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Conveyer belting company wins R23m contract

19th March 2013 Conveyer belting company Fenner South Africa reports that its latest belt replacement process, which is believed to be a first for South Africa, has been deliverd to a colliery mine in Mpumalanga. "The new replacement process, which is safety driven, will ensure a reduction in conveyor belt... 

Mozambique coal industry drives infrastructure spend

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2013 The Mozambican coal mining industry is currently considered as the primary driver for infrastructure development in the country, with an estimated $22.4-billion being invested in transport infrastructure and $9.7-billion in energy and power infrastructure. This is all because of the Mozambican... 

SA has the potential to become future coking-coal producer

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 While South Africa is currently producing little coking coal, far more significant coking-coal production is expected within the next five years, states minerals industry consultant Venmyn Deloitte director Neil McKenna. A growing market for this fueling coal is anticipated internationally, as... 

Declaring coal a strategic resource would not benefit South Africa’s economy – analyst

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Restricting coal exports will negatively affect South Africa’s economy and will hinder further investment in the sector, states mineral advisory firm XMP consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost.  His response is in reaction to Mineral Resource Minister Susan Shabangu’s statement in January... 

SA GHG emissions twice global average, says WWF-SA

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2013 South Africa’s reliance on coal-fired power has a negative effect on the country’s environment and ecosystems, as it is responsible for most greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in the country, says World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) senior manager of freshwater programmes Christine Colvin. She... 

Company introduces coal mining technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Unit process design and supply company MC Process Global introduced the Elgin Equipment Group (EEG) range of coal mining technologies onto the South African market at the end of last year and states that it has received a good response from the local coal industry. The EEG range is available... 

Industry battling owing to lack of coal research laboratories and skills

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Ongoing coal-quality issues have forced State-owned power utility Eskom to undertake extensive research in coal because its power stations are grappling for coal, with highly variable qualities, from a variety of sources, which affects power station performance and electricity output, states... 

Coal petrography crucial to evaluate SA’s low-grade coal – SABS

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Owing to the over-exploitation of high-grade coals in South Africa’s main mining areas, coal petrography has become crucial in evaluating low-grade coals and their byproducts, according to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The benefits of coal testing are acknowledged in the South... 

South Africa’s coal mining industry facing numerous challenges

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2013 The South African coal mining industry is facing several challenges, the most significant being railway capacity constraints hindering the transportation of coal to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), where it is shipped to the export market, says Frost & Sullivan industrial automation, mining... 

SA has enough coal, but not enough infrastructure – KPMG

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Where high-quality coal was favoured by international markets in the past, the emergence of low-grade coal in international markets has become an evident trend, owing to high-grade resources being mined out. This has increased the competitiveness of the global coal market, allowing India and... 

Coal futures contract will help with coal price risk management

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Broking house London Commodity Brokers (LCB) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) are drawing up plans for the future of thermal coal, which could be a game changer for the South African coal market and help the junior mining sector to compete on a level playing field, states LCB GM Bevan... 

Coal modelling tool dominates 90% of South African market

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 Mining software provider Gemcom, which was acquired by Dassault Systèmes and now known as Geovia, states that it will continue to develop its Minex software to meet the cost, efficiency, productivity and risk challenges of the global mining industry, with version 6.2 of the software to be... 

NDP to impact on coal industry 

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2013 The endorsement of the National Development Plan (NDP) may have an impact on South Africa’s coal mining industry, says Norton Rose industrial and mining lawyer Brandon Irsigler. He states that the NDP identifies issues that miners are facing and areas of possible improvement, whether they be... 

Transnet coal-terminal development aims to be concluded by 2020

By: Yolandi Booyens     15th March 2013 As part of its aim to begin coal exports for emerging miners at its Richards Bay port, state-owned enterprise Transnet is nearing completion of the prefeasibility phase of the project’s development, which would be presented to its board in June for approval The project aims to provide export... 

Coal outlook to be presented at Indaba

25th January 2013 South Africa’s buoyant coal-mining sector, including booming exploitation in Mpumalanga over the last year, will make for interesting talking points at the 2013 Investing in African Mining Indaba, particularly as the country is moving towards greening its electricity sector. However, with several... 

