John Higgs, the treasurer of the Trust, said he was “furious” at the cancellation.”It’s an absolutely nonsensical decision,” he said, adding that the committee had been planning the event for over a year and he had been forced to tell almost 100 choir members that it would no longer be going ahead with less than a month’s notice. A spokesman for the cathedral denied the allegations of sabotage and said: “The Cathedral regrets that sales of tickets for the commemoration of the Commonwealth contribution to World War I, Forward Together, have been disappointing. “Because of this, and despite generous sponsorship, the costs of running the event would not have been covered. With great reluctance the decision was therefore taken to cancel what would have been a memorable event.”We hope that the many other commemorative events being held at the Cathedral, within Peterborough, and around the diocese will offer the opportunity for everyone properly to recognise the sacrifices of all who fought in this tragic war.”A page on the cathedral’s website promises refunds for anyone who has bought tickets or sponsored the event. A row has broken out over an armistice service at Peterborough cathedral as a senior cleric has been accused of sabotaging a First World War Commonwealth ceremony.Trustees at the Peterborough Cathedral Trust accused former acting Dean Tim Alban Jones of deliberately failing to promote the October 6 event, which has now been cancelled, because – it’s claimed – he did not approve of its military flavour. Jimmy James, the secretary of the trust, said that Mr Alban Jones had pressured the organisers to change the emphasis from celebrating the Commonwealth’s contribution to victory in the First World War to commemorating the armistice. The cathedral said the event had been cancelled because of “disappointing” ticket sales and said the cost of running the event would not have been covered. Mr James admitted that as of Friday less than 100 tickets had been sold, of the 750 that would be needed to fill the cathedral, but blamed Mr Alban Jones, now vice dean of the cathedral, for failing to promote it properly. He said advertising for the event had been delayed by two months and that events had been scheduled for shortly before and after the evening, and promoted before the Trust’s event, which Mr James believed damaged ticket sales.Mr James believes that Mr Jones persuaded the rest of the clergy that “we shouldn’t be celebrating the victory, we should just be commemorating the participation in the war” adding “I think he’s got a problem with all of that, I think, in common with a lot of Church of England clergy.”Asked if he believed the event was deliberately sabotaged, he said: “I’d get pretty close to that, yes, very close indeed.”Prominent figures including the High Commissioners from Australia and Canada were slated to appear at the event, which was supposed to feature “military music from around the Commonwealth” and songs from the First World War. Trustees said it would have raised £15,000 for the cathedral, which has been beset by financial problems in recent years. A cashflow crisis in 2016 meant that the cathedral had to be bailed out with a loan from the church commissioners, after it was revealed that staff were in danger of not being paid. Mr Alban Jones, who is also chaplain to the bishop of Peterborough, was acting dean between October last year and January this year, when current Dean Chris Dalliston took over. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We believe this to be a terrorist act, we believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans, our assessment at this time is that the new IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this and that forms our primary line of inquiry.”Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless. Lyra McKee, a 29-year-old journalist, was killed in Londonderry last night, police confirmed Seamus Dooley, of the National Union of Journalists, said the organisation was “shocked by (the) killing of a journalist of courage, style and integrity”. “She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.”Ms McKee tweeted about the “absolute madness” in Londonderry in the hours before she was shot dead. She was said to be covering the unrest as violence flared in the city when masked attackers appeared to throw petrol bombs, fireworks and other debris at police Land Rovers.The journalist rose to prominence in 2014 after a blog post called “Letter to my 14-year-old self” in which she spoke about the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast.In the five years since, her letter was turned into a short film, she became a published author with Angels With Blue Faces, and had recently signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber, as well as appearing in domestic and international publications.Named as one of the “30 under 30 in media” by Forbes Magazine in 2016, Ms McKee, who worked as an editor for California-based news site Mediagazer, a trade publication covering the media industry, was cited for her passion of “digging into topics that others don’t care about”. The police force earlier tweeted: “Police are appealing for calm after a number of shots have been fired and petrol bombs thrown in the Creggan area of Derry.” Ms McKee was said to be reporting on unrest in Londonderry at the time “A family has been torn apart. Those who brought guns onto our streets in the 70s, 80s & 90s were wrong. It is equally wrong in 2019,” she said.”No one wants to go back. My thoughts are also with the brave officers who stood in defence of their community.”Gary Middleton, a DUP former deputy mayor of Derry City Council and current Member of the Legislative Assembly, tweeted: “Disgraceful scenes of violence in the Creggan estate tonight.”PSNI and members of the public being put in danger by unrepresentative thugs intent on destroying communities.” “My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. Armed police at the scene of unrest in Creggan, LondonderryCredit:PA Police had cordoned off the Fanad Drive area of Creggan as violence left a van and car burnt out in the middle of a road.Mark H Durkan, SDLP MLA for Foyle, said he was “heartbroken and angry” by the killing, which is being blamed on dissident Republicans.”Just leaving Creggan, heartbroken and angry at the senseless loss of a young life,” he tweeted.”Violence only creates victims, that’s all it ever has done. The thoughts and prayers of our city are with the young woman’s family and friends, may she rest in peace.” Serious rioting now in Creggan, #Derry dozens of petrol bombs have been thrown at police vehicles in Fanad Drive pic.twitter.com/UmztUc0750— Leona O’Neill (@LeonaONeill1) April 18, 2019 A burning car in Creggan, Londonderry after petrol bombs were thrown at policeCredit:PA The unrest comes ahead of the Easter weekend where republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a time when dissidents are traditionally active.Arlene Foster, Democratic Unionist Party leader, called the killing “a senseless act”. Heavilly armed police guard a crime scene during unrest in the Creggan area of LondonderryCredit:PA Petrol bombs are thrown at police in Creggan, LondonderryCredit:PA Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, said news of the death was “devastating”.He tweeted: “A precious life lost, we can’t go back to this nor can we allow others to drag us back.” Leona O’Neill, a local journalist, said she was at the scene of the killing.Writing on Twitter, she said: “I was standing beside this young woman when she fell beside a police Land Rover tonight in Creggan £Derry.”I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died. Just 29 years old. Sick to my stomach tonight.” A journalist murdered in Northern Ireland last night has been named as 29-year-old Lyra McKee, as police said they suspected the New IRA of carrying out the attack.The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton confirmed Ms McKee was the victim after shots were fired in Londonderry, with police treating her death as a “terrorist act”. It was suspected “violent dissident republicans” were behind the attack, which police said was most likely perpetrated by the New IRA.Speaking at a press conference this morning, Mr Hamilton said: “Unfortunately, at 11pm last night, a gunman appeared and fired a number of shots towards police and a young woman, Lyra McKee, 29 years old, was wounded,” she said.”She was taken away in a police landrover to Altnagelvin Hospital but unfortunately she has died there. We have now launched a murder inquiry here in the city.
