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Kipoi hit by disruptions, output affected – Tiger

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd February 2017 A number of disruptive events at the Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have resulted in ASX-listed Tiger Resources warning of a "material negative impact" on cash flows, as well as reduced revenues from lower copper production. The miner in October 2016 reported that heap... 

Bacanora buys 50% stake in German lithium project

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora will acquire a 50% stake in the Zinnwald lithium project, in Germany, from European solar panel producer SolarWorld for €5-million, plus an undertaking to invest a further €5-million on a feasibility study (FS). The FS is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. 

Solar-powered Africa 'never more possible and less expensive' – energy chief

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Stor-Age to raise R400m to pay for acquisitions

By: Anine Kilian     16th February 2017 JSE-listed Stor-Age will undertake a R400-million equity capital raise through an accelerated bookbuild process to settle the R328.77-million purchase consideration for two acquisitions. The company in December announced it would acquire the entire issued share capital of Storage RSA, through its... 

Riverbed Launches Major Updates to SD-WAN Offering, Delivering a Powerful Cloud Networking Solution for Today’s Digital Enterprise

     16th February 2017 Riverbed SteelConnect is now available for the data center, enabling simplified implementation and scalable solution for large global SD-WAN deployments Riverbed SteelConnect integrated into new SteelHead SD, delivers superior app performance and cloud-grade network agility into a single-device... 

South Africa to learn from Germany’s experience in roll-out of fuel cell buses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the German government will host a fuel cell bus workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, next week. The workshop will be held under the theme ‘Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Galaxy weighing options for lithium exports

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th February 2017 ASX-listed Galaxy Resources has assured shareholders that despite the recent heavy rainfall in Western Australia, the company’s Mount Cattlin lithium operation continues apace. The Mt Cattlin and the general Ravensthorpe area experienced extensive unseasonal rain, with some 240 mm falling. 

Great variety of security and fire technology at Securex 2017!

     13th February 2017 Maintaining its promise to bring the latest security and fire technology and service innovations to the local market, Securex 2017 has an exciting lineup of exhibitor offerings. Being held from 30 May to 1 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Securex is undoubtedly Africa’s largest... 

Siana unaffected by quake

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th February 2017 Gold miner Red 5 has eased shareholder fears, reporting that no damage was identified, or disruption caused at the Siana gold project, in the Philippines, following a large earthquake that occurred late on Friday. The miner said on Monday that monitoring and engineering inspections, including the... 

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa offers resellers Azure on its BlueSky platform

     13th February 2017 Local customers now able to benefit from the full benefits of the Microsoft cloud services Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is, effective immediately, enabling local reseller partners the opportunity to purchase Azure from its BlueSky digital aggregation platform.    The announcement allows local... 

VanadiumCorp inks MoU to produce vanadium electrolyte

By: Henry Lazenby     11th February 2017 TSX-V-listed VanadiumCorp Resource has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Quebec-based industrial company Electrochem Technologies & Materials to collaborate on the development of metallurgical and electrochemical technologies to produce vanadium electrolyte (VE) directly... 

Acclaimed A.B.E. Flooring System For Paarl Panel Beating Workshop

     10th February 2017 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals supplied one of its acclaimed epoxy floor coating systems for new workshop floors of the Paarl branch of Tekton Autobody Repairs, a leading panel beating company in the Western Cape. A.B.E. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. Johnie Emmerich,... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused historical information

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The growing use of analytics to support business operations and the increasing complexity of data flows in all companies are leading companies of all sizes to adopt data management systems, says data management software firm Commvault Middle East, South Africa and Turkey systems engineering... 

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

San Vicente energy storage project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The project proposes meeting the future energy needs of the San Diego region through a new pumped-storage opportunity at the San Vicente reservoir site. 

NSW planning dept grants Evolution approval to expand Cowal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th February 2017 Gold miner Evolution Mining has been granted regulatory approval from the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment to extend the life of its Cowal gold mine by eight years to 2032. Evolution will increase the depth of the existing openpit by some 70 m to access additional ore, as... 