Motion analyser to save coal miners millions

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 South African coal miners can potentially save millions of rands a year on maintenance and forgo lost production by using a screen motion analyser, which was developed and supplied by process equipment manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape. 

More demand for coal sector offering

17th August 2012 The coal division of engineering and project management services company K'Enyuka is experiencing increasing demand for a variety of its services, including due diligence, concept studies, feasibility studies, basic engineering services and full project management services, from both junior... 

Correct bulk materials handling technology essential for coal mines

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 Without proper bulk materials handling technology, all coal mines will experience carry-back, resulting in material flow challenges that reduce production levels, says bulk materials system supplier Martin Engineering marketing manager Warwick Smith. 

Junior coal miner seeks BBBEE shareholders

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 Junior coal miner South African Coal Mining Holdings (SACMH) has initiated an engagement process with potential broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) shareholders to re-establish its BBBEE credentials. 

Fine-coal recovery programme introduced onto SA market

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 Water treatment and processing company Nalco Africa, a subsidiary of Ecolab company Nalco is introducing its fine-coal recovery programme, Nalflote, to the South African coal market to improve the performance of coal flotation circuits. 

Lack of skills hinder efficient coal operations

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th August 2012 Easy coal mining is history as challenges, such as a lack of skills and the urban encroachment on mines, prevent further mining at previously mined areas and deep-level mining operations prove challenging and complex to undertake, says explosives producer BME blasting technology director Tony Rorke. 

‘Soft’ issues are increasingly becoming non-negotiable in mining sector development

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th August 2012 Capturing coal seam gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may enable mined out coal operations to become, once again, economically viable. However, the South African mining sector is becoming increasingly aware that ‘soft’ issues, such as health and safety, environmental impact... 

Underground coal dust scrubber suited to surface applications

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th August 2012 Success with US power utilities has promoted Howden Africa, owner of local dust-control equipment company Engart Africa, to focus on servicing the surface dust-control market with its range of wet dust scrubbers, in order to remove dust from coal mining and processing environments. 

Dry coal beneficiation trials successful, but not suitable for export coal

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th August 2012 Diversified miner Exxaro’s coal subsidiary, Exxaro Coal and mining and processing service provider Gecko Engineering, which is a division of Gecko Industries, are initiating a dry coal beneficiation trial by using FGX screens, reports research association Coaltech. 

Untapped SA coal resources, but challenges may hinder development

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th August 2012 South Africa has significant coal resources, which are yet to be explored, particularly in the Limpopo province. This should indicate a promising future for the industry; however, there are significant challenges facing the coal mining industry, says minerals industry consultant Venmyn Rand. 

Lack of investment in SA coal mining industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 A strict regulatory mining environment, water use licences and a lack of historical investment in logistical infrastructure in South Africa are significant challenges that are driving coal mining investment elsewhere. 

Data management software to be introduced to African coal industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 Mines in the African coal sector can now safely store and analyse data by using a three-dimensional (3D) coal system, called Coal Measure, a first for the African coal market, says mining and exploration software provider Micromine.  

Plans to increase coal exports despite ‘strategic mineral’ worry

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th August 2012 Despite the threat of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party to declare coal as a strategic resource while State-owned rail operator Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) plans to ramp up coal exports, Transnet CE Brian Molefe says he is not overly concerned.  

Imaloto coal project's main seam to deliver 100% yield

16th March 2012 Preliminary benefication studies for Madagascar-focused coal exploration company Lemur Resource’s Imaloto coal project in south-west Madagascar have been completed with results indicating that the main seam has the potential to generate an export quality primary product. 

New model enhances sample integrity

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Multotec, a South African supplier of products and services to the mining, minerals beneficiation and power generation industries, has added a new model to its cross belt sampling systems that eliminates spillage and enhances sample integrity during coal sampling.  

Company secures coal plant projects totalling about R30-million

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Mineral processing equipment manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape is working on the expansion and improvement of various coal plant processes across South Africa, totalling about R30-million. 

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