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Workshop: The pretraction 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... 

China's Jiangxi Copper has plans for M&A in Africa – chairperson

By: Reuters     19th October 2017 State-owned China metals firm Jiangxi Copper plans to make an acquisition in mineral-rich Africa, president and chairperson Long Ziping said, as the country's top integrated copper producer aims to step up overseas expansion. Long, appointed chairperson last month, didn't identify potential... 

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... 

Copper market fundamentals point to lower refining charges – Antofagasta CEO

By: Reuters     25th September 2017 Tighter copper supply and an increase in refining capacity in top-consumer China should result in lower treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) by smelters, the chief of Chilean miner Antofagasta told Reuters on Monday. "The fundamental market conditions are indicative of a deficit and that... 

Nigeria unlikely to cut fuel sulphur level anytime soon – Rainoil

By: Reuters     22nd September 2017 Nigeria's efforts to cut sulphur levels in its fuel imports are unlikely to succeed this year, the head of a major Nigerian downstream company told the Platts refining conference in Brussels. The government has delayed its target to slash allowed sulphur on imports to 50 parts per million (ppm)... 

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... 

Edible-oil refinery gives grape seed industry a boost

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Engineering firm First Ocean completed the commissioning of a small-scale edible oil refinery on time and within the budget, adding value to the local grape seed industry in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech commissioned a second firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) unit for a South Africa-based crude oil storage depot last month, providing a highly portable and flexible solution to complement the depot’s existing large-scale foam and water cannon system. 

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Thermal spray coatings provide protection for refineries

     8th September 2017 Thermal spray coatings can produce significant cost savings for refineries by reducing the amount of piping maintenance required to guard against the consequences of corrosion under insulation (CUI), says wear solutions provider Weartech director Adam Wintle.  

Well-managed upgrades essential at African refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 With demand for cleaner fuel products driving refinery upgrades in Africa, turnaround planning must be carefully managed to eliminate the risks of costly overruns and production losses, which can threaten the economic viability of the projects, says project management consultancy Turner &... 

New Gold on track for mid-Sept hot commissioning, budget remains steady

By: Henry Lazenby     7th September 2017 Project developer New Gold expects to start processing ore at the now 90%-completed Rainy River project, in Ontario, within the next two weeks, the company announced on Wednesday. In line with the revised plan, commercial production at its $1-billion-plus project is expected to follow in November. 

International Lithium Corp receives proof of concept study for alternative lithium recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2017 TSX-V-listed International Lithium Corp (ILC) has received the final proof of concept study for the recovery of lithium using membrane separation as a potential alternative to the natural evaporation process, which is currently proposed at the lithium brine joint venture project in Salta,... 

Platinum market expected to maintain balance amid continued supply constraints – WPIC

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th September 2017 The platinum market is expected to remain in fundamental balance, albeit with a small 15 000 oz deficit for this year, the World Platinum Investment Council’s (WPIC’s) latest ‘Platinum Quarterly’ report shows. The report, published on Wednesday, incorporates analysis of platinum supply and demand... 

Jubilee announces partnership agreement with DCM

By: Anine Kilian     5th September 2017 Through subsidiary Jubilee Tailings Treatment Company, JSE-listed Jubilee Minerals has executed a framework, treatment of tailings and chrome-ore agreement with Dilokong Chrome Mines (DCM), as well as a third-party ore agreement for the toll-refining of run-of-mine (ROM) chrome ore. The agreement... 

Krugerrand dealers no longer required to be members of SAAND

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2017 The Competition Commission and precious metal smelting and refining complex Rand Refinery have agreed that dealers of Krugerrands no longer have to be members of the South African Association of Numismatic Dealers (SAAND). The agreement follows an investigation by the commission into allegations... 

Northam Platinum set to self-fund R1.3bn capex programme 

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2017 The capital expenditure of platinum-mining company Northam in this financial year is expected to reach the R1.3-billion mark, well above the R774-million in the 12 months to June 30. Northam, which is in the midst of significant expansion, sees project execution as the key to its foreseeable future. 

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