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Mining Services News

Autonomous drills improve safety for contract miner

By: Darren Parker     20th March 2020 JSE-listed Basil Read’s mining arm Basil Read Mining subsidiary Blasting and Excavating (B&E)has entered into a partnership with India- based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Revathi Equipment and other local partner Paramount Tracks to acquire several C650 autonomous drills. 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

MACA wins Corunna Downs work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2020 Services provider MACA has been awarded a A$38-million public road upgrade and access road works at the Corunna Downs iron-ore project, in Western Australia. The contract will stretch over a period of eight months, and will include the upgrade of a 22-km section of public road and the... 

Saracen awards SRG with blasting contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2020 Mining services provider SRG Global has been awarded a A$70-million drill and blast contract from gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings. The five-year contract would see SRG providing services at the Thunderbox and Carosue Dam operations both in Western Australia, with the contract scope including... 

MACA wins $230m Cambodia contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th March 2020 Gold developer Emerald Resources has awarded a $230-million mining contract to fellow-listed MACA for its Okvau gold project, in Cambodia. The scope of work under the mining contract will include load, haul, drill and blast services, and would run for an initial seven year term with the option... 

Current prevention unable to mitigate explosions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Explosion, fire and dust suppression system original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Explospot Systems MD Arend Späth warns that current prevention used in underground coal mines is not enough to mitigate all methane and gas explosions or related fires during mining operations. He adds that methane... 

Current prevention unable to mitigate explosions
RANGE OF APPLICATION Explospot Automatic Fire and Explosion Suppression System have been used in different applications including, commercial and military vehicles, as well as gas pipeline protection

Education shift could bridge skills gap

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 South Africa has “excellent artisans” who have valuable experience in the mining industry, says end-to-end supply chain management company ITM Katope South Africa (SA) country manager Loraine Potgieter. 

Education shift could bridge skills gap
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD The current shortage of artisans in the mining industry is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed

Blast software boosts productivity, reduces costs

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th March 2020 Commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems manufacturer Orica launched its SHOTPlus Underground solution, two months ago. SHOTPlus Underground is the company’s latest blast design and modelling software which specifically targets “advanced underground blast design” and “complex... 

Blast software boosts productivity, reduces costs
NEW AND IMPROVED The new set of features and tools also allows for easy adjustment of blast designs and rapid comparison of different scenarios

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th March 2020 Clean, uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and engine longevity in the mining industry, says filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. 

Clean fuel pivotal for engine life

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows 

12th March 2020 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks details about the production base for South Africa’s high-flying platinum group metals (PGMs), PGMs mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum's double processing setback and growth in the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles in... 

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows
Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows

Monadelphous reports fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2020 Engineering firm Monadelphous has reported a fatality at its workshop services facility, in Kalgoorlie. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that it would be conducting a thorough investigation into the accident, which took place on Saturday, and will be working with the relevant authorities. 

Barminco takes a step into North America

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2020 Underground mining services provider Barminco is set to break into the Canadian market with the award of an underground mining contract from gold miner Barrick at its Hemlo mine, in Ontario. ASX-listed Perenti on Monday reported that Barminco had received a letter of intent from Barrick. 

Barminco takes a step into North America

Supplier expands footprint

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Valves supplier Invincible Valves has bought another property to expand its operations, along with accompanying plant equipment and machinery. The new property, in Germiston, is on the same street as the current facilities. 

Supplier expands footprint
Photo by Creamer Media
PAM DU PLESSIS The new premises and satellite branches will make operations more efficient

Valves body hopes for surge in course enrolments

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association’s (Savama’s) valves training courses are poised for increased enrolments this year through a renewed effort to raise awareness. Savama has three online correspondence courses available, all of which initially were accredited by the... 

Valves body hopes for surge in course enrolments
EMPLOYMENT INLET The training courses are particularly valuable when seeking employment in the valves sector

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... 

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

Local company becomes authorised Saunders distributor

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), in conjunction with sister hydraulic and pneumatic engineering company Ernest Lowe, have become authorised distributors for the Saunders valve range. The distribution arrangement came into effect in 2019. 

Local company  becomes authorised Saunders distributor
“A” VALVE The Saunders A series weir-type valve design is now available through Bearings International and Ernest Lowe

Valves industry continues to struggle

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 The valves sector in South Africa has shrunk every quarter since 2017, with about 9 000 jobs lost since the start of 2020. South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) chairperson Pam du Plessis tells Mining Weekly that the outlook for 2020 is bleak. 

Valves industry continues to struggle
MANUFACTURING COOLDOWN Numerous South African foundries and smelters have doused their furnaces and shut their doors, leading to job losses in a number of manufacturing sectors

New valves premises on the cards

By: Darren Parker     6th March 2020 Industrial valves supplier Brimis Engineering is planning a new facility in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, which will include a new head office, and will be strategically positioned to service the surrounding industries, including steel, energy petrochemicals and mining. Brimis Engineering will complete... 

New valves premises  on the cards
MOEKETSI MPOTU The new premises will include improved repair and refurbishment capacity

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... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile crushing, screening equipment from Metso

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Pilot Crushtec launched a new range from mining equipment manufacturer Metso’s mobile and compact crushing and screening equipment last month that is well suited to local economic conditions. Pilot Crushtec CEO Sandro Scherf says that contracts have been... 

