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Relations sour at giant copper pit with automation looming

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 Just as labour tensions ease at BHP Billiton’s giant Escondida mine, the copper industry has another iconic mine to worry about. Relations between the world’s largest copper producer, Codelco, and unions in its Chuquicamata division have reached the lowest point in years as the mine transitions... 

BHP to produce nickel sulphate next year, eyeing cobalt on battery boom

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 BHP Billiton is expanding its business as a supplier of battery minerals at its nickel refinery in Western Australia, planning to start producing nickel sulphate next year and looking at cobalt output as well, a company executive said. Cobalt and nickel are both critical ingredients for lithium... 

Polymetal’s new mine slightly ahead of schedule, Q1 output up

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2018 Construction activities at the new Kyzyl mine, which LSE-listed Polymetal is building in Kazakhstan, are slightly ahead of schedule, with commissioning brought forward by a couple of weeks. Dry commissioning of the processing plant would start on June 1, followed by first concentrate production... 

Rio Tinto lifts iron, bauxite and copper output, warns sanctions could impact aluminium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has reported production increases at its iron-ore, bauxite and copper divisions, while warning shareholders that US sanctions against Russian companies could impact aluminium production in 2018. “We delivered a solid operational performance across most commodities in... 

Russia sanctions throw aluminium supply chain into chaos

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2018 The US sanctions on United Co. Rusal that have sent aluminium prices surging should be great news for rival producers like Rio Tinto Group. Spoiler alert: they’re not. 

Rio Tinto flags changes to 2018 aluminium output after US sanctions

By: Reuters     18th April 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto on Wednesday flagged possible changes to its 2018 aluminium output following US sanctions on its Russian partner Rusal earlier this month. Rio, which reported a 5% rise in first-quarter iron ore shipments in the March quarter, has declared force majeure on some customer... 

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 Two leaks in a month, a 90-day outage and $58-million in fines is not enough to temper Anglo American's ambition for its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar Minas-Rio iron-ore mine in Brazil. Purchased at the height of the commodities boom a decade ago for $5.5-billion, Anglo American was once... 

Zambia shortlists five firms for majority stake in oil refinery

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Zambia has short-listed five companies including Britain's Glencore Energy and Sahara Energy Resources to buy a majority stake in its only oil refinery, a state-owned firm said on Monday. The government-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has said it wants a strong strategic equity... 

Rio Tinto moves to comply with US sanctions, declares force majeure on Rusal contracts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto will declare a force majeure on certain contracts with the world’s second-largest aluminium producer, United Company Rusal, after the US government imposed sanctions against a number of Russian businessmen and corporations. Rio told shareholders that the company had... 

Rio to call force majeure on some Rusal-linked contracts

By: Reuters     14th April 2018 Rio Tinto said it will declare force majeure on certain customer contracts after the US imposed sanctions on its partner Russian aluminium producer Rusal. The mining group said on Friday it was working with its customers to minimise disruptions to supply and would fully comply with US sanctions. 

Vedanta chairperson upbeat on Zambia’s growth prospects

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal on Thursday shared his views on a path to growth for subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). He expressed confidence in what he sees as the start of an “African economic resurgence driven by various metals”. 

European Metals appoints new COO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Exploration and development company European Metals announced on Wednesday the appointment of Neil Meadows as COO.  

Vedanta’s Gamsberg mine remains on track

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 LSE-listed Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International business produced 157 000 t of zinc in the financial year ended March 31, in line with the 156 000 t produced in the prior financial year. The BMM operation, in South Africa, increased its mined zinc output by 3% year-on-year to 72 000 t, but the... 

Rio Tinto becomes first aluminium producer certified under new sustainability benchmark

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2018 Mining giant Rio Tinto has become the first company in the world to be certified under the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) – a new benchmark for healthy environmental, social and governance practices across the aluminium lifecycle of production, use and recycling, the company announced on... 

Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro denied on Monday its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil had contaminated local waters, contradicting the findings of a Brazilian public health group. Citing an internal study and a report commissioned from green consultancy SGW Services, Hydro said no evidence was... 

SMEC Develops Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Uganda

     9th April 2018 Global consulting engineering firm SMEC, part of the Surbana Jurong Group, was engaged by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda to develop a Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Kabaale, western Uganda. As a result of the discovery of oil in the region, and the... 

No ‘pipe dream’: Aegion SA’s trenchless pipeline rehabilitation technology offers ultra-fast, non-disruptive solution to Southern Africa’s ageing infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2018 A major motivation for the establishment of leading local pipeline rehabilitation technology provider Aegion South Africa was the deteriorating state of much of Southern Africa’s pipeline infrastructure. In South Africa, for example, while there is currently an urgent drive to conserve water,... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Crude flexibility project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company plans to introduce crude processing flexibility at its Ruwais oil refinery, in Abu Dhabi. 

