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Heavy Minerals Mining

Miner celebrates record year in production, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Last year was exceptional for mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources in terms of safety, production and sales. Kenmare Resources MD Michael Carvill enthuses that many factors contributed to this success in 2021, citing the quality of the Moma titanium deposit, in Mozambique, the growth programme... 

Miner capitalises on strong price environment

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Heavy minerals miner Base Resources is aiming to maintain efficient mining at its Kwale mineral sands mining operation, in Kenya, so that it can capitalise on a strong price environment. “Our Kwale Operation has been consistent since we began mining in 2013, and this enables us and our customers... 

Image of a mine worker and conveyor belt carrying mined material
AFRICAN EXPLORATION Base Resources is pursuing several near-mine and regional exploration opportunities

Company begins producing, selling rutile

By: Cameron Mackay     11th March 2022 Heavy mineral sands miner PYX Resources started production and sales activity of natural rutile from its Mandiri deposit in central Kalimantan, in Indonesia, in January. The rutile is being sold to customers in the country as a by-product of PYX’s primary zircon production operation. 

Image of ilmenite, rutile and zircon sands
VITAL MINERALS Rutile is being sold as a by-product of PYX’s primary zircon production, while production and sale of leucoxene and ilmenite will follow later this year

Titanium feedstocks market up despite pandemic onset

5th March 2021 The titanium feedstocks market enjoyed a strong year in 2020, according to mineral sands miner Kenmare Resource’s fourth quarter financial statement, issued in January. Despite the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of last year, Kenmare achieved higher average prices for its... 

MOVING MOUNTAINS
The wet concentrator plant B was moved from the Namalope to the Pilivili ore zone in the third quarter of last year
MOVING MOUNTAINS The wet concentrator plant B was moved from the Namalope to the Pilivili ore zone in the third quarter of last year

Failure to consummate titanium smelter deal triggers $18m break-up payment

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet expects to receive an $18-million payment from titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox, following the collapse of a proposed smelter acquisition. This payment arises as a result of the unilateral termination of the $300-million proposal... 

ONE SUPPLIER TO RULE THEM ALL
Tronox’s proposed purchase of TTI could have had a knock-on effect on the creation of titanium dioxide pigment, negatively affecting competition in the market
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ONE SUPPLIER TO RULE THEM ALL Tronox’s proposed purchase of TTI could have had a knock-on effect on the creation of titanium dioxide pigment, negatively affecting competition in the market

Second phase under way

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 Multinational mining and metallurgical company Eramet’s rutile exploration and development project in Cameroon is progressing steadily, with the second phase of exploration under way. A pilot rutile processing plant is also planned, according to a statement issued by Cameroon Ministry of Mines,... 

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
The exploration permits extend about 160 km along the Nyong river in Cameroon
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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT The exploration permits extend about 160 km along the Nyong river in Cameroon

New titanium processing plant headed for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     5th March 2021 UK minerals technology company Fodere Titanium is taking substantial steps towards the commercialisation of a pilot project in South Africa, through which it expects to commission a small industrial process plant in the fourth quarter of this year. A larger plant will developed thereafter to... 

TANTALISING PROSPECT
The new titanium processing plant project will benefit from being able to produce a high-value product with relatively low operating costs
TANTALISING PROSPECT The new titanium processing plant project will benefit from being able to produce a high-value product with relatively low operating costs

Operations resume after safety threat

6th March 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto initiated processes to resume operations at South Africa-based Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) at the end of December. This followed discussions, led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, which included all stakeholders and focused on securing stability so as to address... 

MUDDY WATERS
Rio Tinto has announced its return to operation it its Richards Bay Minerals operations after the dirt has settled on community grievances
MUDDY WATERS Rio Tinto has announced its return to operation it its Richards Bay Minerals operations after the dirt has settled on community grievances

Lining solutions increase plant availability

6th March 2020 Two African mines are achieving increased production time and plant availability after converting to engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Linard rubber lining solutions. A mineral sands operation in Mozambique approached Weir Minerals just over two years ago, after... 

BOOSTING AVAILABILITY 
The rubber lining provided by Weir Minerals has allowed for increased production time and plant availability
BOOSTING AVAILABILITY The rubber lining provided by Weir Minerals has allowed for increased production time and plant availability

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

WATCH IT
The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

JV looks to expand rare earths mining

6th March 2020 Rare earth miner Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) announced details of the Term 1 planned work programme for the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project in northern Namibia last month. While heavy mineral sands projects tend to be associated with titanium and zirconium minerals such as rutile, ilmenite and... 

