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Mining Services News

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Owing to the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many clients of heavy equipment solutions provider Bobcat Equipment South Africa are opting for short-term rental options, rather than the long-term commitment of buying. The rental segment has contributed significantly to... 

Company leverages 20 years’ experience to benefit clients

3rd July 2020 The selection of suitable equipment for specific earthmoving tasks is critical, not only to optimise productivity, but to also ensure efficient capital expenditure, minimal downtime and safety on site, notes Equipment supplier HPE Africa. It is also critical that the equipment that is selected... 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations
MATTESON ELLIS There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken

Multotec expands global reach into South America

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 South African minerals processing company Multotec is expanding its global reach by investing in South America, where almost 30% of the world’s foreign direct investment is being funnelled. “South America is a very important mining jurisdiction. Multotec Chile’s official registration in 2014... 

Multotec expands global reach into South America
MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY Multotec’s production capability enables it to supply products to any mine in the world

MACA wins Atlas contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd July 2020 Contract miner MACA has been awarded a mining contract at Atlas Iron’s Corunna Downs mine, in the Pilbara. The mining services contract will consist of openpit mining services, including drilling and blasting, and loading and hauling, and would generate revenues of A$230-million over the... 

Metso Outotec can drive industries towards responsible use of natural resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2020 Metso Minerals, a subsidiary of global industrial company Metso, has officially merged with Finnish-listed technology company Outotec. The merger has formed a leading process technology, equipment and services company serving the minerals, metals and aggregates industries. The combined company... 

GR Engineering wins more work from Saracen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th June 2020 ASX-listed GR Engineering has been awarded a A$29-million additional work contract by fellow-listed Saracen Mineral Holdings. The new projects awarded include an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Thunderbox paste plant project, priced at A$22-million, and an... 

Mincon, Torque Africa celebrate drilling milestone

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 Engineering company Mincon South Africa has achieved a milestone development in exploration drilling with one of its clients, drilling company Torque Africa Exploration. Mincon supported Torque at a greenfield mineral exploration drill site in the Northern Cape, where a new Mincon... 

IGF releases fourth ‘Guidance for Governments’ report

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has released its newest Guidance for Governments report, titled 'Improving Legal Frameworks for Environmental- and Social-Impact Assessment and Management. IGF outreach manager and law adviser Clémence Naré... 

Weir Minerals South Africa inks empowerment transaction with Medu Capital  

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 Mineral solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa’s (WMA’s) South African operation, Weir Minerals South Africa (SA), is now 25.1% owned by black empowerment partner Medu Capital. Through the partnership, Medu will play an active role in guiding and fostering the future success of Weir Minerals SA,... 

Weir Minerals South Africa inks empowerment transaction with Medu Capital
Weir Minerals Africa regional MD Gavin Dyer and Medu Capital co-founder and director Ernest January discusses the new empowerment transaction between the two companies. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response
MARCIN WERTZ While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects

Supplier trials new collector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has conducted multiple laboratory scale tests at a South African gold operation, to develop and select a collector that can benefit overall gold recovery. 

Supplier trials  new collector
BERNARD OOSTENDORP Axis House is confident that it will achieve a significant improvement during the second trial phase

Exxaro expecting higher coal export volumes, lower domestic sales

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources expects a mixed picture for demand for its coal products as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on the global economy. In a interim pre-close update by FD Riaan Koppeschaar on June 25, the group pointed out that it had, to date, recorded eight... 

Exxaro expecting higher coal export volumes, lower domestic sales

Mining jobs safe in Queensland

25th June 2020 Despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Queensland resources sector has maintained its place as one of the largest employers in the region, with only a 1% drop in direct jobs during the May quarter. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane said that the latest data from... 

BHP launches METS programme in Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2020 Mining giant BHP as partnered with industry body Austmine to launch its supplier innovation programme across Australia. Following a successful program in BHP’s Minerals Americas business, the BHP Austmine supplier innovation programme would provide opportunities for Australian mining equipment,... 

Basil Read Limited's business rescue progressing

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2020 The implementation of the business rescue plan of embattled construction company Basil Read Limited (BRL), a subsidiary of Basil Read Holdings, continues, even as its effect at a group level remains uncertain until its completion. According to monthly reports published by the business rescue... 

DRC mines require increasing renewable energy sources for development 

By: Donna Slater     19th June 2020 The continued roll-out of new renewable energy capacity is key to the success of current and future mining projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), panellists have indicated during a session of the virtual DRC Mining Week webinar on June 18. The panel comprised Southern... 

DRC mines require increasing renewable energy sources for development
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A growing mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo is driving energy demand, which in turn, is creating other new opportunities as more areas become electrified

Mines invest in mobile solutions

19th June 2020 While mines are gradually ramping up to full production while adhering to Covid-19 protocols, it is safe to say that industry is experiencing the effects of the pandemic, says pumping equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) MD Franscois Steenkamp. “Over the last couple of months,... 

Supplier saves mining industry time, money

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th June 2020 Power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is supplying bearings manufacturer Dodge ISN bearings to the quarrying sector to address contamination – the leading cause of premature bearing failure in the industry. 

Miner works at lower capacity owing to demand, not legislation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2020 Demand for premium-grade aggregate material is dwindling and so is production from quarrying operations, says building material company AfriSam.  

