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Minrom Consulting would expand its licensing management software services to incorporate the national licensing database system if it were made open to all
Licence management software to be aligned with South African law
30th October 2020 By: Darren Parker

Geological services company Minrom Consulting plans to expand the capacity of its new exploration and mining licensing management software (LMS) system to become fully aligned with South African... 

Only 2.5% of mining projects globally are considered successful
New tool launched for mining project management
30th October 2020 By: Darren Parker

Industry consortium Construction Industry Institute (CII), based in the US, has launched a project definition rating index (PDRI) tool for mining projects, which was showcased during a CII-hosted... 

The legal team ought to be seen as a critical contributor to the strategic side of project planning
Legal collaboration critical in mining project management
30th October 2020 By: Darren Parker

In-depth specialist legal expertise and analyses are often not adequately considered or invested in at the outset of mining projects, which inevitably lead to delays and project cost overruns, says... 

Setting up a digital twin in mining operations starts with a really accurate high-resolution three-dimensional model of the mine or asset in question
Phased approach key for digital twin adoption
23rd October 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

It is important that the creation of a digital twin be conducted in stages, with every stage building on the previous one, drone survey and inspection specialist Rocketmine business development... 

Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources
Nigeria incentivises new mining investment
9th October 2020 By: Halima Frost

Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the... 

The dredging operation at Eramet's Grande Côte operation reported an excellent operating performance for the first half of 2020
Grande Côte operation achieves ‘excellent’ results
9th October 2020

Multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet 2020 half-year results, released on July 29, noted that its Grande Côte Operation (GCO) built on the “excellent operating performance” of 2019,... 

While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful
Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners
9th October 2020 By: Halima Frost

Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells... 

The decline on the Tongo diamond project is progressing well as is the fabrication of the diamond processing plant
Processing plant progressing well amid slowdown
9th October 2020 By: Halima Frost

Despite Covid-19 having an adverse effect on the greenfield development of a mine and metallurgical plant, in Sierra Leone, local consulting firm METC Engineering director Dr Steve Cathey says the... 

Senior members of deugro's sales and business development team unpack the company's sucess in west Africa
Freight forwarder growing reach in West Africa
9th October 2020 By: Halima Frost

Following the successful logistics for a mine in Sierra Leone, deugro, a highly-specialized expert in freight forwarding and an independent company of the deugro group,  intends to further expand... 

One of many sample plants set up in Mali has revealed the great potential the gold mining sector holds in the country
Company notes West African mining potential
9th October 2020 By: Halima Frost

West Africa holds notable mining potential, with exploration and mining consulting services provider The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson noting the company’s short- to medium-term... 

The Tsubaki Titan chain’s use of seamless bushes incorporate lube grooves
Components provider launches ‘improved’ chain range
2nd October 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series, which offers “significant improvements” in wear-life in demanding applications. 

Worley's South African operation is recognised for its deep-level shaft experience, and has experience across most commodities
Worley assists surface miners’ transition to underground operations
25th September 2020

As openpit mines reach their economic end of life, mine owners are considering the viability of transitioning their opencast mining operations to underground, says global engineering firm Worley.... 

Exxaro strives too empower its workers through education opportunities
Coal giant empowers through education
18th September 2020

In 2019, JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro invested a total of R224-million in job-related bursaries and scholarships.  As a company that has “empowerment at its core”, Exxaro’s purpose, values... 

JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials
18th September 2020

The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report... 

Being able to supply coal over the entirety of the plant's life is key for Sasol Mining
Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol
18th September 2020 By: Halima Frost

Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility... 

A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project
Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track
28th August 2020

Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by... 

We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies
Logistics company branches out
28th August 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add... 

Thos Begbie is ensuring the interchangeability of furnace components at the Anglo Converter Plant in Rustenburg
Foundry company ensuring safe platinum smelting
21st August 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie expects to finalise production of the Phase B coolers for platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
20th August 2020 By: Martin Creamer

The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product... 

Rather than having a representative attend the site Glencore nominated an on-site representative to ensure they had the information required to perform the survey
Tech-based solutions enable inspections amid restrictions
14th August 2020

Mineral processing experts from research institute Sustainable Minerals Institute’s (SMI’s) Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) have embraced technology to maintain site engagement... 

The portable XRF unit is designed for core analysis to define the mineral content and elements in a sample, or applications requiring high-volume manual testing
Analyser distributor aims for local brand recognition
31st July 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec is the exclusive distributor of the handheld X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)... 

Devastation left in the wake of a tailings dam burst owned by Vale and BHP Billiton in Mariana, Brazil
Sacred site destruction demonstrates industry's need to improve corporate citizenship
24th July 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Diversified miner Rio Tinto's destruction of a 46 000-year-old sacred Aboriginal site in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara – which occurred in last month following a misunderstanding during the... 

China imports some of its iron-ore for its steel manufacturing and construction industries from producers in the Northern Cape, such as Kumba Iron Ore
Africa’s iron-ore sector largely unexplored – consultant
24th July 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

Mining projects in Africa, particularly those in the iron-ore sector, require deep pockets, lengthy feasibility studies and complementary infrastructure assets, such as efficient logistics... 

A more collaborative approach regarding the development of mining infrastructure is expected in future, as well as more involvement by the State
Positive mining developments halted by Covid-19
17th July 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, major mining companies indicated that, for the first time in many years, government and the mining industry were having meaningful dialogue that could realise positive... 

The road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant at Moma has a weight-bearing capacity of 8.4 t/m2
Moma to move 7 000 t plant along newly built road
17th July 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

The construction of a purpose-built, 23-km-long, 66-m-wide road for the relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B and its dredge at the Moma titanium minerals mine, on the north-east coast of... 

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Wood has received requests from Ghana’s gold mines, owing to the high gold price
Mines focus on existing assets
10th July 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Few of the capital projects planned for the development of new African mines will go ahead this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant uncertainty, says project management,... 

Masks make up and important part of personal protective equipment in the age of Covid-19
Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful to communities
10th July 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Keeping mining operations Covid-19-free is crucial because all mine personnel return to different communities, which can extend the spread of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 over long... 

The coronal capping structures for two smokestacks had reached the end of their service life, and it was deemed necessary to replace them
Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine
10th July 2020 By: Tracy Hancock

Rope access specialist Skyriders is preparing to install a new coronal capping, with its design in the process of being finalised, for two smokestacks at a mine in Namibia. The company secured the... 

Metso Outotec can drive industries towards responsible use of natural resources
1st July 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Metso Minerals, a subsidiary of global industrial company Metso, has officially merged with Finnish-listed technology company Outotec. The merger has formed a leading process technology, equipment... 

While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects
Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response
26th June 2020 By: Mamaili Mamaila

As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and... 

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