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Minerals and Metals Processing, Smelting and Refining

Aspiring battery-grade cobalt producer advances cause

2nd September 2016 Development stage mining company Fortune Minerals has completed a fully subscribed $1.25-million nonbrokered private placement of units, with the proceeds allocated to general working capital purposes. Fortune owns the Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper development project, which is expected to... 

Process consistency instrumental in refinery success

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 To enable optimal operational efficiency, refineries have to reduce errors in analysis, achieve process consistency and increase data visibility, says logistics and supply chain company Prediction Software. To achieve this, refineries have to use the appropriate technology, company president Gene... 

Preheater technology makes smelting projects efficient

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 The shortage of electricity supply in South Africa and the associated increase in electricity prices have resulted in a severe downturn in the country's furnace industry, with many smelting projects being put on hold, says high-capacity furnace and smelting plant company Tenova Pyromet sales and... 

Preheater technology makes  smelting projects efficient
EFFICIENT ENERGY USE Multiple Preheater Technology directly addresses mines’ needs to reduce their electricity consumption

Canadian mining and refinery project ready for financing

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 Canadian precious-metals and specialty minerals projects developer Fortune Minerals is pursuing financing solutions and offtake agreements for its Nico gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper project, a vertically integrated development comprising a proposed mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories and a... 

Canadian mining and  refinery project ready  for financing
MINERAL RICH The Nico deposit contains significant cobalt and gold, as well as 12% of global bismuth reserves

JV to provide specialised smelter services

By: Bruce Montiea     4th September 2015 Joint venture (JV) specialist furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson ZIS has made significant progress in providing global smelters with personalised smelter services since its establishment last year, says metals smelting and mineral processing services company The Dickinson Group... 

JV to provide  specialised  smelter services
Photo by Bloomberg
METALS-PROCESSING SERVICES Dickinson ZIS was established primarily to expand refractory and aluminium smelter services in KZN and throughout Southern Africa

Zimbabwe to get new refineries

4th September 2015 Platinum producers Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and Impala Platinum (Implats) last month entered into an agreement with the Zimbabwean government to complete building refineries in the country within the next two years. "The companies have two years to implement their plans. We are confident... 

Zimbabwe to get  new refineries
HEAVYWEIGHT Zimplats is a major platinum player in Zimbabwe

New leach technology can increase copper output by 3%

4th September 2015 Engineering company FLSmidth says its new FLSmidth Rapid Oxidative Leach technology can help copper mines increase their output by 3%. “That would mean an extra $40-million a year in income for an average copper mine with primary sulfide ore,” says FLSmidth research and development group head... 

Miner increases processing capacity

4th September 2015 Platinum mining and exploration company Jubilee Platinum in August secured funding for the continued simultaneous execution of its two surface platinum projects in South Africa. The projects will aim to process 80 000 t/m of platinum containing surface material to deliver an estimated 42 000 oz/y... 

Miner increases  processing capacity
MATERIALS PROCESSING Jubilee Platinum aims to increase its processing capacity

Wester Mineralien

4th September 2015 Established in 1998, Wester Mineralien manufactures and supplies minerals and products to the refractory, abrasive and sandblasting industries. The company’s expertise covers the crushing, screening, demagnetising, dedusting and micronising of minerals. 

Wester Mineralien

Focusing on care and maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th September 2014 Although local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group has undertaken more than 90 projects in furnace repairs, demolitions and installations for the mining, metals and minerals processing industry this year, it notes that furnace projects have decreased in magnitude, while... 

Focusing on care  and maintenance
FURNACE DEMOLITION Demolitions of a chrome mine furnace included lancing and removing the furnace trough and all furnace refractories

Tech company focuses on waste monetisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th September 2014 Originally positioned to become a smelter-grade and high-purity alumina products producer, Canadian technology development company Orbite Aluminae aims to focus on its waste monetisation initiative in 2015, says company CEO Glen Kelly. “Orbite’s goal for this year is to finalise its $105-million... 

Tech company focuses on waste monetisation
STEP UP Orbite Aluminae will use its $105-million high-purity alumina facility in Cap-Chat, Quebec as the stepping stone for its waste monetisation strategy

Pneuflot effective on African ores

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th September 2014 Mining solutions provider MBE Minerals’ pneumatic flotation technology, Pneuflot, with installations in more than 70 plants around the world, has been proven to be highly effective on a number of African ores in the last few months, says MBE Minerals development manager Greg Niekerk. The company... 

Pneuflot  effective on African ores
PRODUCT UPGRADE MBE Minerals produced a bulk flotation concentrate sample to customer specification for Exxaro at its Delmas colliery with its Pneuflot pilot plant

Company’s gold extraction capabilities showcased

5th September 2014 Global manufacturer and equipment supplier FLSmidth’s capabilities in the gold extraction arena will be showcased with the supply of equipment to Vancouver-based gold producer B2Gold’s Otjikoto gold project in Namibia. FLSmidth is the only company in Africa capable of providing a complete... 

Company’s gold extraction capabilities showcased
GOLD EXTRACTION CAPABILITY FLSmidth’s supply includes two 20-m-diameter thickeners and two 20-m-diameter thickeners – one pre-leach and one tailings – with a bolted tank design

Screening media solutions provider accelerates R&D

5th September 2014 As mineral processing equipment supplier Multotec positions itself to become the leading screening media solutions provider in the international arena within the next five to ten years, the company is accelerating its research and development (R&D) programmes across several focus areas. “Against... 

