Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2018, Successfully Revamps Storage Bins at Smelter FurnaceA successful project by Rio-Carb to revamp storage bins at a smelter furnace in the North West Province with Chromium Carbide (CrC) material has extended the lifespan of these bins from 12 months up to seven years. The raw materials are collected in the storage bins, and deposited into the furnace in a predetermined mixture. Such has been the success of the project that the wear engineering solutions specialist has become a preferred supplier at the mining operation, and has been awarded another furnace storage-bin upgrade project for 2019, Rio-Carb General Manager Sias Suurd reveals. This is an ongoing project, with Rio-Carb dating its original involvement to 2006. “We have been involved ever since, first on a small scale, and later when our product proved itself, we became the preferred supplier,” Suurd adds. “Our client has realised a tremendous cost-saving in that the same items now only have to be replaced every five to seven years, instead of every 18 months..., 16 Nov 2018 07:59:27 GMTGEM Kathu Supplies Three SANY Excavators to the AMG GroupGoscor Earth Moving (GEM) Kathu, part of the Goscor Group, has continued its growth in the important Northern Cape mining region with the recent delivery of three SANY SY500H excavators to the AMG Group (Africa Mining Group) in September. This major new manganese-mining client currently has a fleet of ten excavators, ten load-haul dump trucks, and six front-end loaders. The three SANY SY500H excavators were procured to assist in extending the AMG Group’s existing mining area, thereby boosting monthly production significantly, Chief Operating Officer Scott Yuan explains. Yuan is a mechanical and project engineer with a decade’s experience in the mining industry. “We are a mining and beneficiation company focused on investing, prospecting, excavating, and trading in Africa. Our specialty is to implement efficient and effective mining and beneficiation techniques to ensure we receive maximum value from the product, converting unsaleable low-grade ore to a saleable product,”..., 09 Nov 2018 14:01:56 GMTMICROMINE Ensures Africa has Skill Sets for the Future of MiningLeading mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE Africa continues to place a large focus on offering tertiary institutions such as Schools of Mines specialised software packages to better equip graduates with the skills needed for the evolving mining industry on the continent. With investment in emerging economies on the rise, the aim is to use this investment successfully. One such way is investing in training and technology, which improves the efficiency of mining operations. In addition, an important trend is co-investment in projects. This reduces the capital outlay for governments which, in turn, results in greater productivity, job creation, and increased exports. “No doubt Africa has a long way still to go. However, it is now taking its resources much more seriously, and has a far better understanding of the potential of mineral deposits to generate income, uplift communities and put more resources into Skills Development. Africa is on the up with regards..., 06 Nov 2018 12:54:27 GMTSkyriders Completes First-ever Boiler Inspection at Medupi Unit 6One of the largest boiler inspections ever undertaken in South Africa using drones was recently completed successfully by Skyriders at Medupi Power Station in Limpopo. This was also the first time that the 794 MW Unit 6 at Eskom’s newest power station was subjected to a routine inspection using drones, following its synchronisation to the national grid on 2 March 2015. While the rope-access specialist had completed smaller boiler inspection work for both Eskom and a major petrochemical company to date, the latest project was distinguished by its sheer size and scope, with Unit 6 a towering 80 m high. In addition, a full internal inspection had to be conducted of the entire furnace area, right from the bottom up to the superheater elements. This was especially important as it was the first time that the boiler had been investigated properly since its start-up. Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains that, right from the outset, the decision was taken to deploy the company’s..., 06 Nov 2018 12:53:08 GMTCommunity Development Agreements Compulsory for Mining in MalawiA new Mining Act anticipated to be promulgated in Malawi this year will make it compulsory for all mining companies to undertake Community Development Agreements (CDAs). Describing it as an “important change,” AECOM Senior Specialist Karien Lotter explains that companies must commit a predetermined percentage of their profits to community development. This can range from building infrastructure such as roads, schools, and boreholes, implementing education and awareness programmes, or providing training. As an integrated infrastructure delivery company, AECOM has considerable experience in the full suite of environmental and social assessments required for a variety of permitting purposes, planning resettlements, and compiling Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) for development projects that require land acquisition, and which will result in the displacement of people and their assets. “We have considerable experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as