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Bridging the gap

10th December 2010 Civil engineering and construction company Esorfranki Civils is expecting to complete the construction of bridges at diversified miner Xstrata’s Arthur Taylor colliery opencast mine (Atcom) East upgrade project, at the end of the year. 

Atcom project integrated into existing infrastructure

10th December 2010 Diversified miner Xstrata Coal South Africa’s (XCSA’s) Arthur Taylor colliery opencast mine (Atcom) East project, in Mpumalanga, will be integrated into the existing XCSA Atcom infrastructure and will produce an estimated 5,7-million tons a year of run-of-mine (ROM) production and 3,1-million... 

Latest updates on the DMO project

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd December 2010 Diversified miner BHP Billiton reports that its Douglas/Middelburg optimisation (DMO) project, in Mpumalanga, is complete and that the first coal has been delivered on schedule and within budget. 

BHP Billiton coal operations

3rd December 2010 Diversified miner BHP Billiton reports that its Douglas/Middelburg optimisation (DMO) project, in Mpumalanga, is complete and that the first coal has been delivered on schedule and within budget. It has another coal operation, which is the Klipspruit coal mine. 

DMO project goes ahead

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2010 Diversified miner BHP Billiton successfully implemented the large-scale Douglas/Middelburg optimisation (DMO) energy coal project in September this year. 

Positive outlook for 2011 financial year

26th November 2010 The 2011 financial year outlook for engineering company Sedgman looks positive given the record levels of forward orders and targeted projects expected in the period, as well as a forecast improvement in global business conditions, states the company’s report for the 2010 financial year. 

Construction on track 
at Vanggatfontein

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 Coal junior Keaton Energy reports that construction is productively under way at the first phase of its Vanggatfontein project, in Mpumalanga province. 

Research aims to reduce water use, greenhouse gases

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 The Coaltech Research Association reports that it is currently under way with various research studies to reduce the amount of water used at coal plants and the emission of greenhouse gases. 

New electronic detonator can improve productivity

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 Supplier of mining explosives and blasting accessories BME reports that its new Axis electronic detonator can improve productivity in coal mines by reducing the handling of waste and controlling vibration. 

Lack of skills of 
emerging contractors negatively impacts on
industry

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 The lack of technical and financial capabilities of emerging companies is a significant challenge in the coal industry reports diversed consulting engineers and scientists company SRK Consulting. 

Artisan shortage in coal sector severe 

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 The demand for skills development and training in the coal-mining industry is an ongoing challenge, which will continue to increase as the demand for energy increases and more coal mines are opened, reports the Colliery Training College (CTC). 

Modular coal plant ready for market

3rd September 2010 Hydro pyrometallurgical and mineral processing engineering and project management company K’Enyuka’s modular coal plant is arousing considerable interest in the small to medium-mining sector, both locally and internationally, particularly among emerging enterprises, for the advantages it offers,... 

Modular jaw crushers 
supplied to coal mine

3rd September 2010 Crushing, screening and materials handling solutions company Pilot Crushtec has supplied one of its biggest semi mobile modular jaw crushers to HCI Khusela Coal for use at its Palesa coal mine in Bronkhorstspruit. 

Safety company launches gas detector

3rd September 2010 Mine safety equipment company Mine Safety Applications (MSA) Africa has launched the revolutionary Ultima X3, a fixed gas detector that uses groundbreaking technology to monitor toxic and combustible gases in coal mines. 

Data system enhances 
efficiency

3rd September 2010 Mining and exploration software solutions company Micromine’s geological borehole information system (GBIS) data management system provides a flexible and efficient environment to validate, store and access data by using a scalable data model, which can be tailored to meet specific exploration... 

Separation system aims to reduce water pollution

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 Environmental solutions company Procon Environmental Technologies has been awarded a $1-million contract by mining giant Vale to install a hydrocyclone or oily water separation system at the Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique. 

Eliminating corrosion, abrasion in coal mining

By: Karishma Thakurdin     3rd September 2010 Abrasion, corrosion and insulation specialist company Uretech has joined forces with a key composite manufacturing company to build composite structures to tackle corrosion and abrasion in coal mining. 

