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Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 The global push for ever-increasing technological advancement in the mining industry means that it needs to readdress the way it builds and sources competencies, with a focus on breaking down skills silos to create more multidisciplined professionals, according to Wits Mining Institute director... 

Bluejay strengthens board with Stensgaard appointment 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2019 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining has announced the appointment of Danish geologist Dr Bo Stensgaard to its board as an executive director. Stensgaard, who has extensive operational experience in Greenland, joined Bluejay in September last year as general manager. 

Bluejay prepares to ship bulk test sample to Canada

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2019 Aim-listed Bluejay Mining expects to ship 40 000 t run-of-mine ilmenite sample material for processing at its pilot plant in Quebec, Canada, within the next four weeks. The company reported on Monday that it had received an export permit from the Greenland government and that it had completed... 

Bluejay prepares to ship bulk test sample to Canada

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio

9th August 2019 Owing to strong prices for mineral sands, Australian exploration company Broken Hill Prospecting has been actively promoting and seeking partners to assist in the development of the company’s Murray basin heavy mineral sands (HMS) portfolio. The company has secured extensive tenements in the last... 

HMS PRIORITISATION
Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio
HMS PRIORITISATION Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio

Thunderbird economics improve

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2019 An updated bankable feasibility study for the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, has significantly reduced the funding requirements. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources on Wednesday said that the total capital requirements for the project have been reduced by A$71-million to... 

Andromeda finds takers for Poochera product

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2019 ASX-listed Andromeda Metals has received new non-binding letters of intent (LoI) for the offtake of potentially 307 000 t/y of dry processed halloysite-kaolin from its Poochera project, in South Australia. The company told shareholders on Monday that Chinese specialty minerals company Anpeak... 

Base transitions to South Dune

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th July 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported a slight drop in heavy mineral concentrate production from its Kwale operation, in Kenya, during the quarter ended June, as mining transitioned from the Central Dune orebody to the South Dune. The ASX- and Aim-listed company on Thursday reported... 

Iluka ups output, eyes project start

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2019 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a 10% increase in production during the three months to June, as the Cataby operation, in Western Australia, produced its first heavy mineral concentrate, and the synthetic rutile kiln 2, at the Capel operation, returned to full capacity following a major... 

Sheffield secures additional zircon offtake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2019 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources has inked additional binding offtake agreements for zircon concentrate at its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday told shareholders that an agreement with China’s Hainan Wensheng High-Tech Materials Company would see the... 

Plant expansions, investment drive mine growth

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mozambique-focused titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources plc has invested in three internal growth projects for its Moma mine, the world’s largest titanium minerals deposit, in order to increase its annual ilmenite production by approximately 20%. The miner benefits from relatively fixed... 

HARD AT WORK
The processing capacity of WCP B has been increased by 20%
HARD AT WORK The processing capacity of WCP B has been increased by 20%

Zim government prioritises RHA's tungsten project recommissioning

By: Nadine James     17th July 2019 The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has been requested to electrify London-listed Premier African Minerals’ RHA tungsten mine, with the project now considered a priority for the Zimbabwean government. Premier, which holds a 49% interest in RHA and is the operator, on Wednesday said... 

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 US condition-based monitoring device supplier SpotSee is in the process of obtaining certification in Africa for its Wi-Fi radio, which enables its OpsWatch vibration monitoring system to stream condition-based data to central operations through a Web-hosted platform. The system can detect... 

DON’T BE REACTIVE
Having measures in place to predict pending failures, enables mining companies to be proactive and stay ahead of problems instead of waiting to react and, as a result, spending capital to solve them
DON’T BE REACTIVE Having measures in place to predict pending failures, enables mining companies to be proactive and stay ahead of problems instead of waiting to react and, as a result, spending capital to solve them

Kenmare expects better grades at Moma in the third quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2019 London-listed Kenmare Resources expects the heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) grades at its Moma mine, in Mozambique, to improve in the third quarter, following the planned mining of lower grades in the second quarter ended June 30. The company on Thursday said that, despite an 18% increase in... 

