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Mar 26, 2014
Molycorp rare earths
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Wednesday took China to task on several counts of export restrictions on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum, citing three counts where a panel had found that China breached its WTO obligations. For rare earths, used to...
Mar 03, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
US-based fossil fuels producer Consol Energy on Friday said it would, in 2014, lean more heavily on natural gas production than before, aiming at boosting output from its Marcellus Shale segment. Consol said it expected its 2014 gas output to range between...
Jan 23, 2014
US-based fossil energy producer Consol Energy on Wednesday said that it had chosen Chesapeake Energy executive Timothy Dugan as the new COO for its exploration and production (E&P) division. At Chesapeake, Dugan most recently served as VP of the Appalachia South...
Dec 09, 2013
Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources’ NYSE-listed stock rose by a dollar apiece after announcing on Monday that it had agreed to sell its 50% interest in the Alpha Shale Resources joint venture (JV) to JV partner Rice Energy for $300-million in cash and stock....
Dec 06, 2013
Journalist Irma Venter
Thousands of people had met Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela before his death on December 5. They had shaken his hand and posed for a photo with him, perhaps as a keepsake to show their children or envious friends and family. I was also one of the lucky ones who had the...
Dec 02, 2013
US coal and natural gas producer Consol Energy on Monday said that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 had expired, clearing the way forward for the company to close a “transformative” $3.5-billion deal through which...
Nov 19, 2013
Finnish steelmaker Ruukki on Tuesday opened a US headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a new Canadian headquarters in Toronto, as it expands in North America. Kevin Kale, who the company said has 17 years of experience in the steel industry, would head the...
Nov 01, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources has restarted production and lifted a force majeure at its Cumberland thermal coal mine, in Pennsylvania, after production was shut down in July, owing to adverse geological conditions in the mine's headgate area. The company late...
Aug 12, 2013
US fossil fuels producer Consol Energy has resumed normal coal operations at the Bailey preparation plant in south-western Pennsylvania. Consol at the start of the month reported a partial structural failure on its newly installed above-ground clean-coal conveyor...
Aug 09, 2013
The Bluegrass pipeline will connect supply from the Marcellus and Utica shale-gas areas in the US to growing petrochemicals and export markets in the US Gulf Coast.
Aug 01, 2013
US coal and gas producer Consol Energy on Thursday morning reported a partial structural failure on its above-ground clean-coal conveyor belt at the Bailey preparation plant, in south-western Pennsylvania. No one was injured and the system operations were immediately...
Jun 18, 2013
US-based aluminium refiner Alcoa has completed the second-phase expansion of aluminium/lithium alloy capacity at its Kitts Green facility, in the UK, to better serve the growing demand for the company’s third-generation aluminium/lithium alloys. The company on...
May 16, 2013
US fossil-fuels producer Consol Energy on Thursday announced it had received regulatory approval to resume operations at the Blacksville No 2 mine, in Pennsylvania, which was evacuated on March 12, when smoke was detected exiting the Orndoff shaft. Consol said it...
May 03, 2013
On the Internet, you will find unconventional units of measurement. These include the furlong per fortnight. One furlong per fortnight is very nearly 1 cm/min (to within one part in 400). The speed of light may be expressed as being roughly 1.8 terafurlongs per...
Mar 28, 2013
The North American coal industry is in transition; a significant decline in domestic consumption means that it is becoming a significant exporter of the fossil fuel to emerging economies, especially those in Asia. The domestic US coal market has seen a whirlwind...
Mar 25, 2013
US fossil-fuels producer Consol Energy on Monday said it has received approval from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the state of Pennsylvania, and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) officials of its plan to re-enter the Blacksville No 2 mine, in...
Mar 14, 2013
US fossil-fuels producer Consol Energy on Wednesday said it had halted production from its Blackville No 2 mine, in Pennsylvania, after smoke was on Monday seen billowing from the Orndoff shaft near Wayne, in Greene County. The company said all 121 day-shift...
 
