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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,... 

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
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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. 

PIC’s shareholding in Resgen decreases to 15.42%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2019 Energy resources firm Resource Generation (Resgen) on Friday reported that the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) interest in the company had decreased to 15.42% of its total shares. According to Resgen’s website, the PIC had previously held a 19.9% interest in the company. 

Fuel analysis kit can reduce costs for mines

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th June 2019 Filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration’s new Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit can reduce mining companies’ total cost of ownership for equipment using modern diesel engines, says Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. Clean, uncontaminated fuel is... 

Fuel analysis kit can reduce costs for mines
FUEL CLEANLINESS Cummins Filtration launched the Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit earlier this year

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 In a move that has, so far, generally been welcomed by the mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister. This, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden says, follows on the back of Mantashe having made... 

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Standby power in demand for off-grid juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Junior miners create demand for generators and standby power, as they are often off-grid in the project startup phase yet aim to start generating revenue from their mine resource as soon as possible, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa. It is imperative that juniors should have... 

Menar looking for more opportunities in South African coal mining sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining investment company Menar, as a part of recently formed coal mining investment company Sibambene Coal, a 51% black-owned company, is looking for opportunities in the South African coal sector. 

Oracle’s Chinese partners commit to changing equity holdings in Pakistan project

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 As part of the China Belt and Road Summit, held in Beijing on April 27 and 28, Beijing Jingneng Power Company (BJPC) and PowerChina International, have ceremonially signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in a change in the equity shareholding in the Thar Block V1 lignite coal mine... 

Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Above-inflation Eskom tariff increases will have negative impact on mining industry – Minerals Council

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 The higher-than-inflation tariff increases granted to State-owned Eskom by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will have a major impact on the South African mining industry’s cost structure, Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Thursday. The... 

Sanderson increases its shareholding in Kibo to 23.3%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2019 Africa-focused Kibo Energy on Tuesday signed a binding term sheet with Sanderson Capital Partners for the conversion of the latter’s 2.5% equity interest in Kibo’s 100%-owned Tanzanian subsidiary, Mbeya Development, to ordinary shares in Kibo. Kibo will issue just over 126.4-million new ordinary... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 ASX-listed Orion Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had signed a renewable energy generation collaboration agreement with Juwi Renewable Energies South Africa to investigate the renewable energy generation potential at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project
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Orion Minerals Errol Smart

Energy solutions crucial to the future of mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st March 2019 Renewable energy has become a very important part of the conversation in mining, says energy solutions provider MD for Africa John Lewis who attended the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town, last month. 

Energy solutions crucial to the  future of mining
ENERGY SOLUTIONS Power is central to an effective mining operation and constitutes a key investment decision for management teams, governments and investors

Kibo to potentially acquire five peaking power sites totalling 25.85 MW

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2019 MAST Energy Developments (MED), Kibo Energy’s 60%-owned subsidiary, has signed a binding conditional agreement for the exclusive right to undertake due diligence and negotiate the potential acquisition of five peaking power sites totalling 25.85 MW. Under the terms of the agreement, MED has... 

Cogeneration projects a viable option for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Having completed a cogeneration project with diversified miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan says the company looks forward to working on similar projects for more mining companies. Cogeneration, in the context of the South... 

Energy solutions provide power security for mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With existing and new mines in remote areas requiring electricity, power generation equipment manufacturer and energy service company Himoinsa’s bespoke and integrated solutions can support mines with a prime or a back-up power system, should there be a electricity outage. “We understand the... 

Energy solutions  provide power security  for mining industry
SOLUTIONS Himoinsa optimises a power solution that meets the requirements of the application by integrating different brands in its technology.

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark interest from mining companies

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Although the development of microgrid hybrid power solutions in South African mines is still in its infancy, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa director Dinesh Buldoo says there is growing interest from mining companies to offset the risks to their business that power supply... 

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark  interest from mining companies
IMPACT OF MINES Mines should create projects that are designed and constructed to feed into the surrounding areas and communities and that reduce the impact of their operations on the natural environment

Waste-to-energy viable option for mining operations

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With the Germiston-based facility of waste management company Interwaste benchmarked to provide a consistent supply of up to 1 000 tons a month of waste-derived fuel, Interwaste CFO Jason McNeil says there is opportunity to develop such projects and supply alternative fuel to mines. “The facility... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids

By: Nadine James     22nd February 2019 As various projects have demonstrated the value of renewables for reducing diesel, heavy fuel oil (HFO) and gas consumption, mining companies could now benefit from a significant cost reduction potential, said renewables research organisation ThEnergy MD Dr Thomas Hillig. “In the last few years,... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids
Photo by THEnergy
UPWARD TRAJECTORY Mining companies are expected to leverage increased competition between independent power producers for more cost-effective hybrid solutions

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 Amid rising electricity costs and flailing power supplies across the East Coast of Australia, the country’s government is standing firm on its decision to keep coal as one of its main sources of electricity generation. Australia’s East Coast is facing a plethora of electricity issues, with... 

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

Gra-Tech to add value  in PGMs industry
CLEANING FOR METALS RECOVERY PGMs are absorbed into the surfaces of the equipment and we complete a destructive or nondestructive clean to remove these precious deposits for recovery
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