He added: “The latest wet and wild weather over the weekend now means that we make it odds on to be the wettest on record.”Whilst we should get a warm summer overall it’s impossible to ignore the regular rain and we are taking bets on Wimbledon this year.” “Heavy and persistent rain will continue for many, particularly across the east with thundery showers, especially in the south. “The driest and brightest weather will be found across the northwest. It will be often cool and windy across the country.”He added said that from Tuesday the rain will move to north east England and the West Midlands – but will last until Thursday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. With British temperatures recently rivalling the Mediterranean, it may have seemed that summer had firmly arrived. But June is now odds on to be the wettest on record, with yellow weather warnings issued for the coming week and the country set to be deluged by heavy rain. England is expected to see four days of rain, as forecasters at the Met Office warn of potential floods across the south east.Meteorologists claimed that 20 hours of continual downpours could be seen on Monday.Simon Partridge, of the Met Office, said: “There’s potential for floods anywhere east from Oxfordshire, extending down to the coast. “There’s weather warnings from Monday to Wednesday and starting from 4am, there will be 20 hours of rain in some places.”The downpours across southern England mean that around a month’s worth of rainfall could fall within 24 hours on Monday.Mr Partridge said: “Across this region we could see 40-60mm of rain and about 14-15 degrees Celsius on Monday, but it will feel colder due to rain.”England will see showers for much of the week. Scotland, in particular the west coast, will have the best of the weather for a change, with up to 18 degrees. Mr Partridge said: “It is unusual that the weather is coming in from the south east – it’s very slow moving and won’t just fizzle out.”This week will see potential highs of just 66.2F (19C), a marked shift from the 82.4F (28C) heat seen in London on June 3. Bookmakers have said that 2019 could be the wettest year on record, whilst odds were 25-1 for it to rain on each day of Wimbledon. “We’re getting towards the half way point of June now and it’s been an incredibly wet month so far,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
The man whose body was fished out of a trench at Herstelling, New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday morning has been identified as 39-year-old Jaigobin Seecharran of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, Seecharran resided with his brother and sister-in-law. He was last seen by them on Sunday morning, but he never returned home.According to the deceased’s sibling, the 39-year-old man would often go on lengthy drinking sprees and disappear for days at a time. As such, when he failed to return home, the family was not alarmed.This morning, construction workers in the vicinity of Herstelling, New Housing Scheme, EDB reportedly noticed Seecharran’s body floating in the trench and alerted the police.When undertakers dragged the deteriorated remains out of the trench, it was severely bloated and a putrid smell was emanating from it.A postmortem examination is expected to be conducted soon to deduce the cause of death. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Decomposed body fished out of Herstelling trenchJuly 17, 2018In “Crime”Herstelling man in custody for reputed wife’s murderMay 22, 2018In “Crime”Body of man, 60, fished out of Friendship trenchJuly 31, 2018In “Crime”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan arraigned with father-in-law’s murderAugust 2, 2018In “Court”Man stabs brother to death during drinking spreeMay 6, 2018In “Crime”North West man to be arraigned soon over alleged murder of wifeJuly 20, 2018In “Crime” A farmer was on Saturday killed by his son-in-law after the elderly man intervened in a fight between him and his wife at Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD).The dead man has been identified as 67-year-old Dennis Williams of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma, NWD.Based on reports received, at about 03:00h on Saturday morning, the 36-year-old suspect and two of friends were consuming alcohol outside of his home and as the time swiftly went by, he he allowed the two friends to stay over.However, his wife and daughter later ventured out into the yard to to use the washroom and it was then the suspect accused the woman of leaving the house to see his friends. As such, he began to beat the woman and she started to scream.Upon hearing the commotion, her father who resides in close proximity reportedly crossed the river with his boat and stopped the man from beating his daughter. Nevertheless, to avoid a re occurrence, Williams reportedly stayed at the house with his daughter until the break of day.About 06:30h, Williams was returning home in his boat and shortly after the suspect jumped into a boat powered by an outboard engine and in a fir of rage, he drove over the elderly man. Williams fell into the water and disappeared.A search was launched and the now dead man’s lifeless body was pulled from the river. He sustained severe injuries to his head. He was taken to the Port Kaituma Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was arrested and is expected to be charged with murder.
