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Consulting Engineers News

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. 

Zimbabwe anxious to reclaim former mining glory, but obstacles remain

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th May 2010 Once viewed as ‘The Bread Basket of Africa’, Zimbabwe has had a significant fall from grace since early 2000, when hyperinflation, political instability and the total collapse of the economy deterred investors previously upbeat on opportunities in the country. 

SRK’s Congo office now fully operational, plans to set up 
Ghana operation advance

By: Jonathan Faurie     21st May 2010 The driving force behind the newly opened SRK Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) office, Susa Maleba reportes that the company holds high hopes for its growth in the country, particularly in terms of local ownership and participation. 

Local company to start work on multimillion-rand projects

7th May 2010 Construction firm Basil Read has started work on new mining contracts worth over R1-billion, one of which is the biggest-ever single capital commitment in the private sector in Botswana, as part of two separate joint ventures (JVs). 

Need for increased managment-level training

By: Henry Lazenby     30th April 2010 While mining companies are putting greater emphasis on artisanal training through embedded technical training colleges, more needs to be done more needs to be done to reduce the skills gap between mining artisans and technicians, and mining management, says Minerals and Energy Education Training... 

Anglo request for 300 MW of power possible this year, Anglo Platinum may lift production to 2,7Moz in 2010, Iron-ore miners and Transnet in beyond-60Mt rail talks

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2010 A request for a proposal for the building of a $600-million, 300-MW power plant using Anglo discard coal may be invited this year or early next, says Anglo American Thermal Coal CEO Norman Mbazima in a report on page 12 of this edition of Mining Weekly.  

A wealth of skills

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Engineering project house TWP Projects possesses a wealth of skills and capabilities, including geology and mining engineering consulting, complex process plant services, and project management, to name a few. 

Construction, consulting giants merge successfully

23rd April 2010 Twelve months after talks were initiated, the merger between construction giant Basil Read and engineering consultancy TWP was concluded in December 2009, described by Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns as “a very well orchestrated deal”.  

TWP voted best EPCM contractor for safety

23rd April 2010 Consulting engineers TWP Mining and Infrastructure, a division of TWP Projects, received the award for ‘Best EPCM Contractor’ at platinum group metals producer Lonmin’s first yearly mining projects safety function, held near Rustenburg, in November. 

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... 

Engineering project house sponsors entrepreneurs

23rd April 2010 Engineering project house TWP Projects is sponsoring 39 historically disadvantaged South African female entrepreneurs for the certificate programme in entrepreneurship and new venture creation, which is run by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at graduate school of business Witwatersrand Business... 

Investment arm seeks to list within three years

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The investment division of TWP, known as TWP Investments, has set its sights on becoming an independent entity within the next two to three years, and seeks to be listed separately as a mid-tier natural resources and energy company. 

A risk worth taking

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The history of TWP dates back to 1982, when a 25-year old Nigel Townshend obtained his PR Eng qualification and decided it was the right time to try and establish his own company. 

Regional strategy gains momentum

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The TWP Holdings group has added two more regional offices to its portfolio, with the opening of offices in Zambia and Peru earlier this year to complement its existing offices in the Limpopo and North West provinces of South Africa. 

New company to handle plant maintenance and operation services

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 TWP Holdings has formalised its plant maintenance and operation services into a new company called Outsourced Plant Operations (OPS), which will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the group. 

New directors at TWP Projects

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The 2009 merger between Basil Read and TWP Holdings has led to a number of reshuffles to the boards of TWP subsidiaries, including the appointment of new executive directors at TWP Projects. 

Optimism the order of the day

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 After the recent economic global slump, the projects company of TWP Holdings is positive about opportunities in the year ahead. As the largest subsidiary within TWP Holdings, TWP Projects has a major role to play in the success of the overall group and MD Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly that... 

Kudos for quality and safety

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 A commitment to enhance workplace safety has resulted in TWP Projects being recommended for international safety and quality accreditation. 

An employer of choice

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The human resources (HR) department within engineering consultants TWP Holdings will make 2010 the year in which it consolidates all the changes that took place within the group during 2009. 

TWP targets further growth and profits

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Project house TWP Holdings has set itself the goal of tripling its turnover and profits by 2015. The company merged with construction giant Basil Read in December 2009 and is confident that the tie-up will allow both entities to boost their turnovers. 

Turnkey capacity building

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The 2009 merger between engineering project house TWP Holdings and construction giant Basil Read has paved the way for the creation of a new operating division aimed at offering turnkey solutions. 

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