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Glencore builds Canada’s first large wind and energy storage facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2014 The decision to install a 3 MW wind turbine at Glencore’s Raglan mine came after nearly five years of careful investigation, assessment, and analysis, says Jean-Francois Verret, director of strategy, projects, and public affairs. Because of the Arctic conditions at the mining site, which sits on... 

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

By: Henry Lazenby     14th August 2014 Rio Tinto subsidiary Turquoise Hill Resources has signed a power-sector cooperation agreement (PSCA) with the Mongolian government that will guide long-term strategic cooperation between the State and Oyu Tolgoi to deliver a comprehensive energy plan for the South Gobi region. The PSCA will set... 

Oyu Tolgoi inks power cooperation accord with Mongolia govt

Power generation now a ‘major focus’ for mines as fuel costs soar

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2014 Owing to the increasing cost of conventional fuels in the mining industry such as diesel, power generation is becoming a major focus for mining companies, says renewable-energy solutions company MCD director Manuel Duggal. MCD recently designed and supervised the installation of a new heavy fuel... 

Zest WEG Group

8th August 2014 The Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is a South African company with a strong commitment to the development of the African region. Zest WEG is a leading supplier of low-, medium- and high-voltage electric motors, vibrator motors, variable... 

Zest WEG Group

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2014 Toronto-based gold producer Iamgold president and CEO Steve Letwin is championing the use of renewable energy as an opportunity for gold mines to reduce costs – a proposition that the company is testing through its Rosebel gold mine, in Suriname. Although saving money is an imperative for all... 

Iamgold to generate 15% of own electricity in 5 yrs – CEO Letwin
Photo by Iamgold Corp
Rosebel PV Plant, Suriname

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

By: Anine Kilian     11th July 2014 Rising energy prices and supply constraints have forced African mining operations to find new energy solutions for affordable, consistent and secure sources of energy. To address these concerns, mining companies operating on the African continent are exploring renewable-energy integration as a... 

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

Power supply deficit hindering African mining

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th July 2014 The deficiency in power generation on the African continent is impacting on the mining industry’s ability to reach its full production potential, thereby impacting on the industry’s ability to boost the continent’s economy, says Dubai-based temporary power solutions provider Altaaqa Global CAT... 

Power supply deficit hindering African mining
ROBERT BAGATSING Africa’s mining industry needs an immediate solution for its power supply issues

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector

By: Chantelle Kotze     20th June 2014 While the crippling strike in the platinum sector in South Africa has brought attention to the labour costs of the industry, Pretoria-based nonprofit policy research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies researcher Georgina Ryan points out that dealing with escalating energy costs... 

Besides labour, energy emerging as key future risk for platinum sector
ENERGY INTENSIVE Rising costs and the platinum sector's dependency on electricity are among the top business-sustainability challenges

Rental power attractive option for Moz mines 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th June 2014 The outsourcing of power supplies is growing in Mozambique, as mining companies increasingly recognise the benefits of rental power, says temporary power generation company Aggreko Southern Africa local business head Martin Foster. He adds that confidence in rental power is gaining momentum... 

Rental power  attractive option for Moz mines
ATTRACTIVE OPTION Aggreko supplies power to mining operations across and Africa and throughout the world

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

By: Simon Rees     3rd June 2014 In the current climate of economic headwinds, squeezed margins and stubborn overheads, mining companies continue to examine all aspects of expenditure in the hope of making savings. Energy consumption is one of the greatest costs, particularly for mining operations in remote areas with no access... 

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd June 2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday introduced its toughest action yet to cut down on carbon emissions, ordering a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants, not auguring well for struggling thermal coal producers, which had... 

Obama govt’s toughest action yet orders 30% cut in carbon emissions

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2014 The burgeoning North American grid energy storage market could develop into a multibillion-dollar industry in a matter of a few years, with several companies positioning themselves to vie for the handful of first-mover clients. One company potentially leading the fray is Vancouver-based American... 

