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Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Ramaphosa moves to revitalise mining, create certainty

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 It is imperative that South Africa restores investment and exploration levels in the mining sector as mining and mineral beneficiation activities have significant potential to drive long term growth, exports and job growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his economic stimulus and recovery plan... 

Concord Cranes gives a lift to N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade

21st September 2018 Our impressive 440T mobile cranes were deployed on the N2 Mtunzini-to-Empangeni upgrade project in KwaZulu-Natal for main client SANRAL. Construction commenced in 2016 and completion is due in 2019. According to SANRAL, this has been acknowledged as one of the largest road infrastructure... 

Lingering misgivings

21st September 2018 I start with a mea culpa this week. In the September 7 edition, I waxed lyrical about the exploits of Sophia, the humanoid robot, at the SAPNow conference, which had been held in Johannesburg the previous week to showcase some of the latest developments in artificial intelligence, the Internet of... 

IEFCL fertiliser plant expansion, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     21st September 2018 Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited plans to build a new fertiliser plant adjacent to its existing facility, which is now operating at full capacity. 

Graphex updates Tanzania graphite project’s PFS

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2018 An update to the 2015 prefeasibility study (PFS) for the Chilalo graphite project has delivered “robust” financial returns and confirmed the “exceptional economics” of the Tanzania project, Australian firm Graphex reported on Thursday. The updated PFS assesses a two-stage production scenario,... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Activities restart at New Century’s port facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Queensland miner New Century Resources has started stockpiling zinc concentrate in its 80 000 t storage shed at the Karumba port, paving the way for exports to start and first revenue to be received this month. “The successful refurbishment and restart of activities at New Century’s port... 

NAIF approves A$95m loan for Sheffield’s Thunderbird

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is backing the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, through a A$95-million loan, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources announced on Wednesday. The NAIF loan comprises a A$30-million project development... 

ELB uses AI to automate cutters on spiral and shaking tables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that we have piloted and commissioned a fully automated control system to optimise the recoveries on spirals and shaking tables in the minerals beneficiation industry. “ELB has successfully managed to use camera recognition and machine... 

ELB, Elwatini partner to provide rail solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services and Elwatini Rail Consultants have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions, to provide services in rail feasibility studies, railway planning, railway engineering design, construction supervision and management, civil design, traction power and... 

Transnet, Eskom and PWC bosses to discuss administered prices affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Transnet and ESKOM Chief Executive Officers Siyabonga Gama and Phakamani Hadebe will discuss administered prices such as logistics costs, electricity prices and port tariffs, which are negatively affecting South Africa’s international competitiveness on the second day of the fourth Southern... 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

Large Bridges Showcase Concor Infrastructure Expertise On N2 Road Contract

17th September 2018 Concor Infrastructure has made solid progress constructing and extending more than eleven structures, including two large bridges and four overpass bridges, on the exciting N2 highway upgrade between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. This substantial South African National Roads Agency SOC... 

ELB-ELWATINI - joining forces in offering rail solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce the forming of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) agreement with ELWATINI RAIL CONSULTANTS. This new venture will be called ELB-Elwatini Rail Solutions and will allow the railway expertise of Elwatini to be offered to the market on a... 

Pilbara starts first deliveries of spodumene and tantalite

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals confirmed on Monday that its first shipment of spodumene concentrate from the Pilgangoora project would leave Port Hedland this month and said that its first shipment of tantalite concentrate had been delivered to Global Advanced Metals (GAM). MD and... 

New Century brings new life to former Queensland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 Praise is pouring in for New Century Resources’ zinc tailings project at a former mine site north-west of Mount Isa, Queensland, with Mines Minister Anthony Lynham declaring it an “exciting new approach” and Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane labelling the project “ingenious”. The... 

Adventures on the interconnected electricity system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2018 In my last column on the Eskom intergrated power system, I explained that I worked for electricity utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system, which... 

Teck's copper project attracts interest before end-Sept deadline - sources

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Mining companies and commodities trading houses are expected to table first-round offers by a September 28 deadline for a stake in Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine expansion in northern Chile, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Canada's Teck has said a development partner... 

