RCT delivers autonomy to loader at SA operation

What is believed to be the world’s first autonomous battery-electric loader is now in operation at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Bathopele operation in Rustenburg, South Africa, thanks in part to supplier RCT. The company said that it, working alongside a South African OEM, installed the RCT ControlMaster Automation system to the machine and delivered its Automation Centre into a surface office. The underground…

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Boss Mining restarts in DRC

Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and its joint venture partner La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines) recently marked the return of operations at its Boss Mining asset in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The companies confirmed on 6 December that it celebrated the return of the open-pit copper and cobalt mine from care and maintenance, where it had…

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Glencore to pay US$180 million to DRC for past corruption

Glencore has reached an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo covering all present and future claims arising from alleged acts of corruption by the miner in the DRC between 2007 and 2018. Under the agreement, Glencore International AG, on behalf of its Congolese-associated companies, will pay the DRC US$180 million and will continue to implement the Ethics and Compliance…

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Sukari going solar

JUWI has confirmed that it is in the final stages of commissioning what it says is the world’s largest solar hybrid project at Centamin’s Sukari gold operation in Egypt. The system at the operation about 400 kilometres south of Sharm El-Sheikh is made up of a 36-megawatt solar farm and a 7.5-MW battery-energy storage system. Both have been integrated into…

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Centamin’s Sukari discovers upside to underground expansion

Gold miner Centamin has received a report back from its independent consultant Entech that revealed its expansion of the Sukari underground mine in Egypt could return a 31% improvement in its mining rate. The West Africa-based miner said 15 November that the study supports the potential to expand to 1.5 million tonnes per year of total mined ore – the…

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Balama graphite operation restarts after strike

Syrah Resources has confirmed the recommencement of operations at its Balama graphite mine in Mozambique after “security concerns” that regional media said included a strike by a small group of employees. Company MD Shaun Verner said a security review on 11 November local time confirmed an issue; the Market Herald in Australia said the open-pit mine’s management moved its workforce…

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Murray & Roberts names du Plessis to seat

Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has named Japie du Plessis as its managing director designate, effective 1 March. Du Plessis is succeeding current managing director Mike Wells, who is retiring at the end of February 2023.  Wells, a 39-year mining veteran, first joined Cementation Africa in 1994, a company which was subsequently acquired by Murray & Roberts in…

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