This month’s issue contains in-depth articles on the Mowana copper mine in Botswana and the Mutamba mineral sands project in Mozambique while technology covered includes a new ground-breaking electronic initiation system from DetNet®, an innovative drill rig developed in Australia and developments in the modular plant field.
Projects and mines which feature in our comprehensive news section include the Bissa/Bouly gold operation in Burkina Faso, the Kamoa/Kakula copper project in the DRC, the Platreef PGM project in South Africa, the Otjikoto gold mine in Namibia and the Balama graphite project in Mozambique.
Comment – Is the exploration industry on the brink of a rebound?
According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, just US$6,89 billion was budgeted by the mining industry globally for non-ferrous exploration in 2016, roughly a third of the all-time high of US$20,5 billion budgeted in 2012. But there are signs that the tide is turning and that better times lie ahead for the exploration industry. Download the PDF.
Ivanhoe approves early works for Platreef Shaft 2
An early-works construction programme for Shaft 2 of the Platreef project near Mokopane in South Africa has been approved. The shaft will be sunk to a depth of more than 1 100 m and, once in service, will be able to hoist 6 Mt/a of ore, making it the biggest shaft in Africa in terms of hoisting capacity. Download the PDF.
New electronic initiation system from DetNet® is a ‘game changer’
South Africa’s DetNet® has launched its CE4 Commander™ system, which it describes as breakthrough technology with the potential to take blasting to the next level. Modern Mining talks to DetNet’s Director of Marketing, Johann Smit, who highlights the advantages of the new system. Download the PDF.
Mowana comes back to life
Good news for Botswana’s embattled mining sector is that Alecto Minerals is busy reviving the Mowana copper mine in the north-east of the country, which was commissioned in 2008 only to be closed in 2015. Alecto is planning to expand the plant to give it a capacity of 2,6 Mt/a and envisages an annual copper production of 22 000 tonnes of saleable Cu in concentrate. Download the PDF.
Savannah ups the pace at Mutamba
Savannah Resources, in conjunction with Rio Tinto, is moving rapidly to develop the Mutamba mineral sands project near Inhambane in Mozambique. The resource base for the project now stands at an impressive 4,4 billion tonnes at 3,9 % Total Heavy Minerals (THM), making Mutamba a globally significant mineral sands deposit. Download the PDF.
School of Mining Engineering celebrates 120 years of service
The Wits School of Mining Engineering has built up an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and ranks as the largest mining school in the English-speaking world. It recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. Download the PDF.
Prototype drill rig proves its worth in field trials
A “revolutionary” new drill rig – the RoXplorer® – based on the coiled tubing concept has completed successful field trials in Australia. The rig drilled 367 m in four successive 12-hour shifts for an average of approximately 92 m per shift at an average penetration rate when drilling of around 15 m per hour. Download the PDF.