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VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to electric cars

By: Reuters     Updated 53 minutes ago Germany's Volkswagen is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars. Cobalt industry sources told Reuters that VW, the world's largest automaker, has asked producers to submit proposals... 

Goscor Access Rental appoints new KZN Branch Manager

     22nd September 2017 Goscor Access Rental (GAR) has appointed industry stalwart Alan Will as Kwazulu-Natal Branch Manager, based in Westmead, to oversee expansion in one of the company’s highest-growth areas in South Africa at present. Alan brings 28 years’ experience to bear on his high-profile new role, of which 22... 

Nigeria unlikely to cut fuel sulphur level anytime soon – Rainoil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Nigeria's efforts to cut sulphur levels in its fuel imports are unlikely to succeed this year, the head of a major Nigerian downstream company told the Platts refining conference in Brussels. The government has delayed its target to slash allowed sulphur on imports to 50 parts per million (ppm)... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

Abrupt end to North Pole expedition on a yacht

By: Kelvin Kemm     22nd September 2017 I told the story of British explorer Pen Hadrow (Engineering News, September 1, 2017) setting out in two sailing ships in an attempt to sail all the way to the North Pole on open water to prove how horrible mankind has produced horrible climate change, which is melting the Arctic ice. I said I... 

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

New power plant with Wärtsilä generating equipment will boost Indonesia's clean energy capacity

     21st September 2017 The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the generating equipment for a new 48 MW power plant to be built in Indonesia. The plant will be operated by PT PLN, the Indonesian Government owned utility, which already has a number of power stations running with Wärtsilä engines... 

10 injured as train, diesel truck collide near Stellenbosch

By: News24Wire      20th September 2017 Ten people were injured when a diesel truck collided with a Metrorail passenger train near Muldersvlei station outside Stellenbosch on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The truck was attempting to cross the railway line when the incident occurred, Western Cape traffic department spokesperson... 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

New study points to 90% renewables mix being least cost by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 New analysis conducted using updated cost assumptions for solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore wind and batteries shows that the share of renewable energy in an electricity mix that would also be the least cost for South Africa could grow to above 90% by 2050. Such a portfolio, the study indicates,... 

Lesotho’s Letšeng mine recovers several 100-ct-plus diamonds, expects trend to continue

By: Ilan Solomons     15th September 2017 The Letšeng diamond mine, in Lesotho, recovered several diamonds larger than 100 ct during the first half of 2017, with LSE-listed diamond miner Gem Diamonds upbeat that this trend will continue for the remainder of the year. These gems include the 114.38 ct Type II, the 126 ct D-colour Type IIa... 

Kamasar crude oil refinery project, Guinea

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 Brahms Oil Refineries plans to build a 10 000 bbl/d crude oil refinery in Kamasar. 

Nitrogen fertiliser plant project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th September 2017 The project involves the construction of the first world-scale greenfield nitrogen fertiliser plant. 

Systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 Although ultrahigh-pressure water blasting systems used to clean refineries or cut rock and prepare surfaces on mines will not save water, it is more efficient than using acid washing or abrasive grit blasting techniques, says water jetting solutions provider Total Blasting sales director Bradley... 

Sulphurous fuels flow to West Africa as States defer tougher rules

By: Reuters     13th September 2017 Nigeria and several other West African States are not expected to implement rules banning imports of sulphur-heavy fuels until December 1 at the earliest after missing summer deadlines, drawing the ire of health campaigners pushing for cleaner air. Nigeria, Togo, Côte d'Ivoire and Benin promised... 

Solar grid keeps harvests high, hospitals lit in parched rural Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     11th September 2017 Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems. As in most areas of rural Zimbabwe, rain-fed agriculture provides most of the jobs in this... 

Atlas Copco Adds High Flow Models to Vastly Expanded Dewatering Pumps Portfolio

     8th September 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy has expanded its offering for the dewatering market with the launch of over thirty new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps. This includes the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps. The new pumps are capable of accommodating... 

