Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal business aims to triple its coal production by 2020, primarily from its assets in Australia’s Bowen Basin, with additional contributions from Canada’s Peace River region. While each major growth project could be developed in isolation, Anglo American and Hatch have developed a new program management approach to align all projects as elements of a planned strategy that takes advantage of the experience and design commonalities of past successful projects. Designed to improve cost and scheduling efficiencies, project ramp-up operability, and risk management, the strategy will include a standard longwall design and a common coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) design. Hatch is currently involved in several projects in the portfolio, including a range of conceptual study work, feasibility studies, and full EPCM services – in particular for the $1.7 billion greenfield Grosvenor project. Construction of the 5 Mt/y underground longwall operation is expected to begin in 2012, with full commissioning planned for 2016.
The discovery of the role played by bacteria in the formation of platinum in surface environments could have major implications for the future exploration of the highly prized metal. Australian scientists, led by the University of Adelaide in South Australia, linked specialised bacterial communities found in biofilms on the grains of platinum group minerals at three separate locations around the world.Dr Frank Reith (lead researcher, pictured here), Senior Lecturer in the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences and Visiting Researcher at CSIRO Land and Water said finding additional PGM deposits was becoming increasingly difficult due to a limited understanding of the processes that affected the way they were cycled through surface environments.“This research reveals the key role of bacteria in these processes. This improved bio geochemical understanding is not only important from a scientific perspective but we hope will also lead to new and better ways of exploring for these metals,” Reith said.“One of the difficulties with finding deposits of platinum is that we need to understand the exploration signals that we get and we don’t know exactly how platinum travels in earth surface environments and what the mechanisms are that are involved.“What we were trying to understand in this study is that biological mechanisms can be involved in the transformation of that platinum in certain environments.”Reith said the research could allow the development of a different style of exploration using biological entities and a technique known as next generation sequencing. He said searching for specific micro-organisms associated with PGMs could lead exploration companies directly to deposits under the surface.“It is very similar to when police look for a suspect. They find a cigarette butt somewhere and extract the DNA and then they get a fingerprint and they can match it to the suspect. In very simple terms we can do the same with microbial communities in soil sediments,” Reith said.“If there’s interest from industry we can then extend that research into finding tools for exploration.”The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, investigated PGEs from Brazil, Colombia and the Australian state of Tasmania.The researchers, which included groups from Monash University, Mineral Resources Tasmania, University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, RMIT and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany, found live bacterial biofilms on mineral grains from all three sites using scanning electron microscopy. These biofilms had been suggested previously but were never before shown to exist.They also showed that the mineral grains found at the Brazil site were bio-organic in origin, further supporting the role of the bacteria in the secondary formation of platinum grains.The work builds on more than 10 years of research in gold, which has uncovered the role of micro-organisms in driving the Earth’s gold cycle
South Africa and Japan have concluded a cooperation agreement in mining during this year’s annual Investing in African Mining Indaba.Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and his counterpart the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Hiroshige Seko – signed a cooperation agreement in mining, an important bilateral tool to assist the two countries to collaborate in a number of areas across the mining value chain.The areas of cooperation include exploration and the creation of geo-scientific knowledge; reciprocal investments in South Africa and Japan – based on mineral value chain integration; skills development; environmental issues; research & development; and clean coal technology.“With the agreement, the two countries acknowledge that Japan, as an important consumer and investor, and South Africa, as a supplier of minerals and most importantly, a key participant in the mineral beneficiation value chain, have complementary interests in mining,” Minister Zwane said.“Our country cannot grow exclusively on the back of supplying raw minerals to other nations. It is in this context that we wish to invite Japanese companies to invest in South Africa’s downstream mineral development industries, effectively manufacturing and beneficiation as well as production of goods and supply of requisite services,” he added.Minister Zwane further said that the agreement would serve to strengthen the positive and long-standing political and economic ties to create mutually beneficial economic relations.
