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Mining Services News

New blasting system improves safety

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Having developed, and now busy testing its second-generation WebGen™ 200 in Australia and Canada, mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica says its trials have shown improved safety and productivity across operations.   The WebGen™ 200, a wireless electronic blasting system with... 

Abandoned mines can be used for energy storage

By: Halima Frost     18th March 2022 Sweden-based sustainable power transition enabler Mine Storage co-founder and CEO Thomas Johansson notes that the company’s concept of using abandoned underground mines – or those under care and maintenance – as energy storage facilities has progressed to the prefeasibility phase. He explains... 

A photo of Mine Storage CEO Thomas Johansson stood in front of a lake and wooded area
THOMAS JOHANSSON The first underground mine storage facility will be constructed in Sweden

Mining offerings entrenched

18th March 2022 Professional services firm WSP in Africa provides mining houses across the continent with access to a full spectrum of “world-class” engineering, environmental sustainability advisory and implementation services. The firm states that it has the experience and breadth of offering in place to... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates 

By: Donna Slater     15th March 2022 Johannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

An image of a drone and stolen cables
UAV & Drone Solutions provides eyes in the sky, day or night, to deter infrastructure criminals and identify areas of concern

DRA Global starts search for new CEO after Naude resigns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed consultancy DRA Global says its MD and CEO Andrew Naude has resigned and will step down once a hand-over process to interim CEO James Smith is finalised. Naude, who jointed DRA as a senior executive in 2013, has been the longest-serving director in the company’s history.  

Control valves offer multiple advantages

11th March 2022 Triple Eccentric Valves, also known as Triple-Off-Set valves (TOV), are gaining  popularity owing to interest in zero leakage valves for open/close functionality. German valves manufacturer Zwick developed its TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valves to extend its range and create an efficient high... 

An image of Zwick's TRI-SHARK Triple-Off-Set valve
TRI-SHARK TRIPLE OFF-SET VALVE The valve has many advatages including zero leakage and maintenance-free operations

German actuators brought to South African shores

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th March 2022 The increase in demand for low-voltage, failsafe electric actuators prompted actuator supplier DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ collaboration with Germany-based actuator manufacturer PS Automation GmbH, to bring the latter’s smart actuator range to South Africa. DEMCA Actuation Solutions sales and... 

DEMCA Actuation Solutions supply of PS Automation GmbH's smart actuator range
SMART ACTUATORS MEET DEMAND Electricity instability has led to increased demand for low-voltage actuators

Water pretreatment can protect RO plants

11th March 2022 Reverse osmosis (RO) is a separation technique that is suitable for a wide range of applications, especially when salt and/or dissolved solids need to be removed from a solution. It is one of the most common types of water treatment.   South African boiler manufacturer and water treatment... 

Coatings key to optimal -operation

11th March 2022 Local mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pump products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) commends the Belzona 1321 two-part ceramic-filled epoxy coating for its ability to provide erosion- and corrosion-resistance in metal surfaces. Recently, MRS was called to repair a badly... 

An image of a swing check valve prior to MRS repairing it
SWING CHECK VALVE PER-REFURBISHMENT The valve had cavitation damage which could result in process failures

Automation trend prompts actuation range introduction

11th March 2022 The growing trend of automation has led to stainless steel and valves supplier EMV Africa introducing its own actuation range. The company is preparing for the eventuality that many processes involving valves will become fully automated. 

An image of EMV Africa's valve
AUTOMATED FUTURE EMV Africa anticipated that processes involving valves will become automated

Rosond focusing on consolidation amid plans for further growth

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond's main focus for this year will be consolidating the company’s rapid expansion as it plans for further growth by taking on additional work in sub-Saharan Africa, says Rosond MD Ricardo Ribeiro. “This year, we are going to spend a lot of time... 

Nominations for the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining open

By: Nadine James     8th March 2022 Industry organisation Women in Mining (WIM) UK on March 8 announced that the nominations for the fifth edition of its 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) would open from 10:00 GMT. “We thank our confirmed sponsors, BMO Capital Markets, Heidrick & Struggles and BCG, for their... 

An image of five women miners standing underground at the Royal Bafokeng Platinum North shaft
WIM100 WOMEN? Nominees should be trailblazers, who persevere in the face of adversity and who advocate for and empower others.