Miner works at lower capacity owing to demand, not legislation
AVI BHOORA Demand for aggregate material from the quarrying operations that produce them will continue to decline

Dust, spill control now an attainable solution

19th June 2020 Plant operators want to eliminate dust and spills on belts and transfers as well as minimise maintenance requirements of the conveyor system. Further, the ability of plants to efficiently cope with the challenges of moist and sticky materials related to quarrying is also desired. 

Dust, spill control now an attainable solution
SQUEAKY CLEAN Cleaning at critical points is necessary, however, the majority of time previously spent cleaning is now available for productive work at the plant

Mobile screening plant proves highly efficient

19th June 2020 Earthmoving equipment supplier HPE Africa’s McCloskey S250 screener – one of the largest tracked-mounted mobile vibratory screening plants available – has been designed for highly-efficient aggregate material screening. 

Mobile screening plant proves highly efficient
MOVER AND SHAKER The McCloskey S250 is one of the largest mobile screens on the market

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs

19th June 2020 Compressor and generator supplier Rand-Air has acquired two Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 bar to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of compressor and generator equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and... 

New compressors provide faster drilling, reduced fuel costs
CRAIG SWART The new compressor units are ideally suited for applications such as mineral exploration drilling, geothermal drilling, construction and blast hole drilling

Research, development continues to enhance pumps range

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries MD Warwick Lorenz says the company is continuously working on improving its products by enhancing seal quality, self-priming characteristics and impeller design.  This will enable the company to pump more water with more pressure using... 

Urgent dewatering solutions needed during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pumps solutions supplier Integrated Pump Rental has continued as a secondary emergency supplier throughout the lockdown, including helping to dewater a coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The failure of one of the mine’s pumps under lockdown restrictions, which prevented pump repairs was... 

Renewed strategies, collaboration needed to address challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 The mining sector is one of the toughest operating environments, driven by a constant need to maximise on yield for profitability while ensuring safety and meeting stakeholder expectations, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl MacDougall.   He says the sector... 

Manufacturer aids entities during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps South Africa is able to assist municipalities and contractors to ensure essential services continue during the national lockdown. “At Werner Pumps, our offices and manufacturing facilities remain open to assist our customers working in essential... 

Fort Cady borate mine construction accelerated

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2020 ASX-listed American Pacific Borates has accelerated construction activities at its Fort Cady borate mine, in the US. This follows the June 1 announcement of A$77-million raised to fully finance Phase 1A of the mine. 

Exxaro’s new Belfast business unit manager sets out to make valuable impact

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2020 As part of building an empowered, diverse and innovative workforce of tomorrow, South African miner Exxaro has appointed Londolani Rampfumedzi as its Belfast mine’s new business unit manager. Rampfumedzi previously worked for at Glencore, managing two of its underground mines and strategic... 

Exxaro’s new Belfast business unit manager sets out to make valuable impact
Londolani Rampfumedzi

Shell, IBM team up to accelerate digitalisation in the mining industry 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th June 2020 Oil and gas major Shell and NYSE-listed IBM have joined forces to introduce a new business-to-business digital mining services marketplace platform to offer field-tested technology and digital solutions that can help mining companies improve safety, mine planning, operational efficiency and... 

Salt Lake awards major contracts at Lake Way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2020 Potash developer Salt Lake Potash has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contracts for the process plant and non-process infrastructure at its Lake Way project, in Western Australia. The EPC contract... 

Adriatic, Tethyan sign definitive agreement

By: Simone Liedtke     12th June 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Adriatic Metals and TSX-V-listed Tethyan Resources have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, which respects the previously announced proposed acquisition of Tethyan by Adriatic. Pursuant to the agreement, Adriatic will acquire 100% of the outstanding common shares... 

Kavango appoints geological modelling firm to advance target selection in KSZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th June 2020 Aim-listed Kavango Resources has appointed specialist geological modelling firm Mira Geoscience to advance target selection for future drilling in the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ), in Botswana. Mira is skilled in advanced geological and geophysical three-dimensional (3D) modelling, including the... 

Products meet mining lubrication challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) is offering industrial equipment manufacturer ROCOL’s range of wire rope lubricant products to solve vital and complex lubrication challenges for local miners. “Where lubricants are put through the most challenging... 

Products meet mining lubrication challenges
MEETING TOXICITY CHALLENGES ROCOL is known for its biodegradable wire rope lubricants

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Local lubrication solutions supplier Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa is making its leading products available in value packs, specifically designed to meet the lubrication requirements of everyday users in the local mining industry. LE national marketing manager Callum Ford states that... 

Lubrication packs cater for customised needs
UNIQUE LUBRICATION NEEDS Load, environment, temperature and machine speed are the variables considered when deciding on an appropriate lubricant

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

Roskill says mining equities have outperformed other sectors, despite economic dislocation

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2020 Despite the Covid-19-related economic dislocation that is under way, consultancy Roskill says prices in several metals markets have gone up year-to-date, and that mining equities have outperformed that of many other sectors. Despite this, the mining sector is far from immune to the Covid-19... 

New METS center to open in Mackay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2020 A A$7-million Resources Center of Excellence will open in Mackay, in Queensland, at the start of next week. The centre, jointly funded by the Queensland government and the Mackay Regional Council, is a strategic investment in job creation for the resources sector, and the region. 

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