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Mining Weekly Features

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe

18th September 2020 It is projected that green hydrogen could be produced at the same cost as fossil, or blue, hydrogen in the next two or three years, says German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen Technologies Division head Dr Christoph Roevekamp.  One of the world’s... 

Company receives research grant to improve alkaline electrolyser

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2020 The Research Council of Norway has awarded dedicated hydrogen company Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Nel ASA, a grant for a research project that seeks to further improve the efficiency and cost of Nel’s next generation, pressurised alkaline electrolyser platform, the company announced... 

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 There should be a clear distinction between renewable-energy projects for the grid under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and renewable-energy projects for the production of green hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)... 

Upcycling of waste to produce ‘greener’ hydrogen

18th September 2020 Global renewable energy company SG H2 Energy, part of the Solena Group, is ramping up the “green” factor in the production of greener than green hydrogen by using the biogenic fraction of municipal solid waste as a renewable feedstock. The process uses a plasma-enhanced thermal catalytic... 

Green Hydrogen Evolution and the Economy

18th September 2020 Green hydrogen projects are expanding globally as a pillar to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Large scale green hydrogen projects, based on electrolyser technology (ranging from 100 MW to 5 GW in scale), are now planned in many regions of the world that are transitioning to renewable power. Wind... 

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production

18th September 2020 Electrolytic hydrogen production is a promising option when relatively small or medium flows of hydrogen are required. It is also often useful when high purity hydrogen is required for a variety of niche applications. However, recent advances have now made it possible to design, build and... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 Pressure equipment specialist Superior Pressure Solutions (Spress) has introduced hydrogen technology from German high-pressure systems supplier Maximator to the African market, offering local service and maintenance support by its technicians. Maximator is one of the world leaders in hydrogen... 

A Uniquely South African Opportunity

15th September 2020 AP Ventures LLP is an independent venture capital firm incorporated in the UK and supported by Anglo American Platinum, the South African Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Mitsubishi Corporation, the Mirai Creation Fund and Plastic Omnium. AP Ventures’ global mandate is to invest in pioneering... 

Pandemic puts strain on Zambian mining sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Amid the challenges facing the Zambian mining industry, partially because of Covid-19, government has committed to waiving penalties and interest on the late payment of taxes, explains advisory firm KPMG Zambia tax partner Michael Phiri. The Central Bank has also set aside about R9-million, which... 

Zambia should capitalise on future copper prices, says chamber

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 As copper is a major component in electric vehicles (EVs), the expected boom in the EVs market should significantly increase copper demand, with EV copper consumption expected to increase by 1.7-million tonnes by 2027, according to a report commissioned by the International Copper Association.... 

Complex legislation may hinder investment

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th September 2020 Despite the Zambian government’s programme to diversify the economy – into such sectors as tourism and agriculture – the mining and natural resources sector, particularly the copper mines, remain the most substantial potential contributor to growth and development in Zambia, says law firm Beech... 

Analyser integral to explorers

11th September 2020 The handheld portable X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) analyser has become a common tool for field geoscientists, and is being used in a range of applications, says analysing and non-destructive testing equipment supplier GammaTec SciAps product specialist Lyndon Momberg. GammaTec is the... 

Pumps range suitable for low-lubricity media

11th September 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG notes that its SF series range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps is used primarily on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps are particularly suitable for transporting [chemically... 

Exploration junior secures stake in gold project

11th September 2020 ASX-listed graphite exploration junior Volt Resources has substantially completed its diligence enquiries on the Luiri Hill gold project and is progressing to completion, the company reported in July. The project is located in south-central Zambia, 120 km west-northwest of the Zambian capital of... 

Mobile pumps prove useful in opencast mining

11th September 2020 The mobility of trailer-mounted pumps has earned them a reputation for versatility and efficiency, according to pump-leasing agent Integrated Pump Rental. The company claims that its range of Sykes pumps in mobile configuration has encountered “enthusiastic” take-up in various markets, from large... 

OEM keeps miners’ cost consciousness top of mind

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 At a time when mines have come under even more pressure to maintain profitability and sustainability, original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa has put operational cost reduction and added value at the forefront of its research and development (R&D) strategy and product offering.  

