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Potash News

Time to get PDS-ready is now

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 As of June, all new original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) trackless mobile machines (TMMs) bought by mining houses need to be proximity detection system- (PDS-) ready. 

Legislation plays ‘big role’ in uptake of healthcare services 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 In many countries, health and safety legislation is either nonexistent or not effectively enforced and, therefore, greatly influences the number of mining-related work opportunities available for healthcare service providers, such as International SOS in Midrand, South Africa 

Legislation plays  ‘big role’ in uptake  of healthcare services
International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg speaks about 'Duty of Care' and the company's services and products. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 Testing backed up by educational programmes is a tried and tested method, proven to reduce alcohol-related incidents, drive down absenteeism and improve overall productivity in the mining sector, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans tells Mining Weekly. 

Alcohol testing, education longterm solution to abuse
EFFECTIVE TESTING Testing needs to be carried out every single day as part of the mine’s standard health and safety policy to be effective

Danakali finds funding for Colluli

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th May 2017 Potash developer Danakali will raise some A$12.25-million through a share placement to sophisticated and institutional investors in the UK and Australia. The company told shareholders that some 20-million new shares will be issued at a price of 62c each, representing a 7.4% discount to the... 

Down 2.1% last week, IHS Materials Price Index tracks lower for third week

By: Henry Lazenby     12th May 2017 Lacklustre Chinese manufacturing data, coupled with moves by regulators to crack down on risky investments, is fuelling concern that Chinese demand growth is set to decelerate and that it had pushed down commodity prices over the last three weeks, market intelligence firm IHS Markit said in a... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 In the face of numerous technical challenges, as well as the overall drive to reduce mining costs and improve efficiency amid commodity price volatility, miners globally can no longer afford to operate without using modern analytical, modelling, simulation and optimisation software, says mining... 

Mine planning software a must for modern miners
BOOSTING DEVELOPMENT MICROMINE’s fleet management and mine control solution, Pitram, is assisting Mongolian copper and gold mine Oyu Tolgoi to restart its underground development

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered
NEW FRONTIERS The I-Site XR3 laser scanner allows for greater coverage with fewer scans, allowing for the surveying of otherwise out-of-range areas on mine sites

Improved geology function advances mine planning

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Adding the GeoLogic software solution to the MineSight mine planning suite provides geologists with smart, time-saving modelling and allows for a reproducible, auditable geological model that can be quickly updated with new information, says mining technology developer Hexagon Mining. 

Improved geology function advances mine planning
BETTER VISUALISATION GeoLogic helps geologists build complex shapes, using mathematical algorithms to create a surface or a solid from drillhole data

Dust regulations hinder productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Regulations implemented by governmental authorities, including municipalities, and environmental bodies, are impacting significantly on productivity in the global mining industry at a time when opencast operations are running tight margins, says Johannesburg-based mining equipment manufacturer... 

Dust regulations  hinder productivity
IDEAL SOLUTION The T1255III Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine is ideal for use in surface mine applications with drill-and-blast restrictions

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 By loading, transporting and offloading draglines for opencast mining clients in one piece, global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet is driving project feasibility by saving its clients time and money. 

Opencast mine equipment relocation method saves costs, time
ADDITIONAL SERVICES Mammoet is also capable of moving rock trucks and hydraulic shovels

More technical skills needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 Without more technical skills, the future of the Southern African mining industry cannot be secured, says Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Cuthbert Musingwini. Skills development will, therefore, be included on the agenda at this year’s SAIMM Mine Planning... 

More technical skills needed
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Mines are required to continuously innovate how they plan and operate their production systems

Colluli gets extra output at no cost

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2017 Potash developer Danakali has added a further 47 000 t/y of potash of sulphate output capacity at its Colluli project, in Eritrea, after a systematic debottlenecking of the processing plant configuration. The ASX-listed company this week stated that the expected additional capacity had been... 

K+S officially opens $4.6bn Saskatchewan mine, renames it ‘Bethune’

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd May 2017 Germany's K+S Potash Canada has opened its $4.6-billion new Legacy potash mine, in Saskatchewan, marking the handover of the mine to the operations team. The company stated on Tuesday that the five-year construction phase was successfully completed and the first tonne of marketable potash was... 

