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Northern Dynasty tumbles on First Quantum’s Pebble pull-out

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The TSX-traded stocks of base metals producer First Quantum Minerals and Northern Dynasty Minerals tumbled on Friday following an overnight joint announcement that the companies have terminated a 2017 framework accord that envisioned the partners closing an option and partnership transaction to... 

Motheo Construction Group wins Lesedi fuel terminal contract

25th May 2018 Motheo Construction Group has been appointed civil engineering and earthworks contractor for a new fuel-terminal project for Lesedi Local Municipality in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga. The contract was awarded to Motheo Construction Group by Chemie Tech, an EPCM contractor in the oil-and-gas industry,... 

Eurasia’s West Kytlim fully operational

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, is fully operational and is producing an average of 1.8 kg a day of raw platinum, Aim-listed Eurasia Mining reported on Wednesday. In the first two weeks of production, the mine produced 11.8 kg at a suggested average grade... 

Leading infrastructure specialist mobilises in Western Cape

23rd May 2018  M&D Construction Group’s new office in Paarl will assist Breede Valley Local Municipality with the augmentation of the water-storage capacity at the Langerug reservoir. The construction of the 20 ML reservoir is the first contract to be secured by the leading diversified contractor’s new office,... 

AECOM debates the impact of EIAs in project development at IAIA18

21st May 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM had a major presence at the 38th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, IAIA18, held from 16 to 19 May at the Durban International Convention Centre. Billed as the international environment conference of the... 

Eskom evacuates contractor workers after protest at Kusile

By: African News Agency      18th May 2018 South African power utility Eskom on Friday, said it had to evacuate contractor workers at the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, after a violent protest erupted by employees of SGB, a subcontractor of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa. Mitsubishi Hitachi is appointed by Eskom to design,... 

Murray & Roberts Announces The Potential Combination With Aveng Limited

18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited (“Murray & Roberts”) today announced a potential transaction, proposing to make an all share offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Aveng Limited (“Aveng”), as well as to implement a solution to enable the early redemption of the Aveng convertible... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Ninety-five years of lighting up South Africa

18th May 2018 For the past 95 years, State-owned power utility Eskom, has been at the forefront of contributing positively towards fighting the country’s socioeconomic challenges through the Eskom Development Foundation. The foundation, a nonprofit organisation solely funded by Eskom, has launched many... 

Chana biomass power plant, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The project involves the construction of rubber wood-fuelled power plant. 

Tharisa on track to achieve Vision 2020 strategy; acquires Zim chrome asset

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Integrated resource group Tharisa CFO Michael Jones says the company’s Vision 2020 strategy, which is aimed at increasing production to 200 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and two-million tonnes of chrome concentrates by year-end 2020, is well on track. Tharisa, which on Wednesday... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Mining starts at Comet Vale

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2018 Mining has started at the Comet Vale gold project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Orminex on Tuesday said that its strategic partner, underground mining contractor GBF Mining has started work on a decline which marked the start of the 27-month mine plan. 

Refuse-to-Fuse

14th May 2018 Known as the leading innovator in piping solutions and services, Victaulic continues to transform the industry with the most advanced engineering technologies and services that allow customers to tackle their most unique construction challenges. One such innovation is that of Victaulic’s... 

West Kytlim off to a good start as 2018 mining season kicks off

By: Mariaan Webb     10th May 2018 The West Kytlim alluvial gold and platinum mine, in the Ural mountains of Russia, has started the 2018 mining season on a high note, with 4.6 kg of raw platinum having been produced in the first six days of production. Aim-listed Eurasia appointed Techstroy to mine at West Kytlim and executive... 

Concor Buildings Delivering Fast Track Student Accommodation Project

9th May 2018 Concor Buildings is synonymous with delivering fast track projects to the desired quality, on time and most importantly within budget. Martin Muller, contracts manager at Concor Buildings, ascribes this characteristic as one of the reasons why the company secured the contract to construct the new... 

GDID announces multibillion-rand infrastructure project pipeline under revamped processes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID) has unveiled the first consolidated pipeline of projects that have been rigorously tested through its newly developed project toolkit. Over the past two years, the department has been refining its back-office delivery processes to ensure... 