TERMS OF AGREEMENT
The mining of rare earth minerals in Namibia will be complimented by the joint venture signed last month
TERMS OF AGREEMENT The mining of rare earth minerals in Namibia will be complimented by the joint venture signed last month

Company secures Canadian government funding for final process testwork

15th March 2019 Canadian rare earth elements (REE) exploration company Medallion Resources will receive up to $50 000 in funding from the Canadian federal government, through small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) assistance programme the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance... 

BY-PRODUCT MONAZITE

Monazite sand is available as a by-product of heavy mineral sands mining operations and is recognised as an important commercial source of REEs
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BY-PRODUCT MONAZITE Monazite sand is available as a by-product of heavy mineral sands mining operations and is recognised as an important commercial source of REEs

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th March 2019 Having initially focused on servicing the coal mining industry, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has diversified to offer its value-adding services to the heavy minerals market in South Africa. The company can also service the broader African heavy... 

VALUE ADDING SERVICES
Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services
VALUE ADDING SERVICES Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services

RBM continues work on Zulti South, sees markets improve

16th March 2018 Work has continued on the feasibility study for the Zulti South mine expansion project at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa, which has the potential to maintain RBM’s low-cost smelting capacity and zircon production, diversified miner Rio Tinto reported in its 2017 full year results... 

Mineral sands see strengthening market conditions

16th March 2018 The pricing for the mineral sands product suite continued to improve throughout 2017 with the zircon market in particular benefitting from improving demand dynamics and emerging supply side shortfalls, says mineral sands miner Mineral Deposits (MD). Further, within the high-grade titanium dioxide... 

SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway
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SHUTDOWN SLOWDOWN A gearbox failure caused a slowdown in operations at the TiZir titanium and iron ilmenite upgrading facility, in Norway

Mine ownership, funding talks continue

16th March 2018 Mining company Premier African Minerals, which owns 49% of the RHA tungsten mine (RHA), in Zimbabwe, and is currently the only financial supporter for operations at the mine, reports that the ongoing financial discussions with the National Indigenisation and Economic Development Fund (NIEEF),... 

OWNERSHIP PROSPECTS
If new legislation is implemented, mines in Zimbabwe can be 100% foreign-owned
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OWNERSHIP PROSPECTS If new legislation is implemented, mines in Zimbabwe can be 100% foreign-owned

Rare earths company acquires critical metals portfolio in Namibia

16th March 2018 Heavy rare earth elements project developer Namibia Rare Earths (NRE) has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of critical metal properties from private firm Gecko Namibia, which will see NRE obtain a controlling interest in a portfolio of seven metals properties, thereby expanding its focus... 

RARE MINERALS
Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country
RARE MINERALS Namibia Rare Earths has started exploring several mineral deposits across the country

Kram Engineering

16th March 2018 The study of friction, wear and lubrication is of enormous practical importance. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention, as it has become evident that the waste of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of South Africa’s... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Fungoni springboard for larger-scale projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 Mineral sands company Strandline Resources intends to use the knowledge and experience gained from the development of its Fungoni heavy mineral sands (HMS) project, in Tanzania, and the operation of an active mineral sands mine to springboard the development of a succession of larger-scale... 

RESOURCE RICH
Strandline’s high-grade, zircon-rich Fungoni project has a mineral resources estimate of 16-million tons, grading at 3.1% total heavy minerals
RESOURCE RICH Strandline’s high-grade, zircon-rich Fungoni project has a mineral resources estimate of 16-million tons, grading at 3.1% total heavy minerals

Mineral sands merger to facilitate next phase of growth

17th March 2017 The merger between mineral sands resources companies Sierra Rutile and Iluka demonstrates that Sierra Leone is open for business and able to attract investment from high-profile multinational companies that are keen to participate in the development and growth of the country, says former Sierra... 

PROGRESSING OPERATIONS 
Iluka expects to invest about $60-million over the next two years to expand on recent improvements to Sierra Rutile’s operations
PROGRESSING OPERATIONS Iluka expects to invest about $60-million over the next two years to expand on recent improvements to Sierra Rutile’s operations

Sonic drilling represents untapped potential for mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2017 There is huge scope in the future for the adoption of sonic drilling by mining companies in South Africa, which heavy minerals mining companies can capitalise on, says exploration drilling industry training course provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training founder Colin Rice. Local use of sonic... 