 
 
 
Feb 25, 2013
Inaugural and comprehensive event addressing all regulatory, technical and commercial developments in shale gas, CBM and offshore gas exploration and production
Jan 29, 2013
For the fourth consecutive year, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has been voted the leading think tank in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Survey.   This year’s survey highlighted the substantive challenges that...
Jan 29, 2013
TMAC Resources has signed a definitive acquisition agreement with Hope Bay Mining, a subsidiary of New York-listed Newmont Mining Corporation, to acquire Newmont's Hope Bay gold mine, in Nunavut, Canada. The closing of the transaction was subject to conditions,...
Jan 14, 2013
Eastern US-focused diversified fuel producer Consol Energy on Monday said it planned to reduce its 2013 capital expenditure (capex) budget by about 11.5% to between $1.29-billion and $1.5-billion, the bulk of which would be spent on its natural gas division....
Nov 12, 2012
SMS Siemag LLC to supply hydraulic oscillation system to Gallatin Steel
Oct 26, 2012
While global petrochemicals groups Shell and Sasol have dominated the commercialisation of synthetic fuels (synfuels) for years, other gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and associated synfuels businesses are advancing on a broad front, says clean synfuels production...
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
US-based coal miner Consol Energy on Thursday reported a 106.5% drop in income during the third quarter as a number of planned and unplanned mine idlings impacted on the company’s financial performance. The Eastern US-focused company reported a net loss for the...
Oct 19, 2012
Nonprofit organisation Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) chairperson Jonathan Deal believes oil and gas company Shell has not provided any viable proof to support claims that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will improve South Africa’s energy security, create...
Oct 03, 2012
Base metals miner Thompson Creek Metals on Wednesday suspended stripping activities associated with the next phase of production at the Thompson Creek mine, in Idaho, to save operating and capital costs as the company pushed for completion of its Mount Milligan...
 
 
 
 
Sep 18, 2012
North American coal producer Alpha Natural Resources on Tuesday temporarily idled eight coal mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, impacting on about 1 200 jobs. The company said it was reshaping its mine operations to reduce the production footprint,...
Aug 23, 2012
The limited production and shipment of coal had resumed at two of diversified fuel producer Consol Energy’s Pennsylvania coal mines the company reported on Thursday. Coal production at Consol’s Bailey and Enlow Fork mines in south-western Pennsylvania resumed...
Jul 30, 2012
US-based diversified fuel producer Consol Energy warned that overseas coal shipments on the spot market could be affected by a structural failure of a conveyor at the Bailey preparation plant on Monday, in south-western Pennsylvania.
May 04, 2012
The Blair Multi-Rope production hoist being supplied to Glencore’s Mopani Copper Project in Zambia by global engineering company FLSmidth is a 5.5 metres by 1.5 metres BMR production hoist incorporating four drums.
Apr 23, 2012
SMS Concast AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has been awarded - jointly with SMS Concast America Inc. Pittsburgh, Pa. - a major contract from The Timken Company of Canton, Ohio, U.S.A., to supply a three(four)-strand UHQ (Ultra High Quality) vertical bloom...
Apr 13, 2012
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the first Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, considered by many as the moment when the concepts of sustainability and the low-carbon economy gained much-needed legitimacy. In June, a different generation of world leaders...
Apr 13, 2012
US locomotives manufacturer GE Transportation, which is, through its local subsidiary General Electric South Africa Technologies (Gesat), producing 143 locomotives for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet, says it aims to tap into further rail opportunities...
Mar 27, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Transnet has concluded a ‘follow-on’ agreement with General Electric for a further 43 diesel-electric locomotives.
Jan 10, 2012
 
 
 
 
Nov 04, 2011
Mining is a dangerous occupation, and South Africa’s hard rock (gold and platinum) mining is more dangerous than most (but not all) types of mining. In the period January 1 to August 15 this year, 76 South African miners lost their lives in workplace accidents. The...
Oct 07, 2011
Transnet is currently expanding capacity at its ports, railways and pipelines.
Sep 26, 2011
Consol Energy, the US coal and gas producer, on Monday said it agreed to sell its royalty interest in the Marcellus share operation to Antero for $193-million. The 7% royalty was not a part of the joint venture the company entered into with Noble Energy last month,...
Jul 28, 2011
US coal and gas producer Consol Energy increased adjusted net income 69% year-on-year, to $174-million, thanks to higher revenue and sales in its coal division. Consol Energy mines coal in Utah, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and also...
Jul 14, 2011
Shares in US coal and gas producer Consol Energy rose more than four percent on Thursday, after the company raised its 2011 coal production guidance based on a strong start to the year. Consol produced 15.4-million tons of coal in the second quarter, including...
 
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