A brief look at SA’s coal-mining industry

3rd September 2010 Most coal production in South Africa - about 53% - is from opencast mines, with the balance being produced by bord-and-pillar (40%), stoping (4%) and longwall mining (3%). Coal mining operations are clustered in the country’s Mpumalanga province, accounting for over 84% of South Africa’s coal... 

Exxaro posts R2,36bn profit, sees more growth

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd September 2010 Diversified South Africa-based resources group Exxaro Resources has achieved a 68% increase in headline earnings to R2,36-billion in the first six months of this year, compared with the headline earnings R1,39-billion recorded in the first half of 2009.

 

SMPP contract awarded for Actom plant

3rd September 2010 Structural steel fabricators and erectors Cosira Group has been awarded the complete structural, mechanical, platework and piping (SMPP) supply and erect order for the upgrade of mining giant Xstrata Coal’s Atcom coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) in Witbank, Johannesburg. 

Studies for A$4bn coal mine to be concluded by 2011

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd September 2010 Diversified miner BHP Billiton expects the final approval for its A$4-billion Caval Ridge coal project, in Queensland, by the third quarter of 2011, a spokesperson tells Mining Weekly. 

Agreement signed to supply coal processing 
equipment

3rd September 2010 Global mining equipment supplier Metso Mining & Construction Technology and Jim Harrison Design Associates (JHDA), a coal processing project house, have signed an agreement to supply coal processing equipment to the industry.

 

First-phase 
drilling for Limpopo coal project complete

3rd September 2010 Aim-listed resource company Sable Mining Africa reports that after the completion of the 53 hole first-phase drilling programme, on Delta Mining Consolidated (DMC’s) 3445-ha southern block of the 9548-ha Limpopo coal project, defined an indicated on-site coal resource of 136-million tons. This is... 

International company sets 
up base in 
South Africa

3rd September 2010 International fuel systems company Maxsys reports that it has formed a new company Maxsys Energy South Africa to support government’s campaign to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency. 

Burners supplied to Exxaro’s new char plant

3rd September 2010 Pretoria -based industrial solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS has supplied eight burners and burner management systems to diversified miner Exxaro’s new char plant, located at the Grootegeluk mine.  

Move towards opencast mines to improve efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2010 Diversified miner Xstrata is moving towards opencast mining operations that offer high-grade ore at low costs. As part of this initiative, the company is conducting optimisation initiatives at its underground operations, says Xstrata Coal South Africa media liaison officer Songezo Zibi. 

Increase in demand for commodities, prices slowed – Davis

25th June 2010 The factors that gave rise to the initial commodities boom remain in force, slowed only temporarily by the financial crisis, says diversified mining company Xstrata CEO Mick Davis. 

Xstrata opens primary 
healthcare clinics in Mpumalanga

25th June 2010 Eight new clinics and a fully equipped hospital are in operation in Mpumalanga province at a cost of R33-million. The project was initiated by diversified miner Xstrata Coal South Africa in 2007 as part of its wellness programme, says Xstrata Coal South Africa media liaison officer Songezo Zibi. 

Xstrata South Africa’s coal 
production slows by 9%

25th June 2010 Minerals mining company Xstrata South Africa’s production of coal decreased by 9% to 4,2-million tons because of the planned shutdown of the Southstock opencast mine in the second half of 2009, states the company’s first-quarter production report and interim management statement. 

Five-year 2Mt/y supply deal secured

By: Carla Thomaz     12th March 2010 Singapore-listed coal-miner Straits Asia Resources (Straits Asia) has signed a five-year coal-supply contract with Indian diversified company Adani Group to supply two-million tons a year of coal. 

$69m coal mine project awarded in Mozambique

12th March 2010 Global engineering firm Kentz Corporation, through its operating unit Kentz Engineers & Constructors, of Mozambique, has been awarded a $69-million contract for the Moatize coal project in Mozambique, which is being developed by Brazillian mining company Vale. 

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