ENHANCED EXPLORATION
The high penetration rates of sonic drilling produce high-quality, accurate core samples
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ENHANCED EXPLORATION The high penetration rates of sonic drilling produce high-quality, accurate core samples

Local procurement targets achieved in 2016

17th March 2017 Heavy mineral sands extraction and refining company Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) awarded contracts to 12 local community enterprises and five joint ventures (JVs) in 2016, continuing its journey of empowering local businesses. Demonstrating that it is serious about local community empowerment, the... 

Ravene drilling programme completed at Mutamba

17th March 2017 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources has completed drilling to more precisely define the high-grade zones of total heavy minerals (THM) at its “relatively under-evaluated” Ravene deposit, in Mozambique. The deposit is part of its Mutamba mineral sands project, which it is developing... 

African mineral sands market biggest trial, logistics specialist

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 There are limited ongoing or prospective mineral sands projects under way in Southern Africa, says heavy transport specialist Mammoet Southern Africa (SA) marketing manager Ryan Amos, but the company is still actively pursuing the regional mining market, despite the global mining industry being... 

HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797
HEAVY HAUL Mammoet is capable of transporting fully assembled mining haul trucks such as the CAT 797

Focus for 2016 on improving output, slashing costs

11th March 2016 As 2016 is also expected to be challenging for mineral sands feedstock markets, Australian heavy minerals miner Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) will focus on production efficiencies and cost-reduction initiatives to ensure the competitiveness of its operations at all stages of the commodity price... 

DREDGING GIANT The Grand Côte mine is the largest minerals sands dredge operation in the world
DREDGING GIANT The Grand Côte mine is the largest minerals sands dredge operation in the world

Mozambique mineral sands JV progressing

11th March 2016 Aim-listed diversified miner Savannah Resources remains optimistic about finalising its joint venture (JV) with diversified mining major Rio Tinto, says CEO David Archer, noting that, “Savannah’s plan over the coming year is to conduct further resource drilling and complete a scoping study to... 

SAND SAMPLES Savannah Resources has progressed with its exploration programme at the Mutamba/Jangamo joint venture
SAND SAMPLES Savannah Resources has progressed with its exploration programme at the Mutamba/Jangamo joint venture

Western Cape drilling programme to conclude in H1

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 Australian resource development company Mineral Commodities’ (MRC’s) South African mining subsidiary, Mineral Sands Resources (MSR), expects a drilling and sampling programme on its newly acquired Western Cape prospecting right (PR) to be completed within the fist half of the year, says MRC... 

SURF'S UP Mineral Sands Resources' new prospecting right allows it to conduct a drill sampling in the Surf Zone
SURF'S UP Mineral Sands Resources' new prospecting right allows it to conduct a drill sampling in the Surf Zone

Fungoni in position to take advantage of low-price environment

11th March 2016 The recently completed scoping study results for heavy minerals miner Strandline Resources’ Tanzania-based Fungoni project suggest that the company move immediately to conduct a definitive feasibility study (DFS) while also applying for the necessary environmental and land use approvals.... 

FUNGONI EXPLORATION The Tanzania-based project will likely be fast-tracked through a definitive feasibility study to exploit the low-price environment
FUNGONI EXPLORATION The Tanzania-based project will likely be fast-tracked through a definitive feasibility study to exploit the low-price environment

Pilot plant used to entice potential clients

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 Chinese minerals processing equipment manufacturer Landsky believes that there is a genuine need for its processing equipment in the heavy minerals sector, as previously, not only was fine screening equipment expensive, but lead times were long, which led to projects being shelved. “However, we... 

SCREENING SYSTEM Landsky is keen to service mineral sands operations in Africa as this sector presents significant potential for future growth
SCREENING SYSTEM Landsky is keen to service mineral sands operations in Africa as this sector presents significant potential for future growth

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China

By: Jonathan Rodin     13th March 2015 The potential for growth in the heavy minerals industry largely depends on China, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She says while it is difficult to consider the outlook for the heavy minerals sector as a whole – as heavy metals encompasses many different elements – the... 

INCREASED POTENTIAL 
In light of the trends of the modern world the heavy minerals sector is faring well and gaining in importance
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INCREASED POTENTIAL In light of the trends of the modern world the heavy minerals sector is faring well and gaining in importance
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