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Clough set to acquire Saulsbury’s oil and gas unit, EPC portfolio

By: Nadine James     Updated 6 hours ago Murray & Roberts (M&R) subsidiary Clough will acquire Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Saulsbury’s Gulf Coast downstream and chemical business unit, as well as its EPC portfolio, for $5.2-million.  In the statement issued on Tuesday, M&R CE Henry Laas... 

Rustenburg unemployed demand jobs at a mine

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 Unemployed people at Ikemeleng in Kroondal near Rustenburg marched to the Kroondal Mine on Monday, demanding jobs. "We are here today to let the mine know that we as Ikemeleng community want what is ours and that is jobs and tenders. There is a tender that came out dealing with the dumping area... 

Lower South Deep output dents Gold Fields’ FY18 profit 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2019 Dual-listed Gold Fields achieved normalised profit from continuing operations of $27-million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with the $154-million posted for 2017.   The company’s profit was dented by a decline in output, led by its South Deep mine in South Africa. 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Concrete works have been completed for the turbine hall foundation slab of Rooppur 1. 

Tahrir petrochemicals project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Tahrir Petrochemicals Corporation is building the largest petrochemicals plant in Egypt and one of the largest naphtha cracker plants in the world. 

Jawa1 gas-fired independent power producer project, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 The project involves the construction of a fully integrated gas-to-power project. 

OR Tambo Western Precinct construction to start before end-Feb  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th February 2019 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday announced the first phase of its Western Precinct development at the OR Tambo International Airport, east of Johannesburg, would start this month and would be complete by the end of 2020. The R4.5-billion mixed-use Phase 1 development would... 

Codelco part-suspends operations amid heavy rain

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Friday heavy rains had forced suspension of operations at its northern copper mines Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales. Codelco said it had sent its daytime shift of workers home as a preventative measure and would evaluate whether to cancel its night shift as well. 

Lonmin’s Q1 results show improved liquidity despite relatively poor performance  

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Platinum miner Lonmin on Friday released its unaudited first-quarter production results for the three months ended December 31, 2018, stating that its relatively poor operational performance had been partially redeemed by its improved liquidity. The company noted that the first quarter is... 

Latest technology improves clients’ on-boarding experience

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Next month cloud-based platform company Passport 360 will release the latest version of its Passport 360 application (app), which incorporates the latest robotic process automation technology to improve the platform and assist clients to on-board even faster. What exactly does the app do? 

€120m funding for rehabilitation of Malawi’s longest road

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th February 2019 The European Union has agreed to €120-million for rehabilitation of stretches of the M1 road in Malawi, the longest in the country, which runs from the northern to the southern borders. The funds comprise a €80-million loan and a €40-million grant, which the European Investment Bank will make... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Kusile project. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture has decided to terminate its Mtentu bridge contract. 

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

Thor envisions Nigeria gold mine construction to start in Q2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 Canadian junior Thor Exploration’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) at its Segolila gold project, in Nigeria, envisions a construction start date in the second quarter of the year and an 18-month construction period, for an initial five-year mine life. The company is proceeding with... 

Contract to expand William Nicol Drive cancelled – Vadi

By: African News Agency      4th February 2019 The contract for the company that was supposed to do some work on William Nicol drive has been cancelled, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi announced on Monday. Lubbe Construction had been contracted by the provincial department to construct the stalled K46 (William Nicol Drive)... 

Heron facing higher costs at Woodlawn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2019 ASX-listed Heron Resources is facing a near A$50-million cost overrun at its Woodlawn base metals project, in New South Wales. Heron on Monday reported that the company had received a A$49.9-million progress claim from contractor Sedgman, which was over and above the agreed upon A$109-million... 

Whabouchi construction halted after cafeteria fire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2019 Construction of the Whabouchi mining project, in the James Bay area of Quebec, was halted on Thursday, following a fire in the cafeteria of a nearby workcamp. The facility is owned and operated by an outside contractor and is located about 15 km away from Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi site. 

The perfect public address system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st February 2019 In September 2108, Patricia de Lille gave a speech in the Cape Town City Hall as part of the opening of a revamped hall, which project had taken nine months. Despite the hall having a reverberation time of 2.3 seconds, her speech was clear, understandable and free from distortion. The reason for... 

