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Tajikistan launches $4 bln dam to end power shortage

New Delhi: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Friday inaugurated what is expected to be the worlds tallest hydro-electric power plant, a $3.9 billion project that will turn the impoverished country in ......

  • Tajikistan
  • Energy & Power
  • 19 Nov 2018
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Description New Delhi: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Friday inaugurated what is expected to be the worlds tallest hydro-electric power plant, a $3.9 billion project that will turn the impoverished country into a key power producer in Central Asia. In a colourful ceremony deep in the Pamir mountains, the Tajik leader pushed a large symbolic button to applause from the audience to mark the first of six turbines in the Rogun hydroelectric dam going online. Men in hard hats danced to songs about the dam and waved national flags. "Rogun is light, Rogun is glory!" went one of the songs. The power plant is expected to reach capacity of 3,600 megawatts -- the equivalent of three nuclear power plants -- when it is completed in a decade. The power plant will double energy production in the country of nearly nine million people, alleviating a long-lasting, debilitating national energy deficit. Surplus energy will be sold to neighbours such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Built on the Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan, the plant is expected to reach a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet) when completed, becoming the worlds tallest hydro-electric dam. Today, Rogun -- overseen by the Italian company Salini Impregilo -- is still a vast construction site, with rocky earth covering the territory from which the powerful Vakhsh was diverted. In 2016, Rakhmon, a former collective farm boss, climbed into a bulldozer at a groundbreaking for the dam, in a sign of the presidents personal attachment to the scheme. Plans to build a dam in southern Tajikistan date back to the Soviet era, but the project was scaled up in recent years. In 2017, Tajikistan raised $500 million from an inaugural international bond to help finance the construction. Authorities hope that when the project gains momentum it will generate money to finance further construction. Before the ceremony, Rakhmon discussed the construction of the plant with Cyril Muller, World Bank vice president for Europe and Central Asia. - National consolidation - Observers say the project is hugely significant for a country that lost tens of thousands of people in a civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups, including Islamists, rose up against the government. Rogun has become "a concept for national consolidation", political analyst Abdugani Mamadazimov told AFP. There have been calls by public figures to rename the dam after Rakhmon. Saidjafar Usmonzoda, chairman of the Democratic Party of Tajikistan which is represented in parliament, told AFP such a tribute would only be fitting given Rakhmons "heroic accomplishment" making Rogun a reality. If it reaches the planned height of 335 metres, the dam will be 30 metres taller than the recently-built Jinping-I Dam in China and 35 metres taller than Tajikistans own Soviet-era Nurek dam, also on the Vakhsh River. The project has a number of risks. Observers warn that the Tajik authorities do not appear to concern themselves with the environmental sensitivities of Rogun. It is located "in a highly seismic area, and several geological studies have warned about the risks of building such a large dam in this setting," Filippo Menga, a lecturer in human geography at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, told AFP. Geopolitical tensions surrounding the project have, for the moment, subsided in a region that suffers from water scarcity. Uzbekistans late leader Islam Karimov once hinted that his downstream agriculture-dependent country might go to war over Rogun and a similar project in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. But Uzbek opposition to the dam has evaporated since Karimovs death in 2016. Representatives of Uzbekistans state energy company Uzbekenergo attended the inauguration and the country of 32 million people could one day become a client.
Industry Energy & Power
Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/tajikistan-launches-4-bln-dam-to-end-power-shortage/66662765
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Tajikistan launches giant dam to end power shortage

Rogun: Tajikistan on Friday inaugurated a $3.9-billion hydro-electric power plant, a mega project that would enable the impoverished country to eliminate domestic energy shortages and export electrici ......