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Engine manufacturer Cummins is strategically targeting the dewatering pumps market in Africa and the Middle East using a two-pronged approach by working with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users. “We see a lot of opportunity in the pumps sector, with much room for growth. Pumps,... 

Plug-and-play pumps range launched

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Industrial pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa has launched the Verderflex iDura – a new range of pumps – during the 2020 Electra Mining Connect week online event, hosted from 7 to 11 September. The iDura pump range is a plug-and-play version of the existing Dura hose pump range and... 

Pumps industry suffering a dry spell

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 The compounded knock-on effects of the Covid-19 lockdown have had a considerably negative effect on South African pumps companies, says industry body Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. One of the largest markets for pumps is the mining sector, which has made a sputtering restart after the... 

Rental pump option preserves capital

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Portable air and power rental company Rand-Air, a subsidiary of industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco, has introduced the Weda range of dewatering pumps to its suite of rental options to meet demand from the market. This comes after the range of pumps was added as a purchase-only option... 

Integrated Pump Rental

8th September 2020 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer cus­tomers quick and easy access to a comprehen­sive... 

OLI South Africa

8th September 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product range, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Founded in 1961, OLI has been committed to... 

Company patents extraction method

4th September 2020 Canadian-listed rare earth clean technologies developer Geomega Resources’ patent application US15/578,498 titled, ‘A system and a method for metallurgical extraction of rare earth elements (REE) and niobium’, was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in June. 

Digital transformation bearing fruit

4th September 2020 Latin American zinc, copper and lead producer Nexa Resources has appointed Swiss automation company ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems for new and existing operations. 

Local value chain should include TiCI4, powder

4th September 2020 A PhD study on developing a roadmap for the South African titanium metal industry indicated that the South African titanium metal value chain should be expanded to include local TiCl4 and titanium metal powder production. The study was conducted at the Graduate School of Technology Management, at... 

Pilot delivers powder production

4th September 2020 Metals and rare earth processor Australian Strategic Materials (ASM) joint venture (JV) partner South Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation (ZironTech) has produced high purity (99.83%) titanium metal powder through its new electrorefining process at the commercial pilot plant in South Korea. 

New reagent increases recovery of phosphate

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th September 2020 Chemical reagents supplier and distributor Axis House has launched an extension to its phosphate range to include defoamer and decadmiation products in addition to the existing Rinkalore collector range for phosphate flotation. 

Challenges remain as industry forges ahead with transformation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 It is important to acknowledge that the regulatory environment for local mining companies has been instrumental in progressing transformation and inclusion of women in the mining sector, integrated resources business Lurco Group says. 

Specialist completes crushing plant equipment delivery

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 Mining and quarrying equipment specialist Astec Industries Inc has completed a significant export order for a new aggregate crushing plant in Harare, Zimbabwe – through its regional office in Johannesburg, in Gauteng. 

Shift towards accountability could unlock mining potential

By: Mamaili Mamaila     4th September 2020 Zimbabwe is known to hold much promise in terms of mining development, however, Workforce Holdings, a “progressive” holdings company investing in diversified human capital businesses, notes that, given the country’s current political climate, operating in Zimbabwe can be profitable but very... 

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

Pandemic prevents further engagement on housing draft

28th August 2020 A call for further engagement with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) regarding the 2019 Draft Review of Housing and Living Conditions Standard has stalled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in South Africa. The draft standard requires that mines... 

Company to provide energy storage for local mines

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 The local mining sector is becoming more open to implementing new technologies in terms of energy solutions, as they can make mining operations more efficient, productive and cost effective, states microgrid and energy solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids MD Malvin Naicker. Hitachi ABB... 

Leading Transactional Advisor in Captive Energy

By: Yolande Botes     28th August 2020 Cresco is a hands-on financial advisory firm dedicated to helping project ideas become a reality. Cresco’s role in enabling growth is to work with both project promoters and project funders across Africa to achieve their unique financial  and entrepreneurial goals.  Cresco provides pro-active... 

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local energy organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp states that South Africa’s mining sector can continue to explore cost-saving measures through increased energy efficiency. Local miners face many challenges, including rising energy... 

Logistics company branches out

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add renewables-related logistical services to its offering. Mixcorp special scientific adviser Dr Godfrey Gandawa... 

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