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Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2018 Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Chill out with Maxiflex at FRIGAIR 2018

26th April 2018 “With cold chain forming the biggest part of our industry, Frigair presents us with the perfect platform to showcase our range of product solutions specifically tailored to freezer and cold storage environments,” says Bram Janssen, Managing Director of Maxiflex, South Africa’s market leader in... 

India, Iran near a truncated deal on gasfield development

By: Ajoy K Das     26th April 2018 India and Iran are closing in on a deal for the development of the Farzad B gasfield, albeit of a much smaller size. Diplomatic negotiations between the two countries since early this year have narrowed down differences on the gas project and this will be followed up by a consortium of Indian... 

We have the ocean, so why not use it?

26th April 2018 It’s South Africa’s greatest irony – a country ravaged by drought, that’s surrounded by ocean. Home to one of Africa’s busiest ports, it seems almost nonsensical that a country so economically dependent upon the ocean should be facing a water crisis. And yet, in 2018, South Africa’s water woes... 

Raw material suppliers join Finland battery factory project

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2018 Five companies that can supply essential raw materials for an emerging battery industry in Finland have joined a cooperation network that aims to obtain international investment in the battery cluster. The cooperation network includes the cities of Vaasa and Kokkola, Freeport Cobalt, the... 

Freeport stock tanks on disappointing Q1 earnings, Indonesia fears

By: Henry Lazenby     25th April 2018 US diversified miner Freeport McMoRan’s (FCX’s) NYSE-listed stock lost as much as 17% on Tuesday following disappointing first-quarter financial results and a lowered copper production outlook. Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport’s president and CEO Richard Adkerson expressed shock and disappointment... 

Barossa LNG project advances to FEED phase – Santos

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th April 2018 Australian oil and gas major Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners have advanced the Barossa project to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of development. FEED activities will involve engineering and commercial work, aimed at finalising the project’s technical detail, cost,... 

Data and the smart machine revolution

24th April 2018 How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimization of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Immense amounts of data. Omron Industrial,... 

Amplats procures energy storage system for Amandelbult

By: Anine Kilian     23rd April 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has contracted energy storage systems provider Primus Power to supply its Amandelbult mine, in Limpopo, with eight EnergyPod battery systems. The EnergyPods will provide Amandelbult with 200 kW of power and 1 000 kWh of energy. 

Afrox thought leadership series: Liquid nitrogen and cold chain

23rd April 2018 Afrox application specialist for the food and beverage markets, Hendrik Pretorius, looks at nitrogen and its use in modern food chilling and freezing applications. Food safety: nitrogen, an ideal clean gas 

Jungheinrich: "Your Connection To Success"

23rd April 2018 Largest exhibitor at CeMAT 2018 Intralogistics 4.0 is lived daily at Jungheinrich 

Making VM performance management practical

23rd April 2018 In today’s highly-virtualised, hyper-converged technology world, new data centre tools and technologies can become quite abstract and conceptual. “The data centre realm is certainly becoming more complex,” begins Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.... 

Gold Road/Gold Fields JV flags Gruyere delay, possible cost increases

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd April 2018 The Gruyere gold project, in Western Australia, is likely to be late in delivering its first gold, project developers Gold Road Resources and Gold Fields have warned, with the companies also flagging possible cost increases. The joint venture (JV) partners said on Monday that the abnormal... 

Newcrest gets approvals for tailings plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd April 2018 Gold miner Newcrest Mining has been given approval to use the first 200m of the old Cadia Hill openpit operation, in New South Wales, as a tailings storage facility. The Cadia Hill openpit would be used in lieu of the Northern tailings facility, where a breakthrough of tailings material was... 

India seeks consultants to frame regulations for gas trading hub

By: Ajoy K Das     20th April 2018 With the Indian government aiming to set up a natural gas trading hub in the country, sector regulator the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is seeking to appoint a consultant to help determine a regulatory mechanism for such a trading exchange. “In  order to further boost the... 