Pilot Crushtec launches compact mobile  crushing, screening equipment from Metso
MOBILE JAW CRUSHER The compact, mobile jaw crushers in the range are suited to contract mining and small to medium-sized operations

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... 

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

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites 

By: Terence Creamer     5th March 2020 Specialist engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) has initiated a study into the potential health and commercial effects of the coronavirus, or Covid-19, on its projects and people, confirming on Thursday that the outbreak was already affecting project delivery in South Africa... 

M&R confirms coronavirus-linked disruptions at two project sites
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Murray & Roberts CEO Henry Laas

Standard Bank releases policy on lending to thermal coal mining projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2020 Financial services provider Standard Bank has released its Thermal Coal Mining Policy, making it the first South African bank to publicly release a policy on lending to coal mining projects. This follows a landmark shareholder vote in favour of a climate risk-related shareholder resolution which... 

Standard Bank releases policy on lending to thermal coal mining projects

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2020 Specialised engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Wednesday that its order book had increased to R50.8-billion during the interim period to the end of December, up 60% on the R31.7-billion level reported for the corresponding period in the previous year. The... 

M&R’s order book rises to R50.8bn on back of oil and gas platform recovery

Tribunal approves Timrite, Tufbag consent agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th February 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and two underground mine support bag suppliers that the commission had said contravened the Competition Act. The commission had said in its referral of the matter to the tribunal that the companies,... 

Award recognises innovative tailings management

28th February 2020 Satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, with its collaborator engineering consultant Knight Piésold UK, won London-based industry publication Mining Magazine’s 2019 Editor’s Award for their innovative tailings dam monitoring solution, last month. The award celebrates companies that have... 

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 As the mining industry is continuously striving for sustainable extraction – and with high electricity costs and environmental impact as key factors – power provider Aggreko has seen increased interest in its hybrid energy microgrids, says Aggreko Africa MD John Lewis. Since launching the... 

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases
LIGHT IT UP The Aggreko power project at Banro Resources

Engineering firm secures large plant order

28th February 2020 Engineering company FLSmidth will supply a new gold processing plant to JSC Pavlik in the Magadan region in the east of Russia. The order, valued at around R626-million, will be booked in the first quarter of 2020. The planned seven-million-tonne-a-year plant will operate alongside the highly... 

Engineering firm secures large plant order
GOLD STANDARD PROCESSING FLSmidth will supply equipment across the complete flowsheet as well as including a complete plant electrical and automation package.

Africa can lure investors with data offering

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 Africa is looking for new ways of attracting investment, with pockets of the continent being “quite progressive”, compared with other markets, such as Canada and Australia, geoscience software provider Seequent global channel and sales director Dion Blair tells Mining Weekly. Blair gave a... 

Africa can lure investors with data offering
LEVERAGING DATA FOR DEVELOPMENT The introduction of geoscience data and the application of advanced technologies will accelerate exploration and development in mineral-rich West Africa

Minister skates over issues in speech

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 The various proverbial “elephants in the room” of the South African mining sector were not addressed by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe when he delivered his speech at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba earlier this month, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills... 

Minister skates over issues in speech
GWEDE MANTASHE The Draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill has received positive comments

Streamlined Aveng says core units are poised to grow as disposals taper 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2020 Infrastructure and resources group Aveng, which is at the tail-end of a far-reaching restructuring exercise that has already resulted in disposals collectively valued at R1-billion, reports that its two remaining core businesses – Moolmans and McConnell Dowell – are both operating profitably and... 

Streamlined Aveng says core units are poised to grow as disposals taper
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

AECI’s Mining Solutions business boosts group profitability in 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2020 JSE-listed chemicals manufacturer AECI reported growth in all its operating segments in the year ended December 31, and managed to achieve 10% growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS). The company declared a total dividend of R5.70 apiece, compared with the R5.15 apiece declared in the... 

AECI’s Mining Solutions business boosts group profitability in 2019
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
AECI CEO Mark Dytor

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 Glencore Operations South Africa (GOSA) on Tuesday signed an energy conversion service agreement with clean-tech company Swedish Stirling. Swedish Stirling will install, operate and maintain an estimated 9.9 MW facility at GOSA’s Lydenburg ferrochrome smelter.  

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter
Glencore's ferrochrome smelter, in Lydenburg

Panoramic signs up Barminco for underground work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2020 Nickel miner Panoramic Resources has inked a long-term underground mining contract with contractor Barminco at its Savannah nickel mine, in Western Australia. Barminco’s parent company Perenti on Friday said that under the near A$200-million contract, Barminco will undertake mine development,... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Mining consulting firm The MSA Group is hoping that the review of Namibia’s Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act will enhance the country’s “friendliness” toward mining investors. The MSA Group principal consultant Mike Robertson says the 1992 legislation has been under review since 2018.... 

Policy review could improve investor confidence
DRIVING INVESTMENT Namibia’s reliable transport infrastructure, despite the remote nature of many sites of mineral interest, is attractive to investors

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm 

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2020 Superior, modern exploration techniques have resulted in a surge of interest in the Kalahari Copperbelt in recent years, with the uptick in the 2019 year-end copper price spurring exploration activity. The Kalahari Copperbelt, which is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored... 

Copperbelt spells opportunity for firm
BELT OF POTENTIAL The 1 000 km long Kalahari Copperbelt Is regarded as one of the world’s most promising underexplored copper provinces
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