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M&R’s mining platform bags two contracts in North America

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ mining platform has secured two contracts in its Cementation Americas business, valued at R1.2-billion. The first contract involves underground characterisation development and infrastructure for global miner Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper project, in the US,... 

Disused coal mines have potential to heat homes with lower-carbon energy

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 The UK Coal Authority posits that water from flooded coal mines has the potential to be used in the heating of UK homes and industry as a source of lower-carbon energy. In a December 2020 report, the authority states that mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and, where the mines are... 

ASIO warns of cyberattacks on miners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2021 The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has warned that Australian miners are currently being targeted for cyber attacks. ASIO said on Tuesday that a successful compromise of a network provides cyber operators with a range of... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Photo of Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Venturex goes underground, changes name

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2021 ASX-listed Venturex Resources on Monday unveiled a rebrand, with the company’s base metal assets now to be supported by an underground services arm. MD Bill Beament used the Diggers & Dealers forum to unveil the rebrand, with Venturex now to be called Develop. 

An image of Bill Beament
Bill Beament

Master Drilling buys 25% stake in A&R Group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has acquired a 25% stake in A&R Group. A&R, with its subsidiaries A&R Engineering & Mining Supplies and Lamproom Solutions & Consulting, specialises in mine mechanisation and digitisation.  

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

Photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Company helps mines manage water

30th July 2021 Valves and allied product supplier Macsteel Fluid Control understands that water is a strategic natural resource for South Africa and for the mining sector and as such, equipment reliability, water resource management and operational efficiency are essential in ensuring sustainable, long-term... 

Company’s products doing well in mining market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th July 2021 Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) is supplying valves to several mine projects, mainly because technological advancements in valve and pipeline solutions offer an alternative to using trucks to transport minerals from mining sites. Distance is no longer an issue, as there are... 

Dynamic Fluid Controls RF control valve.
WORST CASE SCENARIO A valve that is too small or too big can even cause the pipeline to implode or explode

Valve products reliable in harsh conditions

30th July 2021 Engineering Solutions provider BMG and valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS), which are part of the specialist distributor Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), play a significant role in the local valves sector through the design, distribution, supply and support of a range of... 

EFFICIENCY IS KEY BMG’s valves meet stringent quality and safety specifications and are highly efficient at mines to control and isolate abrasive slurries
EFFICIENCY IS KEY BMG’s valves meet stringent quality and safety specifications and are highly efficient at mines to control and isolate abrasive slurries

thyssenkrupp confirms sale of mining technologies business to FLSmidth

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has confirmed the sale of its mining technologies business unit to mining engineering, equipment and service solutions company FLSmidth. The sale of the enterprise, valued at €325-million, is an important milestone in the realignment of the thyssenkrupp... 

Sustainable mining possible, if ecosystem and individual company approach taken - Michelin

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 Making mining sustainable requires an ecosystem approach in which mining sector supply chain partners and service providers play their part to ensure mining benefits people, the planet and is profitable for companies, says mobility multinational Michelin Africa, India and the Middle East head of... 

WestStar wins work at Iron Bridge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2021 Industrial services company WestStar Industrial’s engineering contractor business SIMPEC has been awarded a A$145-million contract to construct the wet processing plant at iron-ore major Fortescue’s Iron Bridge magnetite project, in Western Australia. The wet processing plant will be central to... 

Master Drilling appoints Mamokete Ramathe to board

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Master Drilling has appointed Mamokete Ramathe as independent nonexecutive director to the board, with effect from July 26. She is the founder and CEO of Mamor Capital, an investment company with interests in the information and communications technology sector. 

Rio Tinto inks power deal to supply its ilmenite operation in Madagascar 

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has signed a power purchase agreement for a new renewable energy plant to power the operations of its QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) ilmenite mine in Fort Dauphin, southern Madagascar. The renewable energy plant, to be built, owned and operated by independent power... 

Decmil raises funds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2021 Resource and infrastructure services provider Decmil on Monday announced that it had secured A$30-million in funding to support its growth working capital requirements. The ASX-listed company has agreed to a A$20-million debt financing and A$10-million equity placement to progress its growth... 

Company provides custom service packages

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd July 2021 Explosives and blasting services provider BME Indonesia are providing the Indonesian mining industry with packages that can be customised based on the industries’ and customers’ requirements. This is beneficial to Indonesia in operational sense in that it entails safe and efficient blasting,... 

An image/photo of BME Indonesia staff and trucks
BME INDONESIA Indonesia’s attractive market encouraged BME investment

Kavango starts drilling in Botswana

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 LSE-listed Kavango Resources has started drilling on Target A2 in the northern (Hukuntsi) section of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) in Botswana. The goal of this geological borehole is to retrieve core samples from the bottom of the "Norilsk-style keel" at A2. 

Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set aside for economic stimulus, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) new Sustainable Recovery... 

Photo of IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Arc Minerals starts diamond drill programme in Zambia

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2021 Junior explorer Arc Minerals has started a diamond drill programme on its majority-controlled licences in north-western Zambia. Diamond drilling activities are under way at the Fwiji target area following further technical work and analysis from last year's exploration drilling campaign. 

Schneider Electric, AVEVA partner to help customers improve their sustainability

By: Donna Slater     19th July 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric and industrial software developer AVEVA report that their combined technology offerings are supporting the sustainability initiatives of mining companies. The partner companies aim to decarbonise the mining, minerals and metals value... 

Mavuso says South African democracy proved mettle despite destruction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says last week was a serious test of South Africa’s constitutional democracy, but she believes the country managed to pass the test and proved how strong it really is. She explained in the organisation’s latest newsletter that the violent outbreaks... 