Higher ore reserve backs Sheffields' plans at Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2019 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has reported a 10% increase in the ore reserve at its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Sheffield on Wednesday reported that some 68-million tonnes had been added to the Thunderbird reserve, bringing it to 748-million tonnes, grading at 11.2%... 

Base Resources’ Kenya mine resumes full production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 ASX- and Aim-listed Base Resources has returned its mining rates to nameplate capacity, after having transitioned activity at its Kwale mineral sands operation, in Kenya, to the South Dune orebody. The company on Tuesday said that while the transition of mining operations had been under way,... 

Premier progresses RHA project restart, Zulu prospecting order

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2019 Following some setbacks for Aim-listed Premier African Minerals in Zimbabwe last year, the company on Monday stated its intention to carefully manage risk at its projects in the country, with its prime objective to get its RHA tungsten project up and running, while also securing an exclusive... 

Sheffield finds primary ilmenite offtaker

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st July 2019 Mineral sands miner Sheffield Resources has signed a seven-year offtake agreement for 650 000 t/y of primary ilmenite from its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Monday said the agreement with China’s Bengbu Zhongheng New Materials encompassed all... 

Bluejay reveals results of ‘starting point’ Dundas PFS

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2019 Listed project developer Bluejay Mining on Thursday published the results of its prefeasibility study (PFS) for its Dundas asset, in Greenland, which the company says is the world’s highest-grade mineral sands ilmenite project. The base case of the study is considered only a “starting point” and... 

Bluejay reveals results of ‘starting point’ Dundas PFS

Sheffield finds funding while Thunderbird work continues

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2019 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has mandated Taurus Mining Finance to provide a $10-million bridging finance facility. Sheffield earlier this month announced plans to update the bankable feasibility (BFS) study for its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia, looking at increasing... 

Northern Minerals completes debt agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Rare earths miner Northern Minerals has completed a A$7.5-million convertible debt agreement, with the funds earmarked to progress enhancement initiatives at the Browns Range project, n Western Australia. The convertible debt formed part of a greater A$15-million placement and convertible debt... 

Ribbon cut at Iluka's Cataby

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has official opened the A$270-million Cataby mineral sands mine, owned by ASX-listed Iluka Resources. Cataby is expected to average a a production of 200 000 t/y of synthetic rutile from 370 000 t/y of ilmenite, 50 000 t/y of zircon and 30 000 t/y of... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Athabasca Minerals signs agreement with First Nation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 Canadian mineral explorer Athabasca Minerals Inc (AMI) has signed a ten-year aggregates management agreement with the Montana First Nation (MFN) for the processing and sale of aggregates from MFN’s 185 acre Colchester property located near Ponoka, Alberta. The scope of the agreement includes... 

Metso mulls potential closure of South African foundry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2019 Global industrial company Metso is considering the potential closure of, or other alternatives for, its foundry operation in Isithebe, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Isithebe foundry produces metallic wear part castings for the mining and aggregates industries and employs about 200 people. 

W awards La Parilla mining contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 Aim-listed tin, gold and tungsten miner W Resources has appointed General de Maquinaria y Excavación (GME) its mining contractor for the La Parilla tungsten project, in Spain. The La Parrilla mining fleet was in place, said W in a statement on Friday, with three 60-tonne haul trucks, a Liebherr... 

Company awaits mining lease approval

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Diversified resources company Savannah Resources is eagerly awaiting the last outstanding mining lease approval for the Mutamba heavy mineral sands joint venture (JV) project, in the Gaza and Inhambane provinces of Mozambique, says Savannah CEO David Archer. Savannah has a consortium agreement... 

