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Contract Mining News

Platinum projects on the go for 
engineering firm

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has signed the main engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for South African platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) No 17 shaft project in Rustenburg, in North West province. 

Additional work 
awarded at 
Unki mine

20th August 2010 Construction firm Cosira Group has been awarded the additional Unki conveyor structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) project in Zimbabwe. 

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. 

New milestones achieved by local engineering contractor

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African engineering contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has amassed a number of accreditations and achievements of late. Most significant among these is its safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal Platinum Mine, in the North West province. 

Engineering company expands and refocuses

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 International engineering company AMEC Minproc is looking to expand its staff complement in Johannesburg South Africa, as work gradually increases. 

Tougher regulation on the cards for contractors

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African labour has called on government to be more stringent on labour brokers and on contractors, which may result in tough times ahead for smaller labour brokering and contracting firms. 

Beating growth target of two new plants a year

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2010 Outsourced plant operation and maintenance specialist Minopex is exceeding its target of winning contracts to run two additional mineral processing plants a year. Minopex last year secured contracts to operate three additional plants and this year the company is being contracted to run another... 

Proactive initiatives result in OHSAS recommendation

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has been recommended for OHSAS 18001 certification and is awaiting certification from the international certification authority in Germany. 

Site-specific weather forecasting impacts on mine safety

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Weather forecast provider Weather Intelligence Systems (WIS) is providing site-specific, near-term, relevant weather forecasting to the mining industry through its WISPOP product, which enables mines to optimise production schedules and take safety precautions well in advance of inclement weather.  

New safety programme rewards project management company

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Mining, engineering and project management company Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) has been recommended for OHSAS 18001:2007 certification and recently achieved one-million fatality free shifts over ten months. 

Commitment to 
mechanisation is 
key to mine safety

14th May 2010 South African mines will need a better qualified work force to make faster progress towards a safer work environment. 

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). 

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. 

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... 

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. 

Business picking up Down Under

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Things are beginning to look up for the Australian subsidiary of South African multi-disciplinary project house TWP Holdings. After a difficult 2009 characterised by a number of projects being postponed and staff numbers cut, TWP Australia is confident that it is on the road to recovery. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

TWP sets up shop in Peru

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The creation of an office in the South American country of Peru forms party of the geographic diversification strategy of project house TWP Holdings. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Mining contractor awarded multiple shaft sinking projects

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     16th April 2010 Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Drill rig modification challenges industry norms

16th April 2010 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa’s (HPE Africa’s) involvement in the modification of a Hyundai drill rig excavator for drilling specialist company De Wet & Seun Boorkontrakteurs will allow the company to increase its drilling production by up to 35% each month. 

Shuttle car suspension taken to a new level

26th March 2010 Global underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery has launched its upgraded four-wheel independent in-shuttle car suspension system, the Joyride. 

Local personnel carriers enter international market

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Manufacturers of mining equipment NCS Engineering has introduced into the market a range of purpose-built personnel and service vehicles for the mining industry. Despite being relatively new in the market, the MaximB vehicles are being supplied both to the local and international markets,... 

Distributor meets DRC challenge

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 A narrow shaft being sunk in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a local mining contractor proved no challenge for earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa. 

Higher earnings for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf Africa has increased its revenue and earnings in the 2009 fiscal year, producing a turnover of R180-million, up from the R5-million-a-year turnover the company reported in 2006. 

Orders roll in for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Orders for railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf’s electric monorail transport system (EMTS) continue to grow with platinum major Impala Platinum (Implats) ordering an additional four EMTS trains and 9 km of rail for its Shaft 20 project and gold major AngloGold Ashanti ordering two... 

Mining division may be listed – Basil Read

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2010 The mining division of the JSE-listed Basil Read construction group may be hived off into a separately listed entity.

Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns tells Mining Weekly that the company is working on a strategy to extract optimum value for shareholders from its opencast contracting business, and... 

Modular plant design gains interest of junior coal companies

By: Carla Thomaz     12th March 2010 Hydro-pyrometallurgical, minerals processing, engineering and project management company K’Enyuka’s venture into modular plant design has attracted significant interest from junior coal miners. 

GE clinches $2-million compressor deal

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th March 2010 Oil and gas technology equipment and services company GE Oil & Gas, will supply two new compressors for platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) sulphuric acid plant in Rustenburg, South Africa. 

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