SNC-Lavalin awarded R3.3m Sasol contract

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 Project management company SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a R3.3-million contract for a detailed engineering package to provide Sasol with an emergency shutdown (ESD) system replacement in Secunda.   

First Cobalt drilling traces broad cobalt mineralisation at Woods Extension Zone

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 Explorer First Cobalt has reported the results from its latest two drill holes from the Woods Extension zone of the Cobalt South project, in the Ontario-based Canadian Cobalt Camp, returning strong grades over narrow intervals. The reported results were fairly shallow tests of the Woods Extension... 

Mackenzie Valley review board OKs Tlicho all-season road; a boon for Fortune

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has completed an environmental assessment of the Tlicho all-season road project, proposed by the Northwest Territories government, subject to 23 measures to reduce its environmental, social and cultural impacts. The conditional approval was... 

Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe mining rush leaves big producers behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2018 While Zimbabwe’s leadership change has sparked a race for the nation’s mineral riches among entrepreneurs and tiny explorers, big-name mining companies are taking a wait-and-see approach. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa has a lot to prove as he seeks to revive the economy and attract mining... 

Japan's Mitsubishi Materials sees H1 copper output up 7% y/y

By: Reuters     2nd April 2018 Mitsubishi Materials, Japan's third-biggest copper smelter, said on Monday it plans to produce 187 374 t of refined copper during April-September, up 7% from the same period last year. The company expects output at its Naoshima smelter and refinery in western Japan to rise 11%, while production... 

Polymer offering diversified into US beet sugar industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 Thermoplastic producer Vesconite Bearings is expanding its polymer offering to the US beet sugar market, building on its experiences and success in the local and US sugar cane industries. Vesconite Bearings began supplying its locally-produced polymers to the South African sugar industry in 2009... 

Short retention time silo installed in Thailand

     30th March 2018 A recent milestone for project manager and equipment designer Bosch Projects, in conjunction with its technology partners in Thailand, was the development of a new short retention time (SRT) refined sugar conditioning silo, designed to significantly reduce conditioning time and capital investment... 

BP's coastal bunker barge now operational at Port of Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2018 South Africa’s first coastal bunker barge Amber II is now operational at Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay, serving as a floating storage and fuel replacement vessel for petrochemicals company BP’s customer vessels at the port.  

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Hydro to start shutdown of Brazil alumina lines by mid-April – sources

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 The Alunorte refinery in northern Brazil, owned by Norway's Norsk Hydro, will start shutting down half of its alumina capacity in the next two weeks to preserve equipment, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The world's largest alumina refinery, situated in Brazil's Amazon... 

Alunorte refinery needs to return to full output soon – Hydro

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Aluminium producer Norsk Hydro needs to return soon to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil to avoid shutting down production lines completely, it said on Tuesday. Last month Brazilian authorities ordered Hydro to temporarily halve its output from the plant after they said a... 

Oman antimony roasting project readying for June production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd March 2018 he Oman Antimony Roaster (OAR) project, which Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP), a company in which London-listed Tri-Star has a 40% interest, is gearing up for production to start in about three months’ time. In a project update, published on Thursday, Tri-Star reported that the... 

First Cobalt undertakes study to assess mine waste rock; success could impact overall strategy

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2018 ASX- and TSX-V-listed First Cobalt has launched a metallurgical study on the high-grade inventory of refinery residue and crushed waste rock material located near the company’s mill facility, located in the Canadian Cobalt Camp, in Ontario. First Cobalt has partnered with Dundee Sustainable... 

First Cobalt buys Idaho explorer in race to tap battery boom

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2018 First Cobalt is seeking to speed up its timetable to begin producing cobalt, riding the wave of interest in the metal used in electric-vehicle batteries and smartphones. The Vancouver-based exploration company agreed to buy explorer US Cobalt, which has properties in Idaho, in an all-stock deal... 

Africa’s downstream oil industry holds promise

By: Kim Cloete     14th March 2018 The downstream market is dynamic in Africa and continues to evolve and become more transparent throughout the supply chain, says African energy specialist CITAC Africa executive director Gary Still. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, on... 

BP outlines the prospects for global energy demand

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 India is rapidly emerging as the world’s largest growth market for energy, says BP West Africa head of origination John Goodridge. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, that while growth in energy demand in China was tapering off, demand in India would... 

Nigeria aims to become net exporter of refined petroleum by the end of 2019

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria (NNPC) is pushing ahead with its goal to revive its oil refineries and become a net exporter of petroleum products by the end of next year, delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), in Cape... 

Norway's Hydro reveals additional spills from Brazil plant

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 A Norsk Hydro plant's spill of waste water in Brazil last month was more extensive than previously reported, and the company still lacks overview of the situation, it said on Tuesday. Authorities in late February ordered Alunorte, the world's largest alumina refinery, to cut output in half... 

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