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Kazatomprom bids farewell to Jon Dudas, appoints interim chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Nuclear power company Kazatomprom bid farewell to independent board member Jon Dudas, who had been serving since 2015, and stepped down on Friday, December 6. Dudas, who had also been serving as chairperson of the company’s board of directors since August 2018, has been offered a position on the... 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits

By: Mamaili Mamaila     29th November 2019 Further advances in battery technology are expected as new options come to market and new economies of scale are achieved, says independent consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Battery technology advances could create savings, environmental benefits
ANDREW VAN ZYL AND MARCIN WERTZ Advancements in battery technology are likely to create the potential to reduce costs and environmental impact while providing a disruptive force as price volatility persists

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... 

Consultants prioritise energy efficiency
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

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... 

Fan range redesigned to meet industry needs
UNDERGROUND DEMAND TLT-Turbo has received orders from a South African gold mine, and for the Kamoa Copper project

Checks crucial to continuing operations

15th November 2019 Specialist in electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission Vert Energy supports a wide range of components and systems, with the assistance of a repair, refurbishment and maintenance service throughout Africa. 

Checks crucial to continuing operations
IMPRESSIVE SKILLS Vert Energy has a highly-skilled team of technicians that is able to help with any on-site electromechanical breakdown or repair problem

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2019 As a primary sector in South Africa’s struggling economy, government and industry must collaborate on policy and overcome a myriad of challenges to stimulate the South African mining sector and drive long-term investment. At the Joburg Indaba 2019, held earlier this month at Inanda Club, in... 

SA mining urged to reform, embrace technology to overcome current challenges

B2Gold approves $38m hybrid energy project for Mali mine 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2019 Canadian gold miner B2Gold has approved the $38-million implementation of an offgrid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola mine, in Mali. Construction is set to start at the end of this year, with completion scheduled for August 2020. 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

Drive system ideal for bulk handling
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

FirstRand shareholders to vote on climate risk resolutions next month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider FirstRand will, next month, vote on whether the company must report on its assessment of its exposure to climate-related risks, and to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on fossil fuel lending. This will require more than 50% of shareholders to vote... 

Fekola mill expansion started

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Canada-headquartered senior gold producer B2Gold has started the mill expansion at the Fekola mine, in south-west Mali. The expansion, which is scheduled for completion early in the fourth quarter of 2020, is expected to significantly increase yearly gold production and enhance the Fekola mine’s... 

Fekola mill  expansion started
CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Queensland is missing out on a multi-billion dollar addition to its resources and energy industry, owing to bans on uranium mining, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane told an inquiry on Monday. In a statement issued following public hearings at the House of Representatives... 

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry
Ian Macfarlane

Amplats continues to see positive demand for 3E PGMs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) continued to see positive demand for platinum, rhodium and palladium (3E) PGMs over the short and medium term, Amplats CEO Chris Griffith noted at the company’s interim results presentation, held in... 

Amplats continues to see positive demand  for 3E PGMs
CHRIS GRIFFITH Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz

Energy alternatives for mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 The demand for electricity in South Africa continues to increase and there is no certainty that State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to meet that demand at a cost-effective price, says international business law firm Fasken partner and finance and projects head Ashen Jugoo. It is highly... 

Energy alternatives for mining
ASHEN JUGOO We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa

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... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
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... 

Fuel cell export  figures on the rise
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa

20th September 2019 Norwegian energy equipment and solutions company Nel Hydrogen has been pioneering the development of filling stations for vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs). Nel Hydrogen is represented by technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering, a division of the RTS Africa Group,... 

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa
PUMP UP THE ... RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, known as Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), has reached the third phase of its 15-year programme, which comprises three five-year phases. HySA – an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI),... 

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase
CREATIVE AWARENESS Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Business development service provider PentaQuark Energy (PQE) technical head Nicola Kotze tells Mining Weekly that the company’s continued involvement in the successful running of Minerals Council South Africa’s installed and fully operational fuel cell is worth celebrating. “PQE is exceptionally... 

