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Energy specialist encourages mines to consider hybrid energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Electrical energy solutions provider Senergy energy specialist Wilco de Villiers has encouraged miners to consider the value of implementing hybrid energy systems at their operations, as mines cannot function effectively without reliable energy supply. Speaking during this year’s Energy & Mines... 

Sub-zero, high-altitude challenge for Trafo transformer

4th May 2021 Designing a dry-type transformer to function at minus 40⁰C temperatures at an altitude comparable to Everest’s base camp is one of the latest achievements of Johannesburg-based Trafo Power Solutions. Supplying to a gold mine expansion in Kyrgyzstan, the company has provided a 3,000kVA transformer... 

Newly appointed board member Nxumalo shares Exxaro’s climate change vision

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2021 Resources company Exxaro Resources has announced the appointment of Chanda Joanne Nxumalo to the board as independent non-executive director and says she is set to play a key role in the group’s energy growth strategy. Nxumalo is an electrical engineer by training, having also obtained a master's... 

Tlou to start Lesedi Phase 1, receives EIS approval for Boomslang

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy said that, following a recent capital raising, it has the necessary funds in place to start construction on the transmission line for its Lesedi project. It added that the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs had approved the... 

Specialist vehicles to benefit from platinum-based fuel cell electric propulsion, says council

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th April 2021 Sales of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) could reach 4.6-million a year by 2030, especially as the cost of hydrogen starts to fall, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) estimates. In the short to medium term, platinum demand growth is likely to be driven by heavy-duty and... 

Structa Konsult

2nd April 2021 Structa Konsult is a consulting eng-ineering company specialising in the evaluation, design and certification of a range of industrial and civil structures.  Established in 2014, Structa Konsult is a 100% subsidiary of the Structa Group and provides support to the group’s growing range of products.  

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Trafigura CEO expects 10Mt supply deficit in copper market by 2030

By: Reuters     12th March 2021 Global commodities trader Trafigura sees a significant supply deficit in the copper market and a prolonged high-price cycle, its chief executive Jeremy Weir told the Fastmarkets Copper Seminar. "We see a significant deficit, possibly in the region of ten-million tonnes of additional copper is... 

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