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Consulting Engineers News

Holistic solutions crucial for mining sustainability – consultancy

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Holistic solutions that consider closure, social, environmental and technical best practices will be important for the sustainability and longevity of the African mining industry, say independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Tailings dam failures concerning

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 It is unacceptable that tailings dam failures are reported to be about ten times more frequent than water dams on a ratio basis, says geotechnical engineering company Geotheta CEO Ian Hammond, particularly in terms of loss of life, livelihood or environmental damage. 

STRICTER FOCUS 
Professional engineers overseeing tailings facilities must account for more stringent, more severe and more appropriate factors in the design, monitoring, surveillance and closure aspects of the tailings storage facilities and their appurtenant structures
STRICTER FOCUS Professional engineers overseeing tailings facilities must account for more stringent, more severe and more appropriate factors in the design, monitoring, surveillance and closure aspects of the tailings storage facilities and their appurtenant structures

Mine health, safety awareness crucial for consultants

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Owing to the mining industry having historically gained a reputation for being “inherently unsafe”, consulting engineers need to be more mindful of this aspect when working in the sector, says professional association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Christopher Campbell. 

CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL 
As there is an explicit emphasis on zero harm in the mining sector, consulting engineers in mining have to conform to industry requirements
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL As there is an explicit emphasis on zero harm in the mining sector, consulting engineers in mining have to conform to industry requirements

Mechanisation drives service offering

29th November 2019 Structural steel designers and fabricators Structa Group of companies manufactures and supplies a range of infrastructure-related products including water storage tanks and industrial process equipment. 

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 With the mining industry shifting towards more energy efficient processes, mining consulting and engineering services provider BBE is observing increased demand for developing and implementing energy efficiency in ventilation and cooling processes. “Ventilation, cooling and pumping are the major... 

RICHARD GUNDERSEN

Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine
RICHARD GUNDERSEN Ventilation on-demand is becoming more topical. One can switch fans on or off, and align cooling to where the activity is happening in a mine

Industry keen on cleaner, fuel cell-based ventilation

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd November 2019 The local mining industry has shown keen interest in research center Hydrogen Infrastructure South Africa’s (HySA’s) offering of cleaner ventilation systems for underground mines, says HySA director Dmitri Bessarabov. He explains that this can be achieved by replacing diesel-powered underground... 

CLEANER VENTILATION OPPORTUNITY

Hydrogen Infrastructure South Africa produces and stores renewable energy on site and aims to integrate existing mini grids with batteries and fuel cells
CLEANER VENTILATION OPPORTUNITY Hydrogen Infrastructure South Africa produces and stores renewable energy on site and aims to integrate existing mini grids with batteries and fuel cells

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs

22nd November 2019 Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer TLT-Turbo GmbH has announced the redesign of its Auxiliary and Booster fan range. The new designs engender efficiency and cost effectiveness in a versatile product range able to meet the ventilation requirements of the mining industry. Development... 

UNDERGROUND DEMAND

TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project
UNDERGROUND DEMAND TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project

Shaft maintenance integral to operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Mining solutions provider United Mining Services (UMS) suggests placing significant emphasis on the operational maintenance of a mine shaft, as this can ultimately optimise the functionality of the mine, negating the potential financial and time-based losses that occur when shafts are not... 

MAINTENANCE OPTIMISED 
United Mining Services aims for mining houses to save on capital costs and downtime when conducting maintenance on the shaft infrastructure
MAINTENANCE OPTIMISED United Mining Services aims for mining houses to save on capital costs and downtime when conducting maintenance on the shaft infrastructure

Shaft capping prevents illegal mining, improves ground safety

By: Theresa Bhowan     15th November 2019 Redundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for mining companies, owing to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities. 

COVER UP
Shaft capping and sealing is undertaken to reinstate land to unrestricted use
COVER UP Shaft capping and sealing is undertaken to reinstate land to unrestricted use

Co-opting Canadian strategies to create investor awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 International commodities consultancy Core Consultants states that African mining jurisdictions can create investor awareness through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada. 

BE AWARE, BE VERY AWARE
Investor awareness can be created in Africa through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada
Photo by Creamer Media
BE AWARE, BE VERY AWARE Investor awareness can be created in Africa through initiatives that have been successfully carried out in Canada

Digital transformation will benefit African mines

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th November 2019 Commodity pricing volatility and global demand variability are two profitability pressures mining companies, especially Africa-based mining companies, have to deal with. This creates a need for smarter and more efficient operations, which can be engineered through the application of leading-edge... 

TECH SAVVY
Wabtec’s technologies can enable miners to optimise people, processes and technology
TECH SAVVY Wabtec’s technologies can enable miners to optimise people, processes and technology

Consortium heading up alumina refinery project

1st November 2019 PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia, a subsidiary of State-owned enterprise PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium has appointed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Black & Veatch-led project management consortium (PMC) as a technical consultant to lead its alumina refinery project. The... 