Specications L60FL70FL90F at full turn 7,380 kg*8,420 kg** 9,568 kg*** Static tipping load Max power at 1,700 rpm Breakout force:82.9 kN* 95.4 Kn**118.5 kN*** Engine Volvo D6E LCE3 Volvo D6E LBE3 Volvo D6E LAE3 Completing the range, the launch of the L60F, L70F and L90F models gives Volvo Construction Equipment what it claims is the most modern fleet (11 models) of general purpose wheel loaders on the market.New engines, transmissions and cabs are just three of the highlights of the latest L60F, L70F and L90F medium duty general purpose Volvo CE wheel loaders. With more maneuverability, power, productivity, flexibility and reliability, the F Series is also a more comfortable and safer place to be. Volvo CE pioneered the ‘all-rounder’ approach to wheel loaders and these new models continue to evolve the concept. These units are easy to operate in tight spaces and can quickly swap tools to suit fast changing application demands on site. All models have increased power over the E variant they replace, giving more strength to move or load material. In what is a fundamentally upgraded generation of machines, the F Series improves on the market leading E Series it replaces in many ways. First among these is the installation of a 5.7 liter six cylinder D6E engine featuring Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT). The Tier III/Stage 3 low emission engine delivers high torque at just above tickover, giving the new loaders excellent rimpull and low fuel consumption. The low speed of the engine plays a significant part in reducing noise levels; both inside (2dBA less) and outside of the cab (meets EU2006 regulations). Across the three new machines, the new engine provides between 6%-13% more power, and up to 15% more torque than the units it replaces. Much effort has been expended to increase mid-range torque; giving better operability in the most economic engine speed range. One practical consequence of this increase in horsepower is better pile penetration and fuller buckets.Engine power is converted into work via a new smooth shifting electric-hydraulic HTE transmission. All the operator has to do is select Forward or Reverse. The Volvo Full Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) then takes over and selects which of the four forward and four reverse gears is required – and the perfect moment to change ratio. The system is independent of both machine and engine speed. New software in the ECU adapts to the operators’ style of driving, optimizing gear changing parameters and saving fuel by always selecting the right gear. For improved operator comfort, oil-filled clutches and a Pulse-Width Modulation Valve in the transmission allow smoother shifting and minimize jolting when changing between gears. The transmission is also significantly quieter than its predecessor, and maximum speed has been increased; by 25% on the L90F. The fact that all major components of the driveline (engine, transmission, axles) are designed and built by Volvo means that they work in harmony, in terms of performance, reliability and also fuel efficiency.Just as drive is now smoother, so is braking. The L60F, L70F and L90F retain the wet, circulation-cooled disc brakes that featured on the E Series generation of wheel loaders. An all-hydraulic dual circuit system, it offers longer operating life and a smoother, safer and more effective braking action. The onboard Contronics monitoring system automatically performs an electronic brake test and the condition of the brake can be easily assessed via wear indicators on all wheels. SAE J1995 gross:116 kW 126 kW 129 kW Volvo’s famous intelligent load sensing hydraulics provides exact distribution of power where and when it is needed, regardless of engine speed. This makes it easier to control the load and machine – and saves fuel (because it doesn’t pump hydraulic oil needlessly or require high engine speeds). The TP-linkage lift arm system provides the best of parallel and Z-bar linkages to provide high break-out torque and good parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. The extra power of the new engine also allows larger buckets to be used, 10% larger in the L60F and 4% in the L70F. Tip loads are also increased for more stability when loading. An optional long boom is available for tipping into high-sided trucks and a Boom Suspension System (BSS) absorbs shocks and reduces bucket spillage caused by the loader bouncing over rough ground. The new Care Cab that is fitted to the L60F, L70F and L90F is the safest, most comfortable and cleanest operator environment ever made by Volvo CE. Quieter and with more useful internal room (50 mm longer and 100mm wider), the new cab has significantly improved visibility. A new laminated