New orders for MDM

Minerals process and project management company MDM Engineering Group has been awarded the engineering design, procurement, construction and project management (EPCM) contract for the execution of Sibanye Gold Limited’s Driefontein number 2 metallurgical plant (DP2) gold project.  Read More…

Low-cost Bacterial Gold Extraction Suits Rural Setting

A metallurgist based at Curtin University has helped develop a hydrometallurgical method of extracting gold, palladium and platinum from crushed ores using bacteria and chemical leaching.  Prof Jacques Eksteen, who was formerly the group consulting metallurgist at Lonmin Platinum in South Africa, says the research began as a way of addressing costs where conventional smelting [...]

International Mining Myanmar Conference

The Myanmar Federation of Mining Associations (MFMA) has provided more background for this event which will bring together the leaders in the domestic mining industry and visitors from overseas in a great networking experience October 30-31 this year, alongside Mining Myanmar – 2nd International Mining and Minerals Recovery Exhibition, http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents/; www.miningmyanmar.com. John@im-mining.com is calling for [...]

Hecla receives reclamation award

Hecla Mining Company has been given the 2013 Excellence in Hard Rock Mine Reclamation Award from the Colorado Mine Land Reclamation Board.  The award was presented at the 116th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibit for the contemporaneous reclamation of prospecting sites near Creede in Mineral County, Colorado.  Read More…

SRK Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary

SRK Consulting, an independent, global company providing services to the mining and water resource industries, is celebrating 40 years of business. From its small, 1974 beginnings in Johannesburg, South Africa, it has grown into an international company with more than 1,500 employees.

Water stress predicted for coal miners

Coal-related industries, like mining and power generation, are extremely water intensive and, according to new research by research company WRI analysis, more than half of the world’s largest coal-producing and consuming countries face high to extremely high levels of water stress, with Asia particularly vulnerable.  Read More…

Hatch Goba assists with circular dome reservoir in Orange Farm

Hatch Goba has been retained by Johannesburg Water to provide design, project management and site supervision of a 33-million-litre reservoir to be constructed in Orange Farm, a township near Johannesburg, South Africa.  Read More…

Some 2,000 coal mines may close in China this year

China is planning to close down nearly 2,000 small coal mines this year as part of its push to stamp out the production of low quality coal, Australian Mining reports. “High levels of air pollution and more stringent environmental standards have led to the move. Reuters reports old and depleted mines in the country’s east [...]

Step-change in load and haul productivity, optimising digging and loading equipment

CRCMining has developed world-leading capability to optimise equipment selection, bucket design and sizing, based on characterising dig conditions and machine performance, with sophisticated expertise in investigating and improving the performance of materials handling systems. Truck and shovel haulage systems typically operate well below their potential capacity, significantly impairing the productivity of load and haul mining [...]

The Power of Flotation Surveys

Flotation surveying can be an extremely powerful means of determining opportunities for circuit optimisation and benchmarking. It is vital that the correct type of survey be conducted and that the objectives of the survey are clear from the onset. Failing to have either will result in less than desirable results and can hinder the true [...]

MEI Young Person’s Award 2013 to Brazilian Academic

The 2013 MEI Young Person’s Award has been presented to Dr. Rodrigo Magalhães de Carvalho, of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil.  Read More…

Fracturing and automation a solution for deep-level mining challenges

The deep-level mining sector is researching and piloting fracturing methods that could help mitigate the three main challenges facing deep-level operations – rock stability, ventilation and time wasted while travelling to mining areas – says research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Mining Innovation.  Read More…