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2014 African Barrick Gold (ABG), which has three mines in Tanzania and is expected to mine about eight-million tons of gold-bearing ore this year alone, has been actively exploring renewable energy options for the past eight years, according to GM of technical services Nic Schoeman, and corporate... 

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2014 African mining companies find themselves with an unusually strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small financial and environmental benefits, Siemens Smart Generation Solutions manager Fabrice Nicolas... 

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2014 A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2014 US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in New York. The... 

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 Providing ventilation systems for mining companies with deep-level operations necessitates the understanding of every client’s specific needs, which can be attained through ongoing communication, says South African-founded and South Africa-based underground ventilation systems provider Terramin.... 

Local underground ventilation solutions provider prioritises client relations
TERRAJET AIRMOVER An efficient ventilation system is critical to the effective management of occupational health and safety in all underground mining activities

Ventilation event highlights energy optimisation at deep-level mines

By: Pimani Baloyi     4th April 2014 The energy efficiency of ventilation and cooling systems installed at deep-level mining operations will be a central theme of the tenth International Mine Ventilation Congress (IMVC), reports local organising committee (LOC) chairperson Frank von Glehn. The theme of this year's conference, which... 

Mining giant invests significantly in environmental protection

By: Carina Borralho     21st March 2014 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol is forced to take drastic measures with regard to environmental protection efforts, especially at its Secunda-based underground coal mining complex, which covers more than 1 1002 km and is one of the largest in the country, says Sasol spokesperson Alex... 

Mining giant invests  significantly in  environmental protection
CLEAN MEANS OF MINING Sasol incorporates dust control technology into its operations to enhance the safety and health of its employees and the quality of the air in the surrounding environment

Six Cronimet projects progress to next South African IPP round

By: Henry Lazenby     10th March 2014 Mining and energy solutions firm Cronimet Mining were recently selected to proceed to the next round of approval for independent power producers (IPPs) to bring six 5 MW South African projects on line. Should Cronimet receive approval to bring 30 MW of production capacity on line, and combined... 

Six Cronimet projects progress to next South African IPP round

PV manufacturer promotes solar power use in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th March 2014 Owing to the energy-intensive nature of mining operations, China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun Energy believes its photovoltaic (PV) solutions will enable mining operations to reduce the amount of power mines draw from national electricity grids, which will also reduce mining... 

PV manufacturer  promotes solar  power use in Africa
100 MW PROJECT IN GANSU PROVINCE, CHINA Talesun Energy believes it can deliver turnkey solar systems to Africa, particularly in the mining and heavy industrial sectors

Advantages of innovative use of cable types

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2014 Systems using direct current (DC) supply cables to alternating current (AC) Variable Frequency Drives that power conveyors and mining vehicles use less power than systems using AC supply cables, while torque sharing between the AC motors reduces the wear on shuttle cars and conveyor belts, says... 

Advantages of innovative use of cable types

Separating mining from oil, gas unwise – Minister

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2014 Separating oil and gas from mining in the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill framework would be unwise, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said in response to calls for this by Democratic Alliance shadow minister of mineral resources James Lorimer.... 

Separating mining from oil, gas unwise – Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu

Sierra Leone hydropower joint venture to lower mining costs, boost mining capacity 

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th December 2013 Independent power development and generation company Endeavor Energy has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with international power developer Joule Africa to develop, finance and construct the $700-million Bumbuna Phase 2 hydroelectric power project, in Sierra Leone. 

Sierra Leone hydropower joint venture to lower mining costs, boost mining capacity
CAPACITY INCREASE With Phase 2 of the Bumbuna hydroelectric power project, Sierra Leone’s installed capacity will increase from 80 MW to nearly 300 MW

Mining companies need to consider renewable energy

8th November 2013 South Africa’s mining companies are currently facing severe financial losses owing to strike action amid ongoing wage negotiations. These challenges, coupled with rising administered costs and fluctuating commodity prices, highlight the need for the industry to look at how best it can increase... 

