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MacLean Engineering to supply battery powered fleet for Goldcorp’s diesel-free Borden mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 Goldcorp is looking to build what is expected to be the world;s first diesel-free hard rock gold mine at its Borden project, near Chapleau, Ontario. The company has chosen Collingwood, Ontario-based MacLean Engineering to provide a fleet of battery powered mobile underground mining equipment to... 

St Helena Airport development

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2016 An external expert has been appointed to review the process that has resulted in delaying in the starting of the air services to St Helena Airport. 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

VW investors seek €8.2bn in damages over emissions scandal – court

By: Reuters     21st September 2016 Volkswagen (VW) faces €8.2-billion ($9.14-billion) in damage claims from investors over its emissions scandal in the legal district where the carmaker is based, a German court said. A total of about 1 400 lawsuits have been lodged at the regional court in Braunschweig near VW's Wolfsburg... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

SA’s cost-of-doing-business ranking badly down – Chamber

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2016 South Africa has plummeted to an abysmally low level in the World Bank’s 160-country cost-of-doing-business rankings. On the bank’s Doing Business scale, which measures the fitness of a country’s economy to grow and compete, South Africa has tumbled 15 notches since 2007, from position number 58,... 

FA 07 Refineries are quite sophisticated

     20th September 2016 Valve makers are increasingly targeting refineries outside of Europe. Energy efficiency is decisive for the competitiveness of refinery operators and their valve suppliers. Refineries always are in operation, and simply cannot be replaced. Traffic can only flow with their products, namely petrol... 

MinRes gets EPA tick of approval for Pilbara iron-ore rail project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2016 Integrated mining services company and iron-ore miner Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) is making progress with its Pilbara Bulk Ore Transportation System, known as BOTS, which will transport iron-ore mined from the Iron Valley mine site, near Newman, to Port Hedland. The Western Australian... 

Wacker Neuson Group confident for 2016 – despite a difficult start to the year

     16th September 2016 During the first quarter of 2016, international light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson continued to feel the impact of difficult conditions across many of its markets, in particular in the Americas region. Although the Group managed to maintain revenue at almost the same level as... 

Another made-in-India truck enters SA market

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Fuso Trucks Southern Africa (FTSA), a division of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA), has launched its second made-in-India truck in South Africa. The Fuso FJ 16-230 follows in the footsteps of the FA 9-137, introduced last year. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – has been synchronised to the grid. 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Refineries face uncertain future as SA fuel standards lag

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

Waste coal gasification could offer alternative power generation source  

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 To facilitate the gasification of low-grade fine waste coal that is discarded as a by-product of coal processing, State-owned mineral research council Mintek is developing the concept of direct current (dc) arc plasma gasification, intending to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) that could be used... 

Petrol party turns sour with expected 51c price hike

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 The recent period of fuel price reductions is set for a reversal as the weakening rand and stronger international petroleum prices combine to cause pain at the pumps. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the... 

Paramount showcases new infantry fighting vehicle at AAD

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2016 South Africa-headquartered defence and aerospace platform manufacturer Paramount Group this week unveiled, for the first time in Africa, its high-mobility 8 X 8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the Mbombe 8, during the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2016 exhibition, held at Airforce Base... 

Tucano taps into power grid

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th September 2016 Gold miner Beadell Resources has inked a deed of understanding with the Amapa Electricity Company to transition its Tucano gold project, in Brazil, to grid power. Beadell would start required improvements to the existing 110 km 69 KV power line, which terminates at the Tucano mine, which would... 

DCD’s Husky 2G takes the lead in route clearance

     13th September 2016 The recent fitment of a Route Clearance Platform Autonomous Control Kit (RC-PACK) on the DCD Portable Mobility (DCD PM) Husky 2G design has maximised DCD’s vehicle-mounted mine detector (VMMD) system – making this Husky model the most strategically important item in the route clearance convoy.... 

Anglo American’s Gahcho Kué to provide C$6.7bn boost to Canadian economy

By: Henry Lazenby     9th September 2016 A new report by professional services firm EY has calculated that the world’s largest new diamond mine under construction in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NWT), Gahcho Kué, will provide a C$6.7-billion boost to the Canadian economy. “Diamonds are perhaps one of Canada’s best kept secrets, yet,... 

Cummins Africa opens CNG training facility 

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Power and engine multinational Cummins Africa has added a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine training programme to the courses available at its Kelvin View training facility, in Gauteng, to support the growing use of CNG engines in public transport and power generation, says Cummins Africa... 

Generator manufacturer looks local for prime power applications

By: Dylan Slater     9th September 2016 Alrode-based equipment manufacturer Doosan is aiming its newly launched diesel generators at industrial applications in Africa, primarily for prime power applications requiring 24/7 operation.  