TREASURE TROVE
The Mutamba project is one of the largest undeveloped mineral sands accumulations in the world
TREASURE TROVE The Mutamba project is one of the largest undeveloped mineral sands accumulations in the world

Minerals processing company sees growth opportunity in Moz

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     7th June 2019 Minerals processing specialist Multotec boasts an entrenched presence in Mozambique, having operated in the country’s mining sector for more than 15 years, and Multotec Mozambique regional manager Thinus Kruger tells Mining Weekly that there is potential for the company to grow further. Multotec... 

KRIS VERGOTE
Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
KRIS VERGOTE Multotec supports its products and regularly communicates with and visits clients

Bluejay submits Dundas PFS to Greenland authorities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining has reached an important step in the permitting process for the Dundas project with the submission of its prefeasibility study (PFS) to the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority of Greenland. The lodgement of the PFS marks the completion of the final module... 

Iluka partners with IFC in Sierra Leone

By: Mariaan Webb     6th June 2019 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest $60-million in mineral sands miner Iluka Resources’ Sierra Rutile operation, in Sierra Leone, the Perth-headquartered miner announced on Thursday. The IFC would initially invest $20-million for a 3.57% stake, with a further $50-million... 

Iluka partners with IFC in Sierra Leone

Junior mining badly in need of kickstart – Swanepoel   

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2019 Junior mining is badly in need of a policy framework that will kickstart activity, mining luminary Bernard Swanepoel said on Tuesday. Speaking to a packed 2019 Junior Indaba conference for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, Swanepoel outlined how he had boldly stepped into the... 

Bernard Swanepoel
Junior Indaba opening addresses covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Photographs: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater.

Kenmare growth plans on track as WCP B relocation is approved

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2019 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources’ board has approved the $106-million relocation of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B to the Pilivili ore zone at Moma titanium minerals mine, in northern Mozambique. This follows the completion of a definitive feasibility study, which confirmed the technical and economic... 

Strandline raises cash for mineral sands work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th May 2019 Mineral sands miner Strandline Resources will raise A$5.5-million for project works in Western Australia and Tanzania. The company will issue 46-million shares, priced at 12c each, to institutional and sophisticated investors, with shareholder Tembo Capital set to take part in the placement. 

Vametco’s ore reserves, grade increase significantly

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd May 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ updated mineral resource and ore reserve for the Vametco vanadium mine near Brits on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex has indicated a significant increase in ore reserves and grade from the 2017 estimate, Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo indicated in a statement... 

Denham to support Diamond Fields’ Madagascar zircon project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 TSX-V-listed Diamond Fields Resources (DFR) on Thursday unveiled a cooperation agreement with private equity firm Denham Capital’s Denham Mining Fund, which also includes an option agreement that could see the junior being carried to production at the Beravina zircon project, in Madagascar.... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac (right) with Mining Weekly Online's Martin Creamer
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about South Africa’s economic growth needs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photograph: Dylan Slater.

Study shows job potential of Bluejay’s Dundas mine

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2019 The Dundas ilmenite project that Bluejay Mining is advancing will bring significant employment opportunities and economic development to the region and Greenland in general, the Aim- and FSE-listed company reported on Friday. Announcing the completion and submission of the social impact... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Dylan Slater
From left, Krish Iyer, president Middle East Africa, Francois Bosch, business development (BD) sales manager, East Africa, Denver Dreyer, senior vice president Mining Minerals and Metals (MM&M), Europe Middle East Africa, Ian Davies, senior vice president, BD & Growth MEA, Ryan Froude, operations manager, East Africa, Robert Hull, vice president, MM&M, Africa, and Ed Hanbidge, vice president, Energy Chemicals and Services, Southern and Eastern Africa.

North Dune offers mine extension for Base

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st May 2019 Mineral sands miner Base Resources has reported a mineral resource estimate of 171-million tonnes, grading an average of 1.5% heavy minera,s for 2.6-million tonnes of heavy minerals at the Kwale North Dune, at its Kwale operations, in Kenya. Mining at the Kwale operation is currently being... 

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