The global aluminium market will see a number of deficits over the next few years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth, a new aluminium supply and demand outlook by Fitch Solutions reports.

The global aluminium demand outlook will benefit from solid construction industry growth and growing roles in autos as a lightweight substitute for steel. Fitch forecasts the global aluminium market to witness consistent deficits from 2019 to 2023, with the aluminium stock-to-use ratio declining steadily from 9.6% 5.1% over the same period.

The automotive and aerospace sectors will increasingly support aluminium demand in key markets, as an environmentally preferable alternative to steel. Fitch cites several significant deals between auto or aircraft manufacturers and aluminium producers highlight this trend over the past few years, such as Arconic's multi-year supply deal with Toyota in 2017.

China's aluminium production growth will slow down over the coming years, as the government's push for consolidation and stricter environmental regulations brings higher-cost and less efficient capacity offline.

Fitch forecasts the country's aluminium output to edge higher, from 34.3m tonnes in 2019 to 41.9m tonnes by 2028, averaging 2.4% annual growth, compared to an average annual rate of 11.7% growth over the previous ten-year period. Nonetheless, China will remain the driving force behind global aluminium production, accounting for over half of total output over the coming years.

Aluminium integration will continue in more regulated automotive markets such as the US, the EU and Japan, while developing markets will present further growth opportunities. While we expect this trend to continue over the long-term, rising aluminium prices will present near-term headwinds to the integration of the metal in the autos sector as carmakers look to keep costs down

While there are deficits ahead, the global aluminium demand picture will improve, driven by steady demand growth in Asia and the growing application of aluminium in the auto and aerospace industries. Fitch analysts forecast aluminium consumption to increase from 62.9m tonnes in 2019 to 79.7m tonnes by 2028, averaging 2.8% annual growth.

Industry-leading wet processing equipment designer and manufacturer CDE has announced plans to introduce its new Combo™ all-in-one wet processing plant to the global market.

The patented Combo™ wet processing solution will be revealed on Monday, April 8 at Bauma 2019 in Munich.

“More than plant machinery, the Combo™ wet processing system is a technological response to the challenges faced by materials producers and is tipped to reshape the wet processing industry’s landscape. A turnkey solution that delivers in-spec washed products from a wide range of feed materials, the Combo™ can be used in the construction, C&D waste recycling, industrial sands, mining and environmental sectors.”

It has been designed with a focus on transferring greater reliability and efficiency benefits to customers. With all essential processes being housed onto one chassis, the Combo™ system operates as one interconnected and pre-assembled unit, which incorporates an integrated control panel with one single point of operation. Designed as an ultra-compact washing solution that requires minimal civils and pipework, operators can now easily relocate their plant across sites or to remote locations.

Kevin Vallelly, Director of Engineering at CDE, said: “Our new Combo™ is the world’s first wet processing system with integrated water treatment. For the customer, its bespoke, pre-determined design reduces the overall footprint on site compared traditional processes. Pre-wired and pre-tested before dispatch, the plant is built for rapid assembly and set up, and can start processing material within days of arriving at the site.”

He continued: “Throughout the design process, our engineers focused on access for maintenance and on optimising the lifespan of the plant. The Combo™ provides safe and superior access to all areas, and in line with our ‘Do it safe’ ethos, complies with all relevant ISO standards. The robust design is complete with premium wear liners, which will remain operational and efficient for over 20 years. This represents a significant return on investment for our customers.”

Described as a “pre-determined” solution to boost plant utilisation, one of the many benefits of the Combo™ wet processing system is its customer-focused design and unmatched accessibility features for maintenance.

Lower power consumption compared to existing technology available on the market passes economic benefits to the customer who can process higher volume of materials through an efficient plant with reduced operating costs.

Patented swivel access to the pump, designed for single-operator use and ease-of-access for routine maintenance, is one of the defining features of the new Combo™.