Booyco Pds Demonstrates Compliance At SACEA Day

     8th September 2017 There remains an ongoing need to inform and educate the mining industry as a whole in terms of compliance to the legislated requirements as well as the correct application of Proximity Detection System (PDS) technology. This is according to Graeme Jardine, general manager field services at Booyco... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa plots launch of full electric sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Well-managed upgrades essential at African refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 With demand for cleaner fuel products driving refinery upgrades in Africa, turnaround planning must be carefully managed to eliminate the risks of costly overruns and production losses, which can threaten the economic viability of the projects, says project management consultancy Turner &... 

Western Cape independent fuel storage and distribution project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th September 2017 The Western Cape independent fuel storage and distribution project was officially opened at the end of August. 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

Platinum market expected to maintain balance amid continued supply constraints – WPIC

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th September 2017 The platinum market is expected to remain in fundamental balance, albeit with a small 15 000 oz deficit for this year, the World Platinum Investment Council’s (WPIC’s) latest ‘Platinum Quarterly’ report shows. The report, published on Wednesday, incorporates analysis of platinum supply and demand... 

Qld releases more gas acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2017 The Queensland government has opened a further 400 km2 of prospective land in the Surat and Bowen basins for tender, following a successful pilot project. The state government earlier this week awarded ASX-listed Senex Energy 58 km2 of tenements in the Surat basin coal seam gas acreage, to... 

Quality, Regular Maintenance Give Engines Multiple Lives

     1st September 2017 Users of equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that these modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls; but proper maintenance goes hand-in-hand with quality remanufacturing to make... 

Load banks allow for variable power factor loading

     1st September 2017 The combined Asco Froment load bank (resistive/inductive) with Sigma load control and instrumentation hardware, allows for fully variable power factor loading and can test generators up to 800 kVA at 80% load, says Southern Africa Asco power switching and control components electric motor... 

Metair says lead-acid battery will still have key role as EV revolution takes hold

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock at the announcement... 

Underground coal gasification can provide solutions to energy challenges

     1st September 2017 With declining mineable coal reserves and increasing global energy demand, underground coal gasification (UCG) is a resurging technology that provides a solution to these challenges.  

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st August 2017 Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidated two smaller parts distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including enabling the company to work more efficiently, while... 

Cape Town’s first oil storage, distribution terminal open for business

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2017 Cape Town’s first independent oil storage and distribution terminal, Burgan Cape Terminal, was officially opened in the Eastern Mole of the Port of Cape Town on Tuesday. The city’s newest energy asset offers 122 000 m3 of diesel and petrol storage and will offer the option to blend bioethanol and... 

Northam ploughs 80% more funding into platinum jewellery marketing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2017 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has increased its contribution to the industry’s funding of the marketing of platinum jewellery. In the 12 months to June 30 next year, its contribution will be $900 000, 80% up on the $500 000 contributed in the financial year just... 

New Transnet, DBSA finance scheme set up to support African rail exports

By: Terence Creamer     28th August 2017 State-owned entities Transnet and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to create a new facility that will extend favourable financing to African and Middle Eastern buyers of Transnet Engineering’s (TE’s) rail rolling stock and port equipment. The financing scheme will be... 

Barloworld to install 7 MW solar power installation at Namibia mine

By: Anine Kilian     28th August 2017 Gold producer B2Gold has appointed Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to supply a 7 MW solar power plant at the Otjikoto mine, in Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy... 

RTS Africa Engineering provides accurate, reliable hydrogen detection solutions for increased safety in mine battery-charging stations

     25th August 2017 Increasingly, mines are using battery-powered electric vehicles underground as they help eliminate the problem of air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions. However, there is also an inherent risk in having large multi-battery charging bays underground. The charging process generates hydrogen,... 

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa to launch full electric SUV by 2019

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

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