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West African Industry & Mining

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Ghana subsidiary drives efficiency, sustainability for customers

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2022 Multinational engineering company FLSmidth continues to drive efficiency across the West African mining sector through the value-engineering approach of its Ghana-based subsidiary, with the company in close proximity to customers. The West Africa region is one of the biggest contributors to... 

Pictured is FLSmidth’s Ghana office GM, Joseph Appiah-Kubi
JOSEPH APPIAH-KUBI FLSmidth’s Ghana office helps its customers across the region to drive their success through productivity enhancement

Modular treatment plant ideal for African mines

8th April 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali. The plant incorporates a modular design which simplified... 

A wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, with large blue water tanks and pipe reticulation for the gold mine that uses the water
MODULAR MALI A modular wastewater treatment plant has been designed and commissioned for a gold mine in Mali

Power provider grows West Africa market share

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an increase in modern solutions being delivered to the region,” USP&E Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Johan... 

The sun setting in Mali behind a large generator installation alongside tanks, storage and other structures that comprise a minerals processing plant
WEST IS BEST USP&E says that the West African region currently represents a growing portion of the company's African portfolio

Sustainability a focus as firm deploys energy, water saving products

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2022 Original-equipment manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa is continuing its strong focus on sustainability across its West African operations. With the company’s fully integrated, customer-centric approach, an opportunity arises to further support clients’ sustainability efforts, says Weir Minerals... 

Developer acquires Burkina Faso projects

8th April 2022 UK-based natural resource developer Red Rock Resources in January announced the acquisition of two prospective exploration projects by the Red Rock Group in the prolific Boromo and Banfora greenstone belts of Burkina Faso. The assets are held by Faso Greenstone Resources (FGR), a wholly-owned... 

Burkina Faso landscape with many small artisanal holes dug into the ground with artisinal miners milling around
GOING FOR GOLD The prolific presence of artisanal miners in Boulon, Burkina Faso clearly indicates the presence of gold

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Economic response to Covid discussed

2nd April 2021 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) executive secretary Vera Songwe last month met with African ministers of finance as well as International Monetary Fund (IMF) MD Kristalina Georgieva to discuss the immediate economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic During the virtual meeting,... 

Industry changes support trend towards sustainable mining

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 There have been several changes globally as well as in West Africa’s mining industry, with the industry steadily embracing a more sustainable approach to mining, highlights SRK associate partner principal resource geologist and country manager Ivan Doku.  Previously, mining in the region was... 

EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES 
SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects
EXPLORING NEW OPPORTUNITIES SRK Ghana is at the phase where young engineers will be drawn into multidisciplinary projects

Senegal project presents high-grade results

2nd April 2021 Canadian mineral exploration company Thor Explorations has reported an encouraging set of drill results from the southern Makosa Tail prospect at its Douta project, in Senegal. The Douta gold project has a northeast-trending permit that covers an area of 103 km2 and is located within the Kéniéba... 

Minetec Smart Mining

2nd April 2021 Minetec Smart Mining (Pty) Ltd. is an international information technology company that aims to revolutionize the mining sector by providing smart and comprehensive solutions that optimize management, operation and communication processes. These solutions range from automated resource management... 

Minetec Smart Mining

Company aids West African miners’ Covid-19 response

2nd April 2021 Medical solutions provider Remote Medical International (RMI), which provides preventative and emergent medical services to mining and other industries, is currently aiding mining companies in Ghana and Liberia with their response to Covid-19. RMI Africa sales director Gary Oliver tells Mining... 

‘Smart Mines’ are the future

2nd April 2021 West Africa is one of the fastest growing mining regions on the continent with vast stretches of unexplored land as well as limited technology implementation, which creates many and varied opportunities for companies such as service provider Minetec Smart Mining. Minetec Smart Mining CEO Gurban... 