front windshield is almost a quarter larger than the E Series, and this extra glass and thinner pillars gives better visibility forwards, downwards, up and to the sides. An optional rear facing camera and remotely controlled door mirrors further improve visibility. Advanced climate controls feature highly, with all air passing through double filters and a range of standard and optional air conditioning, timer cab heating and automatic heat control systems on offer. Adjustable seat, steering wheel and lever carrier plus a flat floor offer good ergonomics to make life indoors more comfortable. Steering wheel alternative options include lever steering Comfort Drive Control and even a single pilot joystick option. Getting into the loaders is made safer and easier through a better shaped and wider opening door and new hand rails. Vibrations in the cab have also been significantly reduced through the use of viscous dampers. A new dashboard arrangement that groups all important information in front of the operator and larger, clearer Contronics readouts improve visibility – while convenient storage compartments reduce cab clutter. The Contronics system monitors functions in real time, sounding an alarm if a problem occurs, while at the same time storing performance data for downloading during maintenance inspections. It can also be used to upgrade or adapt the loader’s functions, when changing applications for instance.In addition to being flexible, productive, safe, comfortable and reliable, the all-new L60F, L70F and L90F are also environmentally minded, being up to 95% recyclable. Buckets:1.7-5.0 m3 2.0-6.4m32.3-7.0m3 * Bucket: 2.1 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges. Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boom** Bucket: 2.3 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges. Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boom*** Bucket: 2.5 m3 (pin-on) with bolt-on edges. Tires 20.5 R25 L2, Std. boomwww.volvo.com
Brazil’s Samarco, one of the world’s largest exporters of iron ore pellets, has seen a 12% in production at its Germano mine in Mariana, with the application of Smart Wireless technology to improve plant availability and protect key assets. Emerson’s WirelessHARTTM standard network uses Rosemount® wireless flow and pressure transmitters to reliably monitor the seal water injection system of a dozen centrifugal pumps that remove reject material during processing. Fresh water is constantly injected into the operating pumps to consolidate the pump seals and to prevent the highly abrasive reject material from coming into contact with and damaging pump axles. The new technology delivers accurate measurements via a Smart Wireless Gateway directly into the facility’s DeltaVTM automation system. Operators can easily review flow and pressure data through AMSTM Suite predictive maintenance software, looking for trends that indicate problems and adjusting the process or scheduling preventative maintenance before asset damage or plant stoppages occur.The information provided by the new technology has increased availability at the Samarco facility and given operators the ability to boost production by 12%. The Germano mine produces about 20 Mt/y of iron ore pellets.“We can better protect our pumps from damage because we’re now able to identify potential faults in the pump seals,” said Luis Carlos, Technician at the mine. “We avoid reactive maintenance and plant shutdowns. We’re also able to see how much clean water we’re using in the process.”Prior to the installation of the Emerson Smart Wireless network, little flow or pressure data were collected from the pumps and the company experienced pump breakdowns weekly. The self-organising mesh network has performed reliably despite the dense concentration of pumps and pipes in the installation area and the fact that some equipment is located inside a tunnel, obstacles that would have made installing a hard-wired network difficult. Flooding, which occurs in the area during heavy rains, also would have been detrimental to a hard-wired network.“According to our past experience, we estimate that the wireless network cost 35 per cent less than what it would have cost us to install a hard-wired network,” Carlos said. “Everything has been working reliably, despite the difficult environment.”Smart Wireless is an extension of PlantWeb® digital architecture that offers solutions for field instrumentation and plant operations. In addition to the products installed at Samarco, other wireless products include Fisher® position monitors, Rosemount Analytical devices and Machinery HealthTM Management transmitters, and native wireless interfaces to Ovation® digital automation systems, and SmartStartTM services.
Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (March 12): Big news from this issue includes Codelco signing a copper plant contract with Outotec for its Mina Minstro Hales mine in northern Chile, Ivanhoe Mines’ agreement with Rio Tinto for key mining and milling equipment at its well publicised Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold project in Mongolia and steel giant Arcelor Mittal’s global expansion aims at its iron ore mines. There is also production news from Atna Resources’ Briggs gold mine in USA and Angel Mining’s Nalunaq gold mine in Greenland, and much more.At Oyu Tolgoi, Ivanhoe Mines has entered into an agreement to issue 15 million common shares to Rio Tinto for net proceeds of C$244.7 million. Using this money, it will purchase from Rio Tinto key mining and milling equipment to be installed during the construction of the mining complex. This includes principal components for the 100,000 t/d phase-one copper-gold concentrator, including two large, 11.5 m-diameter SAG mills, four ball mills, re-grind mills, crushers, motors, gearless drives, conveyors and flotation cells. Also included is the hoist and major components for the sinking of Shaft #2 – the 10 m-diameter, main production shaft for the underground block cave mine at the Hugo North deposit.Atna Resources reached commercial production levels on February 26 at its Briggs mine in Inyo County, California. The mine has now averaged over 80 oz/d of gold production for a period of greater than 30 days. In addition, gold ounces mined and placed on the leach pad in 2010 are exceeding budgeted expectations. Production is expected to further increase as mine productivity continues to improve and as projected mined ore grades increase through the year. The mine is currently on track to achieve its 2010 production target of 36,000 to 40,000 oz of gold.Additionally, on March 2, the company announced an NI-43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for the Cecil R deposit, located 8 km north of Atna’s Briggs gold mine. The deposit contains 73,490 oz of gold in the Measured and Indicated resource and 99,390 oz of gold in the Inferred category.In Greenland, Angel Mining has commenced production at its Nalunaq gold mine. The company acquired the mining assets of Nalunaq Gold Mine A/S on July 1, 2009 for $1 million and a further $500,000 was paid in October following the approval of the Greenlandic authorities to grant a mining licence to the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Angel Mining. Since completing the acquisition, Angel has designed an underground process plant, sourced the components, built an in-mine chamber, constructed foundations, installed and commissioned the plant to enable this initial production to take place. Subject to the granting of permits, the plant is scheduled to be fully operational by April, with overall gold recovery ultimately being in excess of 90%. The output will be in the form of doré bars comprising about 90% gold and 10% silver. A stockpile of ore has been built up and this will be depleted as the rate of mining increases. Production rates are expected to reach 15,000 oz by the end of 2010, growing to 25,000 to 30,000 oz/y thereafter.ArcelorMittal aims to boost iron ore production from its own mines by over 50% in the next five years, the company’s head of mining said. The increase will come from an ‘optimisation’ of the company’s mines around the world to produce more efficiency and make ArcelorMittal more self-sufficient in key steel-making raw materials like iron ore and coking coal. “We would like to achieve iron ore production of the order of 100 Mt/y in 2015,” Peter Kukielski told the Reuters Global Mining and Steel Summit. Currently, ArcelorMittal mines produce 60-70 Mt/y. “Our goal is to expand our level of self-sufficiency (in iron ore) to the order of 70%,” Kukielski said.He cited QCM in Canada, with production around 14 Mt. “With a few tweaks here and there, we’ll get it up to 15 Mt in the next two years.” Kukielski said the company was also focusing on iron ore and coal mines it operates in the former Soviet Union – one in Ukraine, 12 in Kazakhstan and three in Russia, plus an iron ore mine in Bosnia. “There were inefficiencies in the system because the Soviet model was to just employ as many people as possible. A lot of it gets done through attrition, but we will certainly find ways to optimise employment structures in our mines all over the world.”The order for Codelco’s Mina Ministro Hales mine includes the design and delivery of a copper concentrate roasting plant, gas cleaning system and sulphuric acid plant worth around €116 million. Outotec’s plant delivery includes basic and detail engineering, proprietary and process equipment, installation and start-up services. Outotec and Codelco also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two years’ operation and maintenance of the new plant. The new plant will treat up to 550,000 t/y of copper concentrate and will produce some 250,000 t of sulphuric acid. It is scheduled to be commissioned in early 2012. To receive the full 40+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact email@example.com for a free trial copy.
