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Environmental News

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

Rising oil prices  fuelling renewables
GREG AUSTIN Redeployable solar power solutions can be reused, justifying investment in multiple applications on mines

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings

By: Nadine James     24th August 2018 SRK Consulting’s Cape Town office, in conjunction with SRK Consulting’s Vancouver office, has conducted preliminary groundwater modelling to assist a South American mining client in finding an environmentally sustainable solution for tailings-based brine management. SRK principal hydrogeologist... 

SRK models sustainable solutions for brine from tailings
GROUNDWATER MODELLING The groundwater modelling evaluated the likely pressure increases and brine plume migration associated with deep aquifer injection

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Backup power to ensure safety,  continuous production
Himoinsa Southern Africa head of services Chris Davison discusses energy solutions for mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

African Chrome commissions Zimbabwe plant

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Zimbabwe-based chrome producer African Chrome Fields (ACF) launched a new aluminothermic plant last month, thereby assisting in the creation of new jobs and enhancing production capacity, enabling the company to produce 300 t of ferrochrome a month before  ramping up to 600 t at full production.... 

Mafube colliery trialling use of mining-impacted water for agriculture

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 Anglo American Coal South Africa’s Mafube colliery has been selected as the first trial site to determine the long-term sustainability of using mine-impacted water in agriculture. While irrigation with perceived poor-quality water frequently occurs in arid countries such as Israel, the South... 

Mafube colliery trialling use of  mining-impacted water for agriculture
Photo by Bloomberg
AMAZING EFFORT The first maize crop was irrigated with water from the Mafube pit and has since been harvested. The area yielded 14.5 t/ha, compared with 8t/ha from dryland crops

Mining should bolster environmental, social sustainability

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 The Australian mining industry’s challenges pertain to environmentally sustainable practices, rather than community sustainability, which is the case in the African mining industry, says global engineering consulting firm Aurecon Brisbane technical director Andrew Keith. “However, in places such... 

Mining should bolster environmental,  social sustainability
Photo by Bloomberg
COOPERATION CONSCIOUSNESS Many mining companies now recognise the benefits of proactive early engagement with their affected communities

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2018 Government must play a role in limiting large-scale retrenchment in the platinum sector by potentially incentivising companies to curb job loss. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has objected strongly to the retrenchment plans of Impala Platinum in particular and Royal Bafokeng Platinum... 

Govt must play role in limiting large-scale retrenchment – RBPlat
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

TRI opens subsidiary in South Africa  

By: Paige Müller     3rd August 2018 Global independent third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental launched its new African subsidiary, TRI Africa Environmental Services, last month.   Owing to an increase in demand for its third-party quality assurance geotechnical testing services on the African... 

TRI opens subsidiary  in South Africa
Independent global third-party geotechnical testing and research company TRI Environmental discusses the establishment of its new African subsidiary. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov
Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov speaks to Mining Weekly Online about the company's mission to address Africa's electricity shortage through cost effective storage and vanadium applications for Africa-specific solutions. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2018 Anglo American has drawn a line in the sand for its thermal coal portfolio. With 14 more years of life in existing assets, the company made it clear this week that it would engage in incremental expansion where it made sense, but not in long-term growth projects. Anglo has halved its footprint in... 

Anglo draws line in sand for thermal coal
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo CE Mark Cutifani

Mine opens education centre for local community

27th July 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore opened the Sishen Education Centre at Tamaga Lodge, situated on the Sishen Nature Reserve, outside Kathu in the Northern Cape as part of its celebration of World Environment Day, in June.  The Northern Cape Provincial Government Gazette declared... 

Mine opens  education centre for local  community
ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE Kumba Iron Ore believes that an environmental education centre will allow school learners and tertiary students to experience nature and learn in a natural environment

SA iron-ore industry struggles more than most

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 The outlook for the South African iron-ore industry remains “bleak”, owing to stagnant local economic growth, a negative local investment environment and a significant drop in global demand for iron-ore, says commodities market analysis firm Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She emphasises that the... 

SA iron-ore industry struggles more than most
Photo by Bloomberg
AFFECTED PRODUCTION China’s attempt to curb harmful emission levels has resulted in reduced steel production, which is negatively impacting on global iron-ore imports

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2018 Expected payback on the $5-billion copper project that Anglo American is leading in partnership with Mitsubishi is four years after initial production, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani said on Thursday, when the company announced the go-ahead for the development of the new community-backed low-cost,... 

$5bn Anglo copper project going ahead in Peru
Photo by Creamer Media
The Anglo-Mitsubishi Quellaveco copper mining project in Peru.

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand
From left are PIC executive head: project development Sholto Dolamo; AP Ventures partner Kevin Eggers, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly and Anglo American Platinum CEO Chris Griffith.

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Former coal lobbyist takes over EPA from embattled chief Pruitt

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Two South American mining companies, Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur, have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). ICMM CEO Tom Butler notes that both companies have earned their membership of ICMM by complying with the council’s “rigorous” admission procedure, adding that... 