K+S officially opens $4.6bn Saskatchewan mine, renames it ‘Bethune’

Agrium swings to Q1 loss on higher costs, lower phosphate prices

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd May 2017 Higher natural gas prices and lower phosphate prices have driven Calgary-based Agrium to a smaller-than-expected first-quarter loss. The owner of the largest farming input retail distribution network in North America, which is in the process of merging with Canadian counterpart Potash Corporation... 

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth

By: Nadine James     28th April 2017 The consulting engineering industry’s sustainability and growth are largely dependent on and proportional to the mining industry’s sustainability and growth respectively, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa). Cesa CEO Christopher Campbell notes that the success or decline... 

Consulting engineering’s viability proportional to mining’s growth
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL The current impasse between South Africa’s government and its mining industry needs to be resolved

Optimisation tools up probability of success

28th April 2017 In today’s world of constrained capital, engineering, procurement and construction consultant WorleyParsons notes that clients in the mining sector are seeking ways to improve returns while reducing their exposure to risk, particularly those companies who need to make strategic decisions on... 

Optimisation tools up probability of success
AIDING DEVELOPMENT Advisian acts as lenders’ independent technical and environmental adviser for nonrecourse project finance, export credit agency finance and structured trade commodity finance

PotashCorp Q1 earnings rise as it lifts outlook on improving crop nutrient fundamentals

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2017 The world’s largest crop nutrient company Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan surprised investors with a bigger-than-expected first-quarter profit Thursday and increased its full-year earnings guidance, underpinned by increased sales and lower costs. PotashCorp Potash reported earnings of... 

PotashCorp Q1 earnings rise as it lifts outlook on improving crop nutrient fundamentals
Photo by Reuters
Increased output from PotashCorp’s lower-cost mines – including Rocanville – resulted in average manufactured cost of goods sold for the quarter of $90/t, down from $128/t in the same period last year

Agrium completes commissioning of $720m Borger urea plant, Texas

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 TSX- and NYSE-listed Agrium has commissioned its new urea plant at the Borger Nitrogen Operations facility, in Texas, having completed its first run of urea production – widely used in fertilisers as a source of nitrogen. The Calgary-based company, which controls the largest retail distribution... 

Encanto incorporates trading company to market Muskowekwan crop nutrients

By: Henry Lazenby     31st March 2017 Potash project developer Encanto Potash has incorporated a new subsidiary, Encanto Potash Trading Company, through which it will trade potash sourced from producing properties that are currently underutilised, alongside the concurrent development of the reserves located on the Muskowekwan First... 

Mining showing tentative improvement off low base – chamber

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The fourth quarter mining financial statistics data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) confirm the tentative improvement in the sector’s financial conditions during 2016, but off a very low 2015 base and with huge swings in performance. In 2016 rand terms, mining’s profits before... 

Mining showing tentative improvement off low base – chamber
Photo by Duane Daws
Chamber of Mines economist Henk Langenhoven

Lake Wells proves economic – Australian Potash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2017 A scoping study into the Lake Wells potash project, in Western Australia, has confirmed project economics, owner Australian Potash said. The scoping study considered the development of a two-staged operation, with Stage 1 producing some 150 000 t/y sulphate of potash (SoP). Stage 2 will see... 

BC Iron completes first stage of potash earn-in

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2017 ASX-listed BC Iron has completed the first stage of its earn-in into the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia. The junior on Wednesday said it had earned a 15% interest in the project by contributing A$500 000 and its mobile exploration camp facilities to the joint venture (JV). 

Circum awarded Ethiopian potash mining licence

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 London-based potash project developer Circum Minerals has secured a mining licence for its Danakil potash project. The licence was approved by the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and gives Circum exclusive access over the 4.9-billion-tonne Canadian National... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

Certification grows company’s sales, ups market share

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa (S&L SA) has grown its market share in South Africa after receiving South African National Standards (SANS) certification for its RSV gate valves, reporting a 40% increase in SANS-approved valve sales since receiving certification last year. 

Certification grows  company’s sales,  ups market share
SERVICE DELIVERY Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers

African mining delegation closes TSX

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 An African mining delegation, comprising government officials and mining companies, rang the closing afternoon bell of the TSX on Wednesday afternoon during the yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada international convention. The delegations joined TMX Group global equity markets... 

