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ANZ suffered 'substantial losses' in nickel receipts scam

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 11 minutes ago Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. told a US court that its commodities trading arm suffered “substantial losses” after it discovered that receipts for metal held in Glencore’s Access World warehouses are probably fake. When ANZ looked into selling the nickel, it discovered 83 out of 84... 

Seabridge gets federal law amendment to use fish-bearing streams for KSM tailings storage

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago The Canadian federal government has passed a regulatory amendment authorising project developer Seabridge Gold to use fish-bearing streams for use in the tailings management facility (TMF) for its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project, in north-western British Columbia. The company announced on... 

TNPA unveils R255m admin building at Ngqura

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has unveiled a new R255-million administration building – eMendi – at the Port of Ngqura, in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at the unveiling, TNPA CEO Richard Vallihu said the 10 000 m2 building was named in reference to the SS Mendi troop ship... 

Australia’s CEFC invests A$20m in lithium/tantalum mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th June 2017 The federal government will invest around A$20-million into the Pilgangoora lithium tantalum project, in Western Australia. The investment will be done through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and is the current government’s first investment in a mining project of this kind in... 

Ontario invests C$500 000 to help Avalon extract lithium hydroxide from petalite

By: Henry Lazenby     26th June 2017 The Ontario provincial government has announced a C$500 000 investment that will assist TSX-listed explorer Avalon Advanced Materials to develop an innovative new process to make lithium-ion batteries from petalite mineral deposits in the Kenora area. The government said in a statement on Monday... 

Southern Africa’s first SDLG wheel loader continues to head operations at South African bulk terminals

     26th June 2017 The very first SDLG wheel loader, an LG958L, to be sold in southern Africa by regional dealer Babcock International, has now amassed some 5,000 operating hours in extreme conditions at South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) in Durban. Despite the workload already under its belt, the machine... 

Old dame receives her makeover

     26th June 2017 The old South African Police Service (SAPS) storage facilities in Cape Town, Western Cape, have undergone important upgrades that have given them a completely new lease on life. This extensive overhaul was driven by the South African Department of Public Works (DPW), which nominated JG Afrika as... 

Test work confirms Portugal project's ‘high-quality’ spodumene potential – Savannah

By: Mariaan Webb     26th June 2017 Metallurgical testwork on a sample from the Mina da Barroso lithium prospect has confirmed that the project, which Aim-listed Savannah Resources bought in May, has the potential to produce high-quality spodumene concentrate using conventional technologies. Testwork confirmed a high lithium oxide... 

Highest number of Renewable Energy installations in SA

     23rd June 2017 Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd, has carried out the highest number of utility scale solar Renewable Energy (RE) installations in the RE industry in South Africa.  It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of... 

Fortune shuffles management

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd June 2017 Multicommodity project developer Fortune Minerals this week announced the appointment and promotion of several staff members in preparation for construction of its C$589-million Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest Territories (NT). The London, Ontario-based junior on... 

Burdekin Falls dam hydroelectric power project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The Queensland government plans to develop a business case for a hydroelectric power station on the Burdekin Falls dam to secure energy and support jobs for North Queensland. 

Djibouti commissions $590m multipurpose port

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Djibouti has commissioned its $590 state-of-the-art Doraleh multipurpose port, at a time when fellow East African nations Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in port expansion in a bid to become the region's shipping hub. The new port, which occupies a 690 ha site, comprises 15 berths that... 

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

Tech watchers forecast major disruption on way for power utilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 The energy generation industry will be dramatically disrupted over the next ten to twenty years, and electricity could be close to free within the next twenty years. This will dramatically impact the power generation industry and will trigger a sea-change in the way it generates revenue, say... 

First Cobalt on the rise as it consolidates cobalt exploration portfolio

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2017 Toronto-based First Cobalt (FCC) has positioned itself to become the world’s largest cobalt exploration company under pending deals to merge with ASX-listed Cobalt One and acquire fellow TSX-V-listed CobalTech Mining. Based on FCC's C$30-million market cap, plus the market caps of Cobalt One... 

Centrica to miss out on silver lining from rough sales

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2017 Centrica won’t have much change left after selling all the spare fuel it keeps at a North Sea gas facility it’s decided to close. The so-called cushion gas, sitting in a reservoir 29 km off the English coast, is worth about £750-million pounds, according to Lakis Athanasiou, a utilities analyst... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Siana ore processing to cease soon – Red 5

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2017 ASX-listed Red 5 is expected to cease ore processing at its Siana gold mine, in the Philippines, by the end of June or early July. Mining operations were suspended in April on the back of uncertainty around regulatory and government mining policy, as well as an assessment of the likely resulting... 

