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Modern Mining August 2019 cover

With the digitalisation of mining operations being the subject of intense discussion in the mining industry at the moment, we take a look in this issue at the Exxaro’s digital journey and also on the progress being made by Resolute on its highly advanced Syama Underground Mine in Mali.

Also covered in this issue are the Nokeng Fluorspar Mine of SepFluor and the Tiris uranium project in Mauritania. Nokeng, officially opened earlier this month (August), is South Africa’s newest mine, while Tiris is regarded by its developer, Aura Energy, as one the most attractive uranium projects in the world at the current time due to its low capex and operating costs.

Comment: Ivanhoe’s ‘big three’ make great progress

The mining industry may be at a low ebb in Southern Africa but at least one company, Ivanhoe Mines, has a highly positive story to tell. The company continues to progress its Platreef underground mine in South Africa and is also well-advanced with its Kamoa-Kakula and Kipushi projects in the DRC. All three projects are of considerable size with the potential to become world-class players in their respective fields. Read more …

Masama coal mine approaches steady state production contentsMasama coal mine approaches steady-state production

Minergy is up and running with its Masama coal project, which is located in the Mmamabula coalfield in Botswana. It is only the second coal mine in Botswana, a country which has huge – but largely unexploited – coal resources. Masama will mine 110 000 ROM tons a month which should result in saleable coal of between 70 000 and 80 000 tons, rising to 100 000 tons a month next year. Read more …

Resolute Mining signs deal to acquire Toro Gold

Already a strong player in West Africa with its Syama gold mine in Mali, Resolute has now taken control of Toro’s high-margin Mako gold mine in Senegal, a highly successful operation which produced its first gold in January last year. Mako is Senegal’s second gold mine, the other being Sabodala, owned by Teranga Gold. Read more …

Nimble ELB Engineering moves into new markets

With the mining industry, one of its biggest markets, currently becalmed, ELB Engineering Services (ELB Engineering), part of the JSE-listed ELB Group, has launched a range of initiatives to ensure the company’s continuing growth. Modern Mining’s Arthur Tassell recently sat down with ELB Engineering’s CEO, Dr Stephen Meijers, and his colleague, Johan van den Heever, to learn more. Read more …

Nokeng AerialNokeng comes on stream

South Africa’s newest mine, the R1,7 billion Nokeng Fluorspar Mine, was officially opened at the beginning of August, and is now ramping up to its steady-state ore production level of 630 000 tonnes per annum (t/a). Located approximately 95 km north-east of Pretoria at Rust de Winter in Gauteng Province, Nokeng is one of only three significant fluorspar production newcomers to have entered the global market over the past decade. Read more …

DFS makes a “compelling” case for uranium project

ASX-listed Aura Energy reports that a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) on its Tiris uranium project in north-east Mauritania has been completed and has confirmed that it presents a low capital cost and low operating cost development opportunity. Key outcomes of the DFS are a production of 12,4 Mlb U3O8 over 15 years at an All-in Sustaining Cost (AISC) of US$29,81/lb U3O8 and a low capex of US$62,9 million. Read more …

Exxaro BelfastExxaro goes digital

Exxaro, South Africa’s biggest producer of thermal coal, is making huge strides in the digitalisation of every aspect of its business and will soon be commissioning its Belfast mine, which promises to be one of the most digitally enabled mining operations in South Africa. Modern Mining recently spoke to Pleasure Mnisi, Exxaro’s Business Optimisation Manager, who elaborated on the group’s digital journey. Read more …

SYAMA automation on track

Resolute Mining is reportedly making excellent progress on the automation of its Syama Underground Mine in Mali. Operators in the newly completed surface control room are able to control underground production units over shift-change, blasting and re-entry periods, when there are no personnel in the underground mine. Read more …

Reducing the footprint of industrial water users

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa can offer a range of solutions to industrial water users – including mines – that need to reduce their water consumption. These include its ‘Water Techno Packages’ that are manufactured at its Sebenza facility in Johannesburg. Read more …

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