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‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

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... 

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... 

Resgen says final member confirms participation in lending syndicate for Boikarabelo

By: African News Agency      24th June 2019 Energy resources firm Resource Generation (Resgen), which is listed on the ASX and the JSE, on Monday said the third and final member of the proposed lending syndicate for the construction of its Boikarabelo mine in South Africa had confirmed its participation in writing. It said the combined... 

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 The change in lubricants on brick manufacturer KuluCrete’s excavator at its Port Shepstone quarry, in KwaZulu-Natal, has resulted in significant cost savings and a notable decrease in lubrication quantities and applications. KuluCrete is a supplier of bricks, blocks, roof tiles, kerbing, pavers,... 

Santos eyes solar power in South Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Oil and gas major Santos will introduce solar panels to help power its Port Bonython processing plant, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would generate more than 2 GWh of emissions-free energy a year, which... 

Vale says mulls new railway, port for Carajas expansion

By: Reuters     19th June 2019 Brazilian miner Vale is considering building a new railway and port in the Para state for the potential expansion of its Carajas Serra Sul mine, the company said in a presentation to investors published on Tuesday. The new railway would stretch for 400 km from the current Carajas railroad to... 

First copper from Cobre Panama sets sail

By: Mariaan Webb     18th June 2019 Canadian miner First Quantum celebrated a significant milestone at its newest copper mine last week with the first shipment of 31 200 t of concentrate leaving the Punta Rincon port under a Panamanian flag vessel. First Quantum invested $6.3-billion in the new mine, which is forecast to produce... 

Rio Tinto’s AutoHaul brings freight rail into 21st century

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2019 Mining major Rio Tinto on Friday officially rolled out its $940-million AutoHaul rail technology programme, marking the world’s first automated heavy-haul long distance rail network. Rio’s 2.4 km-long trains, running a network of 1 700 km of track, has now safely travelled more than 4.5-milion... 

Digital transformation in mining, metals sector poised to generate $425bn over next ten years

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 Mining is transforming rapidly worldwide and becoming more automated, with the mining automation market expected to be worth $3.29-billion by 2023. Digital transformation initiatives in the mining and metals industry could generate $425-billion over the next ten years. The mining companies that... 

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