tough ferrochrome and ferromanganese market conditions globally, process and engineering service provider Metix has had to widen its focus beyond ferrous metals and target the processing of other commodities.  

New EnviroLeach process poised to transform metals extraction as we know it

By: Henry Lazenby     6th September 2017 A small Vancouver-based start-up company has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to disruptively transform metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors, akin to the application of cyanide for gold extraction, which revolutionised the... 

SOFC and Thermal Spray, General.

     6th September 2017 R. Hinckley Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and hybrid electrical generation systems based upon this technology offer the potential for highly efficient utilization of abundant natural gas resources.  Projected efficiency for SOFC-based systems for electrical power generation could reach as high... 

Acid mine water used to recover gold from dumps – DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2017 Acid mine drainage (AMD), which is water that has been polluted as a result of mining activity, is being used to relieve the cost burden of the large volume of water needed to recover gold from mine dump material, as well as lower the demand placed on scarce drinking water. Surface mining company... 

'We're looking at Outa's State capture documents' – Hawks

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 The Hawks have confirmed that they have received documents from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) relating to the charges they laid against numerous people allegedly involved in state capture. "We received volumes and volumes of documents from Outa about state capture…I don’t know what... 

Cigar Lake mine, Canada

By: Thabi Madiba     1st September 2017 A uranium mine located in the Athabasca basin, north of Saskatchewan, in Canada. 

Gas vital to South Africa’s energy mix

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2017 All countries face energy challenges and must manage this by improving energy security and economic development, without compromising sustainable development, Department of Science and Technology (DST) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara said on Thursday. He pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa was... 

Lithium Australia makes play for battery company

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2017 ASX-listed Lithium Australia has announced plans to acquire Brisbane-based battery cathode developer Very Small Particle Company (VSPC). Lithium Australia told shareholders on Thursday that its acquisition of VSPC would augment the company’s own advanced processing technologies around lithium... 

EnviroLeach strikes global Jabil partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2017 TSX-V-listed Mineworx Technologies announced on Wednesday that EnviroLeach Technologies has entered into a strategic global partnership with NYSE-listed Jabil Inc, to use the company’s patent-pending formula and processes to recover metals from circuit boards and electronic waste (e-waste). The... 

Citic warns legal battles threaten Australian iron ore mine's future

By: Reuters     30th August 2017 Chinese conglomerate Citic has warned it may suspend operations at its Sino Iron mine in Western Australia if it can't resolve legal disputes with Australia's Mineralogy over royalty payments and land access. Citic chairman Chang Zhenming in a letter to shareholders on Tuesday about the group's... 

Advancing technology signals imminent opening of undersea mineral treasure chest

By: Henry Lazenby     29th August 2017 In a new era of ever-advancing technology and increased legal certainty, ocean floor mining is set to take off in the next decade as several juniors jostle to be first to exploit the wealth hidden on the deep ocean floor. DeepGreen Resources chief development officer Anthony O’Sullivan believes... 

DRDGold disappointed by allegations made in latest BMF report

By: Anine Kilian     29th August 2017 Gold producer DRDGold on Tuesday expressed disappointment that the Bench Marks Foundation (BMF) had not engaged with the company when compiling its latest report ‘Waiting to Inhale’. The report found that communities living near Johannesburg’s mine dumps are at greater risk of respiratory... 

SOFC and Thermal Spray, General.

     29th August 2017 R. Hinckley Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), and hybrid electrical generation systems based upon this technology offer the potential for highly efficient utilization of abundant natural gas resources.  Projected efficiency for SOFC-based systems for electrical power generation could reach as high... 

Australian gold output on the rise

     28th August 2017 Australian gold mining continued to climb in the 2017 financial year, reaching 299 t, or 9.6-million ounces, mining consultants Surbiton Associates reported. The 2017 production was up by 2.5% on t 

Corporate and govt cooperation needed to drive energy stability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 There needs to be ongoing open dialogue between the corporate sector and government to ensure that energy supplies for mining projects are secured and stabilised timeously to take advantage of valuable economic opportunities in Africa, says Johannesburg-based consultancy Core Consultants founder... 

End-to-end modernisation needed to bring mining up to speed

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 Fingers are being crossed that the new Mining Precinct, in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, will safeguard the future of South Africa’s mining industry through developing new people-centred technology and techniques that prepare mines for modern mining methods. Many are hoping that the Mining... 

Forum welcomes adoption of mercury convention

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals, Minerals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has welcomed the “successful adoption” of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which came into force on August 16. “The convention is a crucially important global treaty aimed at protecting human health and... 

Gamsberg project to retore Vedanta’s zinc output to 300 000 t/y from mid-2018

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources subsidiary Zinc International has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure (capex) for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

Inkai mine, Kazakhstan

By: Sheila Barradas     25th August 2017 A uranium mine in the Suzak district of South Kazakhstan Oblast. 

ZEST FOR ZINC

By: Martin Creamer     25th August 2017 Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. To date, more than 25-million tonnes of waste rock have been excavated as part of the prestart activities... 

Auroch to start Czech drilling campaign in mid-Sept

By: Mariaan Webb     24th August 2017 Australian explorer Auroch Minerals is ready to proceed to drilling at its Tisová project, in the Czech Republic, and aims to get its drilling campaign under way in mid-September. The company has government approval for an initial 12 holes for 5 500 m of drilling at Tisová. 

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