Mining Safety Newshttps://www.arrivealive.co.za/Mining Safety(c) 2017, www.arrivealive.co.zaI-CAT offers ‘green’ masterplan for licencing, auditing and monitoringOne of the most rigorous and specialised processes for the mining, industrial, manufacturing, and commercial development sectors is environmental licencing and compliance assurance. I-CAT Environmental Solutions offers an ‘environmental masterplan’ in terms of the resulting compliance, auditing, and monitoring requirements. The range of environmental-compliance solutions has a specific focus on the mining and industrial sectors, as prescribed by relevant national legislation and compliance standards, I-CAT Environmental Solutions Director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg explains. “The current economic climate in South Africa has resulted in companies cutting down on budget allocation for minimum environmental compliance, yet recognising their obligations to account for their activities impacting on the environmental, and to accept responsibility for them,” Jansen van Rensburg explains. I-CAT offers an Environmental Masterplan solution whereby all external environmental...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4971/I-CAT-Offers-Green-Masterplan-For-Licencing-Auditing-And-Monitoring4971Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:59 GMTSEW-EURODRIVE South Africa supplies MC Series IG units to Kazakhstan gold mineOne of the largest orders in the history of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa for its MC Series industrial gear units is being supplied to a gold-mining project in Kazakhstan, which will see the assembly and supply of 31 of these units.   The OEM won the order from a local specialist in the design and supply of equipment to the metallurgical industry. “What made it such a unique project for us was the low ambient temperatures that we had to accommodate in the specification,” Rudi Swanepoel, Head of Projects at SEW-EURODRIVE, explains.   This meant that special oil tanks with heaters had to be fitted to the units. While this is available as a standard feature, it is not a run-of-the-mill requirement. Other features that had to be installed as well included flow switches. “We also had to meet the required loads of the application, which are considerable in terms of agitators,” Swanepoel adds.   The MC Series of industrial gear units comprise...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4970/SEW-EURODRIVE-South-Africa-Supplies-MC-Series-IG-Units-To-Kazakhstan-Gold-Mine4970Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:25:01 GMTGlencore awards 36 months contract extension for Ctrack’s mining solutionGlencore, one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major  producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities, located in over 50 countries, has awarded a three year contract extension to vehicle tracking and fleet management specialist Ctrack by Inseego. The agreement will see Glencore’s fleet of 600 vehicles upgraded to Ctrack’s advanced  management solution at its operations in Mpumalanga. A client of Ctrack since 2007, Glencore chose Ctrack given their ability to efficiently streamline their safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) management. By utilising Ctrack’s advanced fleet monitoring software, they are able to comply with various South African government regulations, including the South African Mine Health and Safety Act. Among other aspects, the Act requires mines and related companies to identify and eliminate operational hazards so as to minimise the risks to health and safety. As detailed reporting...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4969/Glencore-Awards-36-Months-Contract-Extension-For-Ctrack-S-Mining-Solution4969Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:39:51 GMTEnergas Technologies appointed to design and supply fuel gas receiving package for Kpone in GhanaA new power plant, Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in Tema, Ghana, will be independently owned by Cenpower Generation Company Limited (Cenpower) to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to Ghana. The power plant will comprise a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration comprising two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a single steam turbine, and it will have a nominal installed capacity of approximately 350 MW. Power generated by the plant will be supplied directly to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the main distribution utility through the Ghanaian grid. The plant will be designed to be fuelled by any one of three fuel sources, that is, natural gas, distillate fuel or light crude oil.   Energas’ scope in design and supply of fuel gas receiving package HP van Huyssteen, Energas Technologies Project Engineer comments, “Energas’ scope was to provide temperature and pressure controlled gas to the power plant....http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4968/Energas-Technologies-Appointed-To-Design-And-Supply-Fuel-Gas-Receiving-Package-For-Kpone-In-Ghana4968Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:24:12 GMTComplete drive packs help boost productivity at Limpopo platinum mineA major drive to boost productivity at a platinum mine in Limpopo Province has resulted in drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE supplying a number of complete drive systems with industrial gear units to the project. The drive packs are specifically for three different conveyor systems, Rudi Swanepoel, Head of Projects at SEW-EURODRIVE, explains. The first drive system has two 220 kW drives, while the remainder have three 360 kW and one 300 kW drives respectively. The drive systems form part of the OEM’s X Series, covering torque ranges from 6.8 kNm to 475 kNm. The large quantity of predefined accessories available for the X Series allows for a great deal of flexibility in catering for diverse mining applications. “A special requirement on this project was the extremely short delivery time, placing us under tremendous pressure to have the first drive system assembled and on the mine by the beginning of March,” Swanepoel explains. The tight timeframe was...