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On-The-Air (24/05/2019) 

24th May 2019 Researchers this week made a strong call to mining companies to stop sending people into deep underground mines and to use remote machinery instead. South African manganese is helping fuel cells to be more affordable, which will be a big boost for platinum. A greater sense of purpose is emerging... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Even Trudeau’s Canada, gripped in carbon fight, won’t ditch coal

By: Bloomberg     10th May 2019 Set against lush hills, deep inlets and snow-kissed mountain peaks, Vancouver is the wellspring of Canadian environmentalism—and the heart of its climate dilemma. British Columbia’s premier city prides itself on its green bona fides. The province is the birthplace of Greenpeace, ushered in... 

First factory-fitted payload management system launched

By: Thabi Madiba     10th May 2019 Japanese yellow metal equipment manufacturer Komatsu and its subsidiary, mining equipment solutions provider MineWare, launched the first factory-fitted payload management system – the Argus PLM – during the bauma 2019 trade fair, held in Germany last month. The Argus PLM drives whole-of-mine... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Rio Tinto to buy autonomous mining truck fleet from Caterpillar

By: Reuters     7th May 2019 Rio Tinto has agreed to buy a fleet of autonomous trucks and other mining equipment from Caterpillar for its new Koodaideri iron ore mine in Western Australia, it said on Tuesday. Caterpillar will supply a fleet of 20 autonomous 793F trucks as well as four autonomous blast drills for the mine,... 

Metso to deliver two Metso Truck Bodies to Boliden's Aitik mine in Sweden

2nd May 2019 Metso has won an order to deliver two Metso Truck Bodies to Boliden's Aitik mine in Gällivare, Sweden. In addition, Metso will supply rubber truck bed lining for five more haul trucks. Boliden has been using Metso's rubber truck bed lining on half of their haul trucks for several years because of... 

Nordgold increases Lefa mine investment

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 Diversified gold producer Nordgold has completed a significant investment programme at its Guinea-based Lefa mine. Capital expenditure in 2018, which was designed to both improve efficiencies at Lefa, while also extending its life-of-mine, increased to more than $70-million, from $48-million in... 

Las Cruces mine, Spain

By: Sheila Barradas     26th April 2019 A copper mining complex located in Sevilla, in Southern Spain. 

Cost-per-tonne guarantee reducing mine development risk

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Design, build and operate project companies Evolve Mining and AMC have an approach to mine development and operation that is attracting attention. Evolve Mining designs for the lowest cost per tonne and AMC then mines at the guaranteed cost per tonne. Evolve is... 

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