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Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals, parent company of coal and energy company Lemur Holdings, on Wednesday announced that the Imaloto project is on track to deliver electricity to south-western Madagascar by 2021. The Imaloto project is a developing integrated thermal coal mining and independent power... 

First electricity from Imaloto slated for 2021
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

GE calls for more coal power within the IRP 

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 General Electric (GE) has called on the South African government to reconsider investing in a further 1 600 MW of coal-fired power generation capacity, describing it as "the lifeblood" of South Africa’s economy, a significant job creator and important source of foreign exchange. “The removal of 1... 

India’s Coal Ministry passes strictures on Coal India

By: Ajoy K Das     17th October 2018 Passing strident strictures on Coal India Limited (CIL) for failing to effectively review production and supplies, the Coal Ministry has directed the miner to immediately start liquidating coal stockpiles to mitigate shortages at power plants across the country. The Coal Ministry, in a rare... 

Calls for greater transformation in the energy industry 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Calls for greater participation by black professionals in the energy industry were made during public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), held at Parliament, on Tuesday. The Black Energy Professionals Association, an organisation of black professionals that practice their trade... 

Organisations oppose coal in IRP public hearings 

By: Kim Cloete     16th October 2018 Public hearings into the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) kicked off in Parliament on Tuesday, with several organisations voicing their concerns about the plan’s provision for new coal-fired power stations. Attorney Robyn Hugo of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) told Parliament’s... 

Whitehaven production dips

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th October 2018 Coal miner Whitehaven Coal has reported a 37% drop in production during the September quarter, compared with the previous corresponding period, reflecting a longwall change-out at the Narrabri operation. Managed run-of-mine (ROM) production reached 3.61-million tonnes in the three months to... 

CER attorneys to address MPs on new coal in the IRP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 Attorneys from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) plan to, on Tuesday, tell Members of Parliament (MPs) that an Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) that provides for expensive new coal-fired power, at a time when South Africa needs to be urgently transitioning away from... 

Glencore’s Hail Creek restructuring hits 400 jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2018 Diversified miner Glencore has announced plans to ‘reconfigure’ its Hail Creek coal mine, in Queensland, resulting in nearly 400 job losses. The miner announced that the two-dragline operation would be reconfigured into a truck-and-shovel mine, with a seven-day on, seven-day off roster. The... 

Glencore’s Hail Creek restructuring hits 400 jobs

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

Exxaro looks to fill Eskom coal shortage

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Exxaro Resources said on Friday it was looking to supply coal to state-owned power utility Eskom, which has been hit by supply shortages, posing a threat to the power supply in Africa's most industrialised economy. Eskom, which has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power stations,... 

TerraCom looks at increased output at BNU

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 oal junior TerraCom on Friday revealed the potential to expand production at its Baruun Noyon Uul (BNU) coking coal mine, in Mongolia, to three-million tonnes a year. TerraCom told shareholders that following an extensive exploration programme, the company has compiled a detailed execution plan... 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2018 An investment pavilion will be introduced at the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba to drive capital into African mining with even greater intensity, MD Alex Grose said on Thursday. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online during a media roundtable, Grose also revealed that more time would be... 

Mining Indaba intensely focused on driving capital into African mining
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose spoke to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about the upcoming event. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Darlene Creamer

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining  

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2018 A plea for the government to awaken to the massive real potential of the South African mining sector was made on Wednesday by Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac, who decried the disincentivising of South African mining over the past 20 years as an inexplicable paradox and a massive mineral policy... 

Plea for govt to awaken to massive economic potential of mining
Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac talks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer on South Africa’s massive mining opportunity loss. Video, Video Editing and Photographs: Christo Greyling.

Universal forecasts higher outputs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has forecast a 29% increase in the 2019 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (Ebitda), on the back of a 28% increase in sales tonnage and based on the current international coal pricing and foreign exchange forecasts. Ebitda... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 For all the bullish talk about metals of the future, miners are making some of their biggest profits from heavy-industry stalwart coal. Base metals from copper to zinc have tumbled this year, caught up as a proxy for trade fears and emerging market jitters. Meanwhile, coal has ground steadily... 

