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The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches

By: Reuters     21st August 2017 US President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan's mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117-billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world's most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States Geological... 

Scotgold submits planning application for revised operations

By: Mariaan Webb     18th August 2017 The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Planning Authority has confirmed receipt and has validated Scotgold’s application for revised operations at the Cononish gold and silver project, in Scotland. The validation defines the start of the statutory determination period, Aim-listed Scotgold... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Having problems measuring/monitoring difficult media?

     11th August 2017 KOBOLD, represented locally by Instrotech, has a turbine wheel flowmeter, model DOT, that is perfectly suited to low viscosity applications. Proven turbine wheel technology measures and monitors even difficult media such as distilled water, acids, bases, alcohol and additives as well as several... 

Burns Harbor hot-strip mill upgrade project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor operates two blast furnaces and can produce about five-million tons of raw steel a year. 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

BlueRock raises £860 000 for Kareevlei

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has raised £860 000 through the issue of 68.8-million shares at a price of 1.25p apiece to further develop mining operations at its Kareevlei mine, near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. BlueRock on Thursday said its blast programme at the mine had completed the... 

PEA recommends opencut diamond mine in eastern Finland – Karelian

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2017 Dublin-headquartered Karelian Diamond Resources has received the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Lahtojoki kimberlite pipe in eastern Finland, which recommends that a mine should be developed to extract more than $200-million worth of diamonds. The PEA, which was... 

AECOM completes work on Plankenbrug outfall sewer in Stellenbosch

     28th July 2017 As Lead Design Engineer, AECOM carried out construction monitoring of Phase 1 of the Plankenbrug Main Outfall Sewer and Associated Works in Stellenbosch. Construction commenced in October 2015, and was completed in March. The new Plankenbrug Outfall Sewer replaced the three main outfall sewers... 

Ford begins Phase 2 of 1.6-litre Kuga safety recall 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started the second phase of the safety recall for all affected 1.6-litre Kuga models, and is requesting customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer to have the vehicle enhancements completed.  Around 4 556 1.6-litre Ford Kugas, built... 

Georgian reports copper resource upgrade at KB project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2017 Explorer Georgian Mining on Thursday reported a 41% tonnage increase in the global in-pit optimised constrained copper/gold sulphide mineral resource for the Kvemo Bolnisi (KB) project, in the Tethyan belt. The resource was upgraded from 1.2-million tonnes at 1.03% copper to 1.7-million tonnes at... 

Pipeline Monitoring Systems Market worth 8.72 Billion USD by 2026

     25th July 2017 The report "Pipeline Monitoring Systems Market by Technology (Ultrasonic, PIGs, Smart Ball, and Magnetic Flux Leakage), Application (Leak Detection, Operating Efficiency, and Pipeline Break Detection), End-Use Industry, and Pipe Type - Global Forecast to 2026", The pipeline monitoring systems... 

Gem encouraged by recovery of more 100 ct-plus diamonds at Letšeng

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2017 London-listed Gem Diamonds is encouraged by the improvement in the recovery of diamonds larger than 100 ct at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, during the first half of this year. It recovered four diamonds larger than 100 ct in the six months to June 30, and another in July. 

DPI Trading to exhibit at SABI Congress 2017 in Somerset West

     25th July 2017 DPI Trading, which is able to partner with irrigation engineers to promote its extensive product range and value-add support services, will exhibit at the South African Irrigation Institute (SABI) Congress 2017 from 1 to 3 August at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West in the Western Cape.... 

Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

By failing to plan, we are planning to fail

By: Riaan de Lange     21st July 2017 South Africa is stuck in economic and political rut, and “there is no two ways about it" and "there can be no doubt about that”, as one of my bosses of many years past was famed for saying. South Africa is in a rut; a rut of multiple levels. According to https://www.psychologytoday.com, citing... 

Computational fluid dynamic simulation in steam and power generation plants

By: Nica Schreuder     21st July 2017 Numerical modelling of bulk processes using computer-based models provides a quicker and more beneficial method than manual calculations for complex steam generation systems 

Numsa warns ‘intransigent’ employers in engineering sector of possible strike 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed “intransigent” employers in the engineering sector and warned of a “total shutdown” in the industry. This comes after Numsa declared a dispute with employers in the engineering sector following deadlock in wage... 