  • Tajikistan
  • Energy & Power
  • 19 Nov 2018
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Description Rogun: Tajikistan on Friday inaugurated a $3.9-billion hydro-electric power plant, a mega project that would enable the impoverished country to eliminate domestic energy shortages and export electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Built on the Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan, the plant championed by President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to reach a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet) in a decade, becoming the worlds tallest hydro-electric dam. The first of six turbines in the Rogun hydroelectric dam goes online on Friday, with the power plant expected to reach capacity of 3,600 megawatts -- the equivalent of three nuclear power plants -- when completed. At present, Rogun still resembles a vast construction site, with rocky earth covering the territory from which the powerful Vakhsh flowing through the Pamir mountains was diverted. In 2016, Rakhmon, who is a former collective farm boss, climbed into a bulldozer at a groundbreaking for the dam, in a sign of the presidents personal attachment to the project. It will double energy production in the country of nearly nine million people, alleviating a long-lasting, debilitating national energy deficit. Surplus energy will be sold to neighbours such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Plans to build a dam in southern Tajikistan date back to the Soviet era, but the project was scaled up following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 2017, Tajikistan raised $500 million from an inaugural international bond to help finance the construction. Authorities hope that once the dam goes online it will generate money to finance further construction. Observers say the project is hugely significant for a country that lost tens of thousands of people in a civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government. Rogun has become "a concept for national consolidation," political analyst Abdugani Mamadazimov told AFP. There have been calls by public figures to rename the dam after Rakhmon. Saidjafar Usmonzoda, chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of Tajikistan, told AFP such a tribute would only be fitting given Rakhmons "heroic accomplishment" making Rogun a reality. If it ever reaches the planned height of 335 metres, the dam will be 30 metres taller than the recently-built Jinping-I Dam in China and 35 metres taller than Tajikistans own Soviet-era Nurek dam, also on the Vakhsh River. The project overseen by the Italian company Salini Impregilo has a number of risks. Observers warn that the Tajik authorities do not appear to concern themselves with the environmental sensitivities of Rogun, given Rakhmons close involvement. Rogun is located "in a highly seismic area, and several geological studies have warned about the risks of building such a large dam in this setting," Filippo Menga, a lecturer in human geography at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, told AFP. Geopolitical tensions surrounding the project have, for the moment, subsided in a region that suffers from water scarcity. Uzbekistans late leader Islam Karimov once hinted that his downstream agriculture-dependent country might go to war over Rogun and a similar project in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. But Uzbek opposition to the dam has evaporated since Karimovs death in 2016 and in an incredible turnaround, the 32 million population could become one of Roguns early clients. Speaking ahead of the launch, deputy head engineer Sukhrob Ochilov summed up the celebratory mood surrounding the keystone project. "I have been waiting for this moment," he said. "Rogun coming online means the construction of new factories, economic progress and jobs for our people."
Industry Energy & Power
Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/tajikistan-launches-giant-dam-to-end-power-shortage/66650646
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More graft charges filed vs CDO mayor over heavy equipment deals

MANILA - Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is in hot water after the Office of the Ombudsman filed two more graft charges against him in connection with heavy equipment lease deals he made from 2 ......

  • Philippines
  • services
  • 06 Aug 2018
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Description MANILA - Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is in hot water after the Office of the Ombudsman filed two more graft charges against him in connection with heavy equipment lease deals he made from 2007 to 2012 as provincial governor of Misamis Oriental. The cases were both approved by then-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on February 7, 2018. According to the Ombudsman, Moreno conspired with other government officials to give Earth Tools Development Corporation “unwarranted benefit, advantage, or preference” for the 7-month rental of one unit of vibratory roller in 2009 amounting to P2.543 million. The Ombudsman added, there were irregularities during the procurement process such as lack of public bidding and the absence of conditions justifying the resort to alternative mode of procurement, thus “causing undue injury to the government.” Included in the case are then Provincial Administrator Patrick Gabutina, Acting Provincial Administrator Elmer Wabe, Acting Provincial Accountant Divina Bade and Assistant Provincial Engineer Rolando Pacuribot. The second graft case of Moreno also involves Gabutina, Wabe, Bade, Pacuribot, as well as then Provincial General Services Officer Elsie Lopoy, Provincial Agriculturist Danilo Maputol and Administrative Aide Leemar Tinagan. The Ombudsman said the officials conspired with one another to give unwarranted benefit to Equiprent Corporation for the use of one trailer truck for the hauling of a bulldozer in 2012 amounting to P26,250. Similarly, the procurement for the rental allegedly lacked public bidding and conditions for resorting to negotiated procurement. There was also “defective canvass” as one of the supposed suppliers denied having participated in price quotation procedure. The recommended bail made by the Ombudsman for the accused individuals amounts to P30,000 per graft case.
Industry services
Source http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/06/18/more-graft-charges-filed-vs-cdo-mayor-over-heavy-equipment-deals
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Novo Resources Commences Processing at Beatons Creek

Novo Resources Corp. ("Novo" or the "Company") (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF) is pleased to announce commencement of processing of its recently collected 30,000 tonne bulk sample at its 100% controlled Be ......

  • Canada
  • Mining
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description Novo Resources Corp. ("Novo" or the "Company") (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF) is pleased to announce commencement of processing of its recently collected 30,000 tonne bulk sample at its 100% controlled Beatons Creek gold project, Western Australia. Processing is expected to take approximately two to three months.

