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Jubail petrochemicals complex, Saudi Arabia

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 The joint development agreement of the front-end engineering and design for the complex has been signed.  

Dollar shortage 'short-term problem' for miners in Zimbabwe – Minister

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 A dollar shortage that has sparked outrage from mining companies operating in Zimbabwe is a "short-term problem" that will be remedied by a stronger economy, the mines minister told Reuters. Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of US dollars, deterring foreign capital from helping the ailing... 

Venturex eyes A$169m copper/zinc mine in Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the enlarged Sulphur Springs copper/zinc project, in the Pilbara, has estimated a capital requirement of A$169-million, to develop a 1.25-million-tonne-a-year operation. Based on the base-case scenario, Sulphur Springs would produce some 65 000 t/y of... 

Bladon’s new microturbine genset to power up telecoms towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2018 UK-based engineering pioneer Bladon Micro Turbine has launched its first commercial product, the Bladon MTG12 – a 12 kW (15 kVA) microturbine generator set (genset) dedicated to powering global telecoms towers. The microturbine genset manufacturer aims to dominate the telecoms tower market where... 

Edenville secures another offtake deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed an offtake deal to supply an industrial customer in East Africa with 300 t a month to 500 t a month of coal for two years. Edenville has been working with the customer throughout this year to create a product specifically suited to the customer's operations... 

Australia resources exports heading for record; country takes lithium crown

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd October 2018 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to hit a record high of A$252-billion in 2018/19, helped along by a decline in the Australian dollar over the past quarter. In its newest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief Economist notes that the new outlook had been... 

Cranes For Tankhouses

1st October 2018 The African market for tankhouse cranes is flourishing, with strong demand in a geographical band stretching from the Equator to the Tropic of Capricorn.  For end users of this type of crane, the main concern remains the same – prompt and effective after sales service. Tankhouse cranes are... 

Post-Mugabe policies raising expectations for Zim platinum-sector growth

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Amid Zimbabwe’s policy changes after former President Robert Mugabe’s removal in November 2017 and the subsequent air of expectation, the country’s platinum sector is poised for positive growth, if not for the challenges presented by the depressed global platinum market.  The Zimbabwe Geological... 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

Sibanye highlights Lonmin, DRDGold deal attractions at Denver

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2018 The progressing Lonmin acquisition and the already done DRDGold deal have been highlighted to the Denver Gold Forum by Sibanye-Stillwater, which is currently hosting investors and analysts at its Stillwater mine in Montana. The forum heard how the Lonmin acquisition would add significantly to... 

Base case confirms Gabanintha vanadium project fundamentals

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 An initial base case for the Gabanintha vanadium project, in the Murchison province of Western Australia, has indicated robust economics, with a net present value (NPV) ranging between $191-million and $2.37-billion, depending on pricing assumption. The upper-end of the NPV range is estimated at... 

Queensland fires up for gas supply challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 More explorers are on the hunt across Queensland for gas for the hungry Australian market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Tuesday announced that four companies would soon start exploring more than 6 600 km2 for more gas for local use, as well as export dollars. 

Montero inks MoU with Chinese firm for lithium production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 Namibia-focused Montero Mining and Exploration has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jiang Xi Yun Lithium of China for joint cooperation and development of lithium production in Africa.  Jiang Xi Yun is focused on the supply of battery grade lithium products to the... 

Chinese petcoke buyers turning to Russia, Mideast after US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese importers of petroleum coke are buying more volumes from Russia and the Middle East due to a hefty tariff on shipments from the United States, previously one of China's main sources of the material used in aluminium and cement production. China slapped a 25% tariff on US petroleum coke,... 

In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

Byproduct inclusion boosts US lithium project’s economics

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2018 The inclusion of byproducts, including quartz, feldspar and mica, has delivered “substantial economic benefits” to the north Carolina lithium project that ASX-listed Piedmont Lithium is studying in the US. An updated scoping study determined that the recovery and selling of byproducts that are... 

The black grit that beat Bitcoin's rally and didn't slump

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2018 China’s push for blue skies has caused an obscure steelmaking ingredient to fuel gains of as much as 2,600 percent since the start of 2017 for the few companies that supply it, minting at least one new billionaire. The material is graphite, a form of carbon that has seen demand soar because of... 

Hydrogen from renewables may be energy transition’s ‘missing link’

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2018 Producing hydrogen from variable renewable electricity (VRE) could be the ‘missing link’ in the unfolding transition to a decarbonised global energy system, a newly released report argues. Published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the study explores the production of... 

