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Power management company showcases new products at Electra Mining

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Power Management Company Eaton launched a number of new products at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, which took place earlier this month at the Expo Centre, in Johannesburg. “We pride ourselves on being the go-to provider of reliable, safe and efficient products within the mining... 

Renewables not cost competitive until mid-century – Glencore 

By: Reuters     27th September 2016 Renewable energy will not be cost competitive with fossil fuels until 2050, Glencore said on Tuesday, much later than energy organisations forecast and supporting the mining and trading giant's case for continued investment in coal. Glencore has said coal is still an investment opportunity,... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables
Photo by Energy & Mines
Barrick's 20 MW Punta Colorada wind farm, Chile

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the end of next year, fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly. Diesel-fueled LHDs are... 

National project more than halfway to meeting goal

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Flagship Project, or Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), is more than halfway through its 15-year timeline and 40% of the milestones on the road to achieving the goal of commercialisation of locally developed fuel cell technology on the international... 

National project more than  halfway to meeting goal
MAKHAPA MAKHAFOLA The biggest potential new market will be the automotive sector

First global rankings of renewables use by mining companies to be released

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 Renewable energy information provider to the mining industry Energy and Mines has released the initial results of the first global rankings of renewables used by mining companies, identifying that the top 21 mining companies use wind and solar energy to power their operations. The ‘Energy and... 

Ivanhoe starts supplying power from first of three DRC hydropower plant upgrades

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2016 Ivanhoe Mines has started supplying electricity to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national grid from the first of three hydropower plants it has agreed to upgrade in collaboration with its joint venture (JV) partners. Ongoing upgrading work at the Mwadingusha hydropower plant, financed by... 

Sentinel at forefront of global mining technology

     9th September 2016 Canadian base metals producer First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) $2.1-billion Sentinel mine, in Zambia’s North-Western province, is described by the Zambian Chamber of Mines (CoM) as the country’s mining industry’s “most ambitious venture ever” and the single-largest upfront infrastructure... 

Sentinel at  forefront of global mining technology
SERIOUS COMPETITOR The Sentinel mine uses some of mining's most advanced technology

Zambia conference to retain 2016 theme in 2017

     9th September 2016 The seventh Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (Zimec) will be held in Lusaka on April 5 to 6, 2017, and will retain the theme of Zimec 2016: ‘Mining and energy on the growth path to support and grow the Zambian economy’. Zimec 2016 was hosted at the New Government Complex... 

Zambia conference to retain 2016 theme in 2017
MONEY MAKER About 70% of Zambia’s earnings depend on copper mining

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     9th September 2016 Copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry challenges, such as a lack of transparency regarding its tax regime, have had significant negative macroeconomic impacts on the country's economy. However, with the implementation of the new tax regime, it is hoped that this challenge and others can be... 

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope
VICTOR SITABULE The cost of power in Zambia forms a large part of a mine’s production costs

Client delivery focus helps to grow local ventilation business

By: David Oliveira     2nd September 2016 Local fans and ventilation firm MechCaL has registered accelerated growth in all areas of the business over the past two years, owing to the company’s vision of making client delivery a top priority in producing products for South African mining ventilation. During the two-year period, MechCaL... 

Despite power supply stability, mines still prioritise efficient energy use

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd September 2016 Power supply instability may have been the catalyst for mining industry initiatives to pursue energy efficiencies, however, the current stability of electricity supply has not curbed the industry’s appetite for green solutions.   Nonetheless, sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources... 

Despite power supply stability, mines still prioritise efficient energy use
GREENING OPERATIONS Management teams across the sector are still determined to save costs and reduce mining operations’ carbon footprints

Production at Sasol’s Shondoni mine set to start next month

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Construction of energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Secunda-based Shondoni mine is approaching completion with first coal production expected this month.  

Production at Sasol’s Shondoni mine set to start next month
SHONDONI MINE Sasol’s new Shondoni Mine is expected to produce its first coal this month

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project

By: Henry Lazenby     1st September 2016 The discovery of the nearby Sona Hill satellite deposit has blown new life into developer Sandspring Resources’ flagship Toroparu project, in Guyana, providing the prospect of higher grades of gold-only mineralisation – a potential game changer. 

High-grade Sona Hill a potential game changer for Sandspring’s Toroparu project
Photo by Sandspring Resources
Collecting geochemical samples at Sandspring Resources' Toroparu project, Guyana

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner
Photo by Largo Resources
Vanadium from Largo Resources' Maracas Menchen vanadium mine, in Brazil

Cliffs secures new 20-year energy agreement for core Tilden mine

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2016 North American iron-ore products producer Cliffs Natural Resources has secured a new 20-year energy agreement with fellow NYSE-listed WEC Energy Group to provide the company’s core Tilden mine with a long-term, reliable and affordable source of electric power in Michigan. “Our Tilden Mine... 

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution in African mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 Australia’s largest offgrid solar and battery storage facility has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine in Western Australia. As local renewable energy leadership believes this project will pioneer the way in Africa for offgrid... 

Huge potential to replicate hybrid power solution  in African mining sector
GENERATING CAPACITY The 10.6 MW solar hybrid system is fully integrated with the existing 19 MW diesel-fired power station at Sandfire Resources’s DeGrussa mine

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Amplats-linked German company unveils hydrogen storage, logistics system

By: Dylan Slater     13th May 2016 The first commercial hydrogen storage and logistics system was launched earlier this month at Germany-based hydrogen startup Hydrogenious Technologies, a company in which platinum miner Anglo American Platinum invested.  

Amplats-linked German company unveils  hydrogen storage, logistics system
Photo by Duane Daws
FUEL CELL A hydrogen fuel cell prototype used by Anglo American Platinum in a locomotive

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety

By: Victor Moolman     13th May 2016 Fluctuating power supply or complete failure thereof at a mine, interrupting mining process, could result in dangerous consequences, emphasises power generation equipment designer and manufacturer Cummins Africa power solutions director Kenneth Gaynor. 