ON TRACK CONTRACT
PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia appoints Black & Veatch as technical consultant for Indonesia's first alumina refinery
ON TRACK CONTRACT PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia appoints Black & Veatch as technical consultant for Indonesia's first alumina refinery

Water-gel technology allows for customised blasting solutions

By: Cameron Mackay     18th October 2019 Global blasting solutions provider MAXAM’s premium bulk water-gel technology range of blends, referred to as RIOFLEX, has been well received by the South African market and will allow the company to build on its presence in the country for over 20 years, says MAXAM Southern Africa regional sales... 

CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT

MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process
CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT MAXAM has been implementing continuous improvement programmes targeting cost reduction over the mine-to-mill process

Joburg Indaba sponsor looks forward to industry engagements

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Independent consulting practice SRK Consulting is a networking sponsor at the 2019 Joburg Indaba. Organised by resources investment conferences company Resources 4 Africa, SRK partner and principal mining engineer Marcin Wertz says Joburg Indaba is a unique industry conference, with the direct... 

FRANK CONVERSATIONS 
The Joburg Indaba is a place for frank and honest discussions on issues that are pertinent to the South African mining sector
FRANK CONVERSATIONS The Joburg Indaba is a place for frank and honest discussions on issues that are pertinent to the South African mining sector

Mining industry sunrise at even odds – consultant

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Recent debates regarding the South African mining industry have centred on whether it is a sunrise or sunset industry. Local mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein comments that while the sun may rise on certain aspects of the sector, it may set on... 

 SWIFT PROGRESSION 
There is now a need for projects to progress from exploration to production faster and, as a result, obtain funding quicker
SWIFT PROGRESSION There is now a need for projects to progress from exploration to production faster and, as a result, obtain funding quicker

US-China trade war may cause gold project surge

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Although many commodities have remained flat over the past year, the resurgent gold price – mainly driven by uncertainty, owing to the US-China trade war – may result in more gold projects, given the favourable price environment, says project and engineering solutions provider Wood business... 

KUDAKWASHE MARAMBA 
The US-China trade war – may result in more gold projects, given the favourable price environment
KUDAKWASHE MARAMBA The US-China trade war – may result in more gold projects, given the favourable price environment

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Fuel cell export figures on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) tells Mining Weekly that the US Department of Energy (DoE) reported a global increase in fuel cell exports, from 650 MW in 2017 to 800 MW in 2018. The information, compiled by international strategic... 

ALL THE HYPE
Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally

Australian mine to be powered by renewables

30th August 2019 Sustainable gold miner Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine, in Western Australia, will become one of Australia’s first mining operations to be predominantly powered by renewable and low-carbon energy. In June Gold Fields and global energy group EDL announced a A$112-million investment in the... 

TRIFECTA
The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine
TRIFECTA The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine

Electrical loggers reduce facilities’ energy costs

30th August 2019 One of the most significant costs at processing and industrial facilities is energy, says measurement tool supplier Comtest, local supplier of testing equipment manufacturer Fluke. While many managers view energy as an unavoidable expense, in reality it is a variable cost that can be monitored... 

LOGICAL
The Fluke three-phase energy-loggers are a logical solution to identifying energy waste
LOGICAL The Fluke three-phase energy-loggers are a logical solution to identifying energy waste

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs

30th August 2019 Submersible motor pump manufacturer Pleuger Industries presented an energy-efficient synchronous motor with permanent magnet drive at this year’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2019 (AIMEX) held in Sydney, Australia, last month. The launch is in addition to highlighting the... 

MAGNETIC
The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient
MAGNETIC The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient

Gear units prove successful in mining industry

By: Halima Frost     30th August 2019 Since launching the X.e Series, an upgraded version of its X Series industrial gear drive unit, drive component manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the X.e Series has been well-accepted by the local mining industry. The revamped industrial gear units in the X.e Series offer between 15% and 20%... 

TOP GEAR
The revamped gear units have been welcomed into the industry with open arms
TOP GEAR The revamped gear units have been welcomed into the industry with open arms

Hybrid energy project achieves targets ahead of schedule

By: Halima Frost     30th August 2019 One of the largest solar-battery-diesel hybrid systems globally – Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa hybrid project, in Western Australia - has achieved its yearly generation targets one month ahead of schedule. The project, at copper miner Sandfire’s DeGrussa copper mine, is wind and solar energy... 

POWER RANGER
The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements
POWER RANGER The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements

Botswana mining expo co-locates with new health and safety expo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     23rd August 2019 Safety is a key theme for Electra Mining Botswana – Botswana’s largest mining, industrial and power generation expo – this year, hence its co-locating with the new occupational health and safety trade show – the Africa Occupational Safety and Health (A-OSH) Expo Botswana. With Botswana’s growing... 

