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Mining Services News

Company’s software can support exploration boom

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 The North American mining industry is experiencing a “remarkable period of expansion in exploration”, with mining companies rapidly turning to technology for support. This, in turn, is accelerating the uptake of software company Seequent’s solutions, states Seequent mining exploration director... 

Acquisition helps improve mining digitalisation

By: Cameron Mackay     18th February 2022 Digital reality solutions developer Hexagon acquired drilling technology provider Minnovare last month; its solutions improve the speed, cost and accuracy of underground drilling. Hexagon Mining division chief technology officer Rob Daw says this acquisition by Hexagon’s mining portfolio is... 

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ENHANCING UNDERGROUND CAPABILITIES Hexagon recently acquired Minnovare, a leading provider of drilling technology that improves the speed, cost and accuracy of underground drilling

Miners seek to blend long-term value creation with zero-carbon future

By: Schalk Burger     18th February 2022 The mining industry is in an exceptional position to make a bold pivot to a sustainable future, and environmental, social and governance goals represent the most significant opportunity for the mining industry to create long-term value, trust and sustainable growth, says assurance and advisory... 

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Hybrid solutions can be more affordable – firm

18th February 2022 Globally, mining is well-known as an energy-intensive sector, a situation that is further aggravated by a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, explains consulting firm Economic Development Solutions MD Janine Espin. She elaborates that there is an increasing global urgency to shift toward... 

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JANINE ESPIN Adding renewable energy sources and battery storage into the energy mix of mines can reduce reliance on diesel

Coronado takes ownership of Curragh North works

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th February 2022 Coal miner Coronado Global Resources will take on management and operation of four mining fleets from contractor Thiess at its Curragh North mining area, which is part of the greater Curragh Complex, in Queensland. The arrangements will see Coronado manage and operate three of the fleets... 

First coal cut at Kangra underground extension

By: Darren Parker     11th February 2022 Coal mining company Kangra – a subsidiary of mining investment group Menar – started mining first coal from its new underground Udumo adit on February 9. The new adit, which was previously known as Twyfelhoek, was renamed Udumo – which means “honour” in isiZulu – to better reflect the spirit and... 

A photo of Kangra GM Pierre Louw in the Udumo adit
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Kangra GM Pierre Louw

Govt invests more to draw women to STEM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2022 The Australian government has announced an additional A$6.7-million in funding to advance women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The investments will ensure the continued success of the Superstars of STEM program, as well as backing the important work of the... 

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Local crane supplier optimistic about African mining 

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 Expressing a positive outlook for the African mining industry in 2022, Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner, says the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential for better resource development. The Gauteng-based company is a supplier of cranes and hoists to the DRC, and Kleiner notes that... 

Marc Kleiner, Conra Cranes MD
Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner discusses the company’s involvement in the DRC and its outlook for the country’s mining industry.Video edited by: Nicholas Boyd

Reagents finally ready to break into PGMs market

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th February 2022 Reagents manufacturer and supplier Axis House has identified 2022 as the year to introduce its platinum group metals (PGMs) range of technical reagents – comprising collectors, depressants and frothers – into the Southern African market. 

Turnkey lubrication for platinum mine customer

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th February 2022 Bearing and seal manufacturer SKF’s South African distributor Bolt & Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) supplied and fitted System 24 to provide a seamless solution for a platinum mine that was facing lubrication problems on its agitators. 

Rosond, Boart Longyear partnership to uplift N Cape communities

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond and drilling technology multinational Boart Longyear have entered into a partnership to develop local businesses in the Northern Cape as part of the drilling programme at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen and Kolomela mines. “This contract is anticipated to... 

Rosond's employees working at Kumba's mines

Spanish firm fined $6m for Ghana truck blast en route to Chirano mine

By: Reuters     9th February 2022 The Spanish company in charge of a truck that exploded and killed 13 people last month en route to an internationally-run gold mine in Ghana violated storage and transport laws and has been fined $6-million, the lands ministry said on Tuesday. The truck was transporting explosives owned by... 

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Thiess wins Olive Downs contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th February 2022 ASX-listed contractor Thiess has been appointed as the mining services contractor for the Olive Downs coal project, in Queensland. The eight-year contract would see Thiess deliver full-service mining operations, including mine planning, overburden removal, drill and blast, load and haul, water... 