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Botswana Diamonds’ Vutomi licences extended adjacent to Frischgewaagt

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th July 2017 Dual-listed Botswana Diamonds has been granted a prospecting licence over an additional 1 000 ha immediately east of and contiguous to its Frischgewaagt project, in South Africa. The explorer’s current drilling programme, which is expected to start within weeks, will be extended into the new... 

Dominion is said to seek sweeter deal from Montana billionaire

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2017 Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp is hoping Montana billionaire Dennis Washington will cough up a little more cash to buy the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds by value. However, the company – which has put itself on the block twice in the past two years – says there’s no guarantee a... 

Kimberlite discovered on Vutomi licence

By: Anine Kilian     14th July 2017 Aim-and BSE-listed Botswana Diamonds has identified a Group 2 kimberlite pipe at its Ontevreden licence, in South Africa’s North West province, which is held by diamond deposit explorer Vutomi. Initial work indicates an area of between 1.5 ha and 2.5 ha containing high-interest garnets.   

Best practice engineering crucial for supporting solar in South Africa

     14th July 2017 Although the global solar industry is growing rapidly, photovoltaic (PV) plants are still relatively new in South Africa and require professional design expertise to ensure best practice engineering, says consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa power and energy function manager Stephen... 

New Transair® aluminium pipework products ease installation and give weight, space and cost savings in technical room applications

     11th July 2017 The Transair® business unit of The Fluid System Connectors Division Europe of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has announced the launch of new Transair aluminium pipework products designed for compressed air, vacuum and inert gas applications in... 

Chevron refinery in Cape Town gets high pressure clean

     5th July 2017 Chevron’s refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, underwent its annual shutdown during February and March this year, during which all critical path production equipment is maintained. High pressure industrial cleaning of the plant and equipment was conducted using equipment from South Africa’s leading... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Next phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation to start in August 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd July 2017 Construction on the fifth phase of Durban’s Northern Aqueduct Augmentation project is set to begin in August, eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) said on Monday. Phase 5 comprises a new 1 200 mm diameter continuously welded steel high-pressure pipeline, stretching from the Durban Heights... 

Acquisition creates larger industry opportunities

     30th June 2017 In April, construction and civil engineering contractor Esor acquired trenchless technology specialist Tuboseal, renaming it to Esor Tuboseal, which creates larger industry opportunities. 

Company provides pipes for various industries

     30th June 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and comprehensive supplier Fibertex supplies a range of components for advanced subsoil drainage systems, designed for use in various industries, including civil engineering, construction and agriculture. 

First local policy for gas pipes released

     30th June 2017 Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association (Sappma) has released the local industry’s first policy statement for the supply of gas fuels using polyethylene (PE) pipes, in order to ensure that the application and use of PE pipes conforms to South African National Standards (SANS) ISO... 

High-quality products and superior service provide competitive edge

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 As a means to overcome competition from larger plastic pipe providers, plastic pipes, fittings and welding machines company Plastitech offers superior service levels and a complete range of high-quality pipe products. 

New factory increases monthly production

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 14 new plastic extruder machines have been moved to plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ new factory in Roodekop, Johannesburg, which is next to the already existing Roodekop polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe factory. The extruders can produce 2 200 t/m of new high-density polyethylene (HDPE). 

Pipe supply for Tekwane project ongoing

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying 6 km of PE100 800 mm steel-reinforced, spirally wound high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for the Tekwane South integrated human settlement project in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, which will cost about R12-million upon completion. 

SAPPMA and PPCA’s pipes XI conference

     30th June 2017 More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA).  This year’s... 

Karelian granted claim reservation over area which may contain new kimberlite

By: Mariaan Webb     28th June 2017 Prospector Karelian Diamond has been granted a claim reservation in the Kaavi region of Finland, which the Aim- and ESM-listed company is hoping could lead to the discovery of a new kimberlite in the area. The 8.67 km2 claim reservation is for the area surrounding its Lahtojoki mining concession... 

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