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Contract Mining News

Aus contractor has much to offer African mining industry

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 As an Australian company, underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco believes it has the right skills, new technology and knowledge of the mining industry and its operations to benefit the African mining industry, says Barminco business development executive GM Daniel Archer. Speaking to... 

M&R’s international businesses underpin current and future growth prospects

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2014 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R), a company synonymous with the South African construction industry, is increasingly deriving the bulk of its earnings from offshore operations, while its future fortunes are also increasingly tied to non-South African prospects, especially in the global natural... 

Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas
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Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2014 Mechanical engineer Rod Pickering spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, the part of the now-defunct Comro that focused on hard rock, narrow-reef mining. After leaving Comro in 1996, he spent another 18 years running his... 

Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads

Project house to reintroduce itself to the African market at indaba

By: David Oliveira     31st January 2014 Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons TWP will reintroduce itself to the African market as WorleyParsons RSA at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 3 to 6. This comes after... 

We would like to continue to increase our ability to work effectively from as far up the mining value chain as possible
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DIGBY GLOVER We would like to continue to increase our ability to work effectively from as far up the mining value chain as possible

Technology solutions provider exhibits full mining services range

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Total technology solutions provider to the global mining, minerals and bulk materials handling sectors Tenova Mining & Minerals, will showcase its comprehensive offering across the mining and minerals value chain at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape... 

Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba
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TOLLIE NEL Tenova Bateman’s capabilities and track record will be on exhibition at the Mining Indaba

Indaba serves as platform for recruitment agency

By: Carina Borralho     24th January 2014 Power employment recruitment agency Mecs Africa has reaped great value from contacts established through previous Investing in African Mining Indabas and is, therefore, looking forward to connecting with new companies and individuals in the mining sector, Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass tells Mining... 

Mecs Africa is looking forward to meeting with existing clients and to building new business relationships at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba
ROLAND GLASS Mecs Africa is looking forward to meeting with existing clients and to building new business relationships at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Blasting specialist receives $230m in contract extensions

22nd November 2013 Mining industry services provider Downer Blasting Services (DBS) has been awarded $230-million in contract extensions for various blasting operations at mining sites across Australia. DBS was awarded three-year contract extensions with coal miner Yancoal Australia, Japanese trading corporation... 

Downer gets A$500m Roy Hill contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th November 2013 Project house Downer has been awarded a A$500-million contract for early mining services at the Roy Hill opencut iron-ore mine, in the Pilbara. Downer would perform the pre-strip and supplementary mining activity over an initial four-and-a-half years, while Roy Hill Iron Ore would predominantly... 

Contractors need to meet mining companies’ business aims

By: David Oliveira     8th November 2013 Mining contractors have an important role to play in helping to drive the business objectives of mining companies, says professional services firm Deloitte Africa mining advisory leader Abrie Olivier. He adds that contractors form an intrinsic part of the South African mining landscape, as they... 

Fewer employment opportunities for mining professionals

By: David Oliveira     8th November 2013 South Africa-based resource sector recruitment specialist Mecs Africa, a subsidiary of JSE-listed company MICROmega Holdings, notes that, in the last nine months, there has been a reduction in appointments, such as operational and project positions, within their domestic and international mining... 

Safety training facility to start operations by year-end

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st November 2013 Mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath South Africa completed the construction of a Mining Qualifications Authority- (MQA-) accredited training centre in August at its head office in Johannesburg. 

SA company supplies second motors and drives order to DRC mine

By: Zandile Mavuso     11th October 2013 Electric motors and drives supplier Zest WEG Group reports that it has supplied a second order of electric motors and drives for a mining project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the first quarter of this year. 

FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace 

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

R6.3m project almost complete

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 South Africa-based pipeline solutions provider Rare is working on a R6.3-million infrastructure contract for steel piping, which conveys abrasive and corrosive mining slurry from the plant to the tailings dam, for Zambian copper mine Kansanshi. 

Refractory lining to be completed in June next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Mineral processing and mining services company Dickinson Group has been contracted to complete the refractory lining of all the smelting units at Toronto-listed company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine, in Zambia.  

Trackless high-speed development project to be completed next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Following the success of the decline sinking project in October last year at Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new contract, extended until January next year, for trackless high-speed development at the joint venture-owned... 

M&R Cementation reaches 700 m milestone on Zambia shaft project

By: Samantha Herbst     9th August 2013 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has reached the 700 m mark in its endeavour to sink and equip a synclinorium shaft for integrated copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). The Mopani synclinorium shaft project, which is due for completion in June 2015,... 

Australia-based contractor sets sights on Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th August 2013 Australia-based underground mining contractor Barminco will begin work next month on a three-year development and production contract at the Mount Lyell copper, gold and silver mine, in Queenstown, Tasmania, 240 km south of the Australian mainland, CEO Peter Stokes tells Mining Weekly. 

Safety is pivotal for deep-level mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th June 2013 Companies that are active in South Africa’s gold mining industry face operational difficulties with regard to the nature of deep-level mining. Safety is the top priority for Redpath Mining contractors on its shaft rehabilitation project at gold producer Gold Field’s South Deep gold mine,... 

