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Uncertain when Milnerton oil refinery will come back on stream ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2020 Astron Energy’s oil refinery in Cape Town, where a fire broke out last month killing two people and injuring seven others, remains closed while a full investigation into the incident is carried out. The former Chevron 100 000 bbl/d Milnerton refinery – which with the Caltex brand now fall under... 

Exploration and mining licence management system supports junior miners in Namibia

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2020 A new exploration and mining licence management system is helping companies operating in Namibia to manage all aspects of mine licences and regulatory requirements. The system allows companies to monitor and manage the licences, as well as receive timely warnings of missing documents or... 

Chile copper output dips in June for first time since coronavirus hit

By: Reuters     31st July 2020 Chile's copper output fell in June for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic landed in the world´s top producer of the red metal, dropping 0.6% to 472 172 t, according to data released on Friday by government statistics agency INE. The South American nation´s manufacturing output,... 

Nolans Major Project status extended

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st July 2020 The Australian government has renewed the Major Project status of the Nolans rare earths project, in the Northern Territory, for a further three years. Project owner Arafura Resource son Friday said that the renewal of the Major Project status coincided with the grant of the Nolans mineral... 

Union raises concerns at Gorgon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd July 2020 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is calling for the shut-down of the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, in Western Australia, claiming reports of ‘massive cracks’ in pressurized propane kettles. The AMWU said in a statement that cracks of up to 1 m long and 30 mm deep... 

Platinum jewellery becoming more attractive as Covid-19 lockdowns ease

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2020 As manufacturers report greater demand volumes and retailers having confirmed a steady increase in business in April and May, platinum marketing organisation the Platinum Guild International (PGI) reports that the Chinese jewellery industry is in the beginning stages of a V-shaped recovery... 

South Africa urged to recycle more of its copper scrap

By: Donna Slater     10th July 2020 Given limited domestic copper production, South Africa should prioritise the recycling of copper scrap to ensure there remains sufficient stock as the economy changes to be more energy efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels, Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) executive chairperson... 

WA flagged as Australia battery destination

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2020 Western Australia has been tipped as the prime location for a battery cathode active material (CAM) manufacturing destination, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, pointed out that Australia currently produced nine of the ten... 

Osborn completes first equipment installation in CIS region

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Osborn has completed an export order to Kyrgyzstan, which extends its reach into the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The equipment supplied by Osborn has been installed at the country’s second-largest gold mine, the Jerooy gold project.  

Pilot Crushtec International partners with Wastech Engineering

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2020 Humanity’s endless drive for technological advancement, and the financial rewards that go with it, have not been too kind on the environment. But Wastech Engineering, based in Hallam, Victoria, has made a name for itself by leading Australia’s push towards a cleaner future while returning... 

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