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Engineering company under way with work at Morupule

28th January 2011 Engineering company Fluor South Africa reports that it is the EPCM and project management service provider for phase one of the Morupule coal mine expansion, in Botswana. This project will provide fuel for a new Morepule power station, near the town of Palapye. 

Focusing on skills development and best practice

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Engineering and project delivery company Amec Minproc reports that, to achieve efficiency – given the significant human resource challenge globally, the company is processing more work through fewer skilled employees.  

Project house reports increase in new projects

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Resources and infrastructure engineering project house TWP reports an increase in the number of new projects it has received over the past two months compared with the projects received for the previous 18 months. 

Firm manages capital projects valued at more than $50bn

28th January 2011 Consulting, engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa has experienced much of its global growth within the last decade, and is currently managing capital projects with an aggregate value of more than $50-billion. 

Go-ahead for AP60 technology implementation

28th January 2011 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has given the go-ahead, to joint-venture (JV) partners SNC-Lavalin, an engineering and construction group, and project and construction management services Hatch, for the implementation of the first phase of its Alcan AP60 project in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec. 

Firm experiences growth with Chinese, Indian companies

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th January 2011 Consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting South Africa principal geologist Hennie Theart says that, although the company still undertakes projects for its traditional clients, in recent years there has been a significant shift away from traditional mining houses based in South Africa, Canada and... 

SRK Consulting prioritises expansion into Africa as demand for commodities is set to soar

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th January 2011 Chairperson of South Africa founded consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Roger Dixon reports that Africa’s time has come and that expansion into the continent will form a strong focus for the company over the next few years.  

Positive year for project houses forecast

By: Jessica Hannah     28th January 2011 Mining, engineering and project management services company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) believes that 2011 will be a positive year for project houses.  

Commodity review, PGMs outlook

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Specialist platinum-group metals (PGMs) consultancy SFA Oxford director and principal consultant Stephen Forrest says that his 2011 Mining Indaba presentation will be focused on a commodity review and the outlook for PGMs, and will be a thought-provoking outline of significant industry trends. 

Showcasing investment opportunities in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Africa could benefit from presenting solutions to, and strategies for, the continent’s infrastructure challenges, along with showcasing its investment opportunities, at the 2011 Mining Indaba, says consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. 

Repositioning of global markets under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2011 Mining engineering and project management firm Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) is preparing for the launch of RSV International at the Mining Indaba 2011, in February. 

TWP looks to Philippines, Turkey, China sourcing, South Africa ‘too expensive’

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2011 Mining and minerals project house TWP is looking closely at procuring goods and services from countries that “have a more competitive cost base than South Africa”, including the Philippines, Turkey and China. TWP chairperson Nigel Townshend says that the company within the JSE-listed Basil Read... 

Bateman clinches Iran, Russian DMS plant contracts as orders soar

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th January 2011 Diversified engineer and project house Bateman Engineering reports that its modular plant business has seen a considerable upswing in orders over the fourth quarter of 2010, with a number of new contracts being awarded.  

SRK Consulting opens offices in Mongolia, Mexico as mining sector rebounds from 2009 recession

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th January 2011 South African-founded consulting engineering company SRK Consulting has expanded into Mongolia and Mexico following a strong recovery from the 2009 global financial crisis, which has seen a resurgence in Asian and South American mining industries.  

Richards Bay Coal Terminal now the biggest facility of its kind after completion of R1,1bn expansion

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th December 2010 South African project house Bateman Engineering has recently completed the Phase V expansion of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and has handed over the project. 

Work on Moz coal processing and 
wash plant ‘progressing well’

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th November 2010 South African steel fabrication and construction company Cosira Group reports that work is progressing well on the recently awarded supply contract for the Riversdale Benga coal processing and wash plant (CPWP) project, in Mozambique.

 

Metso clinches contract to maintain UAE liquid gas plant

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Scandinavian diversified engineering company Metso Minerals has signed an agreement with South Korea-based civil engineering company GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) for the supply of cryogenic and sequence valves for a Gasco-operated liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant located at... 

Project house assessing feasibility of Harmony’s planned Free State uranium venture

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 South African project house Bateman Engineering is undertaking the feasibility study for gold-mining major Harmony Gold’s TPM uranium project, which has the potential to recover uranium from 280 000 t/m of ore being sourced from three existing shafts, Tshepong, Phakisa and Masimong, located in... 

Metso subsidiary helps Ghana gold mine increase mill throughput

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th November 2010 Metso Process Technology and Innovation (PTI), a division of Metso Minerals South Africa, recently conducted a process integration and optimisation (PIO), or mine-to-mill project, at Newmont Ghana Gold’s Ahafo gold mine. 

Hatch’s R2,5bn portion of Kolomela expansion project 
ahead of schedule, within budget

By: Jonathan Faurie     12th November 2010 South African consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Africa has successfully implemented a global engineering, procurement and construction management information sharing strategy for Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela expansion project that has seen the company’s R2,5-billion role... 