India seeks to extend LNG, energy cooperation with Qatar

By: Ajoy K Das     21st June 2017 Despite Qatar being pushed into diplomatic and economic isolation by its neighbours, India is deepening economic cooperation in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and energy with new proposals and initiatives. The Indian government has proposed a fresh long-term LNG purchase agreement, while the Qatari... 

Affordable Solution In Various Applications

     20th June 2017 According to Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, high quality PVC strip curtains offer an affordable solution in various applications where dirt, dust or insects need to be kept out and hygiene, humidity, temperature and noise need to be controlled. Apex General Purpose... 

Cape Town dam levels rise by 3.7% following recent rains

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The City of Cape Town on Monday warned residents to curb water consumption, saying recent rains had done little to elevate the ongoing drought. On Monday afternoon, the city's storage dam levels stood at 23.1%, an increase of 3.7%, following recent rains. 

Knysna facing major water crisis

By: News24Wire      20th June 2017 The Knysna community is being urged to use water sparingly after the town only received 1mm of rain during the past week. Knysna Municipality said both the Gouna and Knysna Rivers, that feed the town's off-channel storage Akkerkloof Dam, have stopped flowing. 

Leading Edge hits significant lithium, tantalum in Sweden

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Junior explorer Leading Edge Materials will immediately launch a follow-up drilling campaign at its Bergby lithium project, in Sweden, after its most recent drill campaign returned “strongly positive” intersections of two new near-surface targets that exceed 16 m in thickness at greater than 1%... 

ExxonMobil sanctions $4.4bn Liza development, offshore Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     16th June 2017 American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil has made a construction decision for the first phase of development for the Liza field, one of the largest oil discoveries of the past decade, located offshore Guyana. The Irving, Texas-based company said on Friday that the Liza Phase 1... 

Buru restarts production at Ungani

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th June 2017 ASX-listed Buru Energy has restarted oil production from its Ungani oilfield, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Production at Ungani was suspended in January 2016, following the deterioration of the oil price. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Neelum Jhelum hydroelectric project, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The project is scheduled to achieve a major milestone, when the second tunnel boring machine achieves breakthrough of the right headrace tunnel. 

Oh, for the good old days of no email

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th June 2017 At the time of the first free elections, in 1994, I shared an office with Alan Campbell. His nickname is Camel, since many people spell his surname without a 'p'. Camel is eccentric, and so am I. On the door to our office, we had the Latin quote: AP Campbell & T Mackenzie Hoy: Caput archimagirus... 

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Rocket technology idea wins Global Impact Challenge Award

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 The idea to use innovative rocket technology that uses asteroid metal as fuel to achieve industrial-scale transport of mined asteroid material has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Singularity University Global Impact Challenge (GIC) Southern Africa edition competition. The US-based Singularity... 

Multidisciplinary Engineering From Arup On Park Square Project

     15th June 2017 Arup has been appointed to supply multidisciplinary engineering services to the iconic mixed-use office and retail development, Park Square situated in the heart of Umhlanga New Town Centre, north of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The project is being developed by Nedport Developments (Pty) Ltd, a... 

Towercos could hold the key to mobile tower market growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2017 Third-party tower companies (towercos) may be the key to accelerating connectivity and network coverage market growth across sub-Saharan Africa, Frost & Sullivan said on Wednesday. To focus on their core operations, mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly becoming more comfortable with... 

Stor-Age maintains growth trajectory

By: Anine Kilian     13th June 2017 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Stor-Age increased its divided by 10% year-on-year to R88.05 in the year ended March 31 and is expecting 9% to 10% dividend growth in the current financial year. The company noted that its results were driven by a strong trading performance across the... 

Electric vehicles to drive copper demand over next decade – study

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 A growing market for electric vehicles (EVs) will significantly boost demand for copper over the next decade, from 185 000 t this year to 1.74-million tonnes in 2027, a study commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) has found. “That’s a ninefold increase. On top of this, each EV... 

2017 Manufacturing Indaba an important event in terms of Responsible Care® in the chemical industry

     13th June 2017 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) is proudly participating and exhibiting at the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba Conference and Exhibition on 27-28 June this year.   The CAIA team will be there, representing the chemical industry as an endorsing partner, and we invite all our... 

Engen now ship-shape and sailing strongly in Mauritius

     13th June 2017 Up and down Africa’s coasts, major seaports with bunkering facilities play a key strategic role in keeping sea traffic flowing, and industries growing. It is big business and includes the storage of bunker (ship) fuels and the provision of fuel to vessels. Bunkering includes the shipboard... 

Erin Energy targets Oyo-9 drilling completion by year-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 The start of drilling operations at dual-listed Erin Energy’s Oyo-9 development well, in Nigeria, are planned for July, with a targeted completion date before year-end. This follows the signing of a $15-million drilling contract with Pacific Drilling, in March, for the use of its sixth-generation... 

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