Lycopodium picks up contract for Sabodala-Massawa

Perth-based engineer Lycopodium has been notified it was awarded the engineering and procurement (EP) and associated project management (PM) services contract for Endeavor Gold’s Sabodala-Massawa expansion project in Senegal, West Africa. The firm was awarded early works after the completion of the operation’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) and has now snagged these newest contracts that extend its longstanding partnership with…

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Minerals Council steps in to fix South Africa’s safety performance

The South African mining industry’s August safety performance – the worst month of the year – was a red flag that the Minerals Council South Africa could not ignore. It has agreed to revitalise a range of safety interventions in the sector to ensure safer working environments. The industry recorded eight fatalities in August, bringing the total number of deaths…

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BME debuts AXXIS Silver system at Lesotho mine

Omnia Group member company BME has achieved its first blast outside of South Africa with its new AXXIS Silver electronic initiation system. BME only identified the client as a diamond miner, and the impetus for the project was to allow conducting of quality blasts in all weather. BME AXXIS support manager Hennie du Preez said the company has been active…

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Ground fall kills Kamoa-Kakula worker

A single fatal accident has been confirmed by Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula mining complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The company said 9 September that the incident occurred at the underground Kansoko Mine in a development area when a fall of ground struck a Kamoa Copper employee. A comprehensive internal investigation has commenced, and the miner said it is…

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Ivanhoe bolsters executive line-up

Canadian-based, African-focused diversified producer Ivanhoe Mines has selected Mark Farren as its chief operating officer and Steve Amos as its executive vice president of projects. Executive co-chair Robert Friedland and president Marna Cloete made the announcement from the company’s Kamoa Copper Joint Venture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Farren, whose appointment is effective 1 November, worked at…

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Epiroc to acquire AARD

Epiroc has signed a deal to acquire South African equipment manufacturer AARD for an undisclosed sum. AARD, based near Johannesburg, South Africa, designs, manufactures, services and supports a wide range of mining equipment, specializing in low-profile underground machines for mines with low mining heights. The company’s line-up include drill rigs, bolters, loaders, scalers, and more,  with customers mainly in the…

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Anglo adds Rajant BreadCrumb Peregrine at its first African mine

Rajant recently announced the addition of its fourth-generation BreadCrumb Peregrine wireless mesh networking system at Anglo’s first operation in South Africa. The system, which offers a four- to six-time increase in throughput capacity, will also support applications for mine production systems, including proximity detection, fatigue management, and tele-remote drilling. Reyno Eksteen, BU Head, SCAN RF Projects, noted that, with a…

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BBE completes cooling system for Venetia mine

BBE Projects, a division of BBE Group, said it has completed a turn-key air cooling system for De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The mine is currently approaching the final stages of a nearly 10-year, US$2 billion transition from open pit to underground mining. The system includes two water-chilling refrigeration machines, with an option to…

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Sud South, Minespider add traceability to ASM copper, cobalt

Mining services group Sud South said it will be implementing blockchain-based traceability platform Minespider to track copper and cobalt from artisanal and small-scale mines, or ASMs, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The companies jointly said on 29 July the minerals will be tracked from the Lualaba province to the Musompo Trade Center, then on to end users. Sud…

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Rio Tinto Simfer creates JV for Simandou project

Rio Tinto’s Guinea subsidiary has formed an infrastructure joint venture with Winning Consortium Simandou (WCS) and the Guinean government to further progress on the undeveloped Simandou iron ore project in Nzérékoré. “The incorporation of La Compagnie du TransGuinéen with our partners underscores the importance of the Simandou resource in today’s decarbonizing world, and its development will complement Rio Tinto’s strong…

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