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Pumps company gears up for refurbishment increases

By: Cameron Mackay     14th June 2019 Pumps refurbishment solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has expanded its premises, in Pretoria, to accommodate a marked influx of refurbishment orders from the mining industry. “While a new pump has a quick turnaround time for buying and selling, refurbishment orders need... 

Coal caps, carbon curbs, fossil fuel funding limits are correct moves in a world beset by growing climate risk

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2019 Earlier this year, Glencore became the first coal-supplying company to cap its coal production. It did so following engagement with the investor signatories of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. As the largest supplier of seaborne coal, it undertook not to produce more than 150-million tonnes of... 

Water Tribunal upholds granting of Yzermyn water licence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2019 The National Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) against the Department of Water and Sanitation granting a water licence to Indian mining company Atha-Africa Ventures for the Yzermyn coal mine development, in Mpumalanga. The CER appeal was... 

Vanggatfontein to ramp up to full output two weeks ahead of schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2019 JSE-listed Wescoal on Wednesday said it had resumed coal mining, handling and processing activities at the Vanggatfontein mine as of May 20 and that the mine was expected to ramp-up to full production in early June – two weeks ahead of schedule. In late April, the coal producer was forced to halt... 

Bushveld's Vametco achieves record monthly production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th May 2019 Diversified miner Bushveld Minerals' Vametco subsidiary produced 270 t of vanadium in March – the highest monthly production rate achieved by the operation in the past 21 months. This achievement comes on the back of improvements in mine production scheduling, vanadium grade in the kiln feed and... 

Upgrades to Khanye colliery complete

By: Cameron Mackay     10th May 2019 Upgrades to private investment company Menar’s rail siding for its Khanye colliery, near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng, are complete. The colliery is the company’s most recent opencast mine brought into full production. The greenfield project included the construction and commissioning of a 400 t/h... 

groundWork opposing Minister’s plan to weaken air pollution standards

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, has launched High Court proceedings against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and President Cyril Ramaphosa and is asking the court to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of... 

India’s Coal Ministry eases coal supply linkage rules for thermal power companies

By: Ajoy K Das     27th March 2019 India’s Coal Ministry has eased rules for thermal power companies allowing them to source coal even without power purchase agreements (PPAs) with electricity distribution companies in place. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the revised rules for sourcing of coal by such power... 

The basics about blasting.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th February 2019 All mining operations requires blasting at one stage or another. Blast hole drilling is used in mining where a hole is drilled into the surface rock, packed with explosives and detonated. The aim of this technique is to induce cracks in the inner geology of the surrounding rock, making deeper... 

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