Hurricane threatens US coking coal exports

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 Prices of metallurgical coal, used by steelmakers, are likely to rise if Hurricane Florence disrupts port operations at Virginia’s Hampton Roads for an extended time, Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Thursday. Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded from a category four to a category two... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

South Africa's iron-ore railway to be shut down for annual maintenance

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 The main railway line along South Africa's iron-ore corridor will be shut down for annual maintenance from September 26 to October 2, State-owned freight logistics firm Transnet said on Wednesday. The railway line that stretches up to 861 km (534 miles) from iron-ore mines at Sishen in the... 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

Alaris aiming to grow global footprint with solid FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 AltX-listed Alaris Holdings on Tuesday said its continuing operations performed well during the financial year ended June 30, with a number of large orders received from Europe and the Middle East. During the period, the technology holding company managed to grow revenue by 17% from... 

Glencore-led Australian coal port wins court nod on $3.2 bln debt refinancing

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Australia's Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal obtained court approval on Tuesday for a $3.2-billion debt refinancing plan, offering respite to its owners who would have had to start repayments this month. The Queensland-based terminal, known as WICET, is 40% owned by miner and commodities... 

Altura finds another $15m for lithium project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2018 Lithium developer Altura Mining has secured an additional $15-million for its lithium project in the Pilbara, following an amendment deed with its existing loan note holders. “The additional funds will ensure the efficient ramp-up of commissioning towards nameplate capacity at the Altura lithium... 

New Century starts slurry movement

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th September 2018 Based metals miner New Century Resources has started pumping zinc concentrate along the slurry pipeline to its port facility in Karumba. The company on Tuesday said that the operation of the slurry pipeline was another important milestone for New Century, with the saleable zinc concentrate... 

Stor-Age to acquire self-storage properties in major cities for R58m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Stor-Age has entered into agreements to acquire Roeland Street Investments 2 (RSI2) and Roeland Street Investments 3 (RSI3), for R58-million. RSI2 is being sold by Acucap Investments – a subsidiary of Growthpoint Properties, Stor-Age Property Holdings... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will be prioritised at its Cape Town and Saldanha ports. This was announced following the Western Cape Regional Customer Forum, held on August 31. The forum is aimed at aligning TNPA’s... 

Palmer plans power station for Galilee project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th September 2018 Mining personality and chairperson of Waratah Coal, Clive Palmer, has announced plans for the company to build a new A$1.54-billion coal-fired power station in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The proposed 700 MW high efficiency low emission ultra-supercritical power station would be established on... 

Danakali banks on new investor mood to fund Eritrean mine

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 Fertiliser miner Danakali aims to raise $322-million this year to develop giant potash reserves in Eritrea, industry sources say, banking on Asmara's warmer ties with Ethiopia to help lure investors. The project will test the changing mood in the West towards the isolated nation, sandwiched... 

Two new refineries in the works for Nigeria

7th September 2018 As part of its refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has hinted of plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery in both Port Harcourt and Warri in... 

Energía del Pacífico project, El Salvador

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Energía del Pacífico is building a power plant and a floating storage regasification unit in the Department of Sonsonate. 

Engro chlorvinyl chemical complex – Phase 3, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited plans to increase the production of polyvinyl chloride and enhance plant productivity at its chemical complex in Karachi. 

Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand 

6th September 2018 Generator manufacturer Himoinsa has opened its sales and service facility in Midrand to more effectively serve its rental customers and to provide immediate power to clients while customised power systems are manufactured for their specific applications. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Rusal's August aluminium exports up 7% from July - Ifax

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 Russian aluminium producer Rusal, under US sanctions since April, increased its aluminium exports by 7% in August compared to the previous month, Interfax news agency said. Rusal, the world's second-largest aluminium producer, saw its exports and supply chain crippled after Washington put the... 

Adani-owned Abbot Point Bulkcoal faces A$2.7m fine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2018 The Queensland environmental regulator will be taking further action against a subsidiary of Indian major Adani over an unauthorised discharge of sediment water from the Abbot Point coal terminal during Cyclone Debbie, in 2017. It is alleged that Abbot Point Bulkcoal (APBC) discharged sediment... 

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