In need of decisive leadership

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2016 Given the fast-moving nature of developments surrounding State-owned electricity producer Eskom, it is quite possible that there may well have been new developments in the ongoing saga between the utility and independent power producers (IPPs) since the time of writing. Nevertheless, Eskom's... 

Bosch concealed Volkswagen use of 'defeat device' software – lawyers

By: Reuters     7th September 2016 Auto supplier Robert Bosch concealed the use of Volkswagen's secret "defeat device" software that it helped design and demanded in 2008 that the German automaker provide legal protection in its use, lawyers for American owners alleged in a court filing. The filing on Friday in US District Court... 

Siemens eyes international markets with new trolley assist substation

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2016 Siemens South Africa  (SA) is targeting international markets with its fourth-generation 11 MW fully automated direct current (DC) containerised trolley assist substation – the Siemens E House. One of the six inaugural in-house-developed units heading to an undisclosed Namibia-based opencast mine... 

Lingering clean-fuels uncertainty could ‘wipe out’ South Africa’s refineries 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2016 South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) chairperson Maurice Radebe has appealed for “decisive action” to resolve the prevailing policy uncertainty on cleaner fuels and how the $4.9-billion cost of upgrading the country’s existing refineries to produce such fuels will be recovered.... 

Petrol price drop to bring consumer relief

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2016 South African consumers can expect some relief in September, with the fuel price for 93 and 95 unleaded petrol falling by 18c/ℓ, and the diesel price dropping by 48c/ℓ. The fall is attributable to the strengthening of the rand against the dollar, which has cushioned the fuel price by about 22c/ℓ. 

Growing urbanisation the impetus for Daimler Trucks’ electric ambitions

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 It’s quite surprising to see a heavy truck tiptoe rather than brawl its way across the tarmac. The truck in question is the proto- type Mercedes-Benz urban eTruck. The ‘e’ stands for electric, which means there is none of the familiar noisy acceleration, engine vibration, braking or diesel... 

Growing urbanisation the impetus for Daimler Trucks’ electric ambitions

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2016 It’s quite surprising to see a heavy truck tiptoe, rather than brawl its way across the tarmac. The truck in question is the prototype Mercedes-Benz urban eTruck. The ‘e’ stands for electric, which means there is none of the familiar noisy acceleration, engine vibration, braking, or diesel... 

Phase 1 of refinery expansion project to be completed this year

     2nd September 2016 The Cameroonian government is planning to complete the first phase of the expansion and modernisation works at national refinery company Sonara’s refinery later this year, which will lead to an increase in production. According to local media, the refinery – the only one in the country – has been... 

Supplier development programme launched for black businesses

     2nd September 2016 Oil refining company Chevron Corporation’s local subsidiary Chevron South Africa (SA) –  which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand – last month announced a new enterprise and supplier development (E&SD) programme aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The... 

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 Eskom's hostility towards independent power producers (IPPs) can no longer be disputed, or ignored. The antagonism has also brought to the fore the oft-repeated warning about the genuine risk associated with the current structure of the industry, where IPPs are beholden to a dominant competitor... 

Refineries mulling options in face of Clean Fuels 2 

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2016 While not able to speak on behalf of the industry, South Africa’s refineries are probably grappling with the question of whether they can afford to upgrade their facilities to produce cleaner diesel and petrol, or whether it is more cost-effective to close down, says Sasol senior technical... 

Molefe urges municipalities to move to prepaid electricity meters

By: Kim Cloete     1st September 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says municipalities that have electricity arrears, should enter into an agreement to allow Eskom to install prepaid meters for customers. He also anticipates a complete move to prepaid meters in the long term. “[In the] long-term, South Africa should move to prepaid... 

Hummingbird study shows solid case for hydropower use at Liberia project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st August 2016 A recently completed prefeasibility study (PFS) at Liberia-focused miner Hummingbird Resources’ Dugbe gold project, has confirmed the viability of a range of options for hydroelectric power (HEP) plant use in supplying a sustainable source of power for Dugbe, as well as the south-east Liberian... 

Gordhan jitters, oil strength slam brakes on fuel price drop

By: News24Wire      30th August 2016 Renewed oil price strength and a turnaround in the rand/US dollar exchange rate have put the brakes on the substantial fuel price drops suggested by mid-August data. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited end-August fuel price data released by the... 

Buffalo Coal production slides as tough conditions continue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Total run-of-mine production at JSE-listed Buffalo Coal’s operations fell 20.4% year-on-year, to 416 000 t, in the second quarter ended June 30, owing to difficult mining conditions and pitroom constraints at its Magdalena project. The mine saw a 27.9% decrease in Magdalena underground... 

Volkswagen to spend at least $1.2bn to compensate US dealers – sources

By: Reuters     26th August 2016 Volkswagen has agreed to spend more than $1.2-billion to compensate its 650 US dealers for their losses from the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The company and a lawyer for VW dealers announced a tentative settlement at a court... 

New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

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