“Materials processing is a harsh working environment, which is why the new Combo™ washing system features components in areas of high-wear to minimise the mechanical fatigue cycle of the plant. One common area of fatigue, a result of weld stress over time, is on primary screens which traditionally use welded connections. These screens have been succeeded by the patented Infinity Screen™, resulting in greater durability and prolonging the operational life of the plant.”

To maximise output for the customer and the commercial value of their aggregate, CDE’s ‘transfer point technology’ – the material transfer points between different stations – has been utilised to eliminate high operational wear zones.

Kespry, a drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider, has launched its new Site Planning Toolkit designed to increase site profitability, productivity, and safety.

Kespry will be showcasing the toolkit at the AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, 12 – 14 February at Booth 39056 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, US.

The new toolkit enables site owners, engineers, and operators to drive decisions. Previous processes often relied on expensive engineering teams and complex software to analyse survey data. With the new toolkit, customers can also create, track, and analyse the progress of earthworks, extraction, and safety work in their sites—all continuously updated via an autonomous drone flight with data delivered in as little as two hours. This will enable them to make more immediate adjustments to work, while ensuring their teams are working in safe conditions around the site.

"With the Site Planning Toolkit, Kespry is addressing key frustrations with how operational decisions are made," said George Mathew, CEO and Chairman, Kespry. "Same-day, accurate analytics mean the elimination of production delays caused by long data capture and analysis processes. Now, site owners and operators can quantify the amount of material moved or blasted across active sites in granular detail and as frequently as their businesses need. We're delivering on a comprehensive vision that allows professionals across these industries to make the most profitable and timely decisions possible while meeting safety and compliance requirements."

"We're using Kespry for site planning because we want as much accuracy as we can get," said Rob Manatt, Project Manager, Wendling Quarries. "Specifically that's helpful on pre-strip and post-strip projects. It gives us a sense of confidence knowing that we're using Kespry and are within centimeter accuracy on our volume calculations."

Key benefits and capabilities of the new Kespry Site Planning Toolkit include:

    Timely tracking of earthworks and site status with elevation profile data—The Kespry Cross Section tool automatically generates elevation profile lines created in the Kespry cloud and can automatically compare that profile to data from previous flights or a design plan. This empowers site managers to access and assess site progress with greater detail than ever.
    Accurate material extraction planning and progress tracking with 3-D volume modeling—The Kespry Model Volume tool enables users to create a 3-D polygon when calculating the quantity of material to be removed for proposed excavation and blasts. This enables site managers to more accurately estimate quantities to better plan and schedule earthmoving operations.
    Improved compliance and safety through ongoing tracking of haul roads, berms, and other site features—The Kespry Compliance and Safety tool uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to automatically detect, monitor, and alert users of non-compliant and dangerous slopes, berms, roads, and benches throughout the site. This also helps keep employees out of harm's way by knowing issues to address and avoid.

"In a quarry situation, you have to deal with high walls," said Ken Kampman, Survey Manager and Operations Manager, Fred Weber Construction. "When you get down there at the bottom of those high walls, you risk facing falling rocks. Kespry keeps us away from the walls, it keeps us away from the top of the berms. Kespry also keeps us out of the path of any quarry trucks, dozers, and all that stuff. It just keeps us away from any potential danger. We use Kespry to do our site extraction planning. It lets us look at our contours so we can keep everything straight and calculate projected volumes for future blasting."

Gold Fields’ Granny Smith gold mine is set to install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids powered by more than 20,000 solar panels and backed up by a 2MW /1MWh battery system.

The mining company has contracted mobile and modular power company Aggreko to design, build and operate the 8MW solar power generation system along with the battery system at Granny Smith, which is located east of Laverton in Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

Gold Fields Executive Vice President Australasia, Stuart Mathews, said the renewable energy microgrid is part of Gold Fields’ vision of leadership in sustainable gold mining.

“We are thrilled to reach an agreement with Aggreko for the design, installation and operation of this innovative source of renewable energy which will generate nearly enough power to run the mine’s processing operations,” Mathews said.

