R/€ = 15.90 Change: 0.00
R/$ = 13.47 Change: 0.04
Au 1243.94 $/oz Change: 6.10
Pt 877.50 $/oz Change: 0.00


The cobalt crunch for electric cars could be solved in suburbia

By: Bloomberg     1st December 2017 Almost 9 000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt – the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a doughnut at Tim Hortons. Scientists working for American... 

Dispute at Congo cobalt mine heads to court, halts metal supply

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 An attempt by Congo’s Gecamines to profit from the boom in battery metals has backfired, leaving the state-owned miner facing two international court actions and halting cobalt production at a key mine. Gecamines blocked its 16-year partner GTL’s access to the cobalt site in the southeastern... 

In the country where coal is king, a battle with the EU looms

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2017 The buzzword in the Brussels energy and climate bubble is 450, a number that is dividing European Union lawmakers and making coal-dependent Poland fume over upcoming reforms to the world’s biggest carbon market. Negotiators representing the 28-nation bloc and its member states will meet on Nov. 8... 

Brexit takes bureaucracy to the atomic level for UK industry

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2017 To understand the implications of Brexit, it helps to go nuclear. Of all the international regulatory challenges created by the UK’s impending departure from the European Union, the atomic-energy industry may best encapsulate the decision’s bottom-line effect: more bureaucracy and costs for a... 

EU power generators warn plan to cut use of coal may backfire

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2017 A group representing power generators across the European Union warned that the bloc’s plans to limit the use of coal may backfire, encouraging utilities to seek returns on new fossil-fuel plants instead of putting money into clean energy. European Commission is considering a law that would... 

EU activates 'all diplomatic channels' over new US sanctions on Russia

By: Reuters     24th July 2017 The European Commission is concerned about new US sanctions on Russia that could impact Europe's energy security and has activated "all diplomatic channels" to resolve the issue. US Republicans and Democrats reached a deal on legislation to allow new sanctions against Russia, which has led to... 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

Association to drive Zambian copper product use, membership

By: Nica Schreuder     2nd June 2017 Nonprofit organisation promoting copper use in Africa the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) is aiming to promote the use of Zambian copper products and increase CDAA membership throughout the Copperbelt region, which covers Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The... 

Glencore cobalt supplies in Congo face hold up over mine row

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2017 A dispute between State-owned Gecamines and its joint venture partner at a Congolese cobalt mine that supplies Glencore threatens to halt the supply of as much as 4% of the metal within two months. Jersey-registered GTL, a joint venture between Gecamines and closely held Groupe Forrest... 

Gerard Kisbey-Green

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2017 This week we feature Gerard Kisbey-Green, the CEO of Goldplat, a 450-employee company that recovers gold and other metals from by-products of mining and processing operations 

Kibo to start EPC bidding process for Tanzania coal-to-power project

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Tanzania-focused mineral exploration and development company Kibo Mining will soon start the formal engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bid process for the power plant and coal mine components of its Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP). The company last month met with potential bidder... 

New EU emissions testing to boost platinum demand, platinum fuel cells wanted to power taxiing planes on runways

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2016 Brussels last week took ratified proposals to increase European Union (EU) nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission limits for new cars – and a UK airline said it was looking to using fuel cells to power aircraft taxiing on airport runways. Both initiatives should be music to the ears of platinum-mining... 


     27th October 2015 Hydra-Arc, initially established in 1987 to source and supply welding and maintenance skills for Sasol shutdowns, has now established Sky-Hill Heavy Engineering, a facility for the fabrication of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping spools, structural steel and mechanical installations. SA... 

Europe to make proposal on carbon-capture cooperation with South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2015 European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič plans to follow up his recent visit to South Africa with a firm proposal on how the European Union (EU) and South Africa could cooperate on clean-coal technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In an interview with Engineering News Online... 


     1st June 2015 Degrémont and all companies of the Group now operate under the brand SUEZ environnement and continues to expand winning six new contracts in Africa. Degrémont has strengthened its presence in Africa, winning four new water treatment plant construction and refurbishment contracts worth a total of... 

Nyrstar agrees sale option for Peruvian mine

By: Reuters     19th May 2015 Belgium's Nyrstar, the world's largest zinc producer, has sold an option to buy its mothballed Peruvian mine in Coricancha to Canada's Great Panther Silver. Great Panther will pay $1.5-million for its option, with the possibility of extending it for another year for the same amount, Nyrstar said... 

Suez Environnement wins contract to operate Gabal El Asfar wastewater treatment plant in Cairo, Egypt, for a total of 84 million euros

     10th April 2015 SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has won a 4-year contract worth a total of €84 million to operate and maintain two of the wastewater treatment plants at Gabal El Asfar1 in Cairo. This contract was won in a consortium2 with three Egyptian companies: DHCU, ARCOM and ICAT3. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT will be in charge... 

MAC welcomes progress towards finalising EU trade agreement

By: Henry Lazenby     18th October 2013 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) on Friday praised the federal government's progress toward finalising the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Friday announced in... 

Implementation of conflict-free gold standard is under way

By: Samantha Herbst     8th March 2013 Global gold authority and industry body the World Gold Council (WGC) is pleased with the industry’s reception of its Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS), which has been welcomed by various stakeholders – including WGC member companies and nonmember companies – who are working on its... 

Company Announcement: Clare Richardson Takes Up Her Post As Nickel Institute Communications Manager

     5th March 2013 The Nickel Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Richardson as Communications Manager 

Belgium seeks end to EU sanctions on Zimbabwe miner

By: Reuters     14th February 2013 Belgium is pushing for European Union sanctions on a Zimbabwean gold and diamond mining company to be lifted, putting it at odds with some of its EU partners days before a deadline to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe, EU diplomats said on Wednesday. EU sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert... 

Speaker to give outlook for iron-ore and metals

     25th January 2013 The scale of urbanisation and infrastructure build in developing regions would increase the world’s appetite for minerals, global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company global mining director Dr Sigurd Mareels predicted in 2011, adding that this demand growth, combined with supply... 

Gold Fields unbundles deep, narrow-reef gold mines into Sibanye

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2012 Gold major Gold Fields is unbundling its deep narrow-vein Kloof Driefontein Complex (KDC) and Beatrix narrow-reef underground mines into a new all-South African gold-mining company Sibanye Gold, which will be listed on the JSE and NYSE in February. Neal Froneman, who is to quit as CEO of Gold... 

Commodities rally on EU deal

By: Reuters     29th June 2012 Commodities rallied on Friday after Europe moved to cut soaring borrowing costs in Spain and Italy, lifting investors' spirits on the last trading day of the quarter that is still bound to be the worst in years for some raw materials. Oil rose by more than $2, gold jumped over 1 percent and... 


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