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South Africa remains a leader in the evolution of cooling in underground mining
9th May 2022

By Russell Hattingh, MD of BBE Consulting, and Steven Bluhm, founding member of the BBE Group Along with ventilation, mine cooling is an integral part of any mining operation, as it is central to... 

Chile's parched mines race for an increasingly scarce commodity: water
6th May 2022 By: Reuters

 A record-breaking drought in Chile is impacting mining operations and forcing companies to escalate their search for more sources of water, from water treatment and pricey desalination plants to... 

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Underground surveying critical in mining
6th May 2022

Specialist utility services company Bosch Munitech provides specialist utility services that include underground utility detection (UUD) which is essential for providing accurate information on... 

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Africa House notes investment potential in Uganda, Guinea projects
13th April 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research and consulting company Africa House will from May 15 to 20 host a delegation of investors and business leaders in Uganda to better understand the opportunities for investment and the... 

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Zero Carbon lithium project, Germany – update
8th April 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Vulcan Energy Resources has signed its first geothermal energy offtake agreement at its Zero Carbon lithium project. 

Vulcan signs first geothermal agreement at German lithium project
6th April 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Vulcan Energy Resources has signed its first geothermal energy offtake agreement at its Zero Carbon lithium project, in Germany. The company aims to produce both renewable geothermal... 

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Expansion secures company’s position in growing market
1st April 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

With the global increase in the demand for dissolving pulp, paper and pulp company Sappi’s current business strategy for local growth is focused on the R7.7-billion expansion project at its Saiccor... 

Miners gather in copper capital facing ‘another world’ of tumult
29th March 2022 By: Bloomberg

The last time the copper industry gathered in Santiago, prices were below $3/lb amid concerns over a slowdown in Chinese demand, and there was little talk of supply-chain woes or inflation. Now... 

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Vesconite pump parts decrease lead leaching
25th March 2022

As part of its drive to be part of a global programme to reduce lead exposure from drinking water, polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings produces products resistant to... 

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Pumps range being tested on grey water system
25th March 2022 By: Halima Frost

Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home,... 

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Maintenance can reduce water pollution
18th March 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

The “callous waste and pollution of water” should be given more attention, and the necessary steps to prevent that, such as the maintenance of pipelines, should be prioritised, says Southern... 

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Inspections, solutions specialist expands in water sector
18th March 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

Material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial has expanded its services to the water industry. The company saw a need for its non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection... 

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Brazilian mine benefits from cooling system installation
18th March 2022 By: Halima Frost

Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultant BBE Group has successfully completed the installation of a ventilation and cooling system at the Caraíba mine in the Curaçá river... 

You think Load shedding is bad – Water shedding is far worse
17th March 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Someone once said: “One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.” This is particularly true in times when things do not go according to plan. A case in point is the COVID-19 pandemic.... 

Ventilation becomes a key consideration when transitioning from open-cast to underground mining
8th March 2022

By Wynand Marx, CEO of BBE Group While both underground and open-cast mining are common around the world, some open-cast mines transition to underground operations, hence the upper part of the ore... 

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PVC recycling on the rise
4th March 2022 By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah

With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to... 

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Labelling a necessity to identify steel products
4th March 2022

Labelling or identifying steel products is an absolute necessity in today's global steel market owing to the fact that the tracking of steel has posed problems in the past as a result of the many... 

Merlin diamond project, Australia
Merlin diamond project, Australia
25th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

A scoping study has shown robust economics for a long-life mine development using conventional openpit and vertical pit mining techniques. 

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Kamoa-Kakula copper project, Democratic Republic of Congo – update
25th February 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

A debottlenecking plan for the project has been approved by Ivanhoe Mines' board. 

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Kamoa-Kakula Phase 1 and 2 de-bottlenecking plans approved
22nd February 2022 By: Donna Slater

A de-bottlenecking plan for TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines’ 39.6%-owned Kamoa-Kakula project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been approved by Ivanhoe’s board and will increase the combined... 

Company supplies HDPE pipes for new road in Ogiek
28th January 2022

The construction of the new road near Ogiek Secondary School, which is nearly complete, is set to transform the Ogiek community in Njoro, Nakuru County in Kenya by giving them easier access to... 

Lucapa completes Merlin buy
13th December 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has completed the A$8.5-million acquisition of the Merlin diamond project, in the Northern Territory. The ASX-listed Lucapa noted that its subsidiary... 

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Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck
3rd December 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to... 

