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Applied Mineral Technologies

16th July 2019 Established in 2001, South African materials handling systems and processing plants construction company Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) has come a long way from being a consultancy to a fully fledged industrial construction company. Amtec specialises in civil, structural, mechanical, piping... 

People are dying from pollution in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 In Pullens Hope, your eyes itch and your nose clogs. It’s easy to figure out why. On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation with a red sign warning of pollutants. On the left, a power plant belches emissions from... 

Mining automation, IIoT, raise cyber risk

26th June 2019 Next-generation automation is a double-edged sword for the mining sector, increasing the risk of cyber-attacks jeopardising safety and revenues, warns GECI South African mining operations are set to embrace next-generation automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems to slash costs... 

Indonesia regulatory changes to bring more uncertainty to coal sector

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Indonesian coal miners said upcoming regulatory changes are putting added pressure on their businesses amid depressed prices and rising competition from other energy sources. The Indonesian government is in the process of amending coal mining rules to enforce implementation of a 2009 mineral law... 

Hastings gets EPA green light for WA rare earth project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2019 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has green-lit the A$427-million Yangibana rare-earths project, being developed by ASX-listed Hastings Technology Metals. The one-million-tonne-a-year operation is expected to produce some 15 000 t/y of mixed rare earths carbonate, and... 

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... 

Rubicon to provide new conceptual mine plan for Phoenix

By: Mariaan Webb     25th June 2019 The Phoenix gold project, once one of the hottest new gold projects in Canada’s Red Lake gold mining district, is set to rise again, CEO George Ogilvie said on Tuesday, announcing that a new conceptual mine plan would be ready in the third quarter. The company previously planned to publish a new... 

Omnia to restructure as it seeks to reduce overextended balance sheet 

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2019 Diversified chemicals group Omnia will, over the next two years, focus on improving the profit margins of its companies’ services and products, ensuring that its assets and investments deliver value, as well as on pursuing international expansion of intellectual property-based businesses that... 

EPA gives thumbs up to new A$1.27bn Fortescue mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2019 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended environmental approval for iron-ore major Fortescue’s Eliwana iron-ore mine, in the Pilbara. The Fortescue board in May last year approved the $1.27-billion Eliwana mine and rail project, which will entail a new... 

Rio and ArcelorMittal tell different sides of iron-ore story

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2019 In the world of metals and mining, sometimes it’s better to sell the raw product rather than the finished one. This seems to be a lesson for investors who chose to hold shares in ArcelorMittal rather than Rio Tinto Group this year. Despite nagging trade tensions and fears about global growth,... 

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