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Consulting Engineers

$500m bankable feasibility study awarded for manganese project

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 The ±$500-million bankable feasibility study for manganese explorer Amari Manganese’s Kongoni project, located within the Kalahari manganese field in the Northern Cape, has been awarded to minerals processing and project management company MDM Engineering.  

Design for major gold mine nearing completion

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 An engineering design project for a major gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, is in the process of being completed by project management and engineering group ProMet Dadi Africa. 

Consultancy expands to service underground mining operations

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 To provide a wider consulting service offering, mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers this year plans to include underground mining and rehabilitation planning in its area of expertise. 

Kolomela project passes 18-million LTI-free hours

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Engineering Consultancy Hatch reports that it has just passed 18-million lost-time injury- (LTI-) free hours at iron-ore producer Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela mine, in the Northern Cape, for which it is the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor.  

Contract documentation for Mareesburg platinum project completed

By: Leandi Kolver     27th April 2012 Contract documentation for platinum miner Eastern Platinum’s Mareesburg platinum-group metals project, in Limpopo, has been completed and tenders have closed, reports consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting.  

Mining industry’s recovery to heighten skills challenge

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 The mining industry is still recovering following the global financial meltdown but has significantly rebounded during the past six months with commodity prices rising to all-time highs in many cases, says local mining and minerals project house TWP CEO Digby Glover. 

Partnerships key to integrated infrastructure development

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Integrated development through sustainable partnerships will assist mines in fitting into the broader socioeconomic environment and is key to successful operations, says engineering consultancy Bigen Africa technical director Dirk Kleingeld.  

Investment in African mining projects on the increase

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Investment in mining projects in Africa is on the up, owing to the attraction of undeveloped commodities, says engineering consultancy Amec Minproc’s Africa business development executive Liam Cafferty. 

Rapid growth of Africa’s mining industry to continue into the future

22nd April 2011 The company reports that it has placed itself squarely at the centre of the current mining boom, building a strong reputation on some of the continent’s largest mining projects. The company has provided expertise in mine engineering, development and project management through complete end-to-end... 

Global firm acquires local consultancy

22nd April 2011 South African environmental consultancy Metago Environmental Engineers has been acquired by UK-based environmental consultancy SLR Global Environmental Solutions (SLR).  

Resource estimate to be undertaken for Canadian lithium project

22nd April 2011 TSX-listed Canada Lithium has appointed consulting company AMC Mining Consultants to independently conduct a resource estimate of its Quebec Lithium project, and prepare a new National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) compliant report. 

Service provider to increase its footprint in renewable-energy projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     22nd April 2011 Project control services provider Planning and Cost Engineering (PaCE) aims to increase its involvement in renewable energy projects. 

Consultants must be a step ahead- SRK

22nd April 2011 Combining constant innovation with tough standards will prove challenging in any industry, but mining particularly has seen unending shifts in technology, commodity-focus, socio-economic demands, legal requirements, and geo-political opportunity, says consulting firm SRK Consulting incoming MD... 

Breakthrough in coal mining for Mozambique 

22nd April 2011 Engineering and science consultancy GIBB concluded a progressive rail, geotechnical and water management signing with Australia-based investment company Talbot Group Investments, in Mozambique. 

Commissioning of Kipoi’s HMS plant under way

22nd April 2011 ASX- and TSX-listed copper-miner Tiger Resources reports that construction of the heavy media separation (HMS) plant for the stage one development at its Kipoi copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been completed and commissioning of the plant has started.  

Local consulting firm reports good project pipeline

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2011 Centurion-based consultancy firm Ukwazi reports that it is involved in many mining projects across South Africa and Africa. Some of company’s clients for underground projects include Impala Platinum, Gold Fields and Xstrata Alloys.  

Partnership opens new doors in engineering industry

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 New partnerships with companies that have expertise in other areas of the consulting and construction industry have given hydro-pyrometallurgical and minerals processing engineers and project managers K’Enyuka an advantage in an increasingly competitive market. 

Nothing better than home-grown expertise

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 The recession has left many mining houses wary of spending capital expenditure on new projects, leaving consulting engineers primarily working on existing projects that were deferred during that time. 

Firm poised for growth with new DRC office 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 With a newly launched office in the second-largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), earth and water resource specialists SRK Consulting has taken a bold step to reinforce the company’s presence in Africa. 

Engineering 
consultancy opens new office in Rustenburg

23rd April 2010 Fast growing hydropyrometallurgical and minerals processing engineering and project management company K’Enyuka has opened a new branch in Rustenburg, a development that has been welcomed by the company’s clients in the area. 

Cost model improves mine cost estimation and forecasting

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 Mining Consulting engineering firm A&B Global Mining (ABGM) has developed a detailed and robust methodology to simulate variable mining cost drivers in a 3-D mine design and production schedule. 

Providing innovative energy solutions is the name of the game

23rd April 2010 Titanium producer Richards Bay Minerals is undertaking a development programme for the installation of a cogeneration power plant that will use 30 000 m3 of carbon monoxide (CO) furnace off gas an hour to support the reduction of its carbon footprint and reduce the exposure to demand constraints... 

Merger creates project opportunities for mining consultancy

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 The A$106-million acquisition of engineering services company Minproc by international engineering and project management services provider AMEC, in November 2009, will see the new entity, AMEC Minproc, expanding its client base within the mining sector. 

Company achieves BEE compliance through merger

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 Civil engineering contractors Civcon has taken strides in achieving black economic-empowerment (BEE) status and in diversifying its capabilities, says Civcon MD Lex Henning.

The company achieved BEE status in 2009 by participating in a merger with KwaZulu-Natal-based construction company Erbacon... 

Road contract paves the way to the mining sector

23rd April 2010 In its latest foray into mining projects, consulting engineering group Jeffares & Green (J&G) was appointed by construction firm WBHO Construction as the principal designer of the 122-km-long haul road, to be constructed in Sierra Leone to serve the Tonkolili iron-ore mine project,... 

More practising engineers needed in South Africa

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2010 Signs of new life are starting to emerge in the consulting engineering industry but there is still the possibility of retrenchments. Speaking to Mining Weekly, consulting engineering firm UWP director of construction and business development within the mining sector Rod Stewart says that,... 

Consulting engineering firm embraces opportunities in mining sector

23rd April 2010 Consulting engineering firm Jeffares & Green (J&G) has been increasingly involved in mining activities and is preparing roads, airports, civil infrastructure and geotechnical investigations for various copper mines in the south-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Designing success

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 In early 2007 TWP Holdings added the architectural practice TPS.P Architects to the group. The company was established by John Tyser in 1980 with a client base in the mining and industrial sector. Franco Pellegrini joined the practice in 1983 and strengthened the tie with the mining industry as... 

Energy division making its mark

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The provision of sustainable energy solutions is the key focus of the energy division of project house TWP Holdings. TWP Energy GM Ian Curry tells Mining Weekly that the division does not intend to become involved in huge energy projects, such as the construction of Eskom’s new base load power... 

Consulting engineering group restructures

24th April 2009 Consulting engineers TWP Holdings has introduced a new group structure which will affect some of its operating divisions in order to achieve better synergy within the group, increased operational efficiency and a reduction in overhead costs. 

New modules added to consulting engineering management software

By: Darren Parker     24th April 2009 Real-time enterprise software developer Akron Software has introduced some significant new modules to its real-time financial project management software solution, ProMan. 

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