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Project Management News

New technologies can make mining safer, sunrise industry – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2019 The utilisation of new technologies could make mining a sunrise industry while simultaneously addressing safety and health issues, Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. Responding to a question by Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel following his keynote... 

Changing mindsets to realise technological benefits in the sector

27th September 2019 With the rapid development of new technology and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is disrupting traditional processes and the way we live and work, data is becoming a hot commodity. The challenge lies not in obtaining the data, but in how to use it to its maximum potential to... 

DENVER DREYER 
It is vital to partner with a service provider that has industry experience as well as the technical expertise
DENVER DREYER It is vital to partner with a service provider that has industry experience as well as the technical expertise

Earthmoving supplier launches new excavator series

27th September 2019 Earth-moving and construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched two new series of excavators from automotive manufacturer Hyundai, namely the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines. Both series are designed for high performance in tough conditions in various... 

SMOOTH OPERATOR 

HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions
SMOOTH OPERATOR HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions

Global OEMs, smart factories drive efficiencies

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with branches in South Africa could assist in pushing the African continent towards the implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) smart factory technologies. This will increase efficiency and energy savings in the materials, bulk handling... 

NEW-GENERATION TRACKING

Digital technology and smart factories will enable clients to track materials such as mined ore that is moved around a factory or mine site
NEW-GENERATION TRACKING Digital technology and smart factories will enable clients to track materials such as mined ore that is moved around a factory or mine site

Anglo’s inclusive procurement programme provides much needed boost

27th September 2019 For six years, a small company in the Northern Cape town of Postmasburg struggled with the typical challenges facing South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises: inconsistent work, poor cash flow, and an inability to plan for growth.  

INCLUSIVITY 
In 2017, Kumba Iron Ore’s inclusive procurement and enterprise development initiatives spent more than R36-billion with small suppliers around its operations
INCLUSIVITY In 2017, Kumba Iron Ore’s inclusive procurement and enterprise development initiatives spent more than R36-billion with small suppliers around its operations

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Business development service provider PentaQuark Energy (PQE) technical head Nicola Kotze tells Mining Weekly that the company’s continued involvement in the successful running of Minerals Council South Africa’s installed and fully operational fuel cell is worth celebrating. “PQE is exceptionally... 

FUELING THE CLOUD
Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough
FUELING THE CLOUD Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough

Bright horizons for investors, Zimbabwe diamond industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     6th September 2019 Russian diamond miner Alrosa says one of the motivations behind signing the $12-million joint venture (JV) agreement with national diamond miner Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) is to develop cooperation between Alrosa and its Zimbabwean partners and increase Alrosa’s presence in... 

MINING EXPLORATION
Russian diamond miner Alrosa aims to develop cooperation with its Zimbabwean partners
MINING EXPLORATION Russian diamond miner Alrosa aims to develop cooperation with its Zimbabwean partners

Recovered grade a key focus for Caledonia

By: Theresa Bhowan     6th September 2019 With the expansion of gold miner Caledonia Mining Corporation’s operations, and its intention to increase its stake at its Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, the company aims to focus on obtaining a higher recovered grade. 

SINKING SUCCESS
Caledonia has completed its shaft sinking project at Blanket’s Central shaft
SINKING SUCCESS Caledonia has completed its shaft sinking project at Blanket’s Central shaft

Company acquires environmental licences for lithium plant

6th September 2019 Brazil-based lithium miner Sigma Lithium Resources has acquired the necessary environmental licences for the construction (LP) and installation (LI) of its lithium commercial production plant from Minas Gerais environmental authority the Council of Environmental Policy (Copam) in Brazil. Copam... 

CLEAN PROCESSING
The plant will use dry stacking technology to manage tailings, recycle about 90% of its water use, and will use energy from a hydroelectric plant
CLEAN PROCESSING The plant will use dry stacking technology to manage tailings, recycle about 90% of its water use, and will use energy from a hydroelectric plant

Company’s demolition processes ideal for mining furnace projects

By: Cameron Mackay     6th September 2019 The specialised demolition services of demolition contractor Jet Demolition are ideally suited to the distinctive challenges of any furnace demolition, particularly those in mining operations, owing to the specialised machines and equipment modified to work in such a confined space, says Jet... 