Couplings demand up year-on-year

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 The demand for low-maintenance, cost-effective couplings has increased year-on-year, with the emphasis on ease of assembly to alleviate hours of downtime, says industrial products provider BMG power transmission product manager Brandon Bouillon. BMG supplies premium Timken Quick-Flex couplings to... 

A photo of a cross section of a Timken Quick-Flex coupling
GOOD PERFORMANCE The Quick-Flex couplings constitute about 30% of BMG's engineering couplings sales

Leveraging industry-leading brands improves technology offering

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 The Envirotech pumps range from pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals benefits significantly from synergies in research and technology development, as well as application knowledge sharing across a portfolio of industry-leading brands, says Weir Minerals Africa GM Marnus Koorts. “The Weir Minerals... 

A photo of an Envirotech pump with WRT technology in operation on site at a gold mine
PUMPING AWAY The Envirotech pump with WRT technology is being used in a gold application in Africa

Pump rental added to service offering

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 Mechanical seals, pumps and complementary pumps products supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has added rental mobile pump sets to its core business offering. The company had its first rental enquiry at the end of November last year and officially launched the service on December 1. 

A photo of an MRS mobile pump set
MOBILE UNIT The MRS mobile pump set can not only control in-pit water levels but can also be stored in close proximity to operations

Pumps sector’s VSD adoption could improve

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 Some traditionalists in the mining sector are still reluctant to adopt variable-speed drive (VSD) technology for their pump operations, despite VSD technology being more than 20 years old, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South Africa product manager Jaque... 

A photo of Schneider Electric’s Altivar Process VSD range
VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES Schneider Electric’s Altivar Process VSD has an embedded pump management function and provides digital metrics to ensure better energy efficiency

ESG, environment and staff at top of mind for miners - Deloitte

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2022 Talent recruitment and retention, and working towards a low carbon future has been flagged as some of the top trends Australian miners will face in 2022. Advisory firm Deloitte this week released its 14th annual Tracking the Trends report, which explores the key trends facing mining companies... 

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WA backs Port Hedland expansion plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2022 The Western Australian state government has endorsed plans to grow capacity at the port of Port Hedland by 41%, to 660-million tonnes a year under a revised development plan. The government said this week that increasing iron-ore export capacity to 660-million tonnes a year would allow port... 

Centamin awards Geodrill $54m drilling contract

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2022 TSX-listed drilling company Geodrill has been awarded a significant drilling contract with London- and Toronto-listed gold producer Centamin at its Sukari gold mine, which is a low-cost, bulk tonnage openpit and high-grade underground gold mining operation in Egypt. The five-year contract, the... 

Ukwazi acquires sidus consulting, solidifying transaction advisory capability

1st February 2022 Niched mining services company, Ukwazi, today announces its acquisition of financial modelling consultancy, Sidus Consulting. The transaction will help grow Ukwazi’s existing solutions portfolio, expanding the business’ integrated mining offering for clients across Africa, the Middle East and... 

WA appoints new Mining Warden

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st February 2022 The Western Australian government has appointed a second Perth Mining Warden, to work on the increasing number of contested mineral title applications before the Court. The high number of cases is due to an increase in mining title applications in Western Australia's minerals sector, which has... 

Underperforming asset overshadows progress for Hummingbird

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2022 Progress in the development of Aim-listed gold mining company Hummingbird Resources’ assets in Guinea and Liberia was “overshadowed” by the underperformance of its flagship Yanfolila gold mine, in Mali, the company said in its 2021 fourth quarter operational update issued on January 31. The... 

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Yanfolila underperformed in the fourth quarter of 2021

Rosond records notable safety records at the Sishen, Kolomela mines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2022 Drilling technology solutions provider Rosond says it has achieved major health and safety milestones at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen and Kolomela mines in the Northern Cape. Based in the exploration and production geology section at Sishen, Rosond is drilling boreholes for exploration and mine... 

An image of Rosond's Rosond uses hi-tech drill rigs that are used to ensure safe work
Rosond uses hi-tech drill rigs to ensure safe work

Ukwazi offers preliminary perspective on the Just Transition

28th January 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom and the coal industry are at the core of the 'Just Transition', says mining services provider Ukwazi Mining director Spencer Eckstein. "[About] 75% of our electricity is coal based and derives from 16 large power stations. By December 31, 2021, Eskom was due to... 

