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Potash Ridge contemplates smaller-scale ops at Blawn Mountain

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 7 hours ago TSX-listed project developer Potash Ridge this weak published the results updating a 2013 technical report on the Blawn Mountain project, in Utah, to a capital cost that is more attractive given today's market conditions, and to an initial production rate that can be absorbed into the North... 

Appeals for pipeline upgrades unheeded

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 Despite numerous appeals to government by the plastics industry, not enough has been done in the past year to improve South Africa’s pipeline infrastructure, says the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Dutch Windwheel project, the Netherlands

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 The Dutch Windwheel will be a 174 m iconic building and will comprise two three-dimensional rings, with a light and open steel and glass construction. 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Sibaya Coastal Precinct project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 Nodes 1 and 5 of the project are ready for development. 

Global Plastics Industry Effort To Combat Marine Litter Grows In 2016

     19th January 2017 Seven New Industry Associations Join the “Joint Declaration”; Group Will Operate as the “Global Plastics Alliance” Going Forward Seven new signatories were added to The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also informally known as the “Joint Declaration”... 

Trump makes Canadian mine explorer with zero revenue great again

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2017 There’s one thing Donald Trump is already making great again: a small Canadian explorer with rights to one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper and gold deposits. Northern Dynasty Minerals has more than tripled since the US election to approach a four-year high this week amid speculation... 

Gwalia delivers for St Barbara, higher output targeted

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th January 2017 ASX-listed gold miner St Barbara has upwardly revised its 2017 production targets for its Gwalia mine, in Western Australia, after the mine produced above expectations during the first half of the current financial year. St Barbara on Wednesday increased production expectations at Gwalia from... 

UBC researchers develop flowsheet for LED bulb recycling

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2017 Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a flowsheet to extract copper, lead, zinc, silver and small amounts of rare earth metals, including lutetium, cerium and europium, as well as the ‘technology metals’ gallium and indium from discarded light-emitting diode (LED)... 

Plant shutdowns impact Vedanta's Q3 output

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Despite lower output at its zinc operations in the third quarter of the current financial year, diversified miner Vedanta Resources says it is still on track to achieve its stated guidance of higher mined metal production for the full year. Its total production across operations for the quarter... 

In Peru, a smelter's future stirs fears of its toxic past

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's efforts to revive a nearly 100-year-old smelting complex could overcome a crucial hurdle at a coming auction where five companies have shown interest in placing bids. But celebration is far from universal given the sprawling smelter's toxic legacy and... 

SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2017 Cape Town-based waste-to-protein producer AgriProtein says it has secured $17.5-million of further capital from its key strategic partners to fund the company’s expansion into Europe, North America and Asia.   The new investment values the fly-farming venture at more than $117-million.   The new... 

Stellar looks at sorting options for Heemskirk

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th January 2017 Metals developer Stellar Resources is investigating ore sorting technology at the Heemskirk tin project, in Tasmania. The junior reported on Thursday that an initial X-ray sorting test programme, using drill core from the Severn and Lower Queen Hill deposits, was able to identify and separate... 

Tharisa confident of meeting FY PGM, chrome output guidance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome producer Tharisa on Wednesday reported that its operations remain on track to meet the 2017 full-year production guidance of 147 000 oz of PGMs and 1.3-million tonnes of chrome concentrates, of which 300 000 t will be specialty grade chrome... 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

     11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

Empire starts development at Penny's Find

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th January 2017 Development of the openpit mine at the Penny’s Find gold mine, in Western Australia, has started, with owner Empire Resources reporting on Wednesday that 50 000 t of waste material had already been removed since the end of the December quarter. Road construction and various mine site earthworks... 

Next four years critical to meeting Paris agreement targets

     10th January 2017 New report provides concrete recommendations for cities to meet aggressive goals and halt climate change On 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultants Arup outlined the first emission reduction plan in order to meet the most ambitious Paris... 

CRG secures $1m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Dual-listed Central Rand Gold's (CRG's) share price on the JSE and LSE rose by more 10% early on Tuesday after the company announced it had secured a $1-million loan from an investor and appointed a new chairperson. CRG has entered into a $1-million loan agreement with investor Jia Bang Wang,... 

New division, new products, larger presence at CONEXPO 2017

     10th January 2017 See what’s next for McCloskey International New division, equipment and features to be highlighted Screening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International will clearly demonstrate its continued growth with a significant increase in its presence at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.... 

Central Asia Metals reports record FY copper output

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2017 Small-scale Aim-listed copper producer Central Asia Metals has reached a new full-year production record in 2016 as the Kounrad dump leach, solvent extraction and electro-winning copper recovery plant in Kazakhstan ramps up. The London, England-based company reported record output during 2016,... 