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement
FUELING THE CLOUD Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough

S Africa can lead platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter claims that South Africa should be leading the global drive towards a platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy. “The South African government, at provincial and national level, needs to realise the benefits of a platinum-driven hydrogen economy to become... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building 

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa continues to showcase its natural gas baseload fuel cell, almost five years after it was first commissioned in December 2014 as a means of effective green power generation. Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk tells Mining Weekly that,... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building
Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk discusses the fuel cell at the Minerals council building which it continues to showcase. Camera work and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2019 South Africa boasts a substantial mining industry that is a considerable electricity user, yet the industry is hampered by intermittent supply and the high cost of electricity, as well as considerable waste emissions by operations. A potential solution to this conundrum is being offered by... 

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

Power supply hampering Zimbabwe mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     6th September 2019 Despite experiencing growth last year, intermittent power supply and a lack of new foreign direct investment (FDI) are the main causes of the Zimbabwe mining sector’s declining performance, says specialist strategy and communications consultancy Africa Practice mining sector lead Rishon Chimboza. 

Power supply hampering Zimbabwe mining
RISHON CHIMBOZA Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has warned of an imminent energy crisis in South Africa, if nothing is done, as a matter of urgency, to turn things around. This is after the Central Energy Fund briefed the committee on Friday about the crisis facing national oil company... 

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa

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... 

Australian mine to be  powered by renewables
TRIFECTA The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine

Company calls for better motor standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2019 South Africa should join its peers in adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors, says Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn. An MEPS is a specification that effectively limits the maximum amount of energy that may be used by a product in... 

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... 

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs
MAGNETIC The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient

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... 

Hybrid energy project achieves targets ahead of schedule
POWER RANGER The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future

30th August 2019 State-owned Swedish power utility Vattenfall and base metals mining company Boliden AB have signed a partnership agreement relating to technical development in the field of the electrification of mines and smelters, the circular economy and a fossil-fuel-free future. The agreement, which covers a... 

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future
SUN BAKED Vattenfall used not only solar but also wind and battery power too decrease mines reliance on fossil fuels

Bushveld receives approval to acquire Vanchem assets

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it has received approval from the Competition Commission of South Africa to acquire the Vanchem assets, without conditions. The transaction currently remains on track to be completed by October 31, and the company is progressing the negotiations with local banks... 

Shumba, CoPet establish joint venture

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Energy development company Shumba Energy has concluded a joint venture (JV) partnership, which has resulted in it holding an 80% interest in energy company Coal Petroleum (CoPet). Based in Botswana, CoPet is developing a commercial-scale liquid fuels production facility, called Project Tsosoloso,... 

Electrification of RHA mine to be completed by November

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2019 The electrification of London-listed Premier African Minerals’ 49%-owned RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, is expected to be concluded by the end of November. The miner on Monday noted that it had received confirmation of this from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa). 

Australian presence in Africa allows company to strengthen footprint

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 The strong presence of Australian mining companies active in Africa has enabled power generation equipment manufacturer and energy services provider HIMOINSA to strengthen its focus on the African mining sector. “Australian companies have been active on the continent, but we’re seeing a strong... 

Australian presence in Africa allows company to strengthen footprint
HYBRID GRIDS Hybrid off-grid systems are becoming more common in Australia, particularly in the mining sector, which HIMOINSA aims to replicate in Africa

Eskom asks prospective CEOs to apply by August 2  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 State-owned Eskom is continuing its search for a group CE, following Phakamani Hadebe’s resignation in May, which becomes effective at the end of this month. Hadebe, at the time, said he was stepping down for health reasons after leading efforts to stabilise the highly indebted State firm since... 

Eskom asks prospective CEOs to apply by August 2
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom head office, Megawatt Park

Edenville expects to be cash positive within next nine months

By: Simone Liedtke     18th July 2019 Coal mining has now started in the new northern mining area of Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. CEO Rufus Short on Thursday said that, as the project was developed further, the company expected significant quantities of coal could be extracted from the area. 

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