Screening media solutions provider accelerates R&D
VALUE ADDITION Multotec is accelerating its research and development programmes across several focus areas

Tough times call for efficient processing

5th September 2014 As the local mining sector faces increasing cost pressures across the whole mine supply chain, it becomes increasingly important to enhance throughput during processing, where ore is effectively turned into saleable commodities. “With cost pressures mounting on a daily basis, it pays for mines to... 

Tough times call for  efficient processing
THROUGHPUT ENHANCEMENT Mines need to re-evaluate and enhance their processing operations to achieve the desired efficiencies and increased throughput

Combined, centralised processing a possibility for SA mining

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th September 2014 The mining industry is faced with the reality of having to mine and process lower-grade ore from increasingly complex orebodies – a trend that could develop into the blending of different ores and concentrates for collective processing, says State-owned minerals researcher Mintek. “As lower-grade... 

Combined, centralised processing  a possibility for SA mining
CENTRAL PROCESSING Mintek developed a central refinery pilot plant for rare earths metals and started running material through the plant’s processes

J&C Engineering

5th September 2014 Established in 1989, East Rand-based J&C Engineering designs, manufactures and installs gas-cleaning and industrial-emissions control equipment, including electrostatic precipitators, bag filters, wet electrostatic precipitators, scrubbers and cyclones. J&C Engineering recently reached an... 

J&C Engineering

Platinum group considers future mine mechanisation

By: Carina Borralho     6th September 2013 Platinum mining, refining and marketing company Impala Platinum (Implats) tells Mining Weekly that it is investigating the mechanisation of mining activities as a sustainable way to continue mining operations in the future. The company, which produced 25% of the world’s platinum in 2012, reports... 

Mining services company expands service offerings to ensure growth

By: Carina Borralho     6th September 2013 South African-owned service specialist to the mining, smelting and mineral processing company Dickinson Group reports that while the core of its business will remain in the mining, metals smelting and minerals processing industry, it is diversifying into sub-Saharan Africa, to ensure continued... 

Monitoring system for mill liner market

By: Carina Borralho     6th September 2013 Mining industry products and services supplier Multotec reports that its Hawkeye monitoring system, which monitors the life cycle of mill liners, has been met with great enthusiasm by the company’s customers. In the past customers have encountered problems with monitoring the life cycle of mill... 

Cradle reduces roller and frame damage in heavy conveyor loading conditions

6th September 2013 US bulk materials handling equipment company Martin Engineering reports that its new high-speed impact cradle has been designed to reduce roller and frame damage caused by heavy conveyor loading conditions in mining, coal handling, aggregates and other applications involving dense materials... 

Business units consolidated to meet demand

6th September 2013 In response to the global mining industry’s need for integrated package solutions, higher levels of service and faster turnaround times, South African minerals processing equipment supplier Roymec Technologies is consolidating its various business units under one roof. “To remain competitive and... 

Radar technology improves ore-detection capabilities

By: Carina Borralho     6th September 2013 Mining activities machinery, equipment and accessories supplier the DOVE Group reports that its newest multisensor radar detector – the DOVE DSD X6000 – can locate ore veins and precious stones or metals, as well as underground tunnels and anomalies, as it is 16 times more sensitive than previous... 

New processing improves nickel productivity

6th September 2013 Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) reports that an environment-friendly processing method, that uses and recycles nitric acid, could unlock 70% of the world’s nickel supply. Full-scale testing of the process started in... 

Canadian company reports growth in magnesium, lithium and rare earths

By: Carina Borralho     6th September 2013 Canada-based integrated engineering, managing and planning company TRU Group, which serves the mining and manufacturing industries, reports that the steady global economic recovery will provide some sustenance for the production and consumption of niche metals such as magnesium, lithium and rare... 

New water atomisation plant to benefit platinum industry

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 State-owned minerals researcher Mintek has completed the construction of, and is now commissioning, a new R40-million water atomisation plant at its Johannesburg facility, in Randburg, which it says will benefit the platinum industry in particular. Commissioning of the plant is expected to be... 

Mozambique branch opened to cash in on coal sector development

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 Minerals processing solutions provider Multotec has opened a branch in Tete province, in Mozambique to service the country’s growing coal sector. The country’s coal output is expected to jump to 100-million tons a year in the next decade. “Recently, many mining companies have realised the... 

Minerals processing company focuses on Tanzania, Ghana, DRC

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 Minerals processing and project management company MDM Engineering sees massive development potential in Africa and has selected Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the key countries in which it intends to secure repeat business. “We decided to focus on these countries... 

Importance of mining equipment appraisal education highlighted

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 As mining activity ramps up on the continent, the huge mining equipment spreads currently existing in Africa are actively marketed by distributors; therefore, the mining industry should ensure that it is able to identify the best technology available for the processing, refining and smelting of... 

Acquisition proving successsful, significant contracts secured

By: Gia Costella     7th September 2012 Italian engineering group Tenova’s April acquisition of South African mining engineering house Bateman Engineering is already proving successful, with Tenova Mining & Minerals winning several contracts locally and abroad. “The latest project, which involves two major contracts being awarded to... 

Best option for processing minerals in Africa studied

7th September 2012 International engineering and project management company Amec senior process engineer Trisha Naidoo sees significant opportunities for mining and processing of banded magnetite deposits on the African continent, and studies the best option for processing the mineral. She says a natural iron-ore... 

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