Misconceptions around AMD remain a threat to the environment

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd August 2019 Acid mine drainage (AMD) has become one of South Africa’s largest environmental threats, as AMD has caused considerable damage to the natural environment and communities living near mining areas, says engineering consultants WSP Africa’s hydrology, environment and energy senior associate Karen... 

Expo to host a range of mining-related topics at seminars

23rd August 2019 In addition to new products and live demonstrations at the Electra Mining Botswana Expo – to be held at the Gaborone Fairgrounds, from September 10 to 12 – there will be a full programme of free-to-attend seminars for visitors. The programme is subject to change and the organiser reserves the... 

Industry slump makes technology improvements essential

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 An international slowdown in the mining industry over the past few years has led to a more pressing need for technology improvements, says bearings and transmissions products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “The mining industry is at a point... 

SHAUN COMBRINCK
An uptick in gold prices might mean more business from the gold sector soon
SHAUN COMBRINCK An uptick in gold prices might mean more business from the gold sector soon

S Africa gets first dry separator pilot plant in Africa

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 A pilot plant for the first dry separator in Africa will be installed in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, and should be operational by the end of the first quarter of 2020, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa MD Sydney Parkhouse tells Mining Weekly. The Telligent... 

DRY SORTING 
The Telligent Dry Separator  technology enables high accuracy coal sorting without the need for liquids
DRY SORTING The Telligent Dry Separator technology enables high accuracy coal sorting without the need for liquids

South African engineering excellence recognised

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2019 South African engineering excellence was put on glittering display during the 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) in Midrand on Wednesday evening. Awards were handed out in the following categories: Lifetime Industry Achievement Award;... 

The 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards
The 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards

Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 The gender gap in the mining industry will widen if it does not invest in attracting more women to associated careers, owing to the quickly evolving roles and skills required by the industry, particularly owing to Industry 4.0, says diamond company De Beers Group. “There is no doubt that the... 

Initiatives to boost diversity under way as only 15% of mining jobs are held by women

Company service offering geared for juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th July 2019 While mining majors often have in-house exploration experience, juniors lack this experience and thus engineering consulting company SRK Exploration Services (ES) is increasingly providing advisory services, from strategic to operational guidance, to juniors, says SRK ES Johannesburg branch... 

JOHN PAUL HUNT 
Without junior mining companies understanding the uncertainty that the data might reflect, there is a risk of making suboptimum business decisions
JOHN PAUL HUNT Without junior mining companies understanding the uncertainty that the data might reflect, there is a risk of making suboptimum business decisions

ERM acquires CSA Global

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2019 Sustainability consultancy ERM has acquired CSA Global, a mining, geological, technology and management consulting company. CSA Global provides technical and management consulting services, as well as independent corporate advice to mining and exploration companies and financial and legal groups... 

DRA Global awarded BFS contract for Managem’s Morocco copper mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2019 Managem Group has awarded engineering group DRA Global’s Montreal office a contract to conduct the bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Tizert copper project, located in the Souss-Massa province of Morocco. The Tizert copper deposit is located on the northern edge of the Igherm Precambrian... 

Tizert copper deposit, in Morocco
Tizert copper deposit, in Morocco

New platform answers call for condition based maintenance, asset optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The immense pressure to achieve production targets occasionally means that maintenance practices are difficult to implement in the mining industry and are often time based. Therefore, mines are looking for solutions to improve maintenance management, says Finnish industrial machinery company... 

ADVANCING MAINTENANCE
Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs
ADVANCING MAINTENANCE Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE
Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Process water pumps supplied to Chile copper mine

14th June 2019 Motor pumps manufacturer Pleuger Industries has supplied six high-performance process water pumps to the Chilean Collahuasi copper mine in the Pica district of the Tarapaca region. The mine relies on a flotation process, for which Pleuger will supply the six tailormade pump units for the... 

ACCEPTANCE UNDERTAKING The acceptance trials of the six pumps, for which the mine’s technical management, together with pumps distributor Wellford, travelled from Chile to Hamburg, in Germany, took a week
ACCEPTANCE UNDERTAKING The acceptance trials of the six pumps, for which the mine’s technical management, together with pumps distributor Wellford, travelled from Chile to Hamburg, in Germany, took a week

Solid support for mining entrepreneurs

24th May 2019 Project delivery company Worley is leading the way in mining technology in southern Africa with swift technological advancements that match the requirements of a new digital age. The global professional services provider is uniquely positioned to assist junior miners in creating cost-effective,... 

Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer
Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer

Nokeng fluorspar mine expects first shipment by midyear

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Fluorspar mining company SepFluor’s new Nokeng fluorspar mine, in Gauteng, is in the final stages of commissioning, which is expected to take a further three to six weeks to complete. After a difficult period for the global fluorspar market, from 2011 to 2016, owing to the closure of high cost... 

STANDING STRATEGY
SepFluor has always planned to be a vertically integrated fluorspar company
STANDING STRATEGY SepFluor has always planned to be a vertically integrated fluorspar company
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