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Longest Production Train in the World

11th July 2019 In an unprecedented move, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran a 375 wagon manganese train. The testing of the train took place on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 over a distance of around 861 km, from Sishen to Saldanha. The test train is four (4) kilometres long and will be a production... 

OroTree will not exercise right to acquire ERPM mining infrastructure assets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2019 Dual-listed DRDGold on Wednesday announced that Malaysian exploration company OroTree had elected not to exercise an option to acquire the mining infrastructure assets to access the deep underground ounces of  the East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) gold mine in Boksburg. OroTree, which acquired... 

Massive solar-storage project is planned for the Nevada desert

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 NV Energy, the Nevada utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, agreed to buy power from three massive solar farms equipped with big batteries in the Nevada desert. The projects mark one of the the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the US Combined, they’ll... 

Orla sees Camino Rojo as ‘fantastic’ opportunity

By: Mariaan Webb     26th June 2019 The Camino Rojo oxide project, in Zacatecas, Mexico, is a “fantastic opportunity to develop a quality mine”, TSX-listed Orla CEO Jason Simpson said on Tuesday, announcing the results of the feasibility study for the project that once belonged to Goldcorp. The study, prepared by a team of experts... 

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... 

Northam Breathes New Life Into Eland

26th June 2019 Thumbs-up for Kukama project Northam is pleased to advise its shareholders that mining operations at the Kukama shaft situated at its Eland mine complex will recommence in the new financial year (F2020). 

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... 

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