INTEGRATED SAFETY MEASURES

Furnace shutdowns require working under extreme conditions, which makes it important that teams are well rested, disciplined and experienced
INTEGRATED SAFETY MEASURES Furnace shutdowns require working under extreme conditions, which makes it important that teams are well rested, disciplined and experienced

Filter press launched for mining industry

6th September 2019 Mining processing equipment provider Outotec has launched the new Outotec FP-S filter press, which is ideal for standard filtration applications, particularly when there is a need for short delivery lead-time and a safe, reliable operation. The filter press offers efficient solid-liquid... 

FLEXIBILITY WITH ACCESSORIES

The modular design of the Outotec FP-S filter press allows it to be configured with optional accessories to meet the requirements in standard filtration applications
FLEXIBILITY WITH ACCESSORIES The modular design of the Outotec FP-S filter press allows it to be configured with optional accessories to meet the requirements in standard filtration applications

Gold miner to expand ore processing in Senegal

6th September 2019 Canadian gold production company Dynacor Gold Mines has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with mining equipment provider KN Equipments and wealth fund the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Invesments (FONSIS) to begin the process of strategically expanding Dynacor’s business globally... 

MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND

As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service

Hybrid energy project achieves targets ahead of schedule

By: Halima Frost     30th August 2019 One of the largest solar-battery-diesel hybrid systems globally – Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa hybrid project, in Western Australia - has achieved its yearly generation targets one month ahead of schedule. The project, at copper miner Sandfire’s DeGrussa copper mine, is wind and solar energy... 

POWER RANGER
The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements
POWER RANGER The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements

Industry reticent on software asset management tools

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Despite an uptick in the use of software asset management tools by mining houses over the past few years, there still seems to be a reluctance to adopt the technology, says software solutions provider Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van Loggerenberg. As the mining industry moves... 

MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG
Mines should manage their software assets like they manage any other physical assets
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG Mines should manage their software assets like they manage any other physical assets

New drone technology allows for greater accuracy

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 A three-dimensional (3D) photogrammetry mapping solution called SmartMine – driven by multirotor post-processed kinematic (PPK) drone technology – was launched last month by drone mapping and surveying company Rocketmine. The SmartMine solution allows for greater accuracy, as well as the daily... 

HIGH TECH
Multi-rotor PPK-enabled drones provide greater accuracy
HIGH TECH Multi-rotor PPK-enabled drones provide greater accuracy

New mobile scanner allows for rapid on-foot mapping

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 Surveying equipment distributor Autobuild Africa launched a new mobile scanner – the Heron Lite – at the SA Geotech 2019 conference, in Kempton Park, last month. The device was developed by survey technology company Gexcel as part of its Heron range of wearable mobile mapping products. 

A FEAST FOR THE SENSORS
The Heron Lite enables easy and accurate on-foot mapping
A FEAST FOR THE SENSORS The Heron Lite enables easy and accurate on-foot mapping

Construction, investments progress at Kamoa-Kakula

16th August 2019 Significant progress is being made in the construction of the Kakula copper mine – the Stage 1, six-million-ton-a-year operation – on the tier-one Kamoa-Kakula project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Canadian mining company Ivanhoe Mines co-chairpersons Robert Friedland... 

Industry slump makes technology improvements essential

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 An international slowdown in the mining industry over the past few years has led to a more pressing need for technology improvements, says bearings and transmissions products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “The mining industry is at a point... 

SHAUN COMBRINCK
An uptick in gold prices might mean more business from the gold sector soon
SHAUN COMBRINCK An uptick in gold prices might mean more business from the gold sector soon

Da Vinci model required for mining in Industry 4.0 – Cawood

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 The global push for ever-increasing technological advancement in the mining industry means that it needs to readdress the way it builds and sources competencies, with a focus on breaking down skills silos to create more multidisciplined professionals, according to Wits Mining Institute director... 

FRED CAWOOD
Sensors will take our jobs if we don’t stay relevant
FRED CAWOOD Sensors will take our jobs if we don’t stay relevant

Airborne tech allows for deep geological exploration in Australia

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 Continuous development and improvement in airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air’s geophysical survey technology makes the company’s SPECTREM plus system platform ideal for exploration and mapping of deep geology in difficult conditions in Australia, says Spectrem Air GM Louis... 