Angolan lawyers appeal ruling on president naming daughter oil CEO

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 Angolan lawyers, who argue that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' billionaire daughter was illegally appointed as the chief executive of the state oil company, have applied for their case to be heard in the Constitutional Court. Angola's Supreme Court on December 27 rejected an application by... 

Indian coal mine death toll rises to 16, some still trapped

By: Reuters     3rd January 2017 The death toll in an Indian coal mine collapse rose to 16 on Saturday and could rise further, officials said, as some people are still feared trapped at a coalfield run by state-owned Coal India Limited. The accident occurred in Jharkhand state on Thursday evening at the Lalmatia mine, one of the... 

At least 9 killed, many trapped in Indian coal mine collapse

By: Reuters     30th December 2016 At least nine Indian miners were killed and nearly two dozen trapped when mine waste collapsed at a coalfield run by state-owned Coal India, officials said on Friday, hitting production at one of the country's largest mines. The accident occurred in Jharkhand state on Thursday evening at the... 

Aquila’s Back Forty gains two more final permits before year-end

By: Henry Lazenby     29th December 2016 TSX-listed project developer Aquila Resources has picked up two further final permits for its flagship Back Forty gold/zinc project, in Michigan, the company announced Thursday. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has issued the final ‘nonferrous metallic mineral mining’ permit and... 

Kyrgyz govt issues required Kumtor permits in good time

By: Henry Lazenby     29th December 2016 Canadian miner Centerra Gold has received several permits and approvals in good time from Kyrgyz Republic authorities, ensuring operations at the flagship Kumtor mine can continue as envisioned by the 2017 mine plan. Centerra had in past years threatened to shutter the Kumtor operation “within... 

TNG updates environmental study for Mt Peake

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Australian strategic metals company TNG has completed all field related activities required for the completion of additional studies to be included in the submission of the supplement for the environmental impact statement (EIS) for its 100%-owned Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the... 

Lithium asset consolidation proceeds unabated

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2016 Asset consolidation is continuing in the junior lithium space, with several companies announcing deals in the past week. Wealth Minerals announced Monday that its Chilean subsidiary has entered a letter of intent dated December 12, with arm’s length vendors giving it the exclusive right and... 

Property Point opens applications for enterprise development programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 Enterprise development vehicle Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, has invited entrepreneurs that have businesses operating in the property industry to apply for its next two-year enterprise development programme intake before January 31, 2017. As part of its latest intake,... 

Ghana govt renews Goldplat licence  

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2016 The Ghanaian government has granted Goldplat a three-year licence renewal to buy and deal in gold in the country. Gold Recovery Ghana, the London Aim-listed company’s wholly owned gold recovery subsidiary in Ghana, recovers gold from by-products of the mining process, providing an economic method... 

The importance of reading comprehension

By: Kelvin Kemm     16th December 2016 When I was at school, during English language classes, we used to have an activity called ‘reading study’.  We also had the same activity in Afrikaans classes, and it was called begripstoets,  The term begripstoets translates as ‘comprehension test,’ which is a much better term than ‘reading... 

AngloGold's Tropicana JV gears up for accelerated mining rate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th December 2016 Gold production from the Tropicana mine, in Western Australia, is expected to improve considerably next year, when grade streaming is reintroduced. Gold major AngloGold Ashanti, which owns 70% of Tropicana, and its joint venture (JV) partner Independence Group, which owns a 30% stake in the... 

NGOs express concern about Eskom’s involvement in nuclear build programme

By: Kim Cloete     14th December 2016 Several organisations attending public hearings in Cape Town have expressed concern about conflict of interest in Eskom’s involvement in the nuclear new build programme.  “Nuclear will not easily be accepted by the population. It is heavily contested. If you go down the nuclear path, it needs to... 

Platinum marketing needs collaboration – Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2016 Platinum marketing is in urgent need of the correct coordination, collaboration and cooperation with immediate consideration needing to be given to encouraging, igniting and catalysing own-requirement growth. With gross metal demand having seen no growth in the last ten years, pressure on the... 

Results Of 2016 International Coastal Clean-Up For Cape Provinces Released

     12th December 2016 According to the results of the 20th International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) that took place on Saturday, the 17th of September 2016, glass bottles and pieces and paper bags have taken over from PET bottles and bottle caps as macro pollutants on Cape beaches.  Good turn-out of volunteers The ICC is... 

Arup Appoints BIM Leader for Southern Africa

     9th December 2016 Arup has appointed Nic Karassavas as their BIM Leader for Southern Africa. Karassavas brings significant experience in initiating, managing and developing projects within a BIM environment as a result of having worked on a wide range of building and infrastructure projects as a principal, manager... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation To Develop Booysendal South Central Complex

     9th December 2016 Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded the Phase 1 contract for the establishment of a new mine for Northam Platinum. The Booysendal South Central Complex will be established on the same mining lease as Booysendal Platinum Mine, which is situated in Mpumalanga. Allan Widlake, new business... 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

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