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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

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

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

Water supply pressure boosts mine water treatment demand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Treating mine water has become more common as the mines try to minimise their impacts.  This has allowed for different types of water treatment options to enter the market, as well as a growing understanding of the environmental and economic impact, and where the water can be used to support... 

EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows
EVERY DROP COUNTS Mines need to reduce their water consumption and also take into consideration the increasing need for water as the population grows

Tailings facility designs can save water at mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 At the start of the design process, the design problem and solution have to be conceptualised to allow for the design objectives for a tailings facility to be formulated. A range of techniques can then be used and applied to undertake the design, including appropriate analyses, to ensure water... 

ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams
ADRIAAN MEINTJES Mining houses, consulting engineers and TSF contractors have refocused on new best-practice principles for design of tailings dams

Alternative water treatment pursued

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     3rd May 2019 Mine managers are investigating the use of existing wetlands or creating wetlands to passively treat some of their used water, thereby reducing the volume of water that needs to be actively treated before and during discharge, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa... 

KAREN KING The environment has benefited from the stricter legislation that governs how mines should treat their water
KAREN KING The environment has benefited from the stricter legislation that governs how mines should treat their water

Consulting could play an increasingly important role in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 While the local mining industry is shrinking, this is not necessarily the case for the mining consulting industry, as the role of mining consulting firms has evolved in response to changes in the industry, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ
SRK Consulting acknowledges the growing value of Big Data and technology-focused expertise
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ SRK Consulting acknowledges the growing value of Big Data and technology-focused expertise

Improvement in mining industry will manifest only in time

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 There have been positive developments in local mining, such as the significant improvement in the relationship between government and industry stakeholders, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell, but he adds that industry, however, may not see immediate... 

CHRIS CAMPBELL
Stakeholders must remain hopeful that the mining industry can be resuscitated
CHRIS CAMPBELL Stakeholders must remain hopeful that the mining industry can be resuscitated

Qualified lighting experts crucial for mining operations

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The importance for mines to consult on lighting requirements with lighting experts that are recognised by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA) cannot be overstated, says industrial lighting specialist Magnitech technical sales consultant Petrus Cilliers. IESSA is the... 

LIGHT IT UP
Magnitech’s products can be found in factories, power stations and mines
LIGHT IT UP Magnitech’s products can be found in factories, power stations and mines

Demand likely to grow for mine-closure expertise

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 Mine closure is a field where best practice continuously evolves and there is likely to be a strong demand for this expertise as mines look to remain current and, in some instances, begin the closure process, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant... 

ABANDONED MINE
In the case of an unplanned mine closure the implications are significant
ABANDONED MINE In the case of an unplanned mine closure the implications are significant

Consulting engineers face volatility, lack of opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The volatility of the local mining industry, particularly in terms of Mining Charter III, coupled with political uncertainty and unstable power supply, is directly impacting on consulting engineers servicing the industry, says multidisciplinary engineering company GIBB Mining MD Alan Wingrove.... 

SAFETY FIRST
From a consulting engineering and project management point of view, mine safety is a key focus area and a business imperative
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY FIRST From a consulting engineering and project management point of view, mine safety is a key focus area and a business imperative

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     26th April 2019 The local mining consulting industry is healthy and growing stronger with mining companies’ increasing reliance on consulting companies, compared with reliance on in-house skills, says specialist mine refrigeration and ventilation consultancy group Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) director Richard... 

Need for external skills boosting consulting services

Rock engineering consultancy expanding service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th April 2019 Outsourced rock engineering and seismic monitoring services provider Open House Management Solutions (OHMS) is continuously considering opportunities to expand its service offering to the minerals industry and develop in new, but related services, says OHMS MD Koos Bosman. OHMS has been in... 

REAL-TIME MONITORING
Open House Management Solutions can monitor the rock mass response in real time
REAL-TIME MONITORING Open House Management Solutions can monitor the rock mass response in real time
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