SOARING AMBITIONS

Spectrem Air will keep the SPECTREM plus system in Africa for about two years, but will most likely return to Australia to meet the demand for airborne geophysics
SOARING AMBITIONS Spectrem Air will keep the SPECTREM plus system in Africa for about two years, but will most likely return to Australia to meet the demand for airborne geophysics

Australian miner receives funding for Guinea bauxite drilling programme

9th August 2019 Australian mineral exploration company Lindian Resources has received binding commitments in a placement to investors to raise up to $1.3-million for the company’s inaugural drilling programme at the Gaoual bauxite project, in Guinea. The $1.3-million raised, which includes $200 000 from Lindian... 

EAGER TO DRILL

With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible
Photo by Bloomberg
EAGER TO DRILL With Lindian Resources now funded for the Gaoual drilling programme, the company is looking forward to drilling as soon as possible

Australian mining, automation important for company’s growth

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 The strong and sustainable state of the Australian mining market, as well as the increasing prevalence of automation in mining operations and processes, is contributing to consistent business and involvement for global mining technology and workforce optimisation firm Immersive Technologies.... 

IDEAL MINING MARKET

During positive market conditions, Immersive Technologies will mostly receive requests focusing on pre-screening, accelerated onboarding and cross training
IDEAL MINING MARKET During positive market conditions, Immersive Technologies will mostly receive requests focusing on pre-screening, accelerated onboarding and cross training

Australian presence in Africa allows company to strengthen footprint

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 The strong presence of Australian mining companies active in Africa has enabled power generation equipment manufacturer and energy services provider HIMOINSA to strengthen its focus on the African mining sector. “Australian companies have been active on the continent, but we’re seeing a strong... 

 HYBRID GRIDS

Hybrid off-grid systems are becoming more common in Australia, particularly in the mining sector, which HIMOINSA aims to replicate in Africa
HYBRID GRIDS Hybrid off-grid systems are becoming more common in Australia, particularly in the mining sector, which HIMOINSA aims to replicate in Africa

Coal miner improves exploration capability with Geobank system

9th August 2019 Mining software solutions provider MICROMINE’s geological data management system, Geobank, has increased its presence in Australia’s coal mining sector by securing a contract with Australian coal miner Whitehaven Coal. This contract comes as global demand for Australian coal continues to increase. 

CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTIONS

Geobank has been modified to suit Whitehaven’s work flow requirements, providing them with functionality designed for mining and exploration needs
CUSTOMISABLE SOLUTIONS Geobank has been modified to suit Whitehaven’s work flow requirements, providing them with functionality designed for mining and exploration needs

Exploration company seeks to develop heavy mineral sands portfolio

9th August 2019 Owing to strong prices for mineral sands, Australian exploration company Broken Hill Prospecting has been actively promoting and seeking partners to assist in the development of the company’s Murray basin heavy mineral sands (HMS) portfolio. The company has secured extensive tenements in the last... 

HMS PRIORITISATION
Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio
HMS PRIORITISATION Broken Hill Prospecting has identified a number of targets as priorities for drilling to develop the company’s Murray Basin Heavy Mineral Sands portfolio

Further gold mineralisation confirmed at Australian gold mine

9th August 2019 London-based precious and base metals exploration and development company Greatland Gold confirms the presence of mineralisation over several kilometres of strike at the company’s fully owned Panorama gold project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Field reconnaissance activities, which... 

Gruyere gold project delivers first gold pour

9th August 2019 Australian gold miner Gold Road Resources’ Gruyere gold project in the eastern Yilgran in Western Australia delivered its first gold pour from the carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuit in the June quarter of this year, containing 1 138 oz of gold. This milestone, which was achieved safely and in line... 

READY, SET, GOLD

Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter
Photo by Reuters
READY, SET, GOLD Gold Road Resources' focus now turns to commissioning of the final components of the gold process plant, which is expected to be in the September quarter

Infill drilling confirms resource robustness

9th August 2019 Gold-focused exploration and development company Cardinal Resources’ close spaced infill drill pattern has showed the continued presence of mineralised zones within the infill drilling area of the company’s flagship Namdini gold project, in Ghana. The positive results were from the selected area... 

CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING DRILLING
The infill drill programme displays the robust nature of Cardinal Resources' current mineral resource and also supports the company’s project finance plans
Photo by Bloomberg
CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING DRILLING The infill drill programme displays the robust nature of Cardinal Resources' current mineral resource and also supports the company’s project finance plans

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer

9th August 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pumps Industries highlights industry experts’ recommendations that heavy duty wet prime trash pumps be used in the transfer of site tailings water, silt, as well as slurries. This is owing to the pumps’ wide open impellers, non-clog design, and suitability... 

FIRE FIGHTING BOSS 

Aussie’s Pumps' new Mine Boss version of the Fire Chief fire fighting pump is vital for mine sites where combustion hazards occur
FIRE FIGHTING BOSS Aussie’s Pumps' new Mine Boss version of the Fire Chief fire fighting pump is vital for mine sites where combustion hazards occur

Plant expansions, investment drive mine growth

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mozambique-focused titanium minerals producer Kenmare Resources plc has invested in three internal growth projects for its Moma mine, the world’s largest titanium minerals deposit, in order to increase its annual ilmenite production by approximately 20%. The miner benefits from relatively fixed... 

HARD AT WORK
The processing capacity of WCP B has been increased by 20%
HARD AT WORK The processing capacity of WCP B has been increased by 20%

Bolting solutions include tensioning tools for mining applications

19th July 2019 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include hydraulic equipment supplier Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioning tools, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is... 

OPERATOR DIFFICULTIES

Owing to friction, tightening a bolt with traditional torque methods can be difficult for the operator to achieve the correct bolt elongation
OPERATOR DIFFICULTIES Owing to friction, tightening a bolt with traditional torque methods can be difficult for the operator to achieve the correct bolt elongation

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

OPERATING WITH EASE

With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Hydraulic telematics, tracking tech optimises equipment, jobsites

19th July 2019 Construction equipment supplier Doosan South Africa’s new advanced telematics and tracking technology, referred to as Doosan Connect, is designed to make equipment and jobsites more efficient, economic and convenient, says DISA Equipment Doosan South Africa MD Darrel Holton.   Doosan is part of... 

OPTIMISED EXCAVATING
The Doosan DX300LCA hydraulic excavator machines have advanced features for high productivity, improved operator comfort, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance requirements
OPTIMISED EXCAVATING The Doosan DX300LCA hydraulic excavator machines have advanced features for high productivity, improved operator comfort, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance requirements

Drill attachment provides opportunities in underground

By: Cameron Mackay     19th July 2019 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk, in collaboration with construction equipment supplier TEI Rock Drills, has introduced the new MMB326 hydraulic drifter rock drill attachment, which can be used for drilling and blasting applications in mining operations. Using this drill... 

EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION

The MMB326 pairs with the Brokk 300 and allows for drilling multiple hole sizes of up to 3 inches in concrete, rock and compact soil
EXPLOSIVE COMBINATION The MMB326 pairs with the Brokk 300 and allows for drilling multiple hole sizes of up to 3 inches in concrete, rock and compact soil

Economy challenges construction equipment industry

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 The local construction and mining equipment industry is facing a number of challenges, owing to economic changes, a lack of projects and a downsizing of construction companies because of disinvestment, says industry body the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Armadale to publish graphite project resource update

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     12th July 2019 Mining investment company Armadale Capital has been fast-tracking work on the graphite resource update to be published this month for its Mahenge Liandu project, in south-east Tanzania, says Armadale technical director Matt Bull. The project is one of the highest-grade, large-flake deposits... 

MATT BULL
We believe that the project is a significant, high-quality project and would like to get it towards producing in the short to medium term
MATT BULL We believe that the project is a significant, high-quality project and would like to get it towards producing in the short to medium term

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Metso’s acquisition of Chilean mining engineering and construction company HighService Corp’s service division will enable Metso to grow further in the mining sector in Chile and the South American region, says Metso Pacific Rim market area senior VP... 

EXPANDED OFFERING
The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy
EXPANDED OFFERING The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy
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