Resources-for-energy could help juniors seize renewable power opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     30th September 2013 A global mining and energy solutions firm is offering miners the opportunity to swap resources for electricity, which could potentially open the door to juniors seizing the opportunity to introduce renewable power at their projects without carrying the burden of financing, engineering,... 

New EPA emissions rules draw mixed reactions

By: Henry Lazenby     20th September 2013 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday released a set of proposed Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants in an attempt to combat climate change and improve public health, which immediately drew mixed reaction from industry participants. Under the... 

Carbon Energy to start PFS on Bloodwood Creek reserve

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2013 ASX-listed Carbon Energy will move to a prefeasibility study of its syngas reserve at Bloodwood Creek, in Queensland, after a conceptual study identified underground coal gasification (UCG) opportunities. The conceptual study was the third phase in a process, which followed ten years of... 

Cameco Q1 profit nose-dives on lower sales, prices

By: Henry Lazenby     1st May 2013 Canadian uranium and electricity producer Cameco on Wednesday reported a 93% year-on-year drop in first-quarter profit as lower sales, lower prices and higher costs impacted on the company’s performance. Net earnings for the quarter ended March 31 were $9-million or $0.02 a share, compared with... 

Russian group planning to start uranium mining in Tanzania after granting of licence

By: John Muchira     19th April 2013 Russian company ARMZ Uranium Holding has announced plans to start uranium mining in Tanzania after being granted a licence for its Mkuju River mining project in the south of the country.  

13 First Nations and Goldcorp create new power transmission company

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2013 Thirteen First Nations and NYSE- and TSX-listed Goldcorp on Thursday announced they have signed an agreement formally incorporating Wataynikaneyap Power, a new company developing a transmission line that would reduce reliance on diesel and connect remote communities in north-western Ontario.... 

North America becoming big coal exporter as domestic consumption declines

By: Henry Lazenby     29th March 2013 The North American coal industry is in transition; a significant decline in domestic consumption means that it is becoming a significant exporter of the fossil fuel to emerging economies, especially those in Asia. 

Copper Fox enters into facilities study agreement with BC Hydro

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2013 Vancouver-based junior project developer Copper Fox Metals on Monday said it had entered into a facilities study agreement with the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro), to study what it would take to supply power to the company's Schaft Creek project. The facilities study... 

American Vanadium to transform from miner to advanced-tech purveyor

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2013 The developer of North America’s most significant vanadium project, American Vanadium, is considering repositioning itself from originally only being a primary high-purity vanadium producer, to being a supplier of electrolyte for use in energy storage systems, and to marketing such systems in... 

American Vanadium enters into strategic energy storage liaison

By: Henry Lazenby     19th February 2013 North America’s only vanadium mine developer, American Vanadium, on Tuesday said it had entered into a strategic association with German toolmaker and energy storage specialist Gildemeister to explore various joint venture and partnership arrangements focused on energy storage and micro-grid... 

Proposed electricity price increases could result in more restructuring

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2013 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Thursday slammed State-owned Eskom’s proposed electricity price increase, saying that it could result in further restructuring within South Africa’s platinum and gold sectors. The rising cost of energy had already added about R7-billion to the electricity costs of... 

Rio Tinto inaugurates hydro turbine for Quebec aluminium

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2012 Global diversified miner Rio Tinto Alcan on Friday inaugurated its new 225 MW high-efficiency turbine at the Shipshaw hydropower plant in Saguenay, Quebec. The company said the Shipshaw hydropower plant is a key component of the Rio Tinto Alcan Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean hydroelectric power network,... 

Malaga places Peru plant on care and maintenance, shares dive

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd October 2012 TSX-listed miner Malaga on Monday said it had suspended production at its Peru-based Pasto Bueno tungsten mill and had placed it on care and maintenance following a power disruption. The company said the hydro-electric transmission line was accidentally severed and several transmission poles... 

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