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‘Unleash American shale’ to end energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 The largest US natural gas driller is using the global energy crisis to renew his call for more investment in domestic infrastructure such as pipelines, which he says will enable increased exports and ease shortages. US gas drillers could increase supplies by about 20% if not for pipeline and... 

Range pumps abrasive solids

8th October 2021 Mining systems solution provider Becker Mining South Africa’s PVS range of vortex pumps has been designed to efficiently pump sludge and slurries containing large abrasive solids and fibrous materials in light, medium and heavy service industries. The PVS range, which can handle solids to 72 mm... 

Husqvarna’s new concrete cutting chain and bar concept 

6th October 2021 When you’re doing precision cutting of reinforced concrete structures, a handheld concrete chainsaw will make your day.  Husqvarna has launched a new product concept for diamond chains and guide bar, designed to match the high performance of Husqvarna concrete chainsaws. In many types of concrete... 

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     5th October 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

Sunland Minerals’ Botswana prospecting licences renewed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2021 Botswana Diamonds subsidiary Sunland Minerals’ prospecting licences PL232 and PL235 of 2015 have been renewed for a two-year period starting October 1. Recent aeromagnetic and surveys followed by targeted ground magnetic surveys and soil sampling have identified drill targets on the two PLs. 

Made-from-carbon-dioxide concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention. 

Grundfos works with international brewer for sustainable efficiency

1st October 2021 The installation of Grundfos pumps and related equipment as part of an international beer brewer’s expansion in Gauteng highlights a common commitment to water and energy efficiency. A range of Grundfos submersible pumps, smart digital pumps and vertical multistage centrifugal pumps are installed... 

Project a blueprint for renewables future

By: Cameron Mackay     1st October 2021 The Oya Energy Hybrid dispatchable facility, which consists of colocated solar, wind and battery storage energy, will form a blueprint for the way in which South Africa’s energy grid will be able to operate on 100% renewable energy, says energy project developer G7 Renewable Energies MD Dr... 

Alrosa scrutinising ability of kimberlite ore to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2021 Russia-based diamond miner Alrosa has completed the first phase of a study, set to continue into 2023, into kimberlite’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This follows preliminary studies undertaken by Alrosa and Russian research centres showing a degree of interaction... 

UCD opens new depot in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2021 United Container Depots (UCD) has moved from its location in Paarden Eiland to larger premises in Beaconvale, Parow, also in Cape Town. The new depot has a container stacking area of more than 20 000 m²; warehouse space of 4 000 m²; a dedicated controlled atmosphere (CA) gassing area for up to... 

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