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Neometals recycling pilot gets under way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th February 2019 ASX-listed Neometals has commissioned Stage 1 of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant in Canada. The pilot project is intended to demonstrate Neometals’ mixed feed flowsheet, which will accommodate a variety of lithium-ion battery types from multiple sources. The plant is expected to... 

Sasol expects higher H1 earnings, but warns of Lake Charles cost increase

By: Nadine James     8th February 2019 Chemicals and energy company Sasol expects to report earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between R23.71 and R24.16 and between R22.97 and R23.68, respectively, for the six months ended December 31. This means EPS is expected to increase by between 110% and 114%... 

CSIR displays new combined missile and gunshot warning system

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 One of the technologies showcased by the Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at its Pretoria campus on Thursday was an Optical Missile Approach Warning and Gunshot Detection System. This combined system not only detects... 

Precious metal refiners face new LBMA environmental standard  

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2019 The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has launched a new standard that addresses environmental as well as sustainability issues in gold and silver markets. To do that in a credible way, LBMA has been actively engaging with mining companies and producer nations. 

Mining green shoots sprouting – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     4th February 2019 Green shoots are sprouting in South Africa’s mining sector, which is readying for new take off, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday. In a briefing on the State of the Mining Nation on the sidelines of the opening day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Baxter told... 

Heron facing higher costs at Woodlawn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th February 2019 ASX-listed Heron Resources is facing a near A$50-million cost overrun at its Woodlawn base metals project, in New South Wales. Heron on Monday reported that the company had received a A$49.9-million progress claim from contractor Sedgman, which was over and above the agreed upon A$109-million... 

Daesan integrated refining and petrochemicals complex expansion, South Korea

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 Hanwha Total Petrochemical is expanding the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemical complex to increase polypropylene capacity to almost 60%. 

Indian State-run JV to scout for overseas assets

By: Ajoy K Das     28th January 2019 The Indian government has formally approved a joint venture (JV) of State-run mineral companies exclusively dedicated to acquiring strategic mineral assets overseas. Christened Khanij Bidesh India Limited (Kabil), the JV partners to pick up equity will include, National Aluminium Company Limited... 

JV projects contribute to 3% y/y increase in Amplats’ Q4 PGM output 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) produced 1.26-million ounces of platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the fourth quarter of 2018 – a 3% increase on the 1.22-million ounces produced in the fourth quarter of 2017. Amplats attributed the increase to an improved operational performance, particularly at... 

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Thirty companies have joined forces to establish the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which aims to advance solutions to reduce and eliminate plastic waste from the environment, especially the ocean. The alliance is a nonprofit organisation that involves companies from across the global... 

RTS Africa fills a gap in the local hydrogen generation market with Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

11th January 2019 With its wide range of industrial uses and applications, hydrogen is a very important molecule. This gas is essential in many sectors such as chemicals, refining, metallurgical applications; as well as glass and electronics manufacturing to name a few. When it comes to the bulk manufacturing of... 

First Cobalt starts permitting and environmental programmes at Iron Creek

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 First Cobalt has appointed consultants Brown and Caldwell to provide guidance on permitting and to develop an environmental baseline study strategy for its Iron Creek project, in Idaho. “On the heels of the maiden resource estimate announced in the fall, this is one of a series of technical... 

Suncor achieves record quarterly oil-equivalent production of 831 000 bbl/d

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th January 2019 Energy company Suncor reported total upstream production of 831 000 bbl/d of oil equivalent for the fourth quarter of 2018. This marked a quarterly production record and represented a 12% increase from the third quarter. 

If you can't pipe it, refine it: Alberta seeks oil glut solution

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 What’s worse: Too much oil, or too much gasoline? The government of Alberta, weighing the potential of a new refinery for the province, may be on its way to finding out. In 2018, surging crude production in the Canadian province ran into limited space on export pipelines, creating bottlenecks and... 

NSW approves modifications for Clean TeQ’s Sunrise

By: Mariaan Webb     21st December 2018 The Independent Planning Commission of New South Wales, Australia, has given ASX- and TSX-listed Clean TeQ the green light to implement a number of improvements at the cobalt/nickel project, which will allow it to more effectively respond to the rapidly growing demand for the metals that it will... 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge winner announced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2018 Team Authentic8 was on Friday declared the winner of the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and University of the Witwatersrand's (Wits') Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct’s security access management hackathon, also called the Access Management System Challenge. The announcement was... 

Radebe hints at possible Saudi investment to boost South Africa's oil refining capacity

By: Kim Cloete     7th November 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has called for a collaborative approach to attract investment in oil refining hubs throughout the continent and has hinted that Saudi Arabian investment in refining capacity in South Africa may soon become a reality. “In South Africa we believe the time has come for an... 

Implats in talks with potential 1 Shaft buyers, as restructuring proceeds 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) achieved the highest first-quarter mill tonnage at its Impala Rustenburg operations since the 2013 financial year, during the quarter ended September 30. Tonnes milled at Impala Rustenburg increased by 5.6% year-on-year to 3.15-million tonnes in the first... 

Lonmin undertakes refinancing, delivers on results promise 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 Platinum miner Lonmin has entered into a $200-million metal purchase agreement with Pangaea Investments Management (PIM), an associate company of Jiangxi Copper Company (JCC), which will provide the miner with improved liquidity and remove certain restrictive current lender conditions. Of the... 

Kenya to establish gold refinery in bid to boost mining revenue

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 Kenya is seeking consultants for a feasibility study on a planned gold refinery in the East African nation’s western town of Kakamega, in a bid to boost earnings by small-scale miners. “The aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the beneficiary community, regional economy and that of... 

Sales and production soar at Woodside

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2018 Australia’s Woodside Petroleum has seen an increase in both production and sales revenues for the third quarter, as its Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project continued to contribute strongly to operations. “Production at Wheatstone LNG continued ahead of plan, underpinning a 13.8% rise... 

Jubilee reports solid Q3 performance, growing demand

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 AltX- and Aim-listed Jubilee Metals has seen a growing demand from both small and global mining companies wanting to work with Jubilee to access the metals available in mine waste, CEO Leon Coetzer said on Wednesday. This statement comes amid the diversified metals recovery company having... 

Honeywell, ERG to collaborate on mine efficiencies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 NYSE-listed Honeywell and Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop innovative technologies that will increase productivity at ERG’s operations in Kazakhstan, Brazil and several African countries. Under the terms of the MoU, Honeywell will... 

CoreCivils helps bridge growing road maintenance backlog

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 CoreSlab directors, Jaco de Bruin and Tiaan de Jager, have launched CoreCivils, a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide range of precast-concrete bridge beams. The new company is manufacturing its high quality T, Y, I and M-type bridge beams, in addition... 

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,... 

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