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Modern Mining June 2018Diamond exploration in Southern Africa by junior companies is currently at a low ebb, with only a handful of companies having active exploration programmes. One of them is Botswana Diamonds (BOD). Modern Mining recently spoke to James Campbell, BOD’s Managing Director, who outlined the progress being made on the company’s wide portfolio of projects, including its flagship Thorny River project near Mokopane.

Otjikoto AerialRenewable energy comes under the spotlight in an in-depth article on a new and innovative 7 MW solar installation at the Otjikoto gold mine of B2Gold in Namibia. The solar farm at the mine – which will reduce dependence on the existing HFO power plant – was recently inaugurated by Namibia’s Minister of Mines & Energy, Tom Alweendo.

Wahgnion DrillingIn this issue, we also look at some West African projects including the new Wahgnion gold mine in Burkina Faso, currently in the early stages of construction, and the Baobab phosphate project in Senegal. The owners of Baobab, Avenira, have launched a Bankable Feasibility Study which will examine the viability of a major expansion and upgrade of the project’s processing facilities.

Comment – Copper and coal projects on the way in Botswana

Good news to emerge from the recent Botswana Resource Sector Conference held in Gaborone is that the country has two new copper mines coming in the Kalahari Copperbelt, one an open-pit mine and the other an underground operation, which between them will represent an investment of over half-a-million US dollars. In addition, there are at least three coal projects heading for production. Read more …

Redpath positions itself for African growth

Modern Mining recently spoke to Lawrence Schultz, MD of Redpath Mining Africa, about the company’s achievements, its service offering and its plans to grow its share of the fiercely competitive mining contracting market in Africa. One of the company’s new initiatives is a joint venture partnership with Redpath Mining Australia. Read more …

Thorny River diamond project shows promising economics

Although it is still early days, the Thorny River diamond project of Botswana Diamonds is showing promise, with a Technical Economic Evaluation Report indicating that positive economics could be achieved from a commercial mining operation. Thorny River is located close to the Klipspringer/Marsfontein kimberlite dyke/pipe system east of Mokopane in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Read more …

Pace-setting solar farm inaugurated at Otjikoto

Modern Mining recently attended the official opening of an innovative ‘intelligent’ solar energy installation at B2Gold’s Otjikoto gold mine in Namibia. The Otjikoto Solar Farm, as it is known, comprises more than 62 000 solar panels, has a capacity of 7 MW and will significantly reduce the costs of running the existing 23,5 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power station on site. Read more …

Hybrid power solutions now competitive for Africa’s mines

The costs of renewable energy systems, particularly solar systems, are coming down and making hybrid power solutions ever more competitive for mines located in remote off-grid locations in Africa. This is the view of juwi Renewable Energies, based in Cape Town, part of the international juwi Group. Read more …

JB Switchgear completes another project in Africa

South Africa’s JB Switchgear Solutions (JBSS) has recently provided a substation to power two 750 kW fans for the new underground mine at Syama gold mine in Mali. It is housed in a specially modified 8-m container to optimise space in the underground location where it is sited. Read more …

Resource base at Wahgnion gold project grows by 33 %

TSX-listed Teranga Gold Corporation has announced an updated mineral resource estimate for its new Wahgnion gold development project in Burkina Faso. Wahgnion, which will produce 119 koz of gold a year over its currently planned nine-year life, is expected to commission by the end of 2019. It will be Teranga’s second mine (its first being the Sabodala gold mine in Senegal). Read more …

Avenira plans Baobab expansion

A Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) is now underway on an expansion and upgrade of Avenira’s Baobab phosphate project in Senegal to allow it to produce 1 Mt/a of high-quality phosphate rock concentrate a year. Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) has been appointed to lead the study. Read more …

GSR makes the transition to underground production

With both of its mines in Ghana – Wassa and Prestea – having now transitioned to underground operation, Golden Star Resources (GSR) says its strategy going forward will be to focus on high margin underground ore. GSR’s guidance for 2018 is for Wassa and Prestea to produce between 230 000 and 255 000 ounces. Read more …

Reagent experts spread wings through Africa and abroad

Axis House, which specialises in reagent technology management, is taking its solution-finding expertise beyond its initial commodity focus in copper, and extending its footprint across Africa and into South and North America. Read more …

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