THE Philippines-based engineering and fabrication company AG&P has been around for a very long time. Not so ‘Modstruction’, its self-styled brand of making and delivering modular “plug-and-play” plants that, according to Australian-based director Derek Thomas, can be transported anywhere.
DECEMBER 14: Engineering and project services company Clough (ASX:CLO) has continued to go against the general sector trend of contraction, extending its secured FY13 revenue position by more than 40% since the end of September. The company now reports having about $A1.32 billion of revenue in the can for FY13 compared with $A904 million only a few months ago.
UK-LISTED Weir Minerals says its Canadian subsidiary has completed commissioning and handover of the three Multiflo ‘mega-barges’ that made up the “largest single order in its history”, showing the company’s tailings management solutions worked in oil sands applications.
ENGINEERING firm Sedgman’s $A104 million acquisition of South African-based MDM Engineering and promise to pursue greater diversity in its revenue base has failed to arrest, for now at least, the slide in its share price which has seen it lose half its value since mid-year.
RESPECTED South African-based engineering group DRA has a goal to double in size by 2020. Clive Hart, group CEO Australasia, remains confident the Australian operations can play a significant part in the surge to that marker.
SWISS-based power and automation technology group ABB will design, engineer and supply an integrated automation and electrification system for Anglo American’s new five million tonnes per annum Grosvenor metallurgical coal mine in Queensland after securing a $US38 million contract.
WORK on a significant Queensland coal infrastructure project by diversified engineering services company Aurecon has earned one of its bulk solids handling engineers the 2012 AW Roberts Award.
NOVEMBER 15: A joint venture led by SNC-Lavalin International and including GyM SA and Techint International Construction Corp, has won a contract to proceed with detailed engineering, procurement and construction of the process plant at Canadian-listed Inmet Mining Corporation’s Cobre Panama copper project in Panama.
NOVEMBER 7: SOME heavy hitters of Australia’s mining services sector have given out ‘business as usual’ signals in Singapore and Hong Kong briefings despite mining company expenditure cutbacks and the apparent increased pressure on contract margins.
OCTOBER 11: Chilean copper giant Codelco has appointed Canada’s SNC-Lavalin to provide overall project management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction management services for the upgrade of the concentrators at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.
OCTOBER 3: SANDVIK and Outotec will work more closely together in the area of comminution under a new memorandum of understanding signed last month.
OCTOBER 1: Grinding mill drives for the $US1.2 billion Hycroft gold operation expansion will be delivered by ABB in the third quarter next year under a new contract with mine owner Allied Nevada Gold.
SEPTEMBER 19: AUSTRALIAN engineering and technology firm MIPAC plans to open a new office in Vancouver, Canada, next month. It will be run by the company’s Canada regional manager, senior systems engineer Ryan Twible.
A NEW award started by the fledgling Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) to recognise “best-in-class” research or documentation in the field has been won by a team from the Antimina base metals operation in Peru.
AUSTRALIA’S mining services export train will pick up significant mass and speed this decade – a very big call now based on what Ausenco boss Zimi Meka heard at the recent Minerals Council of Australia forum in Canberra.
PROJECT infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) work for the $US6.2 billion Cobre Panama copper mine in Panama will be completed by a joint venture led by SNC-Lavalin under a $US355 million contract awarded this week.
A SPECIALIST American iron ore consulting group brings a “very unique capability in iron ore metallurgical and process engineering” to a new alliance with Australian-based TWSP, a senior executive with the latter has told HighGrade.
IF THE NEXT wave of Australian mineral producers who choose to utilise pressure leaching start coming across autoclave issues once they get their circuits up and running, it shouldn’t be due to valve-related problems.
IN THE build up to the Federal Labor Party’s carbon tax policy launch, an Australian engineering outfit was working on a flowsheet designed to help both reduce emissions and operating costs for global nickel laterite producers.
AROUND the time BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe nickel laterite mine in Western Australia was crashing and burning, a similar (albeit smaller) project in the Philippines was successfully expanding its circuit. Now, one of the Japanese partners behind the undertaking is looking to help establish a second high pressure acid leach (HPAL) lateritic operation in the South East Asian country.