“We expect the renewable power microgrid will be up and running at Granny Smith by Q4 2019 and it will be a welcome addition
to our suite of on-site energy solutions across other operations which will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

Construction of the renewable energy system is planned to commence in May and, when completed, will be one of the world’s largest hybrid off-grid microgrids and integrated with Aggreko’s existing 24.2MW natural gas generation.

Aggreko AusPac Managing Director, George Whyte, said the solar, thermal and battery storage assets will be seamlessly integrated and managed by Aggreko’s control software platform – maintaining full system availability and optimising the lifetime of existing thermal assets.

“The solar-plus-battery system is projected to reduce fuel consumption by 10-13% – the equivalent of removing 2,000 cars from the road – and produce about 18 GWh of clean energy per year,” Whyte said.

“Gold Fields understands the performance, cost and environmental advantages for their operation, as well as the need to integrate this resource into their system without compromising power supply reliability or mining productivity,” he said.

While the solar PV will reduce the need to run thermal generators, the battery plant will provide essential services such as spinning reserve displacement, PV ramp rate control and transient voltage/frequency support.

The current Granny Smith power station was designed and installed by Aggreko in 2016 and the new hybrid power system, combined with a thermal station expansion will meet the increased daily power needs of 24.2MW, with 12.2MW allocated to the Wallaby underground mine and the remaining 12 MW to the processing plant, associated facilities and mining camp.

Anaconda Mining is set to collaborate with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in Canada on the Baie Verte Peninsula gold project.

By partnering with research interns from CNA, and with the help of modern technology, Anaconda will be able to drill into a new solution for developing the placer mine.

The deposit was initially discovered in 1986 but could not be accessed and was left undeveloped, the company said.

CNA students, in collaboration with non-profit national organisation Mitacs, will help Anaconda to develop a mining process to extract gold from Deer Cove.

The first intern on the project is set to start this year from the Geomatics Engineering Technology at CNA’s Ridge Road campus in St John’s. Later on, the second intern will follow.

The interns will carry out a feasibility study, map the sediment thickness, and perform laboratory tests for several months.

College of the North Atlantic applied research and innovation associate vice-president Dr Michael Long said: “The challenge is to find a technology that’s appropriate for the environment.

“The operations require a smaller-scale technology that’s less invasive, yet economically feasible for a company to use. The site has to be assessed before you decide on the kind of technology to deploy.”

The project is expected to create sustainable mining methods. It will further help Anaconda reduce costs, improve gold recovery, and extend the mine’s operating life.

Anaconda Mining innovation and development vice-president Allan Cramm said: “Applied research adds capacity, and helps us do things efficiently.”

Anaconda has collaborated with researchers supported by Mitacs for many years from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The company is currently in the process of developing equipment based on research that will enable it to tap into previously inaccessible gold resources.

In August, Anaconda collaborated with CNA on research and development projects to improve ore grade determination and mining control at the company’s Point Rousse Project.

Barminco has been awarded an underground mining services contract at the Rampura Agucha Mine in India from Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) worth approximately $100 million.

Barminco has operated at the Rampura Agucha Mine for HZL, a subsidiary of Vedanta Limited, since late 2016. The new underground mining services contract is for a three and a half year term, subject to review and mutual agreement of rates after the first year. The scope of work includes the extension of development works that were being provided under a recently completed contract, plus the addition of production work in the Barminco-developed area of the mine.

Under the contract, HZL will provide capital equipment and consumables. Barminco will commence work immediately.

Barminco Chief Executive Officer Paul Muller said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded a contract that extends our operations at the Rampura Agucha mine with an expanded scope to include production works. We look forward to deepening the relationship we have built with Hindustan Zinc over the past few of years by delivering on this extended scope of works both safely and efficiently.”

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions recently signed a contract with OZ Minerals, Australia’s third largest copper producer, to supply crushing equipment for their Carrapateena project. Carrapateena is a copper-gold project currently under construction approximately 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia’s highly prospective Gawler Craton and has an estimated mine life of 20 years.