S African refineries pulled in two

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 Local oil refineries will find it difficult to adjust to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) new sulphur cap of 0.5% by 2020 for residual marine fuels, and the Clean Fuels Two Programme in South Africa, says South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) head of strategic... 

New oil refinery for Uzbekistan

7th September 2018 Jizzakh Petroleum, a joint venture of Uzbekistan’s State-owned Uzbekneftegaz and Russian oil exploration company Gazprom International’s subsidiary Gas Project Development Central Asia will use American multinational conglomerate Honeywell Universal Oil Products (UOP) technologies to build a new... 

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... 

India-US dialogue to set outline for Indian crude oil imports from Iran

By: Ajoy K Das     5th September 2018 The Indian government will not totally halt crude oil imports from Iran, but will likely show flexibility on volumes of inward shipment as a nuanced stance at the US-India bilateral engagements starting Wednesday. The Indian government reckons that this willingness to reduce crude volume imports... 

Amplats acquires WSA tech for reduced sulphur emissions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a contract to acquire catalysis and process technology company Haldor Topsoe’s Wet Gas Sulfuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for its platinum smelter facility, in Polokwane, Limpopo. The WSA technology ensures compliance with... 

Anglo American Platinum chooses WSA for cost-efficient environmental compliance

27th August 2018 Anglo American Platinum has signed a contract for Topsoe’s world-leading Wet gas Sulfuric Acid (WSA) sulfur emissions control technology for their platinum smelter facility in Polokwane, South Africa. The WSA technology ensures compliance with environmental regulations and offers a perfect match... 

MICROMINE applies Machine Learning to optimise core tray imagery

21st August 2018 Members of MICROMINE’s Perth office recently participated in The Newcrest Crowd, an industry-leading, crowdsourcing and partnership platform that challenges innovators around the world to solve specific mining problems through online competitions. The “Get 2 the Core” competition focused on core... 

India’s OVL and Sudan seek to settle default payments through fresh talks

By: Ajoy K Das     20th August 2018 ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), the overseas arm of India’s national oil, gas exploration and production major ONGC, has agreed with the Sudan government to work out a mechanism to settle the $400-million outstanding dues of the Indian oil company. The decision to find a solution through negotiations... 

Implats expects wider FY18 losses

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) expects its headline loss to widen by 18% to 36% year-on-year to between R1.1-billion and R1.3-billion for the financial year ended June 30. Its headline loss a share is also expected to widen to between 162c and 186c. 

China sells diesel to South Africa as refiners seek new export markets

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 State-run oil company Sinopec is selling diesel as far afield as South Africa as China's refiners seek homes for their surplus fuel in the latest sign of troubles in the domestic refining business. Sinopec said on Monday it shipped its first 30 000 t of diesel from its Shanghai refinery heading... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Agni Steel SA expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Agni Steel has received authorisation for its phase 2 and 3 expansion plans. 

Global first from Neo Monitors and RTS Africa - real-time in-situ hydrogen monitoring

10th August 2018 A major boost for petrochemical and refinery process control engineers The reliable in-situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the... 

Billionaire's huge Nigerian oil refinery likely delayed until 2022 – sources

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 A huge oil refinery being built in Nigeria by Africa's richest man is unlikely to start production until 2022, two years later than the target date, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The 650 000 bbl/d refinery near Lagos, set to be Africa's biggest, is expected to boost Nigeria's... 

Glencore closing in on oil deal, transacting with Eskom

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2018 The local downstream oil investments of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore are expected to be concluded in the near future. Talking during a media conference after the Johannesburg- and London-listed company posted outstanding half-year results that won analyst applause, Glencore... 

ALCORE gets global licence for technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2018 ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has told shareholders that its ALCORE subsidiary would have the global licence rights for bauxite refining using the ALCORE technology. The global licence will allow ALCORE to build multiple plants in any location to meet the growing demand for aluminium fluoride... 

Jubilee gains full control of the Kabwe project

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 Jubilee Metals has gained full control of the Kabwe project, in Zambia, by increasing its interest in the project to 87.5%. While Jubilee has the option to acquire 100% of the Kabwe project, Aim-listed BMR retains a maximum of 12.5% of the generated earnings. 

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 The drastic R2.7-billion restructure of the Impala Rustenburg mine, involving the loss of 13 000 jobs, the closure of five shafts and cutting of 230 000 oz out of yearly platinum production, has evoked a strong rebuke from the Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, who has accused Impala... 

Recent technology modernisations within the South African context

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 SMS group has successfully supplied and installed a Torque Retainer System for the two 100-ton AOD Converters at Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd. in Middelburg, South Africa. Columbus Stainless is part of the Acerinox group of companies and is the only stainless steel plant on the African continent.... 

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