Bateman Engineering reports impressive safety performances at several projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     5th November 2010 As mining companies near year end, South African engineering group, Bateman Engineering reports that a number of its projects are exceeding performance expectations. 

SA engineering firm successfully commissions DMS plant in Iran

By: Jonathan Faurie     29th October 2010 South African engineering company Bateman Engineering has successfully commissioned the 30-t/hr dense media separation (DMS) modular plant it supplied to the Asechin Ara Company for the preconcentration of zinc/lead carbonate-bearing ore from the Angouran mine, in Iran’s Zanjan province. 

Lawyer urges mining companies venturing into Africa 
to strictly adhere to legal requirements

By: Jonathan Faurie     8th October 2010 Companies planning to expand into Africa are being urged to do so with particular emphasis on strict compliance with African legal requirements, reports legal giant Webber Wentzel Attorneys. 

Implats names contractor for new Springs crystalliser plant

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st October 2010 Diversified engineer VWS Envig, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies subsidiary, has been awarded a contract to design and build a new crystalliser plant for Impala Platinum Precious Metals Refineries (PMR), located in Springs, Gauteng. 

SA’s Cosira Group clinches supply, installation contract for Namibia’s Trekkopje mine project

By: Jonathan Faurie     17th September 2010 South African engineering firm Cosira Group has been awarded the structural, mechanical, platework, and piping (SMPP) supply and installations for the maxi back-end of a new uranium plant at Trekkopje mine, in the heart of Namibia, for nuclear engineering giant Areva. 

Consulting firm expands its service portfolio

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th September 2010 Diversified consulting engineering company SRK Consulting reports that it has expanded its service portfolio in Zambia to incorporate a wide array of disciplines. 

Forging ahead despite bureaucratic hurdles

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd September 2010 South African project management and engineering company DRA Mineral Projects reports that, despite the company’s continued involvement in Zimbabwe’s only three working platinum mines - Unki, Mimosa and Ngezi - operating in Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly difficult owing to added bureaucratic... 

Consulting engineer sees opportunity in industry upswing 

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd September 2010 Diversified consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has taken advantage of the current rejuvenation of the mining industry in Zimbabwe to set up a fully functional office in the country, similar to the recently established office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Cost-effective plants for 
platinum mines

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 International engineering company AMEC Minproc is able to design small to medium-sized, fit-for-purpose and cost-effective process plants which are particularly applicable to projects with a limited life of mine and financial capital, says AMEC Minproc technical manager Steve Amos.  

South Africa’s MDM awarded contract for portion 
of South American plant upgrade project

By: Jonathan Faurie     20th August 2010 South African consulting engineer MDM Engineering (MDM) has been awarded the engineering portion of the plant upgrade on the Andalucita project in Peru, South America. 

Industry reaps the benefits of Australia’s untapped minerals

By: Eleanor Seggie     6th August 2010 International engineering company AMEC Minproc president Malcolm Brown says that there is an increased focus on Australia’s sizeable, untapped iron-ore deposits, which, he believes, is a significant growth area for the mining industry. 

Bateman completes coal handling infrastructure project at Mpumalanga mine

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th August 2010 The fast-track lump-sum turnkey contract for the provision of coal handling infrastructure for Klipspruit colliery, in Mpumalanga, that was awarded to Bateman Engineered Technologies, part of the Bateman Engineering group, has recently been completed 

Contracts secured despite tough competition

By: Tracy Hancock     9th July 2010 The competition to secure contracts in the African mining industry has become increasingly stiff from Australian and Canadian companies, reports process engineering and project management company Bateman Engineering Sub-Saharan Africa MD Tollie Nel. 

Bateman embarks on engineering, procurement on the world’s first alkaline heap-leach uranium mine

By: Jonathan Faurie     2nd July 2010 South African engineering company Bateman Engineering has started the engineering and procurement (EP) for the Maxi phase of the greenfield Trekkopje uranium project in the heart of Namibia’s Namib desert, north-east of Swakopmund. 

SA-linked resources company teams up with Vale on Guinea iron-ore projects

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th June 2010 Resource company BSG Resources (BSGR), a major shareholder of South African engineering giant Bateman Engineering, has formed a joint venture (JV) with Brazilian mining giant Vale to develop mining rights in Zogota and Simandou Blocks 1 and 2, in Guinea, West Africa. 

Bateman builds manganese load-out facility in record 32 weeks

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th June 2010 The first rapid load-out station to be built by Bateman Engineered Technologies (BET) for a manganese operation has been completed within 32 weeks, bettering the industry average by 20 weeks. 

Locals will have a 51% stake in all major businesses – Mugabe

By: Jonathan Faurie     11th June 2010 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has insisted that locals will hold a 51% stake in any business venture involving foreign investors in line with the country’s indigenisation legislations. 

Platinum major’s effluent treatment plant being evaluated, improved

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th May 2010 Engineering company VWS Envig has been contracted to evaluate and improve the effluent treatment plant (ETP) at Impala Platinum’s base metals refinery (BMR) in Springs, east of Johannesburg. 

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