Roller bearing requires no maintenance

21st June 2013 Roller-bearings manufacturer SKF reports that it has added the sealed spherical roller bearing (SRB) to its range of quality products. The SRB is a three-barrier solution that is virtually maintenance free, which is an advantage for the mining and minerals industry. 

Glencore Xstrata cancels Macmahon contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th June 2013 Multinational major Glencore Xstrata has cancelled a shaft sinking contract at the CSA copper mine, in New South Wales, with ASX-listed project house Macmahon. Macmahon said on Wednesday that the shaft sinking project had been expected to deliver a further A$6-million in revenue until June this... 

Mining contract expands service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, tells Mining Weekly that, in addition to its opencast mining services, it is considering venturing into chemical and hot-waste handling, with the possible addition of slimes handling services,... 

Contract to distinguish owner mined from contract mined operations

24th May 2013 The choice between owner-based mining and contract mining is becoming increasingly critical as mines focus on improving ore quantities and grades at lower production costs, says consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting international business development director Rod Stewart. 

Skills training imperative for achieving fatality-free shifts

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining services company NewRak Mining senior GM Andy Brown tells Mining Weekly that, to date, the company has successfully achieved seven years and ten months of fall-of-ground fatality-free shifts at its operations. 

Drilling solutions help extend mine life

24th May 2013 Australia-based underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco reports mine life can be extended through drilling programmes. The company successfully completed its most complicated drilling programme to date, at gold giant AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong gold mine in the Vaal river area of... 

Manganese, iron-ore junior awards beneficiation plant contract

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Manganese and iron-ore junior Diro Resources has contracted bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services to design, supply and construct a 200-t/h dense-medium separation (DMS) plant and related infrastructure to beneficiate iron-ore at its Kathu-based mine, in the Northern... 

Vertical-drop system mitigates underground mining challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 Explosives and initiating systems supplier AEL Mining Services says the company aims to target the African market with its vertical-drop emulsion delivery system this year. 

Furnace contractor makes foray into mining sector

By: Samantha Herbst     29th March 2013 Local smelter and mineral processing furnace contractor the Dickinson Group has made its public debut into the mining sector after establishing its new mining division one year ago. The refractory specialist has introduced two international product ranges to the local underground mining market,... 

320 Sentula Mining heavy-equipment items to be sold at Witbank auction 

22nd March 2013 Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, is gearing up for an open auction later this month on behalf of South Africa-based mining company Sentula Mining, which will see more than 320 of its heavy-equipment items and trucks being sold. The auction, to... 

'SA Inc.' approach required to deal with ‘unsustainable’ labour situation  

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2013 South African construction and engineering group Aveng has warned that ongoing labour unrest – which lopped R123-million, or 23%, off its profits during the interim period to December 31, 2012 – not only represented an earnings risk for the coming six months, but was also undermining South... 

Chairlift installation at Kroondal almost complete

By: Samantha Herbst     1st February 2013 The installation of a second chairlift system for platinum-group metals major Aquarius Platinum’s (AQP’s) K6 Decline project, in the North West province, will soon be completed by mining communications, automation and safety solutions specialist Becker Mining South Africa. The project is part of... 

Tier 1 EPCM service provider discusses role beyond Amplats projects

By: Samantha Herbst     14th December 2012 Despite Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operating in a challenging climate, owing to weak platinum demand and wage disputes this year, there has been sustained engagement between Amplats and engineering project house TWP, says TWP CEO Digby Glover. He says being selected in 2010 as one of Anglo... 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Various skills development programmes earmarked for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 In addition to focusing on its usual value chain of skills development, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will introduce new training modules in 2013 on shaft sinking using the ‘Cementation Way’, trackless mechanised mining equipment, as well as high-level skills such as project... 

Beleaguered platinum industry launches new dispensation bid  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2012 The co-crafting of a new dispensation for the beleaguered platinum sector is under way nder professional facilitation. The sector has met over several days to launch a framework to return the industry to stability and set it back on a course of sustainability. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant... 

M&R says it’s not overly exposed to culled mining project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2012 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is increasingly pinning its fortunes to continued growth in the mining, oil and gas sectors, moved to assure investors on Thursday that it was not overly exposed to some of the recently announced mining-project cutbacks.... 

Contract mining and plant rental division pushes up Eqstra profit

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2012 JSE-listed Eqstra on Tuesday reported improved financial results for the 2012 financial year, boosted by increased aftermarket sales in its industrial equipment division, as well as an upsurge in rental activity from its contract mining and plant rental division. Profit increased to R488-million... 

India looking to lure foreign contract miners

By: Ajoy K Das     3rd July 2012 The Indian government has proposed fleshing out a model framework for a mine development and operation (MDO) agreement in a bid to lure foreign investments into contract mining. “In the last few months, few contract mining projects have taken off. But for it to gain momentum, policy thrust was... 

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