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Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Albemarle receives approval for WA lithium plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the development of a lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant, outside of Bunbury. The plant, to be developed by global producer Albemarle, will produce up to 100 000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate from five 20 000... 

BHP awards contract at newly approved South Flank

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 Mining major BHP has awarded a A$260-million mining infrastructure works contract to ASX-listed Cimic, at the newly approved South Flank project, in Western Australia. BHP overnight approved the $3.4-billion South Flank project, which will replace production from the 80-million tonne a year... 

Rapid dewatering pumps ensure safer diamond mining

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 Germiston-based pumps supplier Centex Africa has supplied 13 dewatering pumpsets, with another eight pumpsets on order, to Namibian diamond mining company Namdeb to prolong the life of the mine by ensuring the safer mining of diamonds in the ocean water lakes in Oranjemund, on the southern coast... 

Imports challenge for pumps manufacturing, foundry industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     15th June 2018 One of the biggest challenges for local foundries and pumps manufacturers is competition from imported products, says Kimberley-based metal castings specialist KEW Foundries. “I would say about 70% to 80% of the pumps used in South Africa are imported,” KEW Foundries operations director Jaime... 

Big names in construction, earthmoving equipment headed for Hillhead 2018

By: Shannon de Ryhove     15th June 2018 Later this month, construction solutions company Tarmac’s Hillhead quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, UK, will again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. Some 525 UK and overseas companies have booked exhibition space at Hillhead 2018, which means this year’s event will be 10%... 

Wobbler technology benefits overhead irrigation for heap leaching

15th June 2018 Heap leach depths have increased from 15 m of ore depth to 150 m since the turn of the century. Higher closure and reclamation costs, as well as a need to decrease the impact on agricultural land, prompted mine managers to increase ore depths as a way to make mining operations more efficient and... 

Brazil court rejects Alunorte bid to overturn forced output cuts

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 A court in the Brazilian state of Para denied a bid by Norsk Hydro ASA to appeal the partial suspension of bauxite refining operations at its Alunorte unit in another blow to the world's largest alumina refinery. In February, the court in Para, where the Alunorte refinery is located, ordered the... 

Goldcorp says protest could halt production at Mexico gold mine

By: Reuters     11th June 2018 Canada's Goldcorp said on Monday an ongoing protest blocking entry to its Penasquito mine, one of Mexico's biggest gold producers, could force the company to halt output. The mine, in northern Zacatecas state, produced 476 000 oz of gold last year, comprising 18% of Goldcorp's total production... 

A Success Story in Junior Mining

11th June 2018 At the Junior Mining Indaba 2018, Vuslat Bayoglu shared the transformation of ZAC (Zululand Anthracite Colliery) from major mining to junior mining. Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), South Africa’s sole producer and exporter of prime anthracite coal, plans to expand its mining operations and... 

Teck recognised for its corporate citizenship

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has been recognised as one of the top companies in Canada for corporate citizenship by media and investment research company Corporate Knights, marking the twelfth consecutive year Teck has been named to the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada ranking.... 

Resources company on target for PFS completion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources says the company is well on target to complete the Mutamba prefeasibility study (PFS) in early 2019, as stage one of the PFS is well advanced and includes a gap analysis, an options review, project planning and budget finalisation for stage two of... 

Battery Minerals on track to produce graphite after raising A$20m

8th June 2018 Minerals explorer Battery Minerals is advancing its Montepuez graphite project in the north-west of Montepuez, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique following the latest fund-raising. The company has received financial commitments for A$20-million through a share placement at 6c a share. The proceeds will be... 

Major graphite development shows Mozambique resource potential

By: Melissa Zisengwe     8th June 2018 Australian resources company and graphite miner Syrah Resources says the Balama graphite project is the first major resources development in Mozambique for several years, with the company, along with the Mozambique government, “demonstrating the importance of operating stability in Mozambique to... 

Artisanal mining should be legalised – analyst

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 As industrial mining for gold declines, artisanal mining for gold in abandoned, ownerless and derelict mines will increase, making way for artisanal miners to mine abandoned shafts, says mining analyst David van Wyk. Addressing delegates during a mining seminar at Sustainability Week 2018, in... 

Multistakeholder initiative launched to address sustainable mine closure challenges

By: Nadine James     5th June 2018 Private and public sector entities officially launched a sustainable mine closure collaborative platform, called the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB), at the Nedbank-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Business Foundation Networking Forum, hosted in Sandton, on Tuesday. The MWCB... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Weatherly shares suspended as water ingress at Tschudi creates uncertainty

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2018 Aim-listed Weatherly International has requested a suspension in the trading of its shares, effective Friday, owing to the uncertain position of its Namibia-based Tschudi mine, as a result of significant water ingress.  The Tschudi openpit mine had recently experienced a rapid increase in... 

