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Fortescue lifts Q4 output by 20%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     Updated 4 hours ago Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals reported a 20% quarter-on-quarter increase in ore mined during the three months to June 30, with C1 costs down 7% over the same period. Fortescue on Thursday reported that the miner produced 53.6-million tonnes in the fourth quarter, shipping some 44.7-million... 

Leading South African Engineering Firm Partners with Silversoft to Implement Deltek Project Information Management

     Updated 6 hours ago Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced today that CKR Consulting Engineers is partnering with Silversoft to implement Deltek Project Information Management (PIM), the industry’s leading enterprise information... 

Kwikspace wastes no time in rebuilding burnt-down school

     26th July 2017 In line of the recent raging fires in the Van Stadens Gorge area in the Eastern Cape, Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) were quick off the mark when most of the buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School were burnt to the ground, forcing non-local borders and staff to evacuate... 

Complimentary RECP & IEE Training at the NCPC-SA

     26th July 2017 Women’s complimentary training in Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) and Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) is offered to women who register during the month of August 2017.   

Pipeline Monitoring Systems Market worth 8.72 Billion USD by 2026

     25th July 2017 The report "Pipeline Monitoring Systems Market by Technology (Ultrasonic, PIGs, Smart Ball, and Magnetic Flux Leakage), Application (Leak Detection, Operating Efficiency, and Pipeline Break Detection), End-Use Industry, and Pipe Type - Global Forecast to 2026", The pipeline monitoring systems... 

SKF hub bearing unit seal halves friction for optimum vehicle efficiency

     25th July 2017 The ground-breaking product combines the lowest levels of friction ever achieved in an SKF hub bearing unit seal with exceptional sealing performance for long and efficient bearing service life. SKF has introduced a newly developed inboard seal for hub bearing units that leads to a 50 per cent... 

Gem encouraged by recovery of more 100 ct-plus diamonds at Letšeng

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2017 London-listed Gem Diamonds is encouraged by the improvement in the recovery of diamonds larger than 100 ct at its Letšeng mine, in Lesotho, during the first half of this year. It recovered four diamonds larger than 100 ct in the six months to June 30, and another in July. 

Export restrictions risk exacerbating domestic gas supply problem – Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th July 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has again warned against plans to restrict gas exports to boost domestic supply. The warning comes as Resources Minister Matt Canavan gave formal notice to liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers that he would consider whether... 

Custom Engineered Weba Chutes Solve All Issues At Isdemir Steel Plant

     21st July 2017 The first few transfer chutes leading into a plant handling material destined for furnaces and power generation applications commonly experience degradation, dust and impact challenges, whereas once the material is in the plant and needs to be bifurcated to multiple screens there is the... 

Custom Engineered Weba Chutes Solve All Issues At Isdemir Steel Plant

     21st July 2017 The first few transfer chutes leading into a plant handling material destined for furnaces and power generation applications commonly experience degradation, dust and impact challenges, whereas once the material is in the plant and needs to be bifurcated to multiple screens there is the... 

Buffalo Coal in push to slash debt and improve safety and operational efficiency

By: Ilan Solomons     21st July 2017 South African bituminous and anthracite coal miner Buffalo Coal is determined to repay all its debt and continue to improve safety standards, while improving overall operating capability to ensure its operations become optimally efficient, says interim CEO Rowan Karstel, who was speaking to... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As mineral sands miners in KwaZulu-Natal move into the next phase of their project life cycles, mining solutions provider Multotec is taking steps to evolve its products and service offering to meet changing customer needs. 

Computational fluid dynamic simulation in steam and power generation plants

By: Nica Schreuder     21st July 2017 Numerical modelling of bulk processes using computer-based models provides a quicker and more beneficial method than manual calculations for complex steam generation systems 

Cybersecurity needs to be integrated into business continuity strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The resilience of businesses and critical services amid cyberattacks and their ability to recover rapidly from such attacks or breaches are critical, especially as many business systems and processes are being connected to improve their efficiency or to monitor them, says information technology... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

PRASA rail signalling system project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 A digital wireless communications system is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail of South Africa's operations and run its transport systems more efficiently. 