In the wider market, the company has won several recent orders from Hindustan Zinc in India for equipment that will make the mining company’s operations take a leap forward in efficiency and become more digitalised. Atlas Copco, a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions in mining, has stated reecently that Epiroc will be the name of the company that the Group will dividend out in 2018 provided shareholder approval. “With Epiroc we have found a short, distinct and timeless name that is spot on for the mining and civil engineering business,” said Annika Berglund, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Governmental Affairs.On January 16, 2017, Atlas Copco Board of Directors announced that it will prepare a proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2018 to split the Group into two companies; Atlas Copco, focused on industrial customers, and another one – now named Epiroc – focused on mining and civil engineering customers. The plan is to have both companies listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange. Epiroc was selected out of almost 1 000 names evaluated. Epi is a prefix meaning “on” or “at” in Latin and Greek. Roc signals stability and durability, and rock is one of the most important materials that the company works with. Hindustan Zinc, a long-time customer of Atlas Copco, is significantly increasing its underground mining output. As part of this shift, Hindustan Zinc is automating much of its operations, increasing productivity and safety. The recently placed orders include drilling rigs, loaders, haulers (including the MT65) and exploration equipment which will be used in five of its mines in northwestern India. The orders total €24 million and were received in the first and second quarters of 2017.“We are proud to play an important role in Hindustan Zinc’s moves toward highly effective, partly automated mining,” said Helena Hedblom, President of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. “Atlas Copco is on the cutting edge of modern mining equipment, helping customers to boost productivity, energy savings and operator safety.”Automation and other high-technology features of the equipment are enabled through the common Rig Control System (RCS) platform. Most of the machines are equipped with the telematics solution CERTIQ, which gathers, compares and communicates equipment information and performance. The equipment supplied will also be covered by a separate comprehensive agreement for service and support for a period of five years from date of commissioning. Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta company, is India’s only and the world-leading integrated zinc-lead-silver producer.
Rio Tinto, together with joint venture partners Mitsui and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, have approved an investment of $1.55 billion (Rio Tinto’s 53% share $820 million) to sustain production capacity at two projects which form part of the Robe River Joint Venture in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The joint venture partners will invest $967 million (Rio Tinto share $513 million) to develop the Mesa B, C and H deposits at Robe Valley, and $579 million (Rio Tinto share $307 million) in developing Deposits C and D at the existing West Angelas operation. These investments enable Rio Tinto to sustain production of the Pilbara Blend, which it says is “the world’s most recognised brand of iron ore, and its Robe Valley lump and fines products, which are highly valued by long-term customers.”Subject to government and environmental approvals, construction of both projects is expected to start next year with an estimated 1,200 jobs created during this phase. First ore is currently anticipated from 2021. These investments will also provide significant opportunities for local businesses as part of Rio Tinto’s commitment to local procurement and supporting West Australian businesses.Once operational, both projects will feature the latest technology with 34 existing haul trucks to be retrofitted with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology, delivering safety and productivity gains to the business.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said “The development at West Angelas will help sustain production of the Pilbara Blend, the industry’s benchmark premium iron ore product, while the additional Robe Valley deposits will enable us to continue to provide a highly valued product to our long-term customers across Asia.“The approval of these two projects highlights the strong pipeline of development options within our portfolio as we remain focused on our value-over-volume strategy.”Rio Tinto’s funding commitment for both projects of $820 million forms part of the company’s existing replacement capital guidance of around $2.7 billion from 2018 to 2020.Rio Tinto owns 53% of the Robe River Joint Venture, Mitsui 33% and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp 14%.
In February 2017, Dana completed the acquisition of the power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini Group SpA, which at the time, Aziz Aghili, President of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies said “will help us to increase Dana content on construction, mining, material-handling, and other off-highway equipment.”The company has already seen success in the mining sector with the new product lines, having recently achieved the sale of two custom-made, high-torque Brevini®-brand S Series gearboxes that will be used in an apron feeder application for an unnamed government-owned mining company in South America.Dana told IM that it was selected to supply these 1,500 kNm gearboxes due to the history of the Brevini brand in supporting bulk material handling applications, as well as Dana’s ability to deliver a custom-designed product under a tight deadline with support from Dana’s Service and Assembly Center in Brazil.Dana also said it has seen synergy benefits as exemplified in the delivery of components for a North American-based manufacturer of roll compactors for the mining industry. Brevini-brand double planetary gearboxes have been supplied for this equipment since 2015, but the OEM recently decided to expand the relationship by selecting Dana to supply the GWB® 587 Series industrial driveshafts that connect the gearboxes to the electric motor.