ICMM welcomes two South American miners
TOM BUTLER Both Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur have shown real leadership in their environmental and social performance and have valuable experience to share

Glacier-protection Bill dropped in Chile and miners applaud

By: Bloomberg     3rd July 2018 Chile’s mining industry is cheering a decision to drop a glacier-protection bill, saying the proposed rules were conceived to thwart mineral extraction. One academic says the move imperils glacial networks. Environmental Minister Marcela Cubillos requested the withdrawal of the bill from the... 

Exxaro commits to leading SA coal sector to ‘a new way of working’

By: Nadine James     29th June 2018 Worsening pollution crises and global warming have brought the world’s critical dependence on fossil fuels into the spotlight and the need for more sustainable and renewable energy solutions has become increasingly urgent, notes coal miner Exxaro, which has recommitted to being part of the... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

AngloGold gets environmental go-ahead for Obuasi redevelopment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has received environmental permits for its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, paving the way for the redevelopment of the large and high-grade orebody.  

AngloGold gets environmental go-ahead for Obuasi redevelopment
Photo by Creamer Media
AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

Cadence to invest $5.1m into Premier’s Zulu lithium project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 Aim-listed miner Premier African Minerals has entered into a conditional heads of terms (HoT) with UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals, which will secure a direct investment in the Zulu lithium and tantalum project, in Zimbabwe.  

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand
Photo by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Shell hydrogen GM Oliver Bishop fuels a fuel cell Hyundai in Vancouver.

Mayur granted enviro permit for lime project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2018 ASX-listed junior Mayur Resources has been granted an environmental permit for its Port Morseby lime project, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Mayur is currently undertaking a definitive feasibility study on a commercial lime operation initially producing 250 000 t of quickline and 1.5-million tonnes... 

Ammaroo gets federal enviro nod

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th June 2018 The Ammaroo phosphate project, in the Northern Territory, has received federal environmental approval, bringing the project one step closer to its targeted construction start in early 2019. ASX-listed Verdant Minerals said on Monday that the federal approval represented a significant milestone... 

Victoria reveals changes to EPA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2018 Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has introduced the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament, which will give the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) the powers and tools it needs to stop pollution. The Bill was part of the Victorian government’s A$180-million... 

Risk-based approach to mine residue disposal can yield cost advantages – SRK

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 Stringent regulations have tightened the design standards for mining residue stockpiles and deposits, but there is still scope to apply a risk-based approach to meet requirements while potentially saving on costs, says SRK Consulting senior environmental economist and management consultant... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

Report alleges miners inadequately disclose information on environmental rehabilitation costs

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Neither the law, nor the accounting standards governing company disclosures, ensure the necessary transparency and accountability about financial provision for environmental rehabilitation, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) alleges in its ‘Full Disclosure: The Truth about Mining... 

NT govt looking for remediation partners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th June 2018 The Northern Territory government has released two tenders for remediation works at abandoned openpit mines as part of its plans to develop Tennant Creek as a mining services hub. “Tennant Creek has a long mining history and many old mines pre-date the requirement for operators to leave them in... 

High Court lifts interim order against MC Mining's Makhado project

By: African News Agency      18th June 2018 MC Mining, previously known as Coal of Africa, on Monday said it welcomed a high court decision to lift an interim order against the company's environmental authorisation for the Makhado hard coking and thermal coal project. The court had in 2014 granted the Vhembe Mineral Stakeholders Forum and... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA) have reached a significant milestone in a collaborative exercise on water conservation and water demand management aimed at driving water savings and usage improvements in the mining industry. The... 

Minerals Council, water dept collaborate on water conservation, demand management project

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines  

15th June 2018 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses Samcodes, malaria and beneficiation in this week's Second Take. 

Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines
Samcodes, malaria, beneficiation make headlines

Alrosa auctioning large rough diamonds in Asia

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 Russian diamond mining major is currently holding an auction in Hong Kong for large rough diamonds, and will soon start a second one in Vladivostock. The Hong Kong auction started on June 13 and will run until June 27. The Vladivostock auction will start on June 18 and conclude on June 29. In... 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2018 The value of illegal mining and dealing of metals and diamonds in South Africa is estimated to be more than R7-billion a year, says PwC. In its latest edition of SA Mine, the professional services firm equates this to revenue generated from 430 000 oz of gold at the current market price. 

Illegal mining worth R7bn a year – PwC
Photo by Dylan Slater
Informal processing of sand from a depleted mine dump off the N3 South freeway, near Elandsfontein, in Germiston

Thunderbird gets enviro approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th June 2018 The Thunderbird mineral sands project, has been granted environmental approval by the Western Australian Minister of Environment. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources said on Tuesday that the Minister had dismissed all appeals on the Works Approval as well as the majority of the appeals on the... 

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