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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.  

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

Sandvik to put two units on block amid restructuring drive

By: Reuters     3rd May 2016 Swedish engineering group Sandvik on Tuesday announced that it was preparing to exit two non-core operations as it consolidated its structure into three business areas amid a drive to boost efficiency. The tool and mining equipment maker said it now considered Sandvik Process Systems and Sandvik... 

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

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Dependable electricity supply is critical to the operation of a mine within safe parameters, and negligence thereof can leave a mining company vulnerable to costly litigation and rising insurance premiums.  

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability
SECURE SUPPLY Any loss of power, however short, is an expensive risk and unacceptable at a mine site

Sparton assists in commissioning of 8 MWh Chinese vanadium-flow battery

By: Henry Lazenby     27th January 2016 One of the largest vanadium-flow batteries in the world has been commissioned in China, reveals TSX-V-listed Sparton Resources, Sparton’s subsidiary VanSpar Mining played a critical role in raising finance for the Zhangbei project’s 8 MWh vanadium-flow battery that was successfully commissioned... 

Mining pressed to overcome barriers to secure greater renewable presence

By: Simon Rees     26th January 2016 The pace of renewables uptake by mining companies has been weighted down by the economic downturn, excessive capital costs and cultural barriers, an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce renewables in mining conference heard. These issues had been compounded by... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2016 The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear procurement programme, among... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup – December 2015 research report

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

By: Simon Rees     15th January 2016 TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Despite the tie-up between the renewables market and the mining sector being dynamic and exciting, the high levels of upfront capital expenditure (capex) needed to install and operate renewable components and storage solutions remained a significant impediment to... 

Renewable energy opportunities rise as costs slide and solutions grow

American Vanadium to buy vanadium-flow battery business from German developer

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2016 TSX-V-listed American Vanadium has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with German firm DMG Mori to acquire its wholly owned subsidiary Gildemeister Energy Storage (GES), manufacturer of the CellCube vanadium-flow energy storage system. The LOI provided American Vanadium with the exclusive... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

By: Simon Rees     9th January 2016 The mining sector’s uptake of renewable energy could be slowed by cheaper diesel in the wake of crude oil’s price plunge, head of energy consulting firm THEnergy Thomas Hillig told an audience at a recent Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce conference on renewables in mining, in... 

Diesel price plunge slowed but not stymied renewables uptake

Despite power connection delay, Asanko says hot commissioning to start in Dec

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2015 West Africa-focused project developer Asanko Gold is in discussions with independent power producer Genser Energy Ghana, which it says failed to meet the deadline for providing temporary power to the company's mine project in Ghana. Under the terms of a June power purchase agreement, Genser had... 

Gas infrastructure, improved market conditions key to development of fuel cell industry in South Africa

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 Stationery fuel cell technology could be the key that unlocks primary platinum demand and reinvigorates South Africa’s ailing platinum mining industry, which is promising for the sector, since Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies stated that the country needed to commit to 1 000 MW of... 

Gas infrastructure, improved market conditions key to development of fuel cell industry in South Africa

North West uranium miner helps establish agriculture venture for nearby community

By: Ilan Solomons     6th November 2015 Mines and municipalities can play a critical role in building local economies, says JSE-listed investment holding company Oakbay Resources & Energy CEO Varun Gupta. He points out that the company’s Shiva uranium mine, in Hartbeesfontein, in North West, has partnered with the Matlosana... 

North West uranium miner helps establish agriculture  venture for nearby community
SEMOGARE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT The mine provided 10 ha of its land to the cooperative, as well as free water and electricity

Miners developing renewable-energy ventures at BC mineral projects assured of govt support 

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2015 British Columbia’s economy had historically been firmly rooted in mining and, with a slew of new projects progressing through the permitting stage, the provincial government was ready for them to plug into its vast grid, brim-full of renewable electricity, and to support miners’ efforts to... 

Hybrid power plant reduces mine’s operational costs

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2015 Energy solutions provider Cronimet Mining Power Solutions’ first megawatt-scale, solar-diesel hybrid power plant, at the Cronimet Chrome South Africa Thabazimbi openpit chromium mine, in Limpopo, has significantly reduced the mine’s diesel consumption, allowing for more effective energy... 

Hybrid power plant reduces  mine’s operational costs
HYBRID SOLAR-DIESEL POWER PLANT. Photovoltaic systems are easily integrated into existing diesel generated power supply sytems

New high-pressure grinding roll improves energy efficiency at US mine

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd October 2015 Energy efficiency is the key to success at modern mines and quarries and the most potential for energy and cost savings can be realised in the comminution process, where ore is ground and crushed into smaller particles, say diversified engineering and mining group Metso. The company’s HRC 3000,... 

New high-pressure grinding roll improves energy efficiency at US mine
PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS The HRC 3000 was the result of four years of close collaboration between Metso and Freeport-McMoRan

Jasco’s transient filtration system reduces ‘dirty power’ in electrical systems

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2015 Transient voltage anomalies, which occur within microseconds and create distortions in single and three-phase alternating current, can cause damage to equipment and electronic circuitry, leading to unexpected shutdowns or failures of mining equipment and their control systems, says South African... 

Jasco’s transient filtration system reduces ‘dirty power’ in electrical systems
MARCO DA SILVA The Jtamer system can be deployed on all equipment to reduce the creation and transmission of dirty power within a company’s electrical systems

Mining leaders to learn about the energy savings potential of renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2015 The global mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in was... 

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th September 2015 The mining industry’s increased adoption of the latest IEC/SANS 61439 series of safety and performance regulations for low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) power assemblies has encouraged manufacturers to revise the certification of their electrical products, states power management company... 

Increasing safety focus on power assemblies necessitating compliance
STANDARD COMPLIANT Eaton’s CX LV Power Assembly is third-party-certified in accordance with IEC 61439-2 (verification by testing)

Furnace cooling components supplied to Zambian smelter

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th September 2015 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie last month supplied new start-up face equipment to the new smelter of Canada-based First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Zambia-based Kansanshi copper mine. “The equipment supplied to the Isasmelt furnace includes copper-cooling components, cooling elements... 

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