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Kyrgyz environment agency approves Centerra’s 2016 Kumtor mine plan

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 1 hour 43 minutes ago Officials of a Kyrgyz environmental protection agency has averted the shutdown of Canadian miner Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine on July 1, by approving the operation’s mine plan for the remainder of 2016, the company reported Monday. The Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and... 

Six stars for Solid Green’s own offices

     27th June 2016 In another ‘first’ for the South African green building sector, Solid Green Consulting has been awarded the first 6-Star Green Star SA Interiors v1 certification for the company’s own offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Located on the second floor of an existing mixed-use commercial building on... 

Woodside announces $1.9bn oil project

By: Mariaan Webb     27th June 2016 Australian major Woodside Energy on Monday announced that it would proceed with the development of the $1.9-billion Greater Enfield joint venture (JV) project, offshore Western Australia. The ASX-listed company would develop the project, which was located 60 km off Exmouth, in partnership with... 

Construction of Western Aqueduct continues according to plan

     27th June 2016 Durban’s largest ever bulk water pipeline, the Western Aqueduct, is making steady progress and reaching important milestones. Head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, Ednick Msweli, said this week that the WA would have a significant impact on the future development of the eThekwini region.“With... 

Solar Impulse arrives in Europe, pointing the way to the future of transportation

     24th June 2016 Seville, Spain, and Zurich, Switzerland, June 23, 2016 – The pioneering solar aircraft has completed the first flight of its kind across the Atlantic, proving that the latest generation of sustainable technologies can enable a new era of environmentally friendly transport systems and solutions.... 

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... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents on an area of about 21 km2, has... 

Bridging sustainability reporting gap

     24th June 2016 Taking stock of business requirements and reporting on active participation, have become a vital part of scaling up the value for any successfully-driven business, says African infrastructure solutions provider GIBB sustainability consultant Lowrens van der Merwe.  

Company picks up awards for major projects

     24th June 2016 The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (Fice) selected Stantec’s Caloosahatchee River Bridge Widening and Wekiva Parkway Sections 4A & 4B projects carried out in Florida, US for awards under its yearly “Outstanding Project Awards” program.  

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

     24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

France, Switzerland to finance small-scale green energy projects in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 An agreement to finance a technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa was signed on May 26 by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (Seco).  

Ingula pumped-storage scheme project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The last of the four units at the project has been synchronised to the grid. 

Isolated uranium waste site shouldn’t cause alarm

     24th June 2016 Editor – I refer to the article by Kelvin Kemm in the Engineering News edition of May 27 and the subsequent responses by Sipho Kings and others in the June 10 edition concerning waste uranium rocks and other waste dumped near Beaufort West, in the Karoo. There is a need to put possible harmful... 

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

No-dig pipeline renovations an efficient alternative

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Needle punch products manufacturer Fibertex asserts that the Fibertex KAVI felts, which is a textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, has numerous advantages over conventional open trench pipe repair procedures. Fibertex South Africa business development... 

Polyethylene terephthalate recycling plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 Mpact has announced a major move into plastics recycling with the unveiling of plans for a state-of-the-art polyethylene terephthalate recycling plant. 

Stringent specs for plastic pipes in gas pipelines

     24th June 2016 South Africa’s gas industry is on the cusp of great growth and expansion in light of a potential global oversupply of shale gas. As a result, local plastic pipe manufacturers have to ensure that the pipes used in gas pipelines have been manufactured according to stringent specifications and... 

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 A First Nation, based in the lower mainland of British Columbia is amplifying its efforts to resist Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline – hailed by some analysts as the ‘Keystone of the North’. 

Two new engineers join consulting firm

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Environmental consulting and contracting firm SCS Engineers has added two specialists to its environmental management group in the Midwest region in the US, says SCS Engineers principal engineer and VP Samuel Cook.  

Centerra gets new Kumtor emissions and discharge permits

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2016 TSX-listed Centerra Gold has received its 2016 maximum allowable emissions (MAE) permit from the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) for the Kumtor mine, in Kyrgyzstan. Centerra stated that the new MAE permit was valid until December 31, and was the... 

Analyst urges caution as lithium excites and pitfalls multiply 

By: Simon Rees     23rd June 2016 Lithium’s prospects are bright as demand from the battery sector is surging and observers believe it will only get better as more electric vehicles (EV) are produced and new energy storage solutions arise, such as Tesla’s Powerwall technology. Indeed, prices had marched higher, while... 