Results of Bulk Sampling

Over a three week period beginning in late July, Novo extracted approximately 30,000 tonnes of mineralized conglomerate from a pit in the central part of the Beatons Creek oxide resource. Most of the material came from one conglomerate horizon ("reef"); however, about 500 tonnes were extracted from a second reef about two meters stratigraphically below. Although the initial plan was to extract 10,000 tonnes of reef from each of three pits, it was recognized that grade blocks in the reef that was mined displayed a similar range, 1.5-5.0 gpt, to that expected from the three pits, 1.9-5.0 gpt. Therefore, Novo considers the material that was extracted to be similarly representative. By taking sample from one pit, extraction took three weeks rather than the planned six, and costs were significantly reduced.

Results of trial bulk sampling were very encouraging. Findings include the following:

Both waste and reef, proved to be "free-digging." No drilling and blasting was needed. Material was extracted utilizing a D9 bulldozer and 80 tonne excavator and hauled utilizing 40 tonne articulated trucks (see Figures 1 and 2 below).

Nearly 75,000 tonnes of waste and 30,000 tonnes of reef was moved, a ratio of 2.5-to-1. Given the large size, geometry and position of the pit within the resource area, Novo considers this a reasonable trial of potential future extraction of reef at Beatons Creek. Cost of delivering each tonne of reef to the run-of-mine ("ROM") pad came in less than AU$10/tonne inclusive of site and road preparation, stripping, and extraction of reef.

The top and bottom of the reef horizon proved to be readily visually identifiable based on large boulder size and abundance of oxidized detrital ("buckshot") pyrite (see Figures 3 and 4 below). Exploratory trenches were dug into the pit floor as waste was removed allowing for a precise determination of the top and bottom of the reef while mining.

The excavator operator was readily able to feel the contrast between overlying waste material and the top of the boulder-rich reef while stripping. While excavating reef, similar contrast was noted with the underlying sandstone proving much softer than the reef. These observations are very important because it indicates that excavator operators can use hardness as a guide for future mining.

Minimal (<10%) dilution was incurred.

The reef proved to be continuous and predictable across the entire bench. Thickness ranged from about 0.4-2.0 meters (see Figure 5 below). In places, bowl-like depressions were encountered at the base of the reef where it would rapidly thicken.

Locally, the reef appeared to be comprised of two or three closely stacked sub-reefs. Interbedded sandstone partings up to 0.5 m thick sometimes occurred between such sub-reefs. A bright white sandstone marked the base of the reef making footwall determination easy (see Figure 6 below).

No offsetting faults were encountered removing concern that the reef might be dislocated and difficult to follow.

Reef appeared consistently mineralized with similar amounts of buckshot pyrite across the entire bench. Small samples were routinely collected, crushed and panned, all yielding visible gold grains. A determination of gold grades will come from data gathered during trial processing.

"We are very pleased with the results from our bulk sampling exercise," commented Dr. Quinton Hennigh, President, CEO and director of Novo. "We were able to readily identify and selectively extract targeted gold-bearing reef material with minimal dilution. All aspects of this exercise indicate we can extract conglomerate cheaply and effectively."

Bulk Sample Processing

Over the three weeks since receiving approvals to commence processing on August 10, 2016, Novo has installed and begun operating its trial processing equipment. Processing is expected to take two to three months.

As discussed in the Company's news release dated April 13, 2016, Novo is utilizing a state-of-the-art Rubble Master RM100GO! horizontal impact crusher to crush mineralized conglomerate before gravity gold extraction. The advantage of this crusher is that it can take raw material and crush to sub-3 mm size in one step (see Figure 7 below). Novo recognizes that further crushing will be required to achieve optimal liberation in any future commercial scale operation, but for the purposes of trial processing, the product produced by the RM100GO! is suitable to liberate coarse gold.

Crushed rock is fed by conveyor into Novo's IGR3000 gravity plant (see the Company's news release dated September 9, 2015 for further detail) where it is mixed with water in a rotating scrubber, screened, then fed into two Falcon centrifugal concentrators (see Figures 8 and 9 below). Discharge is captured in a newly built tailings pond. No chemicals are used in processing. Concentrates will be treated offsite in a secure location.

Samples of the crushed feed material as well as the tailings will be routinely collected to monitor grade and enable Novo to calculate head grades. Given that coarse gold is abundant, this data will be critical to reconciling with predicted grades. Given that processing will likely last into November, it will be near calendar year-end before all data has been returned and Novo can present results to the public.