Mintek to provide new testing services to gold sector 

By: Darren Parker     7th March 2022 National mineral research organisation Mintek will be providing new services to the gold mining and exploration sector. The organisation announced on March 7 that it would be providing oxygen demand and Knelson extended gravity recoverable gold (EGRG) testing services. 

Gold project shows promising results

4th March 2022 Aim-listed exploration company Oriole Resources, in the last quarter of 2021, completed soil sampling over the southwest region of the Wapouzé licence as well as trenching over previously-identified soil anomalies at the Bataol zone in the east. The Wapouzé gold project in Cameroon is 90%-owned... 

Trench programme proves promising

4th March 2022 The trenching programme on the Fié trend at the Kobada gold project in southern Mali, undertaken by Canadian-headquartered miner African Gold Group (AGG), has shown promising results. AGG’s principal asset is the Kobada project, which is in an advanced stage of development having completed the... 

A graphic representation of the  Kobada gold project in southern Mali
Photo by African Gold Group
STRIKING GOLD The trenching programme on the Fié trend at the Kobada gold project in southern Mali shows promising results

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Three slurry dams next to each other at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery owned by Menar that shows an embankment and berm which were constructed hours after a wall failure
DAMAGE CONTROL The spill area at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery was sealed off with an earth embankment and a berm

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

A pile of kimberlite stones which are the general ore from which diamonds are mined
ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Dewatering processes necessary for gold mines

By: Sabrina Jardim     4th March 2022 Dewatering processes at gold mines can mitigate unsafe working conditions for miners, says AQS Liquid Transfer industrial sales manager Howard Jones. “The capital expenditure required for the correct and most reliable pumping equipment is minute in comparison with the costs associated with the... 

An image of a construction site, on which an Andritz pump is being installed
PUMP INSTALLATION Installation of an Andritz pump supplied by AQS to a mine.

Designs evolving to meet new outcomes

4th March 2022 Owing to the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, a growing interest in design philosophies that incorporate shapes and processes as they exist in nature has been experienced, says SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine... 

SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine closure Justin Walls in portrait image
JUSTIN WALLS Engineers are increasingly looking to learn from natural analogues, so that they can better emulate these more sustainable designs and structures

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Mine transitions to owner-operator mining

4th March 2022 Gold miner Centamin’s underground operations at its Sukari gold mine in Egypt have shifted away from being mined by contractors to an owner-operated mine, owing to an independently managed contractor tender process. This change comes after the end of the five-year contract at the mine and is... 

An image gold fines made to resemble the shape of the African continent
Photo by Adobe
SETTING THE GOLD STANDARD Centamin’s flagship asset, the Sukari gold mine, is Egypt’s largest and first modern gold mine

Sandvik introduces largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 Global engineering group and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik has introduced what it says is the largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining. Offering a 65 t payload capacity, the Sandvik TH665B prototype is currently completing factory testing in California, in... 

The Sandvik TH665B prototype
The Sandvik TH665B prototype

Exxaro posts R9.7bn net operating profit for 2021, despite rail issues  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2022 JSE-listed diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has declared a total ordinary dividend for the 2021 financial year of R32.52 apiece, up 72% compared with the prior year. Outgoing CEO Mxolisi Mgojo attributes the group’s solid performance to a committed delivery of strategic priorities... 

Exxaro outgoing CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, incoming CEO Nombasa Tsengwa and FD Riaan Koppeschaar
Exxaro Resources' executive team talks rail challenges, diversification and the incoming CEO

AECI lifts 2021 revenue, records lowest total recordable incident rate 

By: Donna Slater     2nd March 2022 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI increased its revenue by 8% year-on-year to R26.05-billion in 2021 and declared a total ordinary dividend of R6.85 a share – up 20% year-on-year. The company declared a final ordinary cash dividend of R5.05, 7% higher than the R4.70 in 2020.  

Mark Dytor AECI CE
AECI increases 2021 revenue on back of Covid-19 economic recovery

Barloworld says Russia operations have sufficient facilities to operate 

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Heavy-duty equipment multinational Barloworld says all local payments from customers in Russia to its Russian operation Vostochnaya Technica (VT) are effected through the Russian central bank system. It adds that it does not use banks that have currently been barred from using the SWIFT system. 

QRC welcomes teaching report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2022 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a new report by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, saying it flagged important next steps to help tackle the skills shortages that affect the resources sector and other key industries. The Quality Initial Teacher Education... 