Top tech trends set to disrupt global mining

28th January 2022 Technology is shaping the mines of tomorrow, with software providers AspenTech and Dassault Systemès, and mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc, at the cutting-edge of the mining, engineering, technology and services (METS) sector, says the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC)... 

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INNOVATION SHOWCASE IMARC provides a dedicated space for companies to share their knowledge and expertise with the broader industry to work towards a sustainable future for mining

Mining mobility market ideal for hydrogen uptake

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Emerging mobility applications for hydrogen, such as heavy-duty mobility and materials handling equipment used in mining, provide an ideal market for the increased uptake of green hydrogen technology in South Africa, states hydrogen technology provider Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Division SVP Filip... 

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MOGALAKWENA MINE the electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser

Solving transmission bottlenecks vital for unlocking supply

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Overcoming energy transmission congestion is vital to stabilise energy supply in South Africa and, to ensure that energy supply meets demand, transmission assessments and upgrades need to be conducted to allow for energy access from resource-rich solar and wind areas, states renewable-energy... 

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WILLIAM PRICE Many of the country’s load centres are situated in coal production areas, where the transmission grid has been designed to deliver energy to large populations

SA’s green energy outlook for 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 With a background in electrical engineering, “a knack for business, and a passion for sustainability”, Norwegian global renewables company Scatec Southern Africa GM Jan Fourie has specialised in renewable energy projects for over a decade. He says his love for South Africa and the natural... 

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RENEWABLE UPTAKE Scatec’s new project, which falls under the RMIPPPP, includes a 150 MW flagship twin hybrid PV-and-storage site in the Northern Cape

Miner’s transition plan to benefit all stakeholders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As part of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s development of renewable-energy projects, the miner has created an Infrastructure for Impact programme to benefit all its relevant stakeholders while executing these energy infrastructure projects, explains Sibanye-Stillwater energy and... 

Image of Sibanye-Stillwater investor relations senior VP James Wellsted
JAMES WELLSTED Our broader strategy is aligned with the just transition, and over time we’re going to evolve as a company to produce materials used for improving the environment

Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

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JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Bell Equipment supplies 12 ADTs to Ikoti Coal

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2022 Twelve locally manufactured B45E articulated dump trucks (ADTs) were recently handed over to locally-owned and -operated miner Alfieri Holdings, which operates Ikoti Coal, in Mpumalanga. These ADTs, industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) says, are the... 

Pictured: Enock Mabaso, Zabilon Inama, Gary Bell, Branden Moodley, and Bruce Ndlela.
Pictured: Enock Mabaso, Zabilon Inama, Gary Bell, Branden Moodley, and Bruce Ndlela.

Australian miners continue in Burkina Faso, despite unrest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th January 2022 Australian companies operating in Burkina Faso are continuing to operate unabated, despite political unrest. Reports have emerged that the military had seized power and had overthrown President Roch Kaboré. 

New high-grade lode discovery at Kibali excites Barrick CEO

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Gold miner Barrick Gold revealed at a media briefing in Kinshasha, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on January 21, that underground drilling at the Kibali gold mine’s KCD orebody was defining a new high-grade lode above the base of the existing shaft infrastructure.  Barrick president... 

A photo of Kibali gold mine
Kibali gold mine in the DRC

Most earthmoving equipment arrives at Tirupati’s Sahamamy plant on schedule

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 In expanding its graphite production operations in Madagascar, specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite reports that most of the new earthmoving equipment for the 18 000 t/y plant at Sahamamy has arrived on schedule, despite logistical challenges imposed by the Covid-19... 

Dominique Sambwa appointed as SRK DRC chairperson

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Mining and mineral exploration consultancy SRK Consulting has appointed geological consultant Dominique Sambwa as chairperson of SRK Consulting Congo, based in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sambwa says an important aspect of his role as chairperson is to promote the... 

SRK Consulting Congo Dominique Sambwa
SRK Consulting Congo Dominique Sambwa

Amec calls for changes to WA border policy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has called on the Western Australian government to develop a plan for reopening the state’s hard borders, after Premier Mark McGowan announced that the opening would be delayed from the February 5 target. While not giving a firm date on... 

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