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AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

14th 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... 

Majority of planned upgrades at Edenville’s Tanzania project completed

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2019 The majority of the planned plant upgrades at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania, have been completed, the company reported on Thursday. One of the key upgrades was further modifications to the pre-screen, which had been installed in January 2019. 

Saving Earth with electric cars means wrecking a fragile desert

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2019 The oases that once interrupted the dusty slopes of the Atacama desert in northern Chile allowed humans and animals to survive for thousands of years in the world’s driest climate. That was before the mining started. Sara Plaza, 67 years old, can still remember guiding her family’s sheep along... 

Qld wants to make Mount Isa line more attractive for mineral exporters

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th June 2019 The resources sector has welcomed a half-billion dollar commitment by the Queensland government to boost mineral freight exports on the Mount Isa line. The government on Sunday announced an A$128-million initiative to lower freight charges and to build a new container terminal at the Port of... 

Western Potash appoints construction contractor for Milestone project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2019 TSX-listed Western Resources subsidiary Western Potash has entered into a lump-sum agreement with Stuart Olson Praire Construction for it to be the general contractor for the Phase 1 construction of the company’s Milestone project, in Saskatchewan. The Milestone Phase 1 potash project would be... 

CEO of Armenia-focused Lydian resigns

By: Mariaan Webb     7th June 2019 The CEO of gold developer Lydian International, Joao Carrelo, has resigned and will step down on June 12, as part of a restructuring programme for the company’s whose ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on a resolution with disputes in Armenia. Carrelo would continue to assist... 

Manufacturer completes DRC alluvial mining equipment project

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     7th June 2019 Alluvial diamond mining equipment manufacturer PCF Engineering has completed a multimillion-rand project for a client active in the Tshikapa diamond field in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for the manufacture and supply of a variety of equipment. PCF Engineering supplied gravel pumps,... 

Guinea iron-ore prospectors set sights on ArcelorMittal rail

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 The race to mine Guinea's iron-ore has started although the focus is not on its giant Simandou deposits but on smaller finds whose output could be transported via Liberia if ArcelorMittal shares its railway, banking and industry sources said. Guinea's aspirations to develop Simandou, the world's... 

Los Andes Chile copper project has a $1.8bn NPV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th June 2019 TSX-V-listed Los Andes Copper is advancing its Vizcachitas project, in central Chile, to a prefeasibility study stage, after a preliminary economic assessment confirmed the copper/molybdenum deposit’s economic viability. The project considers an openpit mine and concentrator plant that produces a... 

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