Increased demand despite pandemic’s effects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th February 2022 Following structural changes at several client organisations that affected the available internal Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) implementation capacity, ESD advisory and project management firm Zevoli Growth Partners has had increased demand from companies that restructured their ESD... 

Zevoli GP executive director Mpopi Khupe
MPOPI KHUPE The impact of Covid-19 required that Zevoli fully digitise its ESD implementation approach

Namibian chamber positive about 2022

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on Namibia’s economy, industry organisation the Chamber of Mines of Namibia believes that the mining sector is well positioned to support the country in its economic recovery over the next two years.  

An image of a mine site in Namibia
BLUER SKIES AHEAD The outlook for Namibian mining is extremely positive in a commodity price environment that remains favourable for investment in mining and exploration

Namibian emulsion plant opened

25th February 2022 Mines in Namibia can look forward to buying locally-manufactured, quality bulk emulsion when provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems Orica and Native Storage Facility opens a new ammonium nitrate emulsion (ANE) plant near Walvis Bay. 

Udumo Adit housing relocation project 80% complete

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th February 2022 Coal mining company Kangra, a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar, is nearing the completion of its Udumo Adit housing relocation project, in Donkerhoek, Mpumalanga. Udumo shaft (previously known as Twyfelhoek mine) forms part of one of the planned shafts to access the Kusipongo... 

image of the Udumo Adit mining its first coal
FIRST COAL To save on costs of the establishment of the Udumo Adit, most projects, which includes the relocation project, were primarily managed by the in-house Kangra team

Provider aims to create Namibian footprint

By: Anna Moross     25th February 2022 Mining sector training courses help to ensure increased safety, efficiency and productivity in the mining environment, and mining sector specialist training solutions company Prisma aims to launch itself in the Namibian mining industry this year, says Prisma MD Jacques Farmer.  

An image of Jacques Farmer, Prisma’s MD
JACQUES FARMER Prisma’s courses are customised to incorporate the mine’s operational standards and procedures, ensuring that a competent workforce becomes a safe, efficient and productive workforce

Agility will prove beneficial in mining project management

25th February 2022 With multidimensional and multifaceted change being the only constant in the mining industry, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says an agile approach to project management is vital to accommodate the constant changes within mining projects. “There is a technological... 

PMI MD Ashwini Bakshi
ASHWINI BAKSHI The inherent flexibility afforded by an agile approach to project management lends longevity to the industry

OEM’s screens support Namibian expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     25th February 2022 Namibia’s bustling mining scene is witnessing exciting expansion and technological innovation with original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani supplying five custom-designed and -manufactured mill discharge screens to a leading gold mining operation in the country. The screens were all custom... 

Kwatani’s single deck screen for gold mine in Namibia
INNOVATIVE SCREENING The single deck Kwatani screen manufactured for the gold mining industry

Aveng narrows offshore listing focus to Australia and Singapore 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng has reaffirmed its plans to seek an international listing and also confirmed on Tuesday that it had narrowed its offshore listing focuses to bourses in Singapore and Australia. CEO Sean Flanagan justified the group’s foreign listing... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Miners welcome Indigenous investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a A$21.9-million investment by the federal government into a new Indigenous Leadership and Governance package. The package includes A$13.5-million for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) to continue its operations and... 

Second round of Future Fuels Fund opens

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2022 The federal government has opened the second round of its newly expanded A$250-million Future Fuels Fund to support uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles in commercial fleets. Businesses will be able to apply for grants under the second round of the Future Fuels Fund to support the uptake... 

PV solar ideal for mine integration

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th February 2022 As the trend towards decarbonisation gathers momentum, photovoltaic (PV) solar system manufacturer and distributor Valsa Trading, suggests that PV solar as a renewable, low-cost energy source continues to provide the mining industry with the opportunity to reap the benefits of renewable energy in... 

An image of Valsa's managing director Svlien Voychev
SVILEN VOYCHEV Significant planning is required to find the right PV solution for the each mine

No one-size-fits-all for mine decarbonisation – engineering firm

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th February 2022 Mining operations are energy intensive, with energy representing one of the sector’s biggest operational costs. Fossil fuels remain the primary feedstock, which leaves miners exposed to volatile gas, oil and coal prices. Consequently, an overarching challenge is decarbonisation, explains... 

An image of a vehicle being filled with fuel
FUELING THE FUTURE Miners can create zero-emission mobile equipment through a combination of EVs and alternative fuels
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