Homegrown Indian mining equipment manufacturer, Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) exhibited in China for the first time at the recent 13th China Mining Congress & Expo in Tianjin. BEML was reported in Indian English-language paper The Hindu as stating that it hoped to help China’s mining industry meet its demand for mining equipment, and towards this end launched a number of high capacity machines at the show, including mining dozers and haul trucks, tailored to the Chinese market. However, the company is likely to face fierce competition from Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi and others.“With the increase in mining activity in China, there is a need to deploy higher capacity machines,” said CN Durgesh, BEML’s Director (Mining and Construction) and Board Member, adding: “In China, there is an increased demand for minerals. BEML offers a cost-effective solution to China’s needs.” Vijay Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines for India, said BEML’s launch in China was “a great opportunity” and part of a larger framework of closer cooperation in mining and mining-technology related subjects with China. “Both India and China are growing economies with increasing use of raw materials,” he said. China’s Vice Minister of Land and Resources Wang Min visited BEML’s display at the mining congress, and told Vijay Kumar in talks that he had personally supported the company’s entry into the China market, including helping with the often elaborate registration and clearance processes for heavy equipment. They had both agreed that there was scope for collaborating on survey and mapping, and pelletisation was suggested as an area where Chinese technological knowhow could help India’s mining industry.To date, BEML has mainly had success in its domestic market, most recently with a large order from Coal India announced in September 2011. The deal is with Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) and Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), for supply of 100 t and 60 t class haul trucks. However, it has also announced deals for deliveries to Myanmar and Thailand this year. The Thailand order is for a fleet of 21 100 t haul trucks to lignite miner Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), with the Myanmar customer was not specified. In addition, the company is trying to develop business in Africa with the appointment of Ghana Heavy Equipment Ltd (GHEL) as its distributor.
AfriSam, a leading supplier of advanced composite cement, secured a contract in November 2011 to supply up to 22,000 m³ of readymix by road to Tharisa mine’s ZAR1 billlion chromite and platinum expansion project near Marikana in North West Province, South Africa. Work on the Tharisa expansion project started in May 2011 and the new facility will process an estimated 3.6 Mt/y of ROM ore with plant commissioning on schedule for August 2012. The Tharisa mine has the largest known single chrome resource deposit in the world.During the project peak in recent months an estimated 220 m³ of readymix was poured each day, with Cem2A-M (V42) High Strength Cement used in the readymix, which has a 35 MPa specification required for the primary crusher and 45 m diameter circular thickener, and 30 MPa for other structures. “Our challenge was to ensure a smooth supply of readymix during three big pours: 725 m³ for the SAG mill one base, followed by two pours of 687 m³ and 715 m³ for the SAG mill two bases.”The company said that the extent of the large pours as well as the need to ensure smooth supply to the project site and to AfriSam’s other customers motivated a strategic decision to supplement the existing fleet of AfriSam readymix trucks in the Rustenburg area with additional vehicles from Johannesburg. “We had two concrete pumps on site with a third concrete pump on standby for the big pours, and thereafter a concrete pump was on site from 0700 to 1800 daily for 37 consecutive days. In addition to this, AfriSam had concrete pumps on site on 42 other occasions,” AfriSam states.Civcontract Civils (Pty) Ltd is the civils contractor on the project. Among the elements that Civcon constructed using readymix supplied by AfriSam are the foundations and 21 m-high wall for the high primary crusher; a 47 m diameter by 11.3 m high circular thickener chamber, three flotation lines ranging in height from 6 m to 18 m; foundations and bases for two SAG mills as well as a bore mill – the biggest readymix pours on the project with 85 t of reinforced steel; two stockpile tunnels each 72 m long by 8 m high from the bottom of the foundation to the top of exterior walls; and a 16 m high concrete trestle to support the stockpile conveyor. Further deliveries of readymix were required for the construction of concrete bases and columns for the secondary and tertiary crushers; the foundations, columns and floor slabs for the primary and secondary spiral; the construction of a process water area comprising circular tanks ranging from 3 m to 30 m in diameter; bases and columns for steelwork for the 20 m by 20 m mill screening building, and bases and columns for structural steel work for the PGM plant. All these structures required 150 mm concrete surface beds with bund walls and sumps. A total of 2,100 t of reinforced steel was used on the project.The scope of work was increased over the duration of the project with concrete required for the construction of a 15 m diameter thickener, the secondary and tertiary crushers, the platform of the Eskom incoming 88 kVA feed substation, outgoing 11 kVA feed, and six mini sub stations throughout the plant yard, chrome dewatering pads comprising a 80 by 60 m surface of 150 mm reinforced with 30 MPa concrete.