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Timmins Gold extends San Francisco mine life to 2023

By: Henry Lazenby     24th August 2016 Mexico-focused gold miner Timmins Gold has completed a new Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant technical report on its San Francisco gold mine, extending the mine life out to 2023. The Vancouver-based company on Monday announced a new mine plan for the asset that was expected to... 

VW, suppliers settle dispute after marathon talks

By: Reuters     23rd August 2016 Volkswagen and two of its parts suppliers on Tuesday resolved a contract dispute that had hit output at more than half of the carmaker's German plants and threatened to undermine its recovery from a diesel emissions scandal. After more than 20 hours of negotiations that went on through the night,... 

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury will consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under Transnet, to ensure “efficiency and compliance with the localisation requirements”. The decision to set up the unit was made at the recent Cabinet lekgotla,... 

VW says six German plants hit by supplier dispute

By: Reuters     22nd August 2016 Volkswagen said it faced production delays at more than half its German plants because of a row with two suppliers that analysts estimate may cost the carmaker tens of millions of euros. About 28,000 workers at six of Volkswagen's (VW) ten German factories were affected after the carmarker halted... 

Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday. Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead... 

VW to cut hours for 10 000 workers in Wolfsburg amid supplier row

By: Reuters     19th August 2016 Volkswagen will cut working hours for more than 10 000 staff at its Wolfsburg base and reduce output at two more German sites, a source close to the company said, as the carmaker faces supply problems caused by a parts maker not keeping to delivery commitments. Europe's largest automaker had said... 

Caterpillar to cut nearly 200 jobs as it seeks alternatives for certain underground products

By: Henry Lazenby     19th August 2016 In dealing with the longest down cycle in its 90-year history, US mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is pursuing strategic alternatives for its room-and-pillar products and discontinuing the manufacture of track drills. The Peoria, Illinois-based company said Thursday it would forthwith... 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Rosenergoatom is building the first floating nuclear power plant project, Russia. 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

Food and beverage companies aim to minimise project risk

     19th August 2016 In line with ELB Engineering Services’ (ELB’s) diversification strategy the Industrial Projects business line has expanded from its traditional pneumatic and fine handling capability into the food, beverage and fast moving consumer goods sector, as well as the power sector associated with... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 One-hundred-and-forty-eight locomotives will be delivered in 2016. 

Bosch worked 'hand-in-glove' with VW in emissions fraud – lawyers

By: Reuters     18th August 2016 German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH was a "knowing and active participant" in a decade-long scheme by Volkswagen AG to evade US emissions laws, according to lawyers for US owners of polluting VW diesel vehicles. In a court filing late on Tuesday in US District Court in San Francisco, the... 

Reaction pours in after surprise judgment on Eskom tariffs 

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is studying the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling to set aside the 9.4% tariff hike granted to Eskom that came into effect in April this year. The tariff hike was granted under a regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the first year... 

On track with a dependable air partner - Atlas Copco

     15th August 2016 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique’s GAR 5-37 oil-injected, air-cooled, screw compressors are specially designed and custom-built to meet dedicated railway applications. With built-in features including proven reliability, compact dimensions as well as low weight and noise levels, these units... 

VW gets approval for another 460 000 diesel-car fixes

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 Volkswagen has won German regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 460 000 diesel cars with illicit emissions control software, it said on Sunday, raising the number of vehicles cleared for repair to over 5 million. Approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA is valid for... 

Fuel efficient equipment launched

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following the launch of its fuel efficient robust Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator in South Africa earlier this year, earthmoving equipment distributor and manufacturer High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) plans to market the product, owing to its fuel efficiency in the local environment.... 

Hybrid power generation system wins energy award

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 The Hybrid Power Generation System (HPGS) of national security alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (Nato’s) Energy Security Center of Excellence has won one of the Energy Transition Trophies 2016. The awards, held in Paris, France, in June, covered such themes, as factories, energy,... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Plant hire company augments skid steer range

     12th August 2016 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment has delivered six new Case SR130 skid steer loaders to plant and tool hire company Bo’s Plant Hire, at  its head offices in Mt Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal. These machines are meant to complement Bo’s Plant Hire’s fleet of skid steers... 

Chevron South Africa launches supplier development programme for black businesses

     11th August 2016 Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, has commenced with a new Enterprise and Supplier Development programme (E&SD) that is aimed at improving access to its value chain for black-owned businesses.  The initiative is open to businesses that are fifty one percent... 

Top power firms say will turn Nigeria off if not paid

By: Reuters     11th August 2016 Nigeria's largest electricity companies will shut down power supplies unless the government pays longstanding bills it owes them and improves gas supplies, a joint statement said on Wednesday. In 2013, Nigeria – famous for blackouts – started selling parts of its moribund state electricity firm,... 