Goldman sees copper rising as deficit looms on supply threat

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2017 Copper will extend gains as the global market swings to shortage because of sustained demand from China and potential supply disruption at the world’s two biggest mines, according to Goldman Sachs Group. A deficit this year would be the first since 2011, says Citigroup. “We expect copper will... 

Locally developed pelletising technology set for commercial roll-out

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 Engineering company CoalTech has successfully established a 10 000 t/m coal pelletising and curing plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. Having initially launched its pelletising technology at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the company announced to delegates at this year’s Mining Indaba... 

ExxonMobil Develops New Lubricant for Refrigeration Compressors

     8th February 2017 Mobil SHCTM Gargoyle 80 POE designed for compressors that use carbon dioxide as a refrigerant gas Reduction of two percent electricity consumption compared with a conventional polyol ester-based oil Mobil SHC Gargoyle 80 POE meets growing need for applications cooled by natural refrigerant gases... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

SMS group to modernize entry section of a pickling line at SSAB in Finland

     6th February 2017 SSAB has awarded SMS group www.sms-group.com an order covering the modernization of a continuous pickling line entry section in its Hämeenlinna plant. This modernization will significantly increase the line’s availability and its output as well as the degree of automation and safety. Especially... 

Light, durable and food-safe – New xiros guide rollers from igus

     6th February 2017 Ball bearing system solution with FDA-compliant components saves over 60 percent weight compared to stainless steel solutions For guide rollers and transport rollers, igus has developed a system solution consisting of tube and polymer ball bearings, which is now also available from stock in a... 

NSW Environmental Protection Agency fines Origin over dust pollution

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th February 2017 Oil and gas major Origin Energy has been fined A$15 000 by the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after dust from an ash dam at its Eraring power station was blown offsite during strong winds. The EPA inspected the site in September 2016 after receiving multiple complaints from... 

Yokogawa Collaborates with Four Companies to Develop IIoT Architecture

     3rd February 2017 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will work with Microsoft Corporation, FogHorn Systems, Inc., Bayshore Networks, Inc., and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC to integrate their technology into an industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture for the delivery of new services. With this architecture,... 

Company celebrates success in gas markets

     3rd February 2017 Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services company Fluor Igoda Projects is celebrating ten successful years of undertaking capital projects in the oil, gas and chemicals markets in South Africa. 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Ichthys liquefied natural gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 Inpex has brushed off concerns about delays to the project, following the termination of a construction and commissioning contract of the combined-cycle power plant project, in Darwin. 

Liza field oil development and production project, Guyana

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 ExxonMobil has submitted an application for a production licence and its initial development plan for the Liza field. 

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

Technology and environmental issues favouring LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 With preferred bidders for the gas-to-power projects scheduled to be announced by government at the end of next month, the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) believes that there is a sense of urgency and willingness to adapt to using liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

Junior mining sector must be supported; coal to remain key to S Africa's energy needs – DMR

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd February 2017 Junior mining companies cannot perpetually remain as junior miners, they must be supported by the majors and other industry stakeholders to assist them in their growth journey, says Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) mineral policy and promotion deputy director-general Joel Raphela. He was... 

Turnbull emphasises Australia’s need for coal, gas as baseload energy sources

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd February 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments that both coal and natural gas have a significant role to play in Australia’s energy future. “We have an abundance of coal, gas, sun and wind resources, not to mention uranium. Yet, our energy is among... 

Eskom ‘back in business’ for large power users

     31st January 2017 Eskom says large power users can now launch their growth plans with confidence, thanks to the utility’s turnaround strategy delivering an operational surplus capacity. Speaking at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa industry reception event in Johannesburg last week, Eskom interim group chief... 

Final Ingula unit enters commercial operation  

By: Anine Kilian     31st January 2017 Unit 3 of State-owned Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme has been brought into commercial operation, effectively adding 333 MW into the South African power grid.  All four units at Ingula are now commercial and produce a combined 1 332 MW.    “The commercial operation of Unit 3 completes the... 

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