Modern Mining

Nokeng Fluorspar Mine (RF) (Pty) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of SepFluor Limited, has announced the start of construction of the R1,7 billion Nokeng open-pit fluorspar mine and concentrator at Rust de Winter, 80 km north east of Pretoria.

ASX-listed Syrah Resources, which is developing the Balama graphite project in northern Mozambique, reports that overall construction progress completion was 90 % as at 30 June 2017. Processing plant commissioning activities commenced in May and continue as planned, including energisation of the primary crusher substation, and completion of function testing for some material handling equipment.

Platinum Group Metals (Platinum Group), listed on the TSX and NYSE MKT, says it is taking steps to restructure its mining operations at its Maseve mine, located 35 km from Rustenburg in the Sun City area.

Tharisa, the PGM and chrome co-producer, has reported record chrome production of 333,9 kt for the three months to end June 2017. Records were also achieved for PGM and chrome recoveries, as the Group made incremental improvements to both its mining and processing operations.

Stellar Diamonds, the London-quoted diamond exploration and development company focused on West Africa, reports it has entered into a contract for the Front End Engineering and Design study (FEED) to be conducted for the underground mine development of the Tongo-Tonguma kimberlite dyke project in eastern Sierra Leone. Paradigm Project Management (PPM) of Johannesburg has been appointed to prepare the FEED study.

One of the most extraordinary developments seen in West Africa in recent years has been the emergence of Burkina Faso as a major gold producer. Roughly a decade ago the country did not have a single modern commercial-scale gold mine – the government-operated Poura mine having closed in 1999 – and cotton was the country’s main export commodity. Today there are 10 goldmining operations in the country with another two gold mines under construction and gold now accounts for over 60 % of total exports. In this article, Modern Mining’s Arthur Tassell looks at the gold mining scene in the country, including the prospects for further growth in the sector.

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