Triton to develop A$99m Mozambique graphite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 The board of graphite developer Triton Minerals has approved the $99.4-million development of its Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Early works at the mine have started, including earthworks for the development of the raw water dam needed for construction and operations. Site access roads... 

Frydenberg promises more scrutiny as study shows Hunter coal mines threaten groundwater

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st June 2018 Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg on Friday said that any new coal mining operation in the Hunter region of New South Wales would be subject to a review of their impact on groundwater resources, before they would be approved. This comes after the government released new... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

Solution enhances use rates for mine fleet

1st June 2018 A total fuel-filtration solution from power and engine multinational Cummins’ Fleetguard has ensured that a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved use rates of between 85% and 90%, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel... 

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

Canada’s Nautilus aiming to start marine mining in 2019 despite enviro concerns

By: Dylan Slater     1st June 2018 Deep-sea mining is yet to become a major mining activity, and not much is known about undersea deposits of minerals. However, some role-players in the mining industry are claiming that the deep-sea floor could be host to an abundant and untapped resource of highly sought-after commodities, which... 

SA HIPPO regarded as the safest flameproof submersible pump in the world

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2018 Besides guaranteeing that the electrical motor winding of the HIPPO Flameproof Slurry Submersible Pump® will never burn out – provided that all the safety controls are connected the pump has earned the reputation of being the safest flameproof submersible pump in the world. When HAZLETON PUMPS®... 

Civil society seeks to protect Mpumalanga water source from coal mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 New legal proceedings have been launched in the Mbombela High Court against Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed development of the Yzermyn coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water resource area, in Mpumalanga. A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations have lodged a... 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

Santos announces A$400m Gladstone LNG investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture partners in the Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) project, will invest more than A$400-million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project, in the Bowen basin. Santos said on Thursday that the A$400-million Arcadia investment was in addition to the... 

E3 Metals rises on successful petro-lithium extraction bench tests

By: Henry Lazenby     31st May 2018 The TSX-V-quoted equity of technology firm E3 Metals Corp jumped on Wednesday following an announcement by the company that it has succeeded in concentrating raw brine from 75 mg/ℓ to 1 206 mg/ℓ lithium in less than three hours, while simultaneously removing 99% of the critical metal impurities.... 

End of small-scale mining ban in Ghana to hamper efforts to combat illegal mining

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2018 The upcoming end of a ban on small-scale mining in Ghana will increase the difficulties in countering illegal mining in the country, with the practice likely to remain widespread, says research firm BMI. In turn, this will create potential risks to cocoa production and threaten social stability... 

Indian state leader says will take all steps to shut down Vedanta's copper smelter

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 India's Tamil Nadu state deputy head said on Monday his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds. Residents and environmental activists say emissions from the... 

Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Paladin mothballs Namibia uranium mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 Dual-listed Paladin Energy on Friday confirmed that its Langer Heinrich uranium mine, in Namibia, was being placed on care and maintenance, but said that the low-cost openpit operation would be one of the first to resume production when the uranium market normalised. Paladin in April said that... 

Nautilus unveils spider-inspired sediment sampler

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has unveiled a new autonomous sediment sampler called the 'Nautilus Jumping Spider’ for use in sampling deep-sea deposits, that could cut exploration costs “by an order of magnitude”, the company reported on Thursday. Nautilus said it has successfully... 

Ivanhoe Mines’ SA, DRC projects progressing well

25th May 2018 Canadian mining exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines’ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) exploration team is continuing with its regional drilling programme that is targeting the Kamoa-Kakula-style copper mineralisation on its exploration licences in the west of the Kamoa-Kakula... 

'CLEAN' COAL?:

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 Water pours from an excavator bucket as coal is extracted from below the water's surface at an opencast mine in India. Taken four years ago, this picture of drenched coal arising out of a water-filled pit is indicative of the potential environmental mixing and matching that can occur with mining.... 

Body calls for steering committee to ‘delve into’ alluvial diamond sector’s 15-year decline

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 The only way to solve the rapid downward spiral of South Africa’s distressed alluvial diamond industry is to convene all stakeholders to brainstorm collaborative solutions to the challenges. The South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo), raising a red flag over the struggles of small... 

AfriTin seeks to raise £5.5m in share placement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Aim-listed tin development company AfriTin Mining hopes to raise £5.5-million in an accelerated bookbuild to fast-track the work programme at its flagship Uis mine, in Namibia.  

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