Exhibition Freighting GSM

1st February 2019 An exhibition, trade show, event or demonstration would not be able to take place without the proper equipment and products. A major player in the exhibition freight forwarding arena in South Africa, Exhibition Freighting GSM (EF-GSM) is the obvious choice to handle the logistics for both local... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture, responsible for building the Mtentu bridge, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. 

Stellenbosch University starts construction on R1bn research institute  

By: Irma Venter     31st January 2019 Stellenbosch University (SU) has started construction on a Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI), to be based at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). The university believes the R1-billion facility, which will be completed in 2022, will be “one of the most innovative and advanced... 

Epiroc anchors down on safety and productivity with new Cabletec SL

31st January 2019 Epiroc understands that safety and productivity are fundamental to a mine’s sustainable future and this was the inspiration behind the design and development of the latest ground-breaking fully mechanised Cabletec SL. Mines are increasingly recognising the invaluable role of automation and... 

Operations resume at BlueRock’s Kareevlei mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th January 2019 Operations have resumed at Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei diamond mine, in Kimberley, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. This follows a temporary suspension of operations from January 22, after the Department of Mineral Resources imposed a Section 54 notice.  

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

West Kytlim mining contract agreed for 2019 season

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2019 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia Mining on Monday announced that it had hired Uralmetmash, formerly Techstroy, for the 2019 mining season at the West Kytlim platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium and gold mine, in Russia. Techstroy was the contractor employed at the West Kytlim mine... 

Skyriders anticipates deluge of maintenance work from petchem sector

25th January 2019 A new benchmark for successful maintenance and repair work has been set by Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. when it replaced an entire deluge fire sprinkler system at a major petrochemical producer towards the end of last year. A deluge fire sprinkler system is similar to a pre-action... 

MC Mining mitigates Uitkomst challenges, focuses on developing new projects  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2019 Despite having experienced a challenging quarter ended December 31 – the company’s second quarter of the 2019 financial year – ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed MC Mining remains positive about the prospects for the full year. The company reported decreased run-of-mine (ROM) production from its... 

Collaborative enterprise development partnerships bear fruit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 WorleyParsons’ Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) programme has achieved significant success within its first six years of operation, highlighting the benefits of sustainable and collaborative enterprise development partnerships. Through the programme WorleyParsons has been able to streamline... 

BlueRock temporarily suspends operations at Kareevlei

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2019 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has temporarily suspended operations at its Kareevlei mine in the Kimberley region of South Africa, owing to the imposition of a Section 54 notice from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The Section 54 notice is in relation to the code of practice relating to... 

Rio hands out Koodaideri work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2019 Contractor NRW Holdings has won a A$65-million bulk earthworks contract from mining major Rio Tinto at its Koodaideri iron-ore mine, in the Pilbara. NRW said on Thursday that the contract is expected to run for a period of 11 months, starting in April this year. 

Mobile Hot-Mix-In-A-Bag Oven Trailer Combo Optimises Labour-Intensive Road Repairs

21st January 2019 With the aim of assisting the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport’s (GDR&T) Tswelopele Contractor Development Programme in the Tshwane region, leading local asphalt expert National Asphalt has developed a comprehensive solution that optimises labour in construction without compromising... 

Concor Boosts Safety And Targeted Enterprises In Eastern Cape Road Project

18th January 2019 Safety of both pedestrians and motorists has been boosted by Concor Infrastructure’s rehabilitation of the R75 double-carriageway between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, while the project has had considerable positive spinoff for local small targeted enterprises. The project, which began in May... 

New Healthcare Clinic Paved by Technicrete

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2019 Health care clinics by their very nature have an enormous amount of foot traffic that requires safe, sturdy, attractive and long-lasting paving. The new Jouberton Community Clinic, a primary health care centre in Klerksdorp, North West Province, sought paving that offered these features and were... 

Asanko progresses Esaase trial mining, exceeds production guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 TSX- and NYSE-listed Asanko Gold delivered a strong operational performance in the final quarter of 2018, producing 59 823 oz of gold, taking full year output to 223 152 oz. This was above guidance of 200 000 oz to 220 000 oz.  

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