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Rio awards A$900m in contracts as Amrun mine development progresses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th March 2017 Production and shipping from the Amrun bauxite mine, in Queensland, is on track to start in the first half of 2019, with mining major Rio Tinto this week announcing the award of more than A$900-million of contracts to Queensland suppliers. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Rio’s... 

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 JSE-listed York Timbers on Thursday posted lower earnings for the six-month period to December 31. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share declined from 11c in the comparable prior period to 10c in the six months under review, while profit for the period was down from the R35.4-million... 

Andre Nel – GreenTower

     7th March 2017 GCIP-SA alumnus Andre Nel with GreenTower, a solar energy micro-grid boiler, was one of 16 of the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs who were shortlisted for the 2016/2017 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Launched in 2014, the Prize aims to... 

Condition-based maintenance – new approaches to extend the life of HVAC equipment

     19th January 2017 HVAC is a long-term investment: chillers are big-ticket items that are meant to last the lifetime of a building – about 25-30 years – in fact a recent demolition of one of the first four star hotels in Dubai led to the retirement of three YORK® YT Chillers after nearly 34 years of service. These... 

Rio starts work on new bauxite mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th January 2017 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has awarded a A$70-million bulk earthworks contract to Queensland-based civil engineering firm QBrit for work at its A$2.6-billion Amrun bauxite project, in Cape York. The project will produce at an initial rate of 22.8-million tonnes a year, with the option to expand... 

York Timbers appoints interim chairperson

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed wood manufacturer York Timbers on Monday appointed Dinga Mncube as acting chairperson, with immediate effect. He takes over the reins from Dr Jim Myers, who has undergone an operation and will be recovering. 

Kairos drilling programme shows encouraging results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 A maiden gold-focused drilling programme at ASX-listed Kairos Minerals’ 100%-owned Mt York lithium-gold project, in the Pilgangoora district of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, has been completed for an aggregate of 5 242 m of drilling. The company estimates that it currently has around... 

Metro partners up in Myanmar

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th December 2016 ASX-listed Metro Mining has signed a farm-in agreement with PanAust over its Mahar San exploration project, in Myanmar. Under the agreement PanAust will have the exclusive option to explore the project for one year, in exchange for funding all operating costs, including an agreed drilling... 

Metro gains majority stake in Gulf Alumina, rival bid falls by the wayside

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th December 2016 ASX-listed Metro Mining has declared its takeover offer for Gulf Alumina unconditional, after shareholders representing some 57.3% of the company’s issued capital accepted its offer. Metro initially offered Gulf shareholders a choice between 60c in cash a share, or a cash and shares alternative... 

Clock ticking for Moly to match offer for Gulf

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd November 2016 ASX-listed Moly Mines has five days in which to match a takeover offer from fellow-listed Metro Mining for Gulf Alumina, after the latter determined Metro’s offer to be a superior proposal. Moly Mines in September launched a combination of A$0.46 in cash and 1.4 options for each Gulf share held,... 

Urquhart free of EIS

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th October 2016 The Queensland government has told ASX-listed Metallica Minerals that it will not require an environmental-impact statement (EIS) for its Urquhart bauxite project. The determination by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection follows an earlier determination from the federal... 

Metro rivals Moly with cash and share offer for Gulf Alumina

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th October 2016 ASX-listed Metro Mining will launch another takeover offer for Gulf Alumina to rival a takeover offer from fellow-listed Moly Mines. Metro, which already holds a 39% stake in Gulf Alumina, has previously said some of the conditions attached to the Moly Mines offer would be difficult to satisfy. 

George and Wilderness road rehabilitation project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st October 2016 The project involves the resealing, rehabilitation and structural maintenance of 20 km of road in George and Wilderness. 

Johnson Controls introduces YORK YVWA and YMC2 chillers - unique solutions for customers investing in low-GWP refrigerants

     20th October 2016 As part of its long-term refrigerant roadmap, Johnson Controls has announced two platforms of high efficiency chillers available with low GWP (global warming potential) options.   Building on the industry renowned legacy of its product line, Johnson Controls has extended its portfolio of YORK... 

York lifts FY Ebitda by 22%

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2016 By opening up new market channels, strengthening its wholesale division and focusing on service delivery to its existing client base, JSE-listed York Timbers has achieved a 22% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). Ebitda increased from... 

Metro responds to Moly Mines offer

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd September 2016 ASX-listed Metro Mining has responded to fellow-listed Moly Mines’ offer for Gulf Alumina, in which Metro holds a 39% interest, saying that some of the conditions of the transaction will be difficult to satisfy. Metro pointed out on Friday that Moly Mines is a controlled subsidiary of the... 

Year-on-year 6% growth for local RLC segment

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 The local residential and light commercial (RLC) segment of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) sector showed 6% year-on-year growth, says batteries, electronics, and HVAC equipment provider Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron.  

YORK chiller combination with smart COP technology from Johnson Controls saves leading tech firm millions

     12th July 2016 Johnson Controls has installed two YORK chillers at the South African offices of a leading multinational tech company. The combination of a water-cooled and heat-pump chiller will meet the needs of the company’s 600+ people in their almost 10,000m2 facility in Johannesburg, and provide... 

Four YORK chillers earns SABC R7.9 million in energy savings per annum

     6th July 2016 SABC Auckland Park has replaced its six 40-year-old chillers with four new YORK chillers from Johnson Controls.  The R8.5 million investment in new Chillers is part of a central plant upgrade project that delivers a more efficient cooling solution, offers improved controls and will provide the... 

