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Project Management News

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... 

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-Rajah     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-Rajah     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

Company receives exploration permit for Brazil gold project

5th July 2019 Brazilian mining company Jupiter Gold received the exploration permit from the local mining department in Brazil for each of the three mineral rights that encompass its Serrita gold project. The Serrita project covers around 5 500 ha and is located in the state of Pernambuco, in the north-eastern... 

ROYALTY REVENUE Jupiter Gold will be receiving 50% of the gold revenues from the Pindaíba project, its first royalty project later this year
Photo by Bloomberg
ROYALTY REVENUE Jupiter Gold will be receiving 50% of the gold revenues from the Pindaíba project, its first royalty project later this year

South American mining holds promise despite challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Investment in mining projects in South America is expected to continue, despite political and infrastructural challenges in key mining country economies, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Vast natural resources and relatively low labour costs make the... 

LARA SMITH

Core Consultants is aware of a number of investors who have chosen to invest solely in South America, particularly in gold and lithium assets
LARA SMITH Core Consultants is aware of a number of investors who have chosen to invest solely in South America, particularly in gold and lithium assets

Strategies, trials boost provider’s presence

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining explosives solutions provider AEL Intelligent Blasting acquired full ownership of Brazilian explosives company Dinacon in April this year as part of its international expansion strategy, which will give the company an increased presence in South America. The acquisition includes a bulk... 

LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION
The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market
LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

Company creates new opportunities, targets new regions

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Water pump manufacturer and supplier Donnlee Pump Tech has increased its service offering to supply pumps and pump services to the copper fields in Zambia, as well as parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   “We are targeting every mine, and are manufacturing and supplying a greater... 

MULTISTAGE PUMPS

Donnlee Pump Tech has exclusively focused on the supply and reconditioning of a range of multistage dewatering centrifugal pumps to the mining industry
MULTISTAGE PUMPS Donnlee Pump Tech has exclusively focused on the supply and reconditioning of a range of multistage dewatering centrifugal pumps to the mining industry

Zambia mine’s pump motors rehabilitated

14th June 2019 Electromechanical services provider Marthinusen & Coutts’ Cleveland Engineering Services Division, a division of electromechanical equipment company ACTOM, has teamed up with the Marthinusen & Coutts Kitwe repair and manufacturing facility, in Zambia, to rehabilitate medium voltage pump motors in... 

ON SITE 
Marthinusen & Coutts technical personnel inspecting oil levels on a 3300 kW pump motor
ON SITE Marthinusen & Coutts technical personnel inspecting oil levels on a 3300 kW pump motor

Process water pumps supplied to Chile copper mine

14th June 2019 Motor pumps manufacturer Pleuger Industries has supplied six high-performance process water pumps to the Chilean Collahuasi copper mine in the Pica district of the Tarapaca region. The mine relies on a flotation process, for which Pleuger will supply the six tailormade pump units for the... 

ACCEPTANCE UNDERTAKING The acceptance trials of the six pumps, for which the mine’s technical management, together with pumps distributor Wellford, travelled from Chile to Hamburg, in Germany, took a week
ACCEPTANCE UNDERTAKING The acceptance trials of the six pumps, for which the mine’s technical management, together with pumps distributor Wellford, travelled from Chile to Hamburg, in Germany, took a week

New techniques can yield optimum results, savings

14th June 2019 Using novel techniques, during the extraction and concentration phases of mined ore,  which focus on the efficiency and the associated operational costs, will yield optimum results for the miner, says pumps manufacturer and supplier Verder Pumps MD Darryl Macdougall. For instance, emerging... 

Digital transformation in mining, metals sector poised to generate $425bn over next ten years

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 Mining is transforming rapidly worldwide and becoming more automated, with the mining automation market expected to be worth $3.29-billion by 2023. Digital transformation initiatives in the mining and metals industry could generate $425-billion over the next ten years. The mining companies that... 

ITUMELENG MUKHOVHA
Mining companies are increasing the use of automation, robots and operational software to overcome stagnant growth
ITUMELENG MUKHOVHA Mining companies are increasing the use of automation, robots and operational software to overcome stagnant growth

Capital efficiency approach leverage for junior miners

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Project solutions and engineering provider Wood PLC looks forward to participating in positive investment trends in the local junior mining sector, with the company’s capital efficiency approach designed to assist junior miners in leveraging their limited resources. The approach consists of a... 

Demand for ICT services from juniors on the rise

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 As there is a new wave of junior miners being established in Africa, this brings with it a significant demand for information and communications technology (ICT) services. Information technology, consulting and business processes services supplier Wipro has been engaging continually with clients... 

MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG 
It is important that junior miners deploy ICT providers who have sufficient mining experience
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG It is important that junior miners deploy ICT providers who have sufficient mining experience

Joint development for Madaouela uranium project

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Canadian mineral resources company GoviEx and the government of Niger have agreed on a framework to jointly develop GoviEx’s flagship Madaouela uranium project. The project is situated 9 km south-east of the mining town of Arlit, in the Agadez region. The Madaouela project tenement land surface... 

GAINING TRACTION
Uranium continues to offer value and gain traction in certain regions
GAINING TRACTION Uranium continues to offer value and gain traction in certain regions

Debswana awards mining contract, starts Cut-9 project

24th May 2019 Debswana Diamond Company (Debswana) has awarded a local contract to Majwe Mining, a joint venture (JV) between Bothakga Burrow Botswana and mining services provider Thiess Botswana, to provide diamond mining services to Debswana’s Cut-9 project at the Jwaneng diamond mine. The value of the... 

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
With global consumer demand for diamonds reaching record levels in 2018, the extension will enable Debswana to continue to meet the needs of consumers
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS With global consumer demand for diamonds reaching record levels in 2018, the extension will enable Debswana to continue to meet the needs of consumers

Data collection, investment to boost exploration projects in Botswana

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 With the Kalahari copperbelt being underexplored and the advancement of better processing and higher-resolution data collection tools, numerous explorers are increasingly collecting data in Botswana to use for new exploration and increase current exploration in the region. The Kalahari copperbelt... 

Solid support for mining entrepreneurs

24th May 2019 Project delivery company Worley is leading the way in mining technology in southern Africa with swift technological advancements that match the requirements of a new digital age. The global professional services provider is uniquely positioned to assist junior miners in creating cost-effective,... 

Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer
Worley MM&M senior VP for the EMEA region Denver Dreyer
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