African mining delegation closes TSX

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 Capital for development ebbs and flows with global economic cycles, pushing to the fore the need for long-term regulatory security when it comes to multinational miners developing projects in Africa, said Ashanti Gold CEO and director Tim McCutcheon during a panel discussion on Africa’s mining... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 The main goal of the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba was to help position businesses in industry to take advantage of the expected market upturn by securing investor support, event organiser Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose tells Mining Weekly. 

Facilitating investor support ahead of upturn in cautious market
HEART OF DEALMAKING The Investing in African Mining Indaba provides a platform for mining companies to communicate their objectives with investors

Water resources under increasing pressure, bad news for mining

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Global water resources are being placed under increasing pressure, driven by factors like climate change and population growth, and mines risk having ‘stranded assets’ that cannot be developed without water, despite concerted corporate action and technological improvements. 

Water resources under increasing pressure,  bad news for mining
CLEMENCE MCNULTY Water is becoming a critical constraint to mine and socioeconomic development

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Cost containment is one of the key drivers for mining companies in the current economic climate, causing medical and healthcare services to become reactive purchases, according to medical and healthcare service provider International SOS medical director Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, who spoke to... 

Proactive healthcare can yield a return on investment for miners
NOT GRUDGE PURCHASE There are tangible benefits in investing in a healthcare strategy

Drilling services provider declares Indaba ‘great success’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 The 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba was a “great success” for drilling services and equipment, including for performance tooling provider Boart Longyear, as it secured deals and has several prospective projects to follow up on, says general sales manager Andre van Heerden. 

Drilling services  provider declares  Indaba ‘great success’
TRUCORE The core-orienation tool is easy-to-use, highly accurate and features wireless communication, a corrosion-resistant steel body and a field-replaceable battery

Tough times call for cost-saving measures

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd March 2017 Mining in South Africa is tougher and costlier than ever, with investment flowing out of the country, instead of into the industry, says transport, industrial and heating fuel provider Shell South Africa commercial lubricants business-to-business marketing manager Tendani Ndwamise. 

Tough times call for cost-saving measures
INCREASING COMPLEXITY Heavy-duty machinery and equipment in the mining sector are becoming more complex and require the highest levels of professionalism from operators and servicing technicians

Muskowekwan First Nation inks tripartite accord with Encanto, government

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 The Muskowekwan First Nation of Saskatchewan has signed an agreement with junior project developer Encanto Potash, as well as the provincial and federal governments, that will pave the way for the construction of Encanto's proposed potash mine on the reserve located northeast of Regina. The... 

BC Iron moves into potash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st March 2017 Junior iron-ore company BC Iron has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with fellow-listed Kalium Lakes over the Carnegie potash project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, BC Iron could earn a 50% interest in the Carnegie project by predominantly sole funding... 

BHP says `bloody awful' trade pledges threaten Trump's pump

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2017 The head of the world’s biggest mining company intensified his warnings that US trade protectionism under President Donald Trump would threaten global growth and the fight against poverty. While applauding efforts by the administration to boost US growth and infrastructure spending, BHP Billiton... 

Rapid energy access needed in Southern Africa

24th February 2017 The rebound in commodity prices should usher in new projects as well as the expansion of existing operations in Southern Africa’s mining industry, but the region, counteractively, has an insufficient power supply, says fast-track mobile turbine power provider APR Energy regional sales director... 

MAC laments Canada’s declining mining competitiveness

By: Henry Lazenby     17th February 2017 Canada's mining competitiveness is declining, while exploration and mining investment dollars are flowing offshore, a new report by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has found. “Very simply, Canada is not as attractive as it used to be for mineral investment and competition for those dollars... 

MAC laments Canada’s declining mining competitiveness
Photo by Agnico Eagle Mines
Agnico Eagle's Meadowbank mine, Nunavut

Group to split to improve customer focus

17th February 2017 Swedish sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco will create a new company focused on mining and civil engineering, should it receive backing at its annual general meeting in April. 

Group to split to improve customer focus
STREGTHENING FOCUS Mining and Rock Excavation Technique and Construction Tools are expected to benefit from a more focused management responsibility

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