WA EPA backs Diatreme’s Cyclone zircon project

By: Mariaan Webb     10th August 2016 Minerals sands miner Diatreme Resources is awaiting final Ministerial consent for its Cyclone zircon project, in Western Australia, after the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended that the project be approved. The EPA has advised the project, in Eucla basin, meets the... 

Porsche Panamera, VW Passat set new fuel benchmarks

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 A Porsche Panamera has set a new South African benchmark for how far a diesel-powered vehicle can travel on one tank of fuel, while Volkswagen’s new Passat has done the same for petrol-powered vehicles. With the backing of Continental Tyre, Porsche South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa, Total and... 

Engen celebrates women truck drivers this Women’s Month

     10th August 2016 Whilst you would expect this to be a man’s game, a surprising number of women truck drivers work for Engen, whose driver programme has – since 2006 - seen females compete successfully with males in this exacting environment. Engen’s National Transport Manager, Llewelyn Snyman explains that... 

Terex Implements Expansion Plan For Fuchs Material Handlers

     8th August 2016 Terex Corporation continues to implement a series of strategic moves and investments to better position its purpose-built Fuchs material handler business for global expansion and sales growth. Recently, the business was rebranded “Fuchs – A Terex Brand” in key markets for consistent global brand... 

Kenya exhibition places focus on renewable energy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 With investment in the offgrid solar sector reaching $276-million last year – a 15-fold increase over 2012 – the third International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (Iorec), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 30 to October 1, will aim to further improve... 

Australia, Chile & South Africa lead in clean power for projects

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2016 Chile, South Africa and Australia are among the key mining markets that are ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating renewable energy into the power mix at mines and projects, supported by favourable climates, government policies and elevated power costs, according to Fitch-owned market... 

Will the recovery in Eskom’s plant availability be sustained? 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2016 In its most recent presentations on the performance of its power stations, Eskom has pointed to improvements in the energy availability factor (EAF) from its coal-fired power stations over the past few months as evidence of a solid operational turnaround. The State-owned utility shows, for... 

South Korea suspends sales of most Volkswagen models

By: Reuters     2nd August 2016 South Korea on Tuesday suspended sales of most Volkswagen AG models in a fresh blow to the German automaker as it struggles to overcome the global repercussions of its emissions-test cheating scandal and rebuild its tattered image. The government revoked certification for 80 model variants of VW,... 

Cliffs’ Q2 revenues remain flat y/y

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2016 NYSE-listed iron-ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources’ second-quarter consolidated revenues for 2016 remained relatively flat at $496-million, compared with the prior year's second-quarter revenues of $498-million. The company recorded a net income of $30-million from continuing operations for... 

RailPacks - System competence from Voith

     2nd August 2016 Designed for engine outputs between 294 kW and 735 kW Long maintenance intervals ensure low operating costs Also available in diesel-electric version Voith RailPacks are motor-gear units designed for use in single-unit and multiple-unit diesel railcars in commuter, regional, national and... 

Petrol strike affects bus routes

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2016 Metrobus has warned commuters its buses would not operate on all scheduled trips from Tuesday owing to the ongoing strike in the petroleum industry which has resulted in depots running low on fuel. “Our depots are already running low on fuel supplies and as a result, we may be compelled to reduce... 

Barclays PMI falls to 52.5 in July

     1st August 2016 Although the seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell by 1.2 index points to 52.5 in July, the index’s level still indicates that the sector experienced a reasonably strong start to the third quarter, says Barclays. The Barclays PMI remains in line with recent... 

Huge petrol price relief

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 The pump price for a litre of petrol will be 99c a litre cheaper for all grades from next Wednesday, while the price of diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will decrease by 74c and 73c a litre respectively. Motorists will now pay R12.35 a litre for unleaded petrol inland and R11.87 on... 

Joemat-Pettersson backs renewables; promises coal, expedited renewable-energy IPP decision soon

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2016 With government preparing to announce its long-awaited decision on the expedited round of  the Renewable-Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement  Programme (CBIPPPP), Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has... 

Petrol could fall by R1/litre – AA

By: News24Wire      29th July 2016 Motorists could see a drop in the petrol price by up to R1 a litre in August as the rand continues its robust run against dollar, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The organisation commented on Friday on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Lundin affected by low price environment, reports second-quarter loss

By: Anine Kilian     29th July 2016 Canadian base metals company Lundin Mining has reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of $791.2-million for the quarter ended June 30. The loss included a $772.1-million asset impairment on the company's 24% interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo-based Tenke Fungurume... 

Port Louis power plant project, Mauritius

By: Sheila Barradas     29th July 2016 The power plant will be a heavy fuel oil-fired application.  

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