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Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 TransCanada has petitioned the Nebraska Public Service Commissionthe to reconsider its decision on an alternative route for the pipeline. 

TransCanada restarts Keystone after oil spill; petitions Nebraska to rethink alternative route decision

By: Henry Lazenby     28th November 2017 Canada’s largest fossil fuels infrastructure operator TransCanada said on Monday it will restart the existing Keystone I pipeline on Tuesday, after a 5 000 bbl oil spill, in Amherst, South Dakota, last Thursday morning halted operations. TransCanada reported that its Keystone pipeline repair and... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

South Africa eyes Brics partners to build new $10bn refinery 

By: Reuters     21st November 2017 South Africa is looking to the national oil companies of its Brics partners to help build a new 400 000 bbl/d refinery that will be structured by senior debt and equity, Energy Minister David Mahlobo told Parliament on Tuesday. The idea of building a refinery in Africa's most industrialised... 

Mustang announces outcomes of ruby strategy review

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2017 Ruby miner Mustang Resources will implement a number of measures to fine tune its operational strategy, including temporarily suspending the artisanal miner development programme (AMDP) following disappointing results from its maiden tender. Mustang earlier this month launched a review into the... 

Companies from Amplats to StanChart on alert amid Zimbabwe coup

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2017 Companies are being vigilant over their operations in Zimbabwe after military vehicles descended on the capital of Harare and the army seized power, threatening President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule. Nedbank Group sent some South African employees home from Zimbabwe, the Johannesburg-based... 

China's copper smelters insist no concentrate deficit after surprise Shanghai meeting

By: Reuters     15th November 2017 China's top copper smelters held an unscheduled meeting in Shanghai on Tuesday to reaffirm their position that there will be no shortage of copper concentrate supply in 2018 as the key contract renegotiation season hots up. The 10 companies on the China Smelters Purchase Team (CSPT) met to... 

Gowest aims to unlock refractory gold potential of legendary Timmins Camp

By: Henry Lazenby     14th November 2017 Little-known exploration and development company Gowest Gold is preparing to become the newest gold producer in the legendary Timmins Gold Camp, which, since its discovery in the early 1900s, has produced almost half of all the gold mined in Canada. The TSX-V-listed company is moving its North... 

Few cities have experience to deliver smart city systems

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2017 Transforming the world by 2030 to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require the establishment of more smart cities, information and communication technology multinational Huawei industry, marketing and solution department CTO Joe So told delegates at the Smart City World... 

Australian Bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th November 2017 ASX-listed junior Australian Bauxite has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with technology provider Refined Ore Industries (ROIL) to produce aluminium fluoride from bauxite. Under the terms of the HoA, Australian Bauxite will have exclusive global rights to produce aluminium fluoride from the... 

Fortune to consider higher cobalt output in Nico feasibility report

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Project developer Fortune Minerals plans to increase the production rate at its flagship Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, by between 20% and 30% in a response to feedback from potential strategic partners, the company announced on Thursday. London,... 

Horizonte submits Araguaia mine plan to authorities

By: Mariaan Webb     7th November 2017 Nickel explorer and developer Horizonte Minerals has marked another permitting milestone for its Araguaia project with the submission of a mine plan Brazil’s National Mining Agency (ANM). ANM approval of the mine plan, together with approval of the mine construction licence, the permit of which... 

Rustenburg picks up, Marula turns, fatalities sadden – Implats

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2017 Improved efficiencies and production levels at the Impala Rustenburg mine coincided with a turnaround at the Marula mine in the three months to September 30, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) said on Tuesday, when it expressed disappointment at five fatalities at Impala Rustenburg and one at... 

Battery boom relies on one African nation avoiding chaos of past

By: Bloomberg     27th October 2017 The cars of the future will depend increasingly upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry. Most major automakers are pledging to build millions of... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Sherritt narrows Q3 loss as higher commodity prices, lower costs boost the bottom line

By: Henry Lazenby     26th October 2017 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has reported improved headline earnings for the three months ended September, as higher realised prices for nickel, cobalt and oil and lower unit operating costs, mainly for nickel and electricity boosted earnings. Excluding special items, the net... 

Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2017 Workshop: The pertraction metal refinery. Media Report 11 October 2017 The Focus Area: 

SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

As race for energy metals heats up, nickel expected to benefit most from EV revolution

By: Henry Lazenby     13th October 2017 Nickel prices stand to gain most from the advent of electric vehicles (EVs), Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) said on Friday in its latest ‘Global Metals Weekly’ report. According to the research team, despite China remaining an important driver of market demand, following on from being the... 

Pollution prevention plans worthy of prompt attention

     13th October 2017 The South African government is developing the climate change regulatory environment in line with the Paris Agreement. Regulations and guidelines published recently in terms of the Air Quality Act require companies to now draft pollution prevention plans how they will mitigate emission of gases... 

Macroeconomy putting brakes on new-vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     13th October 2017 The poor macro-economic environment must be acknowledged as the most fundamental roadblock to the development of the local new vehicle market, and as a handbrake to manufacturing investment, says Audi South Africa head Trevor Hill. While the South African automotive market can expect to see... 

Scientists find $1.8m worth of gold in Swiss wastewater

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2017 Switzerland’s gold refineries may want to consider starting a recycling programme. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology estimate that about 43 kg of gold – worth about $1.8-million – passes through the country’s wastewater every year. 

Water recovery issue hamstrings throughput potential at Diamcor’s Krone-Endora at Venetia

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 Borehole water quality and the excessively suspensive properties of the extremely fine kimberlitic clay materials of the Krone-Endora at Venetia project, in South Africa, have conspired to constrain the improved potential throughput, project owner Diamcor Mining of Kelowna, in British Columbia,... 

Congo halts Sicomines' copper exports, orders local refining

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo ordered Sinohydro Corp. and China Railway Construction Corp.’s local mining venture to stop exporting unprocessed copper and cobalt and refine all its metals within the country. Sicomines must ship “only high-value products” as the government looks to “ensure the... 

The Krugerrand's remarkable contribution to SA mining value-addition 

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2017 The gold bullion Krugerrand represents a most remarkable story from a beneficiation perspective, with more than 60-million pieces sold over the past 50 years. This equates to more than 1 660 t of local gold used in the process, and about 25% of all South African gold sold currently is in the form... 

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

Liquid Fuels 2017: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)

     5th October 2017 Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2017 report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment, including South Africa’s refining capacity; the proposed introduction of Clean Fuels 2 specifications; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; fuel pricing; the... 

Resources Watch  

     5th October 2017 Fifty years on from the minting of the first gold Kruggerand, demand for the iconic coin remains strong. Ilan Solomons has the story. 

Business Of Design: A Conference To Inspire The Way You Do Business

     4th October 2017 Business of Design returns to Johannesburg and Cape Town in October. The two-day conference that has had a positive impact on South African businesses since its inception in 2014, is led by some of the country’s top business experts and design professionals. While being inspirational, the... 

Nyrstar starts hot commissioning of Port Pirie

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th September 2017 Integrated mining and metals group Nyrstar has started hot commissioning at its Port Pirie smelter, in South Australia, following the A$660-million redevelopment of the project. Under the redevelopment plan, the 127-year old smelter was converted into an advanced metals recovery and refining... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 The poor macro-economic environment must be acknowledged as the most fundamental roadblock to the development of the local new vehicle market, and as a handbrake to manufacturing investment, says Audi South Africa head Trevor Hill. While the South African automotive market can expect to see... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Afrox unveils Genie® Helium N6.0

     12th September 2017 Afrox has unveiled its own genie in a bottle in the form of Genie® Helium N6.0. With a guaranteed minimum purity of 99.9999%, this speciality gas is a certified Helium N6.0 product, and also offers smart technology and portability in a revolutionary new packaging. Andisha Dukkan, Head of... 

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