A man welding a steel mes screen used in the copper mines as a support underground, at the Afrope manufacturing plant in Zambia
Company boasts substantial supply increase
3rd December 2021 By: Halima Frost

The  average monthly turnover and tonnage throughput of Zambia-based steel product supplier Afrope Zambia has increased sixfold since its acquisition by South African logistics and trading company... 

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Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award
3rd December 2021 By: Nadine Ramdass

Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in... 

the Parker Hannifin Mechanical flange system
Approval for marine applications gained
26th November 2021

Motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin has announced that its mechanical flange system for machines and plants with working pressures of up to 420 bar high performance flange... 

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Platreef palladium/platinum/rhodium/nickel/copper/gold project, South Africa – update
19th November 2021 By: Sheila Barradas

Platreef's updated feasibility study for the phased development plan is progressing well towards completion in early 2022. 

Santos and CSIRO team up on CCS
5th November 2021 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Oil and gas major Santos is partnering with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop, what is hoped to be the lowest cost direct air capture technology in... 

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New RC sampling option available
22nd October 2021

Supplier of equipment, tools, parts, services, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining industry Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing a new reverse... 

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Smart pumping solves infrastructure problems
15th October 2021 By: Darren Parker

Outdated water management infrastructure is threatening to “spiral out of control” as the global population grows, says digitalisation and automation technology company Schneider Electric South... 

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Global energy crisis drives US coal prices to two-year high
5th October 2021 By: Bloomberg

The global energy crisis is rippling into US coal markets, with prices hitting a two year high due to surging demand and years of supply cuts. Coal from the central Appalachia region rose $2.20 to... 

Lightning protection requires careful consideration as digitalisation of mining expands
30th September 2021 By: Donna Slater

With the increased use of electronic and digital systems in modern mines comes the issue of lightning protection, which Wits Mining Institute's Professor Ian Jandrell suggests can be addressed in... 

Sewerage project brings hope
17th September 2021

To address the water and sewage challenges at Emalahleni Local Municipality, diversified miner Exxaro Coal Central (ECC) handed over the Thubelihle Ext.5 Sewerage Infrastructure Project to the... 

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Company uses innovative ideas in municipal project
10th September 2021 By: Anna Moross

Consulting engineers Knight Piésold completed the design and construction supervision of the 25 ML rectangular reinforced concrete reservoir at the Emoyeni site for the eThekwini municipality... 

Municipality’s infrastructure services fulfil obligations
10th September 2021

Despite facing constant challenges, Knysna municipality’s infrastructure services directorate continues to fulfil its obligation of maintaining the municipal area’s integral infrastructure and its... 

Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
Use of recycled copper components limits costs
20th August 2021 By: Halima Frost

South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg,... 

A Grundfos booster pump installed at a lime slaking facility in Mpumalanaga, South Africa
Stainless pump installed in lime slaker
20th August 2021

A stainless steel Grundfos booster pump is at work at water reclamation and desalination technology company Nafasi Water’s recently commissioned lime-slaking facility in the Mpumalanga coal mining... 

BlueRock makes third large recovery in August
19th August 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has recovered a 14.3 ct diamond from its Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, South Africa. The discovery follows shortly on the heels of the recovery of 58.6 ct and... 

YDMC details Liberia kimberlite findings
13th August 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Liberian newspaper Heritage in May reported that Liberian diamond mining company Youssef Diamond Mining Company (YDMC) had announced the discovery of what could turn out to be the largest diamond... 

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Alternative agricultural resources grow interest
6th August 2021 By: Darren Parker

There has been a surge of interest during the past six months in alternative agricultural resources, such as growbags and capillary mats, geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex South Africa commercial... 

Fibertex geotiles
Supplier’s materials can contribute to secure railway structures
30th July 2021

Construction materials supplier Fibertex geotextiles are used to stabilise the foundations of railway structures, enabling them to withstand the dynamic loads of high speeds and great weights of... 

Company helps mines manage water
30th July 2021

Valves and allied product supplier Macsteel Fluid Control understands that water is a strategic natural resource for South Africa and for the mining sector and as such, equipment reliability, water... 

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Project management firm upgrades sugar factory
23rd July 2021

Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent... 

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Booyco Electronics
Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying,...

Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Europe, Middle East and Africa is a global supplier of excellent minerals solutions, including pumps, valves, hydrocyclones,...

Universal Storage Systems (SA)
Universal Storage Systems (SA)

South African leader in Steel -Racking, -Shelving, and -Mezzanine flooring. Universal has innovated an approach which encompasses conceptualising,...

Schauenburg SmartMine IoT
Schauenburg SmartMine IoT

SmartMine IoT has been developed with the mining industry in mind, to provides our customers with powerful business intelligence and data modelling...


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