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Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

26th June 2019 Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

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... 

Cummins Ghana completes Goldfields pump repower project

20th June 2019 Mining site operations are extremely demanding, and dewatering pumps need to run continuously to remove groundwater to ensure non-stop mining. A recent pump repower project in Ghana demonstrated Cummins’ product knowledge and engineering strength to power the success of customers in one of the... 

European lithium projects gain attention amid push toward EVs

By: Reuters     14th June 2019 European lithium projects are making a fresh push for capital, eager to supply the white metal to a burgeoning network of battery manufacturers and electric vehicle makers across the continent, the world's second-largest EV market after China. A regional EV supply chain would help achieve... 

EU: No strategy yet if China halts critical exports in US trade war

By: Reuters     13th June 2019 The European Union on Thursday said it had no clear strategy on how to ensure continued supplies of critical raw materials if China, the world's leading supplier of rare earth minerals, used such exports as leverage in the escalating US-China trade war. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom... 

Saving Earth with electric cars means wrecking a fragile desert

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family’s sheep along... 

Effective fire suppression system proves its worth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 Sandvik ECLIPSE™ Fire Suppression Systems are contributing to an enviable fire safety record at the Ambatovy Nickel Mine in Madagascar, one of the biggest nickel mines in the world. With several mobile machines, as well as other risk areas protected by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

The true cost of downtime in the mining sector and benchmarks for measuring reliability

5th June 2019 The South African mining industry has performed poorly over the past ten years, with its contribution to the national GDP having halved since 1994. Year-on-year production fell by 3,3% in January, according to Statistics South Africa, with downtime, power outages and uncertainty around regulatory... 

Kalahari Energy Botswana awarded preferred bidder status for the construction of a 97MW Coal Bed Methane (CBM) fuelled IPP-owned power station.

4th June 2019 Kalahari Energy Botswana www.keb.co.bw, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Sekaname (Pty) Ltd, has been notified by the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security that it has been awarded Preferred Bidder status for the construction of a CBM-fuelled, IPP-owned power... 

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