GURBAN ZEYNALOV
Minetec Smart Mining is looking to expand its geographic footprint by offering its technology solutions to midtier mining companies operating in West Africa
GURBAN ZEYNALOV Minetec Smart Mining is looking to expand its geographic footprint by offering its technology solutions to midtier mining companies operating in West Africa

Investment hindered by illegal mining, other challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 While Ghana has benefited from significant long-term investment, it has also faced significant challenges over the years, the most notable being the significant and justifiable concerns regarding illegal mining operations, as well as regional security and stability, says law firm Beech Veltman... 

WARREN BEECH
West Africa, and its institutions, such as the Economic Community of West African States, will need to continue relying on the cooperative, regional approach that has resulted in substantial benefits
WARREN BEECH West Africa, and its institutions, such as the Economic Community of West African States, will need to continue relying on the cooperative, regional approach that has resulted in substantial benefits

Ghana promotes local content after discovery

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     2nd April 2021 Ghana’s Parliament passed into law the Minerals and Mining Local Content and Local Participation Regulations in December 2020, which is timely following the drive to industrialise the country’s economy and, in particular, explore its bauxite reserves. The regulations set out the levels of local... 

EKUA NEWMAN 
The discovery of abundant reserves of bauxite has attracted interest and the discussion highlights provisions of the regulations that will ensure that the exploration is beneficial to the people of Ghana
EKUA NEWMAN The discovery of abundant reserves of bauxite has attracted interest and the discussion highlights provisions of the regulations that will ensure that the exploration is beneficial to the people of Ghana

Tech advancements will address productivity challanges

2nd April 2021 Although mining terrain, minerals and the earth’s surface materials may remain largely the same for years to come, the development in the technology used to extract these minerals has changed dramatically, notes Australian-based Austin Engineering in a press release last month. The company adds... 

PULLING OUT ALL  THE STOPS The Austin team works closely with steel manufacturers to get optimal performance, both structurally and for its abrasion-resistant properties
PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS The Austin team works closely with steel manufacturers to get optimal performance, both structurally and for its abrasion-resistant properties

Council turns attention to Ghana

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) member companies are increasingly looking outside of the South African market for opportunities, owing to the country’s current economic climate, says SACEEC director and CEO Eric Bruggeman. “South Africa’s market is dead. The local... 

EASY ACCESS 
Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema
EASY ACCESS Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema

Explorer becomes producer after first gold pour

3rd April 2020 Australian, Africa-focused gold miner West African Resources last month announced that its Sanbrado gold project in Burkina Faso had poured its first gold. Said gold bars weighed 23.9 kg and, following the processing of 75 000 t of ore grading 1.5 g/t since the project’s start, the plant... 

THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT 
West African Resources successfully transitioned from an exploration company to a gold producer
THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT West African Resources successfully transitioned from an exploration company to a gold producer

Mine connectivity enabled by wireless

3rd April 2020 Mines face the “unique predicament” of an urgent need to reap the value of well-connected mines, despite their operations perhaps being the “hardest in the world” to reliably connect, says US industrial automation and information technology (IT) provider Rockwell Automation. The multinational has... 

OVERALL COVERAGE
Connected operations and network uptime are now a possibility in mines
OVERALL COVERAGE Connected operations and network uptime are now a possibility in mines

West African commodities not immune to Covid-19 fallout

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd April 2020 With reports of cases of Covid-19 increasing globally, West African commodities are also feeling the negative effects of the pandemic, international commodities consultancy Core Consultants tells Mining Weekly. 

LARA SMITH
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can be seen in the mining industry of West Africa
LARA SMITH The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can be seen in the mining industry of West Africa

OLI South Africa

3rd April 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  OLI has been committed to delivering high-quality... 

OLI South Africa

Bespoke approach required to mitigate African challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd April 2020 Maximising available resources and optimising plant efficiency while minimising environmental impact is just one of the challenges that wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE continues to address.  

WAYNE WARREN 
Sub-Saharan Africa requires an understanding that each country has its unique challenges and advantages
WAYNE WARREN Sub-Saharan Africa requires an understanding that each country has its unique challenges and advantages
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