An image of Busi Mavuso, the CEO of Business Leadership South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

AngloGold Ashanti awards major mining contract in Ghana  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2021 Contract miner Perenti on Monday reported the award of a A$470-million contract from gold miner AngloGold Ashanti at its Iduapriem gold mine, in Ghana. The contract was awarded to a surface mining joint venture (JV) between Perenti’s African arm, African Mining Services (AMS) and Ghanaian mining... 

Danfoss, DryTech and BMG improving material processing in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2021 Danish engineering company Danfoss, in support of engineering components provider BMG Electronics, has helped to assist DryTech International in its development of a unique wet screw feeder for use by a South African platinum mine in its processing plant and smelter, in Limpopo. DryTech provides... 

Remote sensing key for construction in mining

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 Remote sensing techniques – the distanced procurement of information about objects or areas with indirect contact sensors – can improve the speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness of surveying for construction in mining, says University of Pretoria Department of Engineering and Technology... 

SCHALK GROBBELAAR
Remote sensing techniques help to ensure effective production during the important phases of construction
SCHALK GROBBELAAR Remote sensing techniques help to ensure effective production during the important phases of construction

Couplings provide durable, reliable service

16th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive portfolio of Transfluid couplings comprises constant fill fluid couplings that have been designed to withstand operation in difficult conditions, including hazardous environments. The K series comprises three main elements – the driving impeller... 

KEEP IT FLUID 
Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission
KEEP IT FLUID Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission

Electronic gauges for hazardous areas

16th July 2021 Industrial electronics producer Instrotech is offering geotechnical solutions specialist Keller’s range of five intrinsically-safe electronic pressure gauges for use in areas subject to gas explosion risks. The type approvals are compliant with the ATEX explosion protection directive regarding... 

GEOTECH SAVVY 
Keller’s type LEO 1 Ei and LEO 2 Ei electronic pressure gauges feature microprocessor-assisted compensation
GEOTECH SAVVY Keller’s type LEO 1 Ei and LEO 2 Ei electronic pressure gauges feature microprocessor-assisted compensation

SA-born pneumatic tech wins global award

16th July 2021 The coveted global Unicorn Cup final, for the start-up business with the highest investment potential, was won on May 13 this year by South African pneumatic technology pioneer Magnevane. Magnevane South Africa executive and business owner Gareth Rees was part of the team that claimed victory... 

GARETH REES 
Years of hard work and perseverance are now paying off
GARETH REES Years of hard work and perseverance are now paying off

Transfluid set to become standard in mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th July 2021 While engineering solutions provider BMG’s Transfluid K Series is the most economical fluid coupling on the market, the only challenge it is currently facing is being listed as a “product standard” at certain operations in the mining industry. “We have run tests and have references on many of... 

NEW STANDARD 
BMG is currently waiting for approval to become listed as a standard on mine sites
NEW STANDARD BMG is currently waiting for approval to become listed as a standard on mine sites

Pandemic approach ensures future prospects

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 Construction and mining service group Teichmann’s Covid-19 approach enabled it to not only create new opportunities in mining construction but also ensured work was completed on schedule.  

TEICHMANN CONTRACT 
By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project
TEICHMANN CONTRACT By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project

Portfolio growth spurs construction projects

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 The East Manganese mine construction project, in the Northern Cape, is part of investment company Menar’s strategy to diversify its mineral portfolio, says Menar head of projects Gerhard Cronje.  

EAST MANGANESE MINE
Construction at the manganese mine began in September 2020 with various civil infrastructure components
EAST MANGANESE MINE Construction at the manganese mine began in September 2020 with various civil infrastructure components

Capital achieves its strongest interim performance yet 

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 LSE-listed mining services company Capital reports that its revenue for the six months ended June 30 had increased by 52% year-on-year to $98.7-million Focused on African markets, Capital also increased its fleet use by 79% year-on-year, with average used rigs totalling 81.  

An image of the Sukari openpit gold mine in Egypt
The Sukari gold mine in Egypt

DMRE continues to monitor safety, security of energy and mining sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continues to monitor the safety and security of the energy and mining sectors amid ongoing acts of looting, destruction in violence across South Africa, but particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Chevron awards A$100m contract to Ventia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2021 US energy major Chevron has awarded a A$100-million, ten-year long-term maintenance master contract to contractor Ventia for works in the Pilbara region. As Primary Maintenance Contractor, Ventia will deliver front-line and campaign maintenance, brownfield execution scopes and turnaround events... 

WPIC encourages use of platinum-using PEMs for overcoming energy storage problems

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2021 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that, as renewable energy solutions are increasingly rolled out around the globe, technologies that can smooth their power deliverance are also increasingly being needed to ensure power generated by renewables can be used efficiently. The WPIC... 

Survey finds tech skills gap is a growing future mining risk 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th July 2021 A survey undertaken by law firm Hogan Lovells on how technology is shaping the future prospects of mining, has found that almost 69% of respondents believe the skills gap is the greatest future risk to further technological integration in the mining industry. The ‘Future of Mining’ report notes... 

ioneer awards equipment package for Nevada project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2021 ASX-listed ioneer has tapped Danish firm FLSmidth as the supplier for engineering and equipment supply for the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada. “The contract with FLSmidth is one of the more significant supply packages we will award at Rhyolite Ridge and represents another step in... 

Sasol sells cyanide business to Czech chemicals company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2021 JSE-listed petrochemicals giant Sasol has entered into an agreement to sell its sodium cyanide business, in Sasolburg, to Czech Republic-based chemicals company Draslovka Holding Company for R1.46-billion. Draslovka is a global producer of cyanide-based chemical specialties and agricultural... 

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