Shell launches Dynaflex technology in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 Shell South Africa on Thursday launched its next generation of advanced fuel formulations enhanced with Dynaflex technology. The Dynaflex technology includes a new additive for Shell V-Power 50 ppm. 

Bobcat Equipment SA launches pothole-busting Pavijet MG7 paver

     20th July 2017 The ‘pothole-busting’ Pavijet MG7 paver, representing the latest technology in the asphalt-finishing sector, has been launched in South Africa by Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group. This internationally-patented paver is ideal for tough local maintenance jobs such as patching... 

Self-Generated Power Needs Special Focus On Efficiency

     20th July 2017 Remote projects that are far from national power grids will tend to pay a premium for generating their own energy; so they need to plan carefully to use it as efficiently as they can. This is the advice of Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring, who emphasises the opportunities presented by modern... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     19th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     18th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

New local fluorspar mine set to lead globally in production volume, quality and cost

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th July 2017 The new R1.7-billion Nokeng fluorspar mine in Gauteng, the development of which got under way last month, is expected to lead in terms of production volume and quality, and to rank “in the bottom cost quartile when it reaches full production in 24 months”, says SepFluor CEO Rob Wagner. Speaking... 

Driving bearing innovation for Formula 1

     18th July 2017 In Formula 1, weight, friction and unexpected failures are enemies of high performance, and every detail matters. With a long history of providing superior solutions to aid superior performance, SKF’s work in the sector continues to be highly specialised. The foundations of Formula 1 can be... 

High Speed Doors Can Reduce Energy Costs

     17th July 2017 Efficiency of the supply chain combined with employee wellbeing are primary contributors to a productive workplace environment within manufacturing and storage facilities. High speed roll up doors allow for rapid opening and closing and together with their longer operating life and high safety... 

Eicher Trucks’ medium-duty hauler to be followed by heavy truck, bus launch

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 This first phase of VE Commercial Vehicles South Africa’s (VECV SA’s) entry into South Africa will see the introduction of the Eicher medium-duty Pro 3000 series. The 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) haulage trucks (4 t to 5 t payload) will be followed by the launch of the heavy-duty Pro 6000... 

Joint programme to fund new Australia gas projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th July 2017 During the recent Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, Australian state and territory governments have agreed to work with the federal government to implement its A$26-million gas acceleration programme (GAP) to fast-track new gas to the east coast market. Minister for Resources and... 

Atlas Copco Portable Energy dewatering pump solutions - the perfect balance between portability, performance, efficiency and reliability

     14th July 2017 Portable Energy, a division of the Atlas Copco Construction Technique business area, offers a comprehensive range of electrical, diesel and petrol dewatering pumps that offer the perfect balance between performance, efficiency and portability. The rugged and lightweight design of these pumps... 

Elon Musk exposes deep coal divide in energy-hit Australia

By: Bloomberg     14th July 2017 Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s... 

Low grades, high power costs key snags to SA chromite sector’s competitiveness

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite South Africa’s rich chromite endowment, the low chromium oxide (Cr2O3) grades in its orebodies and the high cost of electricity are significant barriers to the country becoming the dominant player in the global industry. Mintek metallurgical project development consultant Dr Nic Barcza... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

Miyako solar park project, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project entails the construction of Total Solar’s second solar power plant, in Japan. 

New thermodynamic cycle to disrupt the renewables landscape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Thermodynamic technology developer Heat Recovery Micro Systems owner Johan Enslin will introduce a disruptive new avenue for renewable-energy generation that can significantly lower electricity costs for power utilities and smaller decentralised power generating systems at this year’s POWER-GEN &... 

New variable-speed drive showcased at European expo

     14th July 2017 Last month multinational industrial machinery manufacturer Voith exhibited power industry  solutions at the POWER-GEN Europe 2017 conference and exhibition, and  one of the main features was its new variable speed drive (VSD), the VECO-Drive, intended to enhance the efficiency of rotating... 

Passenger rail group in final stages of deploying digital comms system

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2017 A digital wireless communications system – GSM for railway, or GSM-R – is being deployed to improve the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) operations and run its rail passenger transport systems more efficiently, says information technology multinational Huawei Railway executive... 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

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