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Acacia rebuffs reports that it violated Tanzanian concentrate export ban

By: Henry Lazenby     28th March 2017 London-listed gold producer Acacia Mining has denied allegations that it is trying to export gold and copper concentrates despite a ban by the Tanzanian government. Neither the company nor its customers have attempted to export gold and copper concentrates, the company said in a press release on... 

Africa not making the most of its solar energy potential

By: Anine Kilian     28th March 2017 Most African governments are not moving fast enough to progress the uptake of solar energy, with the renewable energy accounting for less than 1% of energy consumed on the continent, Gigawatt Global CEO Welden Turner said on Tuesday. Speaking at Power & Electricity World Africa 2017, in... 

Analogue versus digital

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th March 2017 Older speedometers are analogue. Clocks with hands are analogue. In fact, anything that indicates a quantity using a needle is analogue. By this we mean that the value of the quantity is indicated in some proportion to the quantity itself. The simplest example is a balance beam, which has a fixed... 

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

Majuba coal Silo 20 rebuild project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project was completed this month. 

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) to support business operations is not fully understood, and the availability of time and skills, as well as return on investment criteria, must be taken into account to justify investments in AI and ensure that the intended benefits are achieved, says market... 

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     23rd March 2017 In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Atlas Copco mobile QES generators, predictable power where it’s needed, when it’s needed in six seconds

     23rd March 2017 “The QES range of mobile generators present the most practical Predictable Power choice currently available on the market,” according to Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. These high performing, efficient and tough generators from Atlas... 

Davyhurst crushing circuit commissioning to start shortly

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd March 2017 Commissioning of the newly refurbished crushing circuit at the Davyhurst mill, in Western Australia, is poised to start next week, with the balance of the circuits expected to be commissioned in April, owner Eastern Goldfields said. The refurbishment of the 1.2-million-tonne-a-year mill is some... 

Trilogy pulls the trigger on high-grade copper Arctic prefeasibility study

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2017 Alaska-focused mineral explorer Trilogy Metals will undertake a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Arctic project, in Northwest Alaska – one of the highest-grade copper deposits known in the world with an average grade of 6% copper equivalent. "The PFS will demonstrate the true value of the... 

Sunrise Energy secures two international deals for LPG terminal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2017 Sunrise Energy has secured two commercial contracts with international traders and their South African joint venture partners for the sourcing and importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its new import and storage facility in the Western Cape. The R1.2-billion open-access Sunrise... 

Black Mountain shaves costs in Uganda

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 ASX-listed Black Mountain Resources is expecting to save some A$1.3-million a year at its Namekara vermiculite mine, in Uganda, with the installation of an intermediate storage facility (ISF). The company on Monday reported that it will spend some A$240 000 on the ISF, which will take three... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Inverter system uses automatic shutdown system

     17th March 2017 The new intelligent inverter system from photovoltaic (PV) company SolarEdge has an automatic safety control feature that allows the system to use a module-level voltage shutdown, where the PV array is reduced to a safe direct current (dc) voltage in the event of alternating current (ac) shut... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

PPC Zimbabwe’s Harare mill officially opened

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 PPC Zimbabwe on Thursday officially opened its $82-million Harare cement milling and dispatch facility, bringing its collective production capacity to 1.4-million tons a year. The project, forming part of PPC’s African expansion strategy, was completed on time and under budget, and boasted a... 

Scotgold adjusts Cononish gold, silver project development plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 Following the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the Cononish gold and silver project, in Scotland, in 2015, Aim-listed Scotgold Resources has elected to adopt a phased project development option. The development of the mine is now based on a two-phase project approach wherein... 

Don’t skimp on power distribution units, Netshield a Westcon-Comstor company warns

     16th March 2017 Netshield South Africa CEO Inus Dreckmeyr has warned corporates against the false saving of buying “dumb” power distribution units (PDUs) instead of intelligent or smart PDUs. “The basic premise behind a PDU has expanded from what they were perceived to be in the past,” says Dreckmeyr.... 

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility’s John M. Asplund facility produces its disinfection requirements onsite with Klorigen™ On-Site Chlorine and Sodium Hypochlorite Generation

     16th March 2017 Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility’s AWWU John M. Asplund Wastewater Treatment Facility AWWTF is a primary municipal treatment facility currently processing an average of 28 million gallons per day. Due to safety and logistical issues, the Utility wished to eliminate the storage of gaseous... 

Breakthrough holmium data storage solution piques Matamec’s interest

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Montreal-based rare earths project developer Matamec Explorations is excited about a breakthrough discovery by a team of nanoscience researchers, mainly from IBM’s Almaden Research Centre, in San Jose, California, of the ability to store one bit (1b) of data on a single holmium atom. The... 

Pre-certified medical air system solutions from Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

     15th March 2017 Super-efficient, high performing, ultra-reliable and safe equipment is fundamental for the medical sector to remain compliant with exceptionally stringent and ever-tightening regulations. Atlas Copco’s comprehensive range of medical air solutions is backed by more than 130 years of experience and... 

Cello Solar Ltd a UK TV Manufacturer are launching a 22" and a 32" ...

     14th March 2017 Solar Television at the forthcoming Power & Electricity World Africa Conference & Exhibition, on 28th and 29th March 2017.  The Solar TV's  come as a complete out of the box solution with TV, solar panel and smart antenna. The solar panel is connected to the TV and positioned in a suitable... 

Parker Hannifin Celebrates 100 Years

     14th March 2017 After a Century of Growth and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Spirit of Founder Art Parker Lives On at This Global Engineering Powerhouse Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on March 13, 1917 and... 

South Australia to ‘put people first’ with A$550m energy security plan

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th March 2017 The South Australian government has announced a A$550-million plan to improve energy security and boost competition in the state’s energy sector, following state-wide blackouts last year. South Australia suffered state-wide blackouts after a severe storm knocked over transmission towers in... 

Economic uncertainty contributes to muted employment growth

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Ongoing global economic uncertainty is holding South African employers back from increasing their staffing levels, with the latest ‘Manpower Employment Outlook Survey' (MEOS) showing cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the second quarter of the year. “The majority of local employers said... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

Samarco mine restart threatened by request to protect forest

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2017 The Samarco iron-ore mine in Brazil is facing one more obstacle to restarting operations later this year after a court accepted a request by prosecutors to protect a forested area that encompasses a pit the venture had planned to use for storing waste. The BHP Billiton-Vale joint venture had... 

Tech metals supply lagging demand as electric car production increases

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 The burgeoning lithium-ion battery market, buoyed by increased demand for and production of electric vehicles (EVs), among other end-uses, is making it increasingly difficult for producers of tech metals such as lithium and cobalt to keep pace with the demand from technology developers. Global... 

Mexico eyes US market for Trion project's crude, natural gas

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 A pipeline network with spare capacity could allow Mexico to export oil and gas from its flagship offshore Trion project to the United States, the head of Mexico's oil regulator said on Thursday.The deep water Trion development, with prospective reserves of almost 500 million barrels of oil, was... 

Gaildorf project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The project entails the construction of a combined wind and hydro power plant. 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Royal Dutch Shell sells all but 10% of Canadian oil sands assets

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell 50% of its share in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP), in Alberta, to oil sands major Canadian Natural Gas for $7.2-billion. Shell late on Wednesday said it would remain as operator of AOSP’s Scotford upgrader and Quest carbon capture... 

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