Malawi seeks funding for new dam to shore up supply to Mzuzu

By: Marcel Chimwala     20th April 2018 Malawi’s Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is seeking $120-million in financing for a new dam to supply the city of Mzuzu. Mzuzu and surrounding areas rely on the Lunyangwa dam, which can no longer meet increasing water demand from a growing population. 

Just keep it simple

By: Riaan de Lange     20th April 2018 One of my fondest memories is of my grandfather visiting us in the city from the farm. Those visits were memorable, not because of their regularity – I can count them on the finger of one hand. On one of these visits I thought of treating him by taking him to a coffee shop. How difficult could it... 

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Coral South floating liquefied natural gas project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Coral FLNG SA plans to develop five-trillion cubic feet of gas in the deep waters of the Rovuma basin. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved to end an escalating crisis over Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. 

Semafo’s Boungou mine 91% complete

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2018 Montreal-based miner Semafo reported on Thursday that construction of the Burkina Faso-based Boungou mine, in Burkina Faso, is 91% complete, and 10% of the equipment has already been commissioned. Commissioning exercises started in February, focusing first on the crushing circuit equipment and... 

First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

19th April 2018 In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and... 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched 

19th April 2018 Power management multinational Eaton South Africa has launched a grid-tied microgrid that uses solar photovoltaic and lithium ion battery storage systems. The microgrid powers its Wadeville campus and factory.  

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

Emergency Desalination Plant Gets Helping Hand from SBS Tanks®

18th April 2018 As Cape Town gets closer to running out of water, SBS Tanks® has formed an integral partnership with Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) and Osmoflo to provide quality water for an emergency desalination plant. Initiated by The City of Cape Town, the plant will address the water crisis in the... 

Polymetal’s new mine slightly ahead of schedule, Q1 output up

By: Mariaan Webb     18th April 2018 Construction activities at the new Kyzyl mine, which LSE-listed Polymetal is building in Kazakhstan, are slightly ahead of schedule, with commissioning brought forward by a couple of weeks. Dry commissioning of the processing plant would start on June 1, followed by first concentrate production... 

Tertiary says Swedish project to have ‘minimal impact’ on reindeer herding

By: Mariaan Webb     17th April 2018 The Storuman fluorspar project that UK-headquartered Tertiary Minerals is proposing in north-central Sweden will have a “minimal impact” on reindeer husbandry, an in-depth analysis of reindeer herding has shown. As part of the mine permit reassessment process of the Storuman project, Tertiary... 

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by State-owned power utility Eskom earlier this month ended three years of waiting and uncertainty and it is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole, says solar energy equipment supplier Juwi.  

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Johnson Crane Hire Helps Gmc Repair Critical Cape Town Breakwater

16th April 2018 Lifting solutions leader Johnson Crane Hire has assisted Guerrini Marine Construction (GMC) to successfully complete vital maintenance at Cape Town’s breakwater – considered one of the most essential aspects of the infrastructure for the Port of Cape Town and the popular V&A Waterfront. Johnson... 

Gensource offtake MoUs signal supply malaise in N American potash market

By: Henry Lazenby     14th April 2018 The fact that junior Canadian start-up Gensource Potash has been able to secure two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) from separate US offtake partners that support the establishment of a new and independent supply of potash, speaks to a certain malaise in the continent’s crop nutrient market.... 

Savannah to incentivise senior management as it expedites mining projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Aim-listed resource development company Savannah Resources has implemented a long-term incentive plan (LTIP) to incentivise executive directors and certain senior management as the company continues to expedite its projects to tap into the growing market for energy metals.  

Cape Town finalises new desalination plant project

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 With the Cape Town area suffering from one of the worst droughts in its history, tank manufacturer and supplier SBS Tanks marketing manager James Preston tells Engineering News that the City of Cape Town municipality has launched several alternative water source projects to mitigate the drought’s... 

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