Alluvial Processing

Novo is seeking permits to extract 30,000 tonnes of alluvial material from various creeks and drainages across the Beatons Creek property. Pending permit approval, Novo hopes to extract and treat this material following processing of the trial bulk sample. Novo thinks there could be appreciable gold in gravels found in many of the creeks draining away from exposed gold-bearing reefs and hopes to demonstrate this with such a batch test.

Quinton Hennigh (Ph.D., P.Geo.) is the Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 responsible for, and having reviewed and approved, the technical information contained in this news release. Dr. Hennigh is President, CEO and Director of Novo Resources Corp.
Industry Mining
Source http://www.juniorminingnetwork.com/junior-miner-news/press-releases/1226-tsx-venture/nvo/24226-novo-resources-commences-processing-at-beatons-creek.html
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Qatar earth-moving equipment market set to grow 5%

Qatar earth-moving equipment market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 5% during 2016-2021, according to a new report. While Qatar is one of the smallest countries ......

  • Qatar
  • Financial Services
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Qatar earth-moving equipment market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 5% during 2016-2021, according to a new report.

While Qatar is one of the smallest countries in the GCC region in terms of population and geographical area, its infrastructure projects continue to draw investors, who are attracted to a quicker return on investment, a liberal tax system, and favourable government initiatives.

It is in this environment that the Qatar earth-moving equipment market is expected to grow during 2016-2021, according to Research and Markets' report, 'Qatar Earthmoving Equipment Market By Type (Excavators, Loader, Motor Grader & Bulldozer), Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2021'.

With the country's urban infrastructure development one of the major focus areas of the government’s National Vision 2030, the number of infrastructure projects in the country are on an increase, with the demand for earth-moving equipment rising as well.

So too, the 2022 FIFA World Cup projects are spurring the government to improve the country's infrastructure.

On the back of the tournament, new hotels are being built across the Gulf state, to accommodate the anticipated visitors, which is also boosting demand for earth-moving equipment in the country.
Industry Financial Services
Source http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-40680-qatar-earth-moving-equipment-market-set-to-grow-5/
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Sand mining permit sought

A St. Matthews company has applied for a mining permit in Calhoun County. Hair and Sons Inc. has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Land and Wa ......

  • United States
  • Mining
  • 02 Sep 2016
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Description A St. Matthews company has applied for a mining permit in Calhoun County.

Hair and Sons Inc. has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Land and Waste Management for a 10-year permit to mine sand and clay.

The proposed mine is located in Calhoun County, approximately 6.5 miles southwest of St. Matthews. Specifically, the mine will be located on 64 acres at 6100 Columbia Road.

The mine's operating permit says only about 27 acres will be affected by the mining operations and 34 acres will consist of buffers.

The public comment period is scheduled to end Friday, Sept. 9.

Through Aug. 25, the only comment received about the permit is from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. It did not offer any objections to the permit, provided the developers follow best management practices for preparation, excavation, extraction and reclamation.

DHEC has not made any decision on the application.

According to the mine operating permit application, the company seeks to clear and grub the land with a front-end loader and bulldozer and excavate the exposed sand and clay.

The application notes there will not be a process plant located on the site as the sand and clay will be loaded onto trucks.

The company also does not anticipate blasting as part of its operation, according to the application.

The land has been mined in the past as a S.C. Department of Transportation borrow pit.

The depth of the mine will be about 20 feet below the surrounding grade, according to the application. There will be no emissions from the site and that there will be no wildlife or wetlands impacted.

"Wildlife on the property is limited because the site has been previously used as a DOT pit," the application states. "Deer, turkey and small game may be on adjoining property that is forested. A small stream runs along the property line."

The permit application notes a portion of the property has been timbered and cleared.

The application says the mine will be gated to prevent unauthorized entry and the nearest resident is about 1,000 feet from the mine. The property is not visible to the public.

A proposed reclamation plan has been submitted indicating the site will be restored to grasslands and ponds after mining.

The mine is operated by company President George Hair as well as Bronson and Joseph Hair. An attempt to reach the men was unsuccessful.

Comments or inquiries concerning the application should be sent to the attention of Joe Koon, SCDHEC, Division of Mining and Solid Waste Management, Bureau of Land and Waste Management, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, phone 803-898-1339.

Comments must be received by the SCDHEC before 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
Industry Mining
Source http://thetandd.com/news/local/sand-mining-permit-sought/article_c8fe481a-4cbf-53b2-899c-34d42eeaf1eb.html

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