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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 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... 

Canadian crude increasingly attractive for US Gulf Coast refineries as market landscape changes

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Canadian crude oil could account for up to one-third of the US Gulf Coast (USGC) region’s heavy oil refining market by 2020, a new report by market research and consultancy firm IHS Markit has found. According to the analyst’s latest research, supplies of Canadian oil sands heavy crude are... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

US to lead global crude production as soon as 2023 – IEA

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 US shale production growth is expected to lift the jurisdiction to being the top oil producer globally by 2023, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown. According to the IEA, US output will expand by 3.7-million barrels a day, more than half of the world’s expected... 

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... 

Revitalised demand growth to buttress molybdenum prices

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Healthy demand for molybdenum rich stainless steel, especially from the oil and gas industry, plus sluggish supply growth are expected to keep the price of this minor metal riding high. Molybdenum prices at nearly $13/lb are at their highest since 2014, having more than doubled since December 2015. 

Nevsun's Timok UZ PFS elevates deposit among best anywhere

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2018 A new prefeasibility study (PFS) on Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources’ Timok Upper Zone (UZ) copper/gold project, in Serbia, has confirmed the project as one of the best development-stage copper assets in the world, the company reports. Vancouver-headquartered Nevsun reported last... 

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... 

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... 

Vedanta to shut copper smelter in India for about 15 days

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Vedanta Resources said on Tuesday its India unit Vedanta's copper smelting operations at Thootukudi, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, will be closed for about 15 days as part of a maintenance shutdown. The news of the maintenance activity, which Vedanta said was earlier scheduled for April,... 

Growing need for correct specification of equipment in F&B industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Adhering to international food safety regulations and industry trends such as energy efficiency can sometimes lead to the incorrect specification of equipment in the food manufacturing process, says vibrating-equipment manufacturer Kwatani business development manager Warren Mann. 

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... 

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Analysers provide optimised refinery operations and quality

     9th March 2018 Specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering’s Hy-Optima 2700 hydrogen analysers optimise refinery operations, products and quality. The basic process of refining crude oil involves heating the crude oil in a column and the condensates are drawn off at different levels to produce –... 

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 The private sector is not investing enough money and resources in innovation in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, says thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak business development director Malindi Nkambule. “One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is the lack of product... 

Global industry leaders to address World Petrochemical Conference

     9th March 2018 Global chemicals, refining, and oil industry leaders and experts will be among those to address the World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) 2018 taking place at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, in the US from March 19 to 23. The thirty-third annual WPC will welcome more than 80 speakers and 1... 

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2018 While diesel demonisation continues to the detriment of platinum, several key steps that will benefit platinum are poised to be taken in the next 18 to 24 months. The first of these key steps is the substitution of platinum for palladium in gasoline systems, against the backdrop of palladium... 

Energy execs says tariff gambit could hit shale, LNG project costs

By: Reuters     7th March 2018 Energy executives say the Trump administration's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs could bump up the cost of big-ticket projects needed for rapidly rising US shale oil and gas output by three to 10%. Higher construction costs could slow growth in production and exports of crude and natural gas... 

Brazil court denies Norsk Hydro request to resume production

By: Reuters     6th March 2018 A Brazilian court denied a request by Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro to resume full operations at its unit Hydro Alunorte, the court said in a statement, in the latest setback after allegations it had contaminated water in the area. Norsk Hydro had appealed to a higher court after a judge... 

Government to finalise designation of Atlantis and Nkomazi SEZs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will finalise the designation of the Atlantis and the Nkomazi special economic zones (SEZs), located in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga, respectively, in the next financial year.  

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The 40 000-employee Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, which is 'harvesting' unprofitable shafts while studying additional investment opportunities in the many profit-making shafts within its well-endowed, long-life lease area, has set in motion a process to cut costs by R1-billion. Harvesting,... 

Amplats CEO seeks friendlier Zimbabwe mining laws to lift investment

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Zimbabwe must offer foreign miners a consistent legal framework, the right to keep a controlling stake in operations and a greater share of profits to encourage investment, the head of Anglo American Platinum said. The country, home to the world's second largest reserves of platinum after South... 

Implats performance up, six die

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The Implats group on Thursday delivered an improved performance at most operations for the half-year ended December 31, but regrettably mourns the loss of six employees through work-related incidents. Gross platinum in concentrate production for the group, headed by CEO Nico Muller, increased by... 

Brazilian agency fines Norsk Hydro unit in Para state

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 Brazilian environmental agency Ibama fined Norsk Hydro's unit in the northern state of Para, the world's largest alumina refining plant, 20-million reais and ordered it to halt using its waste pool and drainage system, potentially halting all work at the plant, the regulator said in statement on... 

Platina brings Owendale closer to production with DFS contract award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2018 Brisbane-based Ausenco Services has been appointed as the engineering contractor to assist ASX-listed Platinum Resources to complete a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the Owendale scandium/cobalt and nickel project, in New South Wales. The DFS will bring together the information that the... 

African refiners conference to be held in March

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 Major changes and hard decisions facing the downstream oil industry in Africa are high on the agenda of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA), which will hold its thirteenth yearly conference, in Cape Town, from March 12 to 16. Amid oil companies’ divestment of assets and the... 

India, Venezuela to deepen hydrocarbon sector collaboration during Maduro’s New Delhi visit

By: Ajoy K Das     28th February 2018 India and Venezuela will push for deeper engagement and joint ventures (JV) in the hydrocarbon sector during Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s visit to New Delhi next month. Despite US sanctions against the Latin American nation, New Delhi is expected to follow its “own balanced and pragmatic... 

Optimised metallurgical gold leach technology from Afrox

     26th February 2018 Understanding oxygen demand is absolutely critical to ensuring successful metallurgical gold leach optimisation, says Rob de Zoeten, metallurgist at Afrox. “The importance of accurately establishing total oxygen requirement is often overlooked and unfortunately in many cases undersized on-site... 

Maintaining optimal security in the Oil, Gas and Energy Industries

     23rd February 2018 By Gavin Holme, Country Manager, Africa, Wipro Limited Security, both physical and cyber security, is a top priority for any organization, especially in light of the year-on-year rise in cybercrime. However, for certain industries, not having the proper security measures in place can put more... 

Nigerian State oil firm spent $5.8bn on fuel imports since late 2017

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Nigeria's State oil firm said on Tuesday it had spent $5.8-billion on fuel imports since late 2017, as it combats a fuel shortage that has left people queuing for hours at filling stations and hobbled an already-struggling economy. "The corporation's intervention became necessary following the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

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