McLanahan says it has completed its first refurbishment for 2019 with the shipment of a DDC-Sizer to a coal customer in New South Wales, Australia.The DDC-Sizer has been an integral part of the customers’ site for over 14 years, and has been refurbished regular by McLanahan since its original manufacture in 2005, McLanahan said. The DDC-Sizer is currently one of two machines running parallel and receiving underground feed at 1,600 t/h through bifurcated chute work.Minor refurbishments and upgrades typically occur every three or so years, according to McLanahan. These include a process of strip and assess by McLanahan Service, which allows McLanahan to provide a fixed-cost on scope of works to bring the machine back to its true OEM specification.All spare parts required were available stock on hand from McLanahan’s 3,500m² workshop and fitted by McLanahan service technicians out of its Cameron Park facility. At any given time, McLanahan has stock for standard design items such as bearings and seals, it said.“In order for McLanahan to complete the refurbishment, the client opted to select free issued McLanahan parts from their own stock holding to use in the restoration. These parts will be replenished at the end of the project, ready for the next rebuild,” the company said.The DDC-Sizer was retrofitted with a wheel box and tow point upgrades. This customisation developed by the technical services team allows the machine to move with ease and efficiency when maintenance is required, according to the company.Before the DDC-Sizer was shipped back to the customer, it underwent mandatory Factory Acceptance Testing on February 8, where the customer was invited to attend at the McLanahan workshop for the duration.“The test went for a standard three-hour period, in which the bearings were assessed for their correct temperature specification. Upon completion, there were no anomalies recorded in the data and the DDC-Sizer was now able to be prepared for shipment,” McLanahan said.The strategy of having a rotable replacement DDC-Sizer has proven to be a very efficient means of maintaining optimum production for this customer, McLanahan said. “They run both machines very hard and have increased the mean time between shuts. Having the ability to remove the machine from service and replace it with a refurbished spare allows the customer to maximise production whilst the existing machine is being maintained in the workshop rather than on site.”Direct Drive Crushing Sizers, specifically McLanahan DDC-Sizers, provide primary, secondary and tertiary reduction of friable, low silica materials such as coal, salt, gypsum, phosphate, limestone, bauxite, petroleum coke, lignite, trona, carbon anodes, oil sands, clay, shale and more, the company said.DDC-Sizers have a direct drive arrangement and low-profile design that allows wheel mounting for a movable configuration. The preferred method of installation is to mount the unit on rails with a non-rigid connection between the feed and discharge chutes. Since the drives are attached to the mainframe of the sizer, the entire unit can be rolled out from the feed stream to facilitate maintenance, McLanahan said.
← Previous Story Women’s WCh 2011 in Brasil Schedule Online Next Story → Nenad Vuckovic (MT Melsungen) for BH: “Kiel champion, we in TOP10” On wednesday, in what was supposed to be played on the 10th “Spieltag”, Rhein-Neckar Lowen beat HSV at home in Mannheim. The Lions were dominant, and they won the first half with 18:13. In the second half, HSV Hamburg couldn’t help it much, and only made the final defeat smaller, losing 33:29. For the Lions, Lijewski had his day, and scored 9 goals, while Gensheimer was on fire too, and scored 6 goals, 3 from 7-meters. For HSV-Hamburg, the other Lijewski had 6 goals, but top-scorer was Stefan Schroder with 8 goals.In the other games, THW Kiel again confirmed their domination, beating Frisch Auf Goppingen 28:20, while Grosswallstadt are bouncing back from their defeat against Gummersbach, and beat Balingen at home with 26:24.
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