Andrew Howie, CEO at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia), stated: “We are proud that OZ Minerals is once again putting its faith in our expertise by choosing us as their supply partner for this important project. The design of our gyratory crushers is based on more than one hundred years of experience in manufacturing these machines and continuous product development. This way we ensure high performance and cost-effective operation for our customers.”

The KB 54-67 will be used underground for primary crushing of copper ore. Its proven design offers reliability and low maintenance in everyday operation. OZ Minerals and thyssenkrupp have been working together since 2008, when the company placed an initial order for two grinding mills for their Prominent Hill operation.

Copper is one of the most widely used metals due to its properties of high electrical and thermal conductivity, resistance to corrosion and its ability to form alloys with other metals. The largest use of copper is in the electrical industry where copper wire and cable account for about half of the worlds copper production.

NRW officials said the 11-month contract will commence in April, and includes earthworks and drainage. At the peak of the works more than 175 staffers will be needed to work on the project.

The massive Koodaideri operation, located near Rio Tinto's Yandicoogina mine in the eastern Pilbara, has an orebody more than 20km long and 3km wide and has a reserve of 598 million tonnes at 61.9% iron.

Rio has called Koodaideri its first 'intelligent' mine; its design includes plans for digitalisation and automation including autonomous trains and trucks and systems to interconnect the elements of the mine's value chain. It is targeting 2021 to take first tonnes from the open-cut mine.

The primary objective of the partnership is to establish and build a long-term relationship and work together on a variety of initiatives related to developing and delivering mine worker education and training programmes, enhancing innovation and technology adoption, and improving the commercialisation of academic applied research serving the mining industry.

NORCAT CEO Don Duval said: "We are very excited to collaborate with CNP as it allows both organisations to engage a broader network of mining companies, mine workers, tech ventures, capital markets and academic research to creatively address both the opportunities and challenges facing the global mining industry.

"Ultimately, this partnership demonstrates the importance and value of collaborating across borders to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the mining industry."

In the near-term, CNP and NORCAT will work together to offer mine worker training and development programmes to Chilean mining companies and contractors, and to develop an operating model to enable mining tech companies to develop, test and demonstrate emerging technologies both in Chile and at NORCAT's Underground Centre in Sudbury, Canada.

NORCAT also recently announced the opening of a new office in Chile, which is co-located in Santiago with CNP.

According to NORCAT, the office will enable it to more effectively serve its growing base of clients and partners in Latin America. This will be the fifth office in its global network.

SKAKO Vibration has once again been chosen by l’Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP), one of the world’s largest phosphate producers, to supply a line of scrubbing equipment for a phosphate mining plant in Morocco.

The order represents a value of more than 25 million DKK (almost €3.5 million) and includes a large drum washer and a big dewatering vibratory screen to dilute and clean phosphate slurry which is transported by pipeline from the mining site to the port of shipment.

“We already, successfully, delivered this type of rotating drum washer to OCP two years ago, and this is one of the largest drums of its category in the world. I am very happy that OCP has chosen to renew their cooperation with SKAKO once again. This project is included in OCP’s investment plan to increase its production, and we already know that two other scrubbing lines will have to be purchased and installed at the same mining site in the years to come. We will of course work hard to also be a strong contender for these projects”, says Lionel Girieud, Managing Director of SKAKO Vibration. The entire revenue from the order is expected to be included in 2019.

SKAKO Vibration is one of the two divisions in the SKAKO Group. SKAKO Vibration develops, designs and sells high-end vibratory feeding, conveying, and screening equipment, used across the complete spectrum of material handling and processing. “Our main focus is on plant sales with a solid after sales division. The production facilities are based in Faaborg in Denmark and Strasbourg in France, and the products are based on application know-how and own developed technology.

The global market is penetrated using a niche strategy with a sector-driven focus. We are strong within the automotive sector, the mining sector and especially the phosphate mining sector. The main markets are EU and North Africa. We have strong focus on expanding in Morocco to support our significant growth within supplying to the phosphate mining sector.”

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