Progress being made at West African Resources’ Tanlouka project

By: Anine Kilian     23rd June 2016 Aim-listed West African Resources (WAR) has started a $12.5-million feasibility study at its Tanlouka gold project, in Burkina Faso, with the mine’s metallurgical test work drilling programme also nearing completion. “The company has presented the project to the National Commission of Mines and... 

Atlas Copco - Long-term Portable Energy Partner

     23rd June 2016 Portable energy is the lifeline on any job site that is dependent on the reliable supply of air, power or light to operate tools and equipment such as the construction, road making, mining, quarrying, oil & gas, power generation and agricultural industries. Atlas Copco’s Portable Energy division... 

Sika Committed To Global Sustainable Development

     23rd June 2016 Sika’s Sustainability Strategy 2014–2018 is producing a positive outcome. In the first two years of the strategy, Sika has exceeded five of the six target areas covering the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of its business. Sika has delivered more value to its stakeholders with less... 

ABB inaugurates microgrid in South Africa, boosting renewables and power reliability

     23rd June 2016 Zurich, Switzerland, June 8, 2016 – Innovative solar-diesel solution provides continuity of power supply for ABB’s premises in Johannesburg and helps reduce carbon emissions ABB today commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96,000 square meter Longmeadow facility in... 

ABB delivers largest multi-million rand high voltage gas insulated switchgear (GIS) board to new Sebenza intake substation near Kempton Park

     23rd June 2016 ABB South Africa has delivered its largest 132kV high voltage gas insulated switchgear board as part of a multi-million rand order to City Power's new Sebenza intake substation. The new 1000MVA 400 kV/275 kV/132 kV Sebenza intake substation near Kempton Park will strengthen City Power’s... 

New Philippine Minister says openpit mining is 'madness'

By: Reuters     23rd June 2016 The incoming Minister in charge of Philippine mining has slammed the use of openpits to extract minerals, describing it as "madness" even to consider the method in the resource-rich country because of the environmental impact. The stance by Regina Lopez, an environmentalist who on Tuesday... 

Imperial’s Five-Pillar Approach Reduces Transport Risk

     23rd June 2016 Imperial Logistics’ proactive, multi-pronged approach to managing transport risk is yielding big benefits for the supply chain and logistics leader and its clients, including fewer hijackings, more successful convictions and the collapse of hijacking syndicates. Imperial Logistics, Health Safety... 

ActionAid South Africa launches report highlighting human rights violations at Anglo Platinum mine

     23rd June 2016 ActionAid South Africa (AASA) will be launching their latest research report titled, Precious Metals II – A Systemic Inequality. The report is a follow up to a similar study in 2008, and as such, demonstrates how Anglo Platinum has not delivered on their promises, and how the lives of people... 

Balancing exploration and project development key for Fission at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2016 Exploration superstar Fission Uranium is gearing up for a C$13.3-million summer campaign at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project in the relatively underexplored Western Athabasca basin, in northern Saskatchewan, and is looking to balance its exploration activities with the objective of... 

Report highlights need for spatial transformation in South African cities

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2016 Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel has stressed that cities must use public resources in the most effective, transparent and accountable manner. Speaking at the launch of the State of South African Cities Report 2016, on Wednesday, he pointed out that local... 

Cameco, Areva and First Nations ink new collaboration accord

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2016 Canada’s largest uranium operators Cameco and Areva Resources Canada, and local communities traditionally associated with the Cigar Lake, McClean Lake and Rabbit Lake uranium mining operations, have inked a new collaboration agreement that builds on the existing impact management accord signed in... 

Young innovators vital to overcoming local water challenges

By: David Oliveira     22nd June 2016 Although South Africa faced complex challenges relating to water and sanitation, it also provided opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to find solutions to those challenges, Water Research Council (WRC) innovation and impact group executive Mandla Msibi said on Wednesday. Speaking at... 

Eskom takes city to court over Wescape development

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Eskom has slammed the decision of Anton Bredell, the provincial minister of local government, environmental affairs and development, and the Cape Town City Council to amend the urban edge to include land for the Wescape development on the west coast. The power utility has taken Bredell and the... 

Joburg slips in Networked Society rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Johannesburg has slipped a number of spots in the latest Networked Society City Index; however, some progress is still being made and there are signs of improvements. The 2016 edition of the report, compiled by Ericsson and released on Wednesday, ranked Johannesburg at 35, down from the 29... 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Private sector breathes life into Operation Phakisa

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 An initiative that saw three South African companies work together to successfully deliver two world-class marine vessels has been hailed as exemplary by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) recently... 

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