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4967/Complete-Drive-Packs-Help-Boost-Productivity-At-Limpopo-Platinum-Mine4967Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:04:51 GMTXCell Sensor technology brings improved efficiency in gas detectionVolatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can pose serious health hazards if inhaled by those working in harsh environments. MSA Africa’s Altair 5X has been improved to include XCell Sensor technology, which plays an important role in ascertaining safety, and significantly reducing the risk of exposure. MSA Africa respiratory and fire helmets product manager Suraksha Mohun indicates that the Altair 5X has a fast sensor response, which is 15 seconds faster than a standard sensor. “The Altair 5X multigas detector now includes XCell Sensor technology, which enables faster response and span calibration times. This multigas detector is capable of detecting emissions of six different gases at a time; CO, H2S, O2, SO2, CI2, NH3 and more.” It boasts MotionAlert and InstantAlert, which are additional safety alarms. Mohun highlights that the Altair 5X is agency approved and holds an IP 65 rating certification. “The sensor will last for at least four years and can survive multiple...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4966/Xcell-Sensor-Technology-Brings-Improved-Efficiency-In-Gas-Detection4966Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:41:03 GMTDurban factory inferno raises importance of fire-detection systemsA huge fire in Durban at the end of March, believed to be one of the largest factory fires ever in the Southern Hemisphere, has raised concerns about fire prevention and risk management at large industrial estates. Large warehouses must have a suitable automatic fire-detection system installed. This is critical in order to alert occupants of a fire as quickly as possible, especially given the large size of such warehouses, so they have sufficient time to evacuate the premises. “This will allow on-site first respondents to tackle a fire before it grows out of control,” ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk points out. At the blaze in Durban, 400 firefighters battled 15 hours to get the inferno under control. Fire-hose reels and fire extinguishers are essential elements of a first respondent capability to suppress a fire successfully before it grows too large in order to be able control. An appropriate fire-suppression system such as automatic sprinklers will control a fire,...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4965/Durban-Factory-Inferno-Raises-Importance-Of-Fire-Detection-Systems4965Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:45:48 GMTUretech, HMA Group in venture to establish an African presenceUretech, a local manufacturer of polyurethane products such as wear liners for the mining industry, has entered into an agreement with the HMA Group of Australia to have its product range distributed internationally. In turn, the HMA Group’s wide product range will now be made available in Africa for the first time. The agreement, concluded towards the end of 2016, will see the establishment of a new South African subsidiary of the HMA Group, known as HMA South Africa, with George Hoffmann as General Manager. In terms of the agreement, HMA has been appointed as Uretech’s sole international distributor, including South Africa. Established in 1966 as Halley & Mellowes, the HMA Group manufactures, services, and sells a range of capital plant equipment to diverse industries. The materials handling, wear solutions, instrumentation, and geotechnical divisions of the group will be introduced into the local market, piggybacking on Uretech’s representation in the African...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4964/Uretech-HMA-Group-In-Venture-To-Establish-An-African-Presence4964Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:44:00 GMTSEW-EURODRIVE offers systems integration as a total project solutionSEW-EURODRIVE is punting system integration as a new area of differentiation in order to increase the uptake of its products in the marketplace. This will also help promote the OEM as a total solutions provider for entire project lifecycles. The main aim behind system integration is to bring together companies that supply automation components and technology, like SEW-EURODRIVE, with system integrators, who invariably tackle entire projects. The key here is that products from different suppliers can be used in a single system or project, Hendri Oosthuizen, Mechatronics Sales Engineer, explains. “Although we would like to supply SEW-EURODRIVE products as far as possible to our clients, there may be a requirement for something we do not supply, such as a PLC or pneumatic component,” he points out. However, the total solution is predicated on SEW-EURODRIVE technology, in addition to any additional requirements. The system integrator is essentially tasked to integrate all...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4963/SEW-EURODRIVE-Offers-Systems-Integration-As-A-Total-Project-Solution4963Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:41:43 GMTEnergas Technologies appointed to design and supply fuel gas receiving package for Kpone in GhanaA new power plant, Kpone Independent Power Plant (KIPP) in Tema, Ghana, will be independently owned by Cenpower Generation Company Limited (Cenpower) to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity supply to Ghana. The power plant will comprise a multi-shaft combined cycle configuration comprising two gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and a single steam turbine, and it will have a nominal installed capacity of approximately 350 MW. Power generated by the plant will be supplied directly to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the main distribution utility through the Ghanaian grid. The plant will be designed to be fuelled by any one of three fuel sources, that is, natural gas, distillate fuel or light crude oil. Energas’ scope in design and supply of fuel gas receiving package HP van Huyssteen, Energas Technologies Project Engineer comments, “Energas’ scope was to provide temperature and pressure controlled gas to the power plant. The incoming...http://www.miningsafety.co.za/newscontent/4962/Energas-Technologies-Appointed-To-Design-And-Supply-Fuel-Gas-Receiving-Package-For-Kpone-In-Ghana4962Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:31:56 GMT