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Researchers discover a new coastal current off Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-West Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. 

Aftan progresses plant upgrades at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 African Tantalum (Aftan), in which Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global holds an interest, has started the tendering process for the laying of pipework for the newly approved Orange River water project at its Namibia Tantalise Investment mine.  

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Orion applies for Prieska mining right, lifts project’s mineral resource

By: Anine Kilian     9th April 2018 ASX- and JSE- listed Orion Minerals has applied for a mining right for its Prieska base metals project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, and has also established a maiden resource of 5.2-million tons for the Vardocube area within the Prieska project area. The resource, which is in the southern... 

Tavsan feasibility study to start following resource classification

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th April 2018 The resource classification of the Tavsan project, in Turkey, has been materially improved, with 71% of the resource now classified as measured and indicated, 50% owner Ariana Resources reported on Monday. The Tavsan project, which is part of the Red Rabbit joint venture (JV) with Turkish firm... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Tackling malaria with solar-powered mosquito traps

9th April 2018 Malaria remains the number one killer of people worldwide, with 272-million infections and 495 000 deaths occurring annually. This excludes the statistics generated by other mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile, Yellow fever and the Zika Virus. In 2016 the Zika outbreak... 

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

World's top iron shipper says China import boom to level off

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 The world’s largest iron-ore exporter delivered a mixed message on the outlook, raising near-term price forecasts, but combining that revision with a more somber message that China’s gargantuan imports are set to level off as steel production eases in the coming years. Iron-ore will average... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

No ‘pipe dream’: Aegion SA’s trenchless pipeline rehabilitation technology offers ultra-fast, non-disruptive solution to Southern Africa’s ageing infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2018 A major motivation for the establishment of leading local pipeline rehabilitation technology provider Aegion South Africa was the deteriorating state of much of Southern Africa’s pipeline infrastructure. In South Africa, for example, while there is currently an urgent drive to conserve water,... 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

NT resources projects to benefit from govt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Major resource projects in the Northern Territory are set to benefit from more investment by the state government. The territory government announced plans to invest an additional A$2.44-million over the next two years, to attract and deliver new projects to boost the region’s economy, and to... 

Queensland awards Santos exploration rights near Injune

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Oil and gas major Santos and its Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) partners have been granted the rights to explore for gas near Injune, in Queensland. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Santos and its joint venture (JV) partners Total, Petronas, Kogas and Australia Pacific... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Tachibana Waste to Energy plant, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The project entails the construction of a municipal solid waste incineration plant, in Kawasaki. 

De Beers, Botswana to dig deeper at world's richest diamond mine

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 The world’s most valuable diamond mine is set to get even bigger. Debswana, the joint venture between Anglo American’s De Beers unit and Botswana’s government, is seeking permission to deepen the Jwaneng mine to 830 meters (2 700 feet), according to a notice published in local newspapers... 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Bushveld’s Lemur progressing Madagascar coal and power project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Aim-listed diversified miner Bushveld Minerals on Thursday provided an operational update regarding its coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings, stating that the bankable feasibility study for the integrated thermal coal mining and independent power project, in Madagascar, is progressing.  

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Brazil state fines Anglo American $37.73m over pipeline leak

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais slapped a $37.73- million fine on Anglo American on Wednesday for pollution caused by one of two spills last month from a pipeline that carries iron-ore from the company's Minas-Rio mine. The leak in the pipeline, which carries slurry to a port in Rio de... 

Mackenzie Valley review board OKs Tlicho all-season road; a boon for Fortune

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has completed an environmental assessment of the Tlicho all-season road project, proposed by the Northwest Territories government, subject to 23 measures to reduce its environmental, social and cultural impacts. The conditional approval was... 

Teck lifts Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 ownership to 90%

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2018 Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources has bought out a further 13.5% minority stake in the Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) project, in Chile, for $52.5-million in cash by acquiring private Chilean company Inversiones Mineras (IMSA), the company said on Wednesday. The transaction lifts Teck’s... 

CAPP urges feds to ensure Canadian oil, gas benefit from growing global energy demand

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 Despite surging demand globally for all forms of energy, Canada’s oil and natural gas industry is at risk as the cumulative effect of federal and provincial policies and regulations are fast thinning the country’s market opportunity by thwarting industry growth, competitiveness and market access,... 

Eldorado rises as Greek arbitration panel rejects State's claims

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2018 The TSX-listed equity of Canadian gold and base metals producer Eldorado Gold lifted off recent 52-week lows on Wednesday, after the company announced a favourable ruling by an arbitration panel in its dispute with the Greek government over its Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant. Vancouver-based... 

Kobe Steel to invest $471m to raise automotive steel output

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will invest 50-billion yen ($471-million) in domestic facilities to increase output of high-tensile steel to meet a growing need for lighter materials from automakers. It is the company's first major capital investment since it... 

Nigerian government invites tenders for environmental remediation project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is seeking to appoint environmental remedial contractors for phase one of its Remediation of Hydrocarbon Impacted sites in Ogoni project.  

Prospect and Sinomine cement Zim lithium project agreement

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th April 2018 Gold and lithium developer Prospect Resources has cemented an agreement with Hong Kong-listed Sinomine Resources Exploration, which will see the development of the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The two companies in November inked a conditional placement and framework agreement under... 

Caserones copper mine in Chile says to close copper concentrator

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Caserones copper mine, in Chile, said on Tuesday that it would temporarily shut down its copper concentrator in order to replace a leaking pipe. The Environmental Tribunal of Antofagasta, a province of Chile's northern mining region, asked Lumina Copper, which owns the mine, to shut down the... 

JG Afrika’s water management interventions help alleviate pressure on Cape Town’s strained water system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd April 2018 A school in drought-stricken Cape Town has reduced its water use by more than 90% and will continue working with JG Afrika to further mitigate its reliance on a strained municipal water-supply system. The leading firm of consulting engineers and environmental scientists commenced work on the... 

Prairie Mining starts legal action against Poland's environment Ministry

By: Reuters     3rd April 2018 Australia's Prairie Mining said it filed a lawsuit in a Warsaw civil court on Friday against the Polish environment ministry, seeking an extension to the company's exclusive rights to a mining project in the country. The news sent the miner's shares plunging 30% in London and 20% in Warsaw. 

Cape Town dam levels continue to dwindle, despite the recent rains

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd April 2018 The few days of “good rainfall” experienced by the Western Cape is not enough to fix a system that has received three years of below average rainfall. The average dam levels in the region continue to decline, falling to 17.6% by April 2, from 24.3% a year ago and 18.22% last week. 

Botswana approves drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s T3 Dome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Botswana’s Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the environmental management plan (EMP) for a drilling campaign to test numerous high-priority targets along the T3 project’s 50-km-long T3 Dome.  

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday said its Working on Fire team was ready for the upcoming winter fire season, which usually starts early in June and ends in November.  

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