The real cash cow in mining isn't metals. It's bad old coal

Indian State miners to form JV for power projects

By: Ajoy K Das     10th October 2018 Two of India’s largest State-run miners, Coal India Limited (CIL) and NLC Limited (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited), have announced a joint venture (JV) to combine their respective strengths to implement thermal and renewable energy projects. According to mandatory filing with the... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions
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Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Edenville secures its largest coal order yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Edenville Energy has signed a “significant” two-year contract with an industrial group operating in East Africa for the supply of a specialised coal product. The contract is for the supply of 3 500 t a month of coal, with an option for the customer to increase this to up to 6 000 t a month. 

Kibo completes acquisition of 60% interest in MED

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has completed the acquisition of a 60% equity interest in Mast Energy Developments (MED), a private UK registered company targeting the development and operation of flexible power plants to service the reserve power generation market. MED’s business... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained

Dladla steps down as CEO of Eskom Rotek Industries

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 Eskom Rotek Industries CEO Johnny Dladla, who served a short stint as the group's CEO in 2017, has resigned and will leave Eskom at the end of October to "pursue private business interests".   The State-owned utility said in a statement that Dladla's successor would be announced in due course.... 

Dladla steps down as CEO of Eskom Rotek Industries
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Johnny Dladla

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system
Samcodes Standards Committee chairperson Matt Mullins interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Edenville secures another offtake deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed an offtake deal to supply an industrial customer in East Africa with 300 t a month to 500 t a month of coal for two years. Edenville has been working with the customer throughout this year to create a product specifically suited to the customer's operations... 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

Australia’s Newcastle port is ordered to cut coal carrying costs for Glencore

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has ordered the Port of Newcastle Operations (PNO) to reduce its charges for ships carrying coal for mining major Glencore by 20%. In January 2015, PNO increased the charge for coal ships entering the port by about 40% to A$0.69/t. 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) may consider using the generation technologies listed in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as “proxies” for other technologies that are able to deliver an equivalent solution to the power system at the same cost. Speaking at a stakeholder workshop hosted by the... 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions
Department of Energy chief director Jacob Mbele

Vitol, Trafigura to bid for coal mines once owned by Guptas

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 Commodities traders Vitol Group and Trafigura Group have entered the bidding process for South Africa’s Optimum Coal, a miner under bankruptcy protection that was once controlled by the Gupta family. The interest from two of the biggest commodities trading houses underscores the strategic value... 

Balking miners jeopardise $2.8bn Mozambican coal rail

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 A plan to develop a $2.8-billion railway and port to ferry coal in Mozambique may collapse because miners are balking, according to the man trying to build it. Failing to get the project off the ground would deprive the southern African country of a source of revenue it’s come to rely on as it... 

German court rules RWE may not yet clear ancient forest for mining

By: Reuters     5th October 2018 German power company RWE is not permitted to clear an ancient forest for mining until a court reviews claims from an environmental group, a German court ruled on Friday. The utility giant has drawn heavy criticism from environmentalists over the planned clearing of the Hambach forest, located in... 

EU's biggest coal-mining nation plans output hike to cut imports

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 The biggest coal producer in the European Union plans to boost output of the dirty fuel by about 10% in the next several years to cut down on imports, which are set to jump to a record this year, according to the Polish government. The country, which saw its thermal coal output slumping 7% to... 

EU's biggest coal-mining nation plans output hike to cut imports

Company opens new office to increase its footprint

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni to significantly extend its presence in the Mpumalanga coalfields region. Aury Africa has subsequently entered into supply contracts with significant players in the area. 

Company opens  new office to increase its footprint
EXPANSION Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG will supply six rEscan diagnostics systems of industrial belting supplier Fenner to a coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, before the end of the year. Fenner’s rEscan diagnostics system is a belt diagnostic device used for the early detection of cord breaks,... 

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring
RETHINKING SCANNING The rEscan conveyor belt diagnostic system allows for early detection of cord breaks, corrosion and splice failure

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

Eskom, coal sector must collaborate to overcome challenges

By: Nadine James     3rd October 2018 Power utillity has not ruled out the possibility of introducing special tariffs for industry, Matleng Energy Solutions chairperson and Eskom nonexecutive director Nelisiwe Magubane noted in an address at the Joburg Indaba on Wednesday. She stated, however, that, to date, the coal mining “industry... 

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