good international..., 22 Oct 2018 18:16:39 GMTSANRAL-Wirtgen MoU Levels the Playing Field for Smaller ContractorsThe South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and Wirtgen Group South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will give small enterprises better access to the road construction machinery they need to execute major SANRAL-owned projects. The agreement will afford small to medium construction contractors full access to the Wirtgen Group’s full suite of leading equipment brands, as well as financing, training and logistics. “This is an important step in the broader national aim to transform the construction and engineering sectors and enable emerging black contractors, including enterprises owned by women and the youth, to participate more fully in major projects,” says Louw Kannemeyer, Engineering Executive at SANRAL. “Infrastructure development will be a major contributor to the efforts to attract investment to the country and was singled out at the recent Job Summit for its ability to create employment and stimulate economic activity. “We..., 22 Oct 2018 18:14:14 GMTSkyriders Saves the Day at Silo Inspection for Delmas CollieryA combination of rope access and the use of an Elios collision-tolerant drone allowed a prominent colliery near Delmas in Mpumalanga to complete a routine silo inspection in record time, not only minimising downtime, but ensuring the health and safety of all involved in the fast-track project. The project took place over a routine ten-day shutdown at the colliery at the end of July, which posed an immovable deadline for the inspection work to be concluded, Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains. “Not only was our scope of work manifold, but the time pressure was immense,” Zinn adds. Skyriders deployed a 21-person team, consisting of a two-person drone team, 18 rope-access technicians, and an inspection manager to oversee the successful completion of the project. The first phase was to deploy the Elios collision-tolerant drone to ascertain the extent of the coal build-up within the silo, which then gave another contractor the necessary information to plan to remove..., 22 Oct 2018 18:11:20 GMTDRA Global confirmed as preferred EPCM contractor for ColluliGlobal engineering, project delivery and operations management group, the DRA Group (DRA) has been confirmed as the preferred Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Management (EPCM) provider for the Colluli Potash Project (Colluli, or the Project), subject to completion of detailed contract terms. The Project, located in Eritrea, is owned by the Colluli Mining Share Company (CMSC) on behalf of Danakali Limited (Danakali). The confirmation of DRA as preferred EPCM contractor for Colluli represents another critical milestone for the Project, reinforcing that Colluli is execution ready. DRA will be responsible for all aspects of design, project management, procurement, construction management and supervision as well as commissioning of the complete process plant and associated infrastructure, including provision of all temporary construction facilities. DRA will also be responsible for awarding major contracts such as early works, earthworks, structural, mechanical, piping, electrical..., 01 Oct 2018 15:38:54 GMTAury Africa Enters Into Empowerment Deal with Nkomose ConsultingScreening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) agreement with 100% black-owned local services company Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects. The B-BBEE deal aims to align Aury Africa with the requirements of the Mining Charter to be a majority black-owned mining equipment and service provider. The deal will see Nkomose hold a 51% stake in Aury, with parent company Dadi Engineering Development Group retaining a 49% stake. The deal is anticipated to result in a Level 2 B-BBEE accreditation for Aury Africa. Nkomose is a mining solutions specialist in mining engineering, project management, consultancy, mining services and supplies, plant hire, exploration drilling and contract mining, process equipment and wear solutions, capital equipment, polyutherane products, screen panels and commodity trading. Nkomose Group Executive Director Mduduzi Magubane highlights that the B-BBEE deal represents..., 26 Sep 2018 10:37:18 GMTSEW Clinches Major Order for Five M-Series Industrial Gear Units for West African MineHaving an in-house Projects Department to focus on the specific requirements of project houses, OEMs, and other tender-related project activity is starting to bear fruit for drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, which has clinched a major order for five M-Series industrial gear units for a mining operation in West Africa. The Projects Department, headed up by Andreas Meid, with Pat Marquez as Project Sales Coordinator and Brett Weinmann in charge of Project Sales Development, oversaw this entire project from receipt of the initial order to successful installation and commissioning at the mine, in addition to any back-up service and technical assistance required. It is this capability to offer complete solutions packages, as opposed to standalone products, in addition to the necessary aftermarket support, that has resulted in SEW’s Projects Department showing consistent growth year-on-year. “We pride ourselves on our on-time delivery in particular,..., 26 Sep 2018 10:30:20 GMT