Kairos expands, refines lithium portfolio

By: Anine Kilian     4th July 2016 ASX-listed Kairos Minerals has expanded and refined its lithium portfolio in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It has secured three new prospective lithium exploration projects – the 182.4 km2 Croydon, the 383.7km2 Southern Pride and the 108.9 km2 Taipan projects – to complement its... 

Metallica completes sale of Boyne limestone project

By: Samantha Herbst     27th June 2016 ASX-listed bauxite developer Metallica Minerals has completed the sale of its noncore Boyne limestone project, near Gladstone, Queensland, after a private group paid the agreed balance of $900 000. The private purchaser sought to acquire the two granted mining leases that formed the Boyne project... 

Metallica gets green light to move forward with Urquhart sans EIS

By: Samantha Herbst     24th June 2016 The Commonwealth Department of the Environment has determined that ASX-listed Metallica Minerals’ Urquhart bauxite project, in north Queensland, does not require an environmental impact assessment (EIS), as the impact of the project is considered minimal. “This major milestone confirms that the... 

Opinion Piece: 6% annual growth in the residential light commercial HVAC segment in South Africa – a viable, eco-friendly home/office option

     22nd June 2016 The residential light commercial segment of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning market is growing fast in South Africa. With the electricity crises easing off, RLC solutions are an increasingly attractive option – they are affordable, easy to install and deliver surprisingly long- term... 

Bauxite Hills EIS open for public comment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th May 2016 The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Bauxite Hills project, in Cape York, has been opened for public comment after the Queensland government accepted the document. ASX-listed Metro Mining in April submitted the EIS to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage... 

Metro submits environmental work for Bauxite Hills

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2016 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has submitted the environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed Bauxite Hills project, in Cape York, to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Once the state government approved the EIS, the document would be put on public display... 

Metallica finds port solution for Urquhart

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th April 2016 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has struck a heads of agreement (HoA) with the operator of the nearby Hey Point bauxite mine to provide logistical services for the Urquhart bauxite project, in Cape York. The agreement would see direct shipping bauxite from the Urquhart mine be delivered to export... 

Takeovers Panel demands more info from Gulf

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th March 2016 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has welcomed a declaration of unacceptable circumstances from the Takeovers Panel in relation to the affairs of takeover target Gulf Alumina. Metro in December last year launched a takeover offer for Gulf Alumina, offering Gulf shareholders 3.3 new Metro shares... 

York expects lower H1 earnings

By: Anine Kilian     24th February 2016 JSE-listed York Timber expects to report a 45% to 50% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Earnings per share (EPS) and HEPS were expected to decrease to between 10.5c and 11.6c, from 21c in the six months to December 2014. 

George Airport gears up for the 14th Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge

     15th February 2016 George Airport and the George municipality are gearing up for the biggest racing event, the 14th Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge exclusively for athletes with physical disabilities to be hosted in the coastal city of George on Saturday the 20th of February 2016.The Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge... 

Metro extends takeover period for Gulf

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th February 2016 Bauxite developer Metro Mining has extended the takeover period of its offer for unlisted Gulf Alumina from February 15 to March 15. Metro in December of last year launched a takeover offer for Gulf Alumina, offering Gulf shareholders 3.3 new Metro shares for every one gulf share held. 

Metro identifies DSO potential in Cape York

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th December 2015 ASX-listed Metro Mining on Wednesday reported an 11.7-million-tonne direct shipping ore (DSO) indicated resource for its BH2 deposit, in Cape York. The BH2 deposit brought Metro’s total DSO bauxite resource in the Cape York region to 65.3-million tonnes. 

Rio’s reshaped aluminium business to deliver more savings in 2016

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th December 2015 Diversified giant Rio Tinto on Tuesday revealed that its aluminium division had delivered about $300-million in cash costs improvements during 2015, along with a $45-million reduction in sustaining capital expenditure (capex) and a $400-million cut in working capital. “We have made significant... 

Metro bids for unlisted Gulf to create leading Cape York bauxite firm

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd December 2015 Bauxite developer Metro Mining on Wednesday announced its intention to make a takeover offer for unlisted Gulf Alumina, to create a leading independent Cape York bauxite company. 

Rio Tinto pumps $1.9bn into Queensland bauxite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th November 2015 Mining giant Rio Tinto on Friday announced a $1.9-billion investment into its Amrun bauxite project, in Queensland’s Cape York. The miner reported that the project would involve the construction of a bauxite mine and associated processing and port facilities on the Cape York peninsula in north... 

Metallica eyes another noncore sale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2015 ASX-listed Metallica Minerals has executed an option agreement to sell its noncore Boyne limestone project, near Gladstone, to an unnamed party for A$1-million. The option term would be for a period of six months, but could be extended to nine months if regulatory approval was not required within... 

York Timbers biomass plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th October 2015 York Timbers plans to build an electrical biomass power plant at its timber plant, in Mpumalanga. 

York Timbers’ proposed R1.4bn biomass plant to feed national grid

By: Natalie Greve     30th September 2015 Local timber group York Timbers has fleshed out ambitious plans to establish a R1.4-billion electrical biomass power plant at its timber plant, in Mpumalanga, which will deliver 25 MW into the national grid and allow the company to generate energy income from what would otherwise be discarded... 

Energy efficiency wins for hospitality industry – the no-volt relay switch

     28th September 2015 In the hospitality industry where room occupancy rates directly correlate with profitability, it’s hard to put a cap on energy use – the guest’s comfort is of prime concern. However, as tourism in South Africa flags, there is mounting pressure on this sector to conserve energy and cut costs. To... 

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