Constant power supply crucial to mine safety
Photo by Duane Daws
MINING POWER SUPPLY A power failure at an underground mine could lead to mineworkers becoming stranded

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities for mining sector

     13th May 2016 Fuels, lubricants and oil-based products producer and marketer Engen Petroleum was scheduled to complete the construction of a fuel storage and dispensing facility at the Husab uranium project, in Namibia, in late March.  

Husab fuel facility to showcase capabilities  for mining sector
POWERFUL PROSTECTS Once in full production, the Husab uranuim mine will be one of the largest in the world

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success, holds much potential  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th May 2016 Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the gold dumps... 

Mine dump biofuel pilot project achieves early success,  holds much potential
BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK More than 50% of the sorghum planted had grown despite not using any irrigation other than rainwater

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

Enbridge turns to renewable energy with French offshore wind acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     10th May 2016 Canadian oil and gas infrastructure giant Enbridge has agreed to buy a 50% interest in French offshore wind development company Éolien Maritime France (EMF), for C$282-million. NYSE- and TSX-listed Enbridge would co-own the company with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), a subsidiary of Électricité... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines

By: Kimberley Smuts     6th May 2016 Tailor-made energy solutions provider ZRW Mechanika’s supply of solar-powered masts last year to chrome mining company Samancor Western Chrome, which operates an opencast mine in Marikana, in the North West, has sparked interest from numerous municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana,... 

Solar power solutions supplied to opencast mines
POWER SOLUTION The ZRW mobile solar-powered floodlighting system was supplied to Namibian iron-ore mine which requires electricity to run 24/7

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

     11th April 2016 The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

Côte d’Ivoire challenging Ghana as mining destination

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th April 2016 Côte d’Ivoire has created an investment environment that is more attractive to foreign capital than that of Ghana, claims Australian gold explorer, developer and producer Perseus Mining CEO Jeff Quartermaine. 

Côte d’Ivoire challenging Ghana  as mining destination
EDIKAN MINE Perseus will continue to invest in its mine in Ghana, while pursuing other mining opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire

High energy demand among factors fuelling renewables uptake in Chile

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 The high demand for energy, coupled with the need for operational savings and challenges posed by the environment and social aspects, is making renewable-energy solutions an increasingly suitable alternative to powering mines in Chile, South America.  

Mining industry facing challenging downturn

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th April 2016 Despite being ranked Africa’s third-most attractive mining investment destination, Ghana’s mining industry continues to face several challenges that impede operations in the country, states Ghana Chamber of Mines external relations and communications director Ahmed Nantogmah. 

Mining industry facing challenging downturn
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Ghana’s government is liaising with the mining industry to ensure that the country remains an attractive location for mining investment

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Company targets mining waste

By: Lynne Jackson     18th March 2016 The energy-intensive mining industry can benefit from waste-management company Interwaste’s refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant in terms of more effective waste management and a reduced carbon footprint. Interwaste is focusing on the South African mining industry, which has come under fire for its... 

Company targets  mining waste
BITTER SWEET Although the mining sector has been a key driver for the growth and development of South Africa’s economy, the waste generated from its activities can pose serious threats to communities and the environment

N America’s infant vanadium-redox flow battery market looking for a champion

By: Henry Lazenby     24th February 2016 While several industry players are jostling to take advantage of the budding North American vanadium-redox flow battery (VRB) market, barriers to entry such as raw material cost and equipment availability are still issues, making input costs prohibitive. “The industry is still looking for a... 

N America’s infant vanadium-redox flow battery market looking for a champion
Photo by American Vanadium
Gildemeister's CellCube vanadium-redox flow battery

Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

     22nd February 2016 In South Africa's fast evolving energy environment, Creamer Media's newly launched Energy Roundup fills a gap in the market as it provides readers with accurate, concise and well-structured summaries of key news and policy developments in the energy sector.   Announcements by Eskom, Nersa and... 

Monthly roundup of energy news fills a gap in the market

Aggreko installs 30 MW of power generation capacity at African mines

By: David Oliveira     19th February 2016 Global temporary power generation company Aggreko’s installed generator capacity in African mining grew by 20% year-on-year, adding 30 MW of additional capacity in 2015. East Africa and Southern Africa showed the most significant growth during the past year, particularly in the Democratic... 

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs

     12th February 2016 Owing to mining clients’ negotiation positions for renewable-energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) having improved considerably as renewables can be used with diesel generators in hybrid systems, the opportune time is now for them to pursue renewable sources of energy, says Germany-based... 

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs
WINDS OF CHANGE The objective of using renewable energy for mining operations is to partly replace fossil-fuel powered stations with inexpensive solar or wind energy technology

Dependable power will boost economic growth

     12th February 2016 As a result of electricity supply limitations in South Africa and many other sub-Saharan African countries, economic growth is set to be impeded, which will affect many electricity-intensive and -dependent industries, including mining.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 A common trend in the mining industry is the misuse or non-use of energy data, says Sandton-based sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) South Africa air quality and climate change team head and senior partner Massimo Bettanin.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use
EFFICIENT MINDSET All mining personnel should be trained to operate their respective machinery in the most efficient manner possible

Hybrid power solution aimed at African mining industry

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Contrary to popular belief, a power solution incorporating renewable-energy solutions and diesel generators does exist and has been developed particularly for the mining industry, especially miners operating in regions with high average solar-peak yields, says renewable-energy solutions company... 

Hybrid power  solution aimed at African mining industry
SOLAR POSSIBILITIES South Africa has lots of solar photovoltaic potential with high average peak yields of sunlight
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