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Modern Mining April coverThe topic of modular plants features strongly in this issue, with detailed articles on two leaders in the field, MET63 and APT, both based in the Johannesburg area. We also look at the Toliara mineral sands project in Madagascar, which is destined to become the second mine of Base Resources, and cover the official opening of Sasol Mining’s Impumelelo coal mine in the Secunda area.

Our News section includes details of a new expansion at B2Gold’s Fekola mine in Mali, which will see its annual gold production increasing to over 550 ounces per year, as well as progress updates on Ivanhoe’s Platreef PGM project and MC Mining’s Makhado coal project, both in South Africa.

Comment: New projects a shot in the arm for embattled mining industry

Recent weeks have seen several major mining projects in the Southern African region – notably the Cut-9 project at Jwaneng in Botswana and the Zulti South mine at the Richards Bay Minerals operation in KZN – getting the go-ahead. Collectively, the projects will involve a capital expenditure of well over US$3 billion, with suppliers and service providers in South Africa likely to be major beneficiaries. Read more …

Solid progress on Platreef project during 2018Solid progress on Platreef project during 2018

Ivanhoe continues to make good progress on its Platreef PGM project near Mokopane, with development of the 850-metre-level station in Shaft 1 underway and excavation of the boxcut and construction of the shaft collar foundation for Shaft 2 well advanced. Shaft 2 will have a hoisting capacity of 6 Mt/a, reportedly the biggest hoisting capacity of any shaft at a mine in Africa. Read more …

Ity CIL project achieves commercial production

Endeavour Mining Corporation has announced commercial production at its Ity CIL project in Côte d’Ivoire following a quick ramp up phase. The Ity CIL project began processing ore on February 20, 2019 and achieved its first gold pour – which yielded approximately 1 800 ounces of gold – on March 19, 2019. Read more …

T3 Feasibility Study delivers “compelling” results

MOD Resources, listed on the ASX and LSE, has announced what it describes as the “compelling results” of the completed Feasibility Study (FS) for the T3 copper project in Botswana. The project will comprise an 11,5-year open pit mine, a 3 Mt/a conventional processing plant and all associated infrastructure. Read more …

AEL Ingelligent Blasting expands growth in the international arenaAEL Intelligent Blasting expands growth in the international arena

AEL Intelligent Blasting (AEL), a member of the JSE-listed AECI Group in South Africa, a company that is well-known for its innovation in the mining industry, has redesigned its business (including its corporate identity) to recharge its position in the mining industry. Current initiatives include further expansion into the global market. Read more …

Base “delighted” with the results of Toliara study

Base Resources has released the positive results of the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on its Toliara mineral sands project in Madagascar. The company is now working on a Definitive Feasibility Study ahead of a planned final investment decision in the first quarter of next year. Subject to a positive DFS, Toliara could be producing its first concentrate in late 2021. Read more …

Sasol opens Impumelelo

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has officially opened the R5,6 billion Impumelelo coal mine, bringing to a formal conclusion a R14 billion mine replacement programme that has included the construction of the Thubelisha and Shondoni mines. The new mine, which has been in operation for some time, will provide up to 10,5 million tons of coal a year to the Sasol Synfuels complex in Secunda. Read more …

MET63 Mobile Comminution PlantMET63 takes modular plants to new heights

A company that is fast emerging as a leader in the field of modular processing plants is MET63, a boutique-style process engineering company that can take projects right through from conception to commissioning. The company specialises in providing technology-based solutions that allow cost savings and fast design and installation. Read more …

APT thrives in a downturn

Somewhat paradoxically, modular process plant supplier APT (Appropriate Process Technologies) has not only managed to survive the mining downturn of the past several years but has actually thrived, with 2017 and 2018 being its best-performing years ever. The company’s customers are primarily junior, sub-junior and artisanal miners operating in Africa although, increasingly, it is supplying to projects further afield, notably in Europe and South America. Read more …

Substance abuse poses major problems for mining sector

Just how much of a threat to mine safety is the misuse of alcohol and drugs? Accurate figures are difficult to come by but the problem is considerable, says Rhys Evans, MD at ALCO-Safe, who notes that the cost to industry generally has been estimated at R2 billion per year. Formed 44 years ago and based in Tshwane, ALCO-Safe is a leading supplier of breathalysers and drug testing equipment. Read more …

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