WSP helps City of Cape Town bring emergency desalination plant online

7th May 2018 WSP - one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent - played a crucial role in the fast-tracked development of the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day. Located at the V&A Waterfront,... 

Transforming an informal settlement in South Africa into a modern city

4th May 2018 Transforming an informal settlement into a fully-fledged urban development requires extensive planning and integration of infrastructure. This was the major problem faced by the City of Johannesburg’s Housing Department when it embarked on a long-term project to develop Elias Motsoaledi. Named... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has awarded the contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Phase II engineering design contracts. 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Zambezi River Authority has embarked on the final stage of the project with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works. 

Work starts on initial phases of Songwe feasibility study

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 Work has started on the initial phases of a feasibility study into Mkango Resources’ Songwe Hill rare earths project, in Malawi. Metallurgical optimisation is under way at laboratories in Australia and Canada, with the work programme having been scaled up following the receipt, in January, of... 

Yanfolila ramp-up sees 9 912 oz of gold poured in March

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2018 Aim-listed West African gold producer Hummingbird Resources has successfully ramped up gold production at its opencast Yanfolila mine and plant, in Mali, with 9 912 oz poured in March. The Yanfolila project produced 18 785 oz of gold in the quarter ended March 31, with the mine and plant... 

Randgold works to recover lost output at Tongon after work stoppages

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 With operations at Randgold Resources’ Tongon mine, in Côte d'lvoire, now back at full capacity after a series of work stoppages, the company is making a “determined effort” to recover most of the lost output. The gold miner on Monday warned that the mine’s production guidance of 290 000 oz for... 

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th April 2018 The retender process for the construction of the Msikaba bridge closed on April 11, 2018.  

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia/Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     27th April 2018 The Kariba dam rehabilitation project is progressing steadily. 

Gem lifts Q1 production, sales

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 LSE-listed Gem Diamonds’ carat recoveries increased by 32% year-on-year to 33 526 ct for the three months ended March 31, compared with the 25 479 ct recovered in the first quarter of 2017. Carat recoveries also rose by 10% on the 30 560 ct recovered in the December 2017 quarter. 

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

MC Mining’s Q3 output falls on equipment availability challenges at Uitkomst

By: Anine Kilian     26th April 2018 Equipment availability challenges resulted in an 18% quarter-on-quarter decrease in production at MC Mining’s Uitkomst metallurgical and thermal coal colliery to 115 750 t for the three months ended March 31. “The contract miner experienced equipment availability challenges during the quarter,... 

Trans Hex to dispose of Lower Orange River operations

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 JSE-listed diamond mining company Trans Hex’s subsidiary Trans Hex Operations (THO) has entered into an agreement to sell its Lower Orange River (LOR) operations – the Bloeddrif and Baken mines – to black women-owned LOR Diamonds for R72-million. The agreement includes the disposal of the... 

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. 

Oanda awarded EPC contract for Nigeria’s AKK pipeline

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 JSE-listed Oando together with Oilserv have been awarded the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) mandate for the Ajaokuta – Abuja portion of the $727-million Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline system by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The contract award follows an... 

R360m Admin Craft Basin opens opportunities for growth at Port of Ngqura

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The completed Admin Craft Basin (ACB), valued at R360-million, in the Port of Ngqura has opened up opportunities for revenue growth in the developing port. The new structure will be home to the port’s three tugs and one pilot boat, thereby freeing up Berth C101, which was designed to handle... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule 

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

Giyani Metals identifies prospective manganese mineralisation locations in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 TSX-listed junior exploration company Giyani Metals Corporation is progressing Phase 1 of its 2018 operational programme in Botswana.  

Stabila, fischer products shine at iconic 129 Rivonia Road project

16th April 2018 Leading brands fischer fixings and Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by Upat, played an integral role in ensuring the safe and speedy installation of the iconic façades at the 129 Rivonia Road development in Sandton, the site of the former Village Walk shopping centre. Developed by... 

Lake Turkana wind power project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 LTWP consortium is building a 310 MW wind farm in Marsabit County, which will feature sixty-five 850 kW wind turbine generators. 

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