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Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG will supply six rEscan diagnostics systems of industrial belting supplier Fenner to a coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, before the end of the year. Fenner’s rEscan diagnostics system is a belt diagnostic device used for the early detection of cord breaks,... 

Radebe outlines additional cost of coal IPPs to consumers

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has confirmed that electricity consumers will pay 1.9c/kWh more by 2030 on a projected electricity tariff of 119c/kWh to accommodate the two independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations included in the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) – a... 

Marubeni says Thabametsi unaffected by group’s policy to halve coal capacity by 2030

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corporation reports that the development of the Thabametsi coal-fired power station, in South Africa, has not been affected by the group’s September 18 policy decision to “no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business”. As part of the policy change, Marubeni... 

Palmer plans power station for Galilee project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2018 Mining personality and chairperson of Waratah Coal, Clive Palmer, has announced plans for the company to build a new A$1.54-billion coal-fired power station in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The proposed 700 MW high efficiency low emission ultra-supercritical power station would be established on... 

Gwede Mantashe tweet is sentiment boost for problem ridden South African mining

By: Martin Creamer     31st August 2018 Shakespeare noted that there is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken in the flood, leads to a fortune. Last week’s great tweet by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe urging South Africans to celebrate their wonderful treasure chest of mineral wealth has been taken in the flood and... 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

Kibo’s Mbeya special mining licence submissions in final stages

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Following the submission of Aim- and AltX-listed Kibo Mining’s local content plan (LCP) and integrity pledge (IP) to the Mining Commission – a constituent of the Tanzania Ministry of Mines – within the next two weeks, the authority will be ready to consider Kibo’s application for a special mining... 

Kibo, Termoeléctrica finalise Benga JV in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has finalised a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambique energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga regarding the development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique. This agreement includes the right to build and operate a 150 MW to 300 MW... 

Tharisa expands its presence in Zim with acquisition of Karo stake

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 JSE-listed Tharisa has acquired a 26.8% shareholding in Karo Mining Holdings for $4.5-million. Karo Mining, in March, reached an agreement with the Zimbabwe government to establish a platinum group metals (PGM) mine, concentrators, smelters, a base metal and precious metals refinery and power... 

Kibo moves into the Mozambican market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Aim- and JSE-listed Kibo Mining has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Mozambican energy company Termoeléctrica de Benga to participate in the further assessment and potential development of the Benga independent power project, in Tete, Mozambique.  

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

Lemur advances Madagascar coal asset

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources' Imaloto coal asset in Madagascar is at an advanced development stage, being fully explored and ready to start mining, subject to environmental approvals, says Lemur Resources CEO Prince Nyati, who reiterates that all effort and development... 

Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2018 While retaining coal as its bedrock, Exxaro Resources has begun taking steps that will take the company beyond coal and even beyond mining, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. But this is all taking place while Exxaro continues to invest heavily in its long-term coal-mining business, which... 

M&R’s oil and gas unit turns to ‘complementary markets’ amid project slowdown

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2018 The oil and gas unit of engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is actively pursuing projects in “complementary markets”, owing to a slowdown in new project activity in the Australasian oil and gas sector. The value of M&R’s oil and gas order book has fallen to below R4-billion,... 

Coal opponents prepare for yet another court battle over Thabametsi power project 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2018 Civil society organisations opposing the development of new coal-fired power generation capacity in South Africa say they will again approach the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the 557 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station project, proposed for development... 

Various Moz mining projects making progress

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Mozambican Government has approved a resolution authorising Capitol Resources, a subsidiary of British miner Baobab Resources, to undertake mining and related operations in the Chiúta district of Tete province, according to a statement by Cabinet spokesman Armindo Ngunga. The planned... 

Study urges Eskom to accelerate station decommissioning, curtail Kusile to shore up solvency

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2017 A new study argues that cash-strapped Eskom could make immediate costs savings of up to R17-billion and boost its liquidity, without undermining security of supply, by accelerating the decommissioning of three of its older coal-fired power stations and by halting construction of units 5 and 6 at... 

Mkango pushes forward with research programme, upbeat about Malawi prospects

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd November 2017 Dual-listed Mkango Resources is upbeat about its research on the development of neodymium iron boron alloys, which are “critically important” for environment-friendly sectors, such as that of electric vehicles, states CEO Will Dawes. Mkango has started Phase 2 of its research and development... 

Exxaro spending R20bn on coal projects

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2017 One of South Africa’s largest and foremost black-empowered mining companies, Exxaro Resources, is implementing a five-year, R20-billion capital expenditure (capex) programme on coal mining projects in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The black-led JSE-listed company has seven coal projects under way, four... 

In quest to keep coal-fired power station open, Peabody cites progress to find buyer

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 US coal producer Peabody Energy has revealed that several potential investors have expressed an interest in buying the Navajo generating station, in northern Arizona. The coal mining company is looking to save the power plant it feeds thermal coal from closure and the process of searching for a... 

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel Foundation co-founder and executive committee member Professor Rosemary Falcon. Despite South... 

Australia's Joyce sees merit in government taking stakes in coal

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2017 Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce indicated he supports the government being an equity partner in any new coal-fired power station, and said that lenders are willing to finance fossil fuel-based electricity generation. “I have got nothing against taking equity in it,” Joyce told Sky... 

Eskom expects DFIs to form ‘backbone’ of capital-raising effort in coming three years

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated that funding from development finance institutions (DFIs) is likely to form the backbone of its capital-raising effort over the coming five years, during which its debt is expected to peak at R500-billion. However, Eskom followed fellow State-owned... 

Greenhouse tightening as govt imposes Paris agreement – Exxaro

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2017 The legislative changes around emission of greenhouse gases is becoming more onerous as the South African government implements the Paris Agreement, diversified black-owned resources group Exxaro said on Monday, when the coal-mining major announced that “good progress” had been made finalising... 

Australia federal govt open to coal-fired power stations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2017 The federal government will consider new coal-fired power stations as part of efforts to curb rising electricity prices on the east coast, and to ensure reliable future supply. The government this week agreed to finalise regulations in the gas sector that would give Australian customers priority... 

Lemur outlines benefits of proposed Madagascar coal project

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Lemur Resources expects its proposed integrated coal-fired power project in south-western Madagascar to contribute some $30-million a year to the country's economy. Further, the proposed project is exepcted to inject some $300-million of foreign direct... 

High Court rules in favour of Earthlife Africa in South Africa’s first climate change case 

By: Kim Cloete     8th March 2017 The North Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation, Earthlife Africa (ELA), on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station, were not  properly considered. In South Africa’s first climate change court case, ELA... 

Judgment reserved in South Africa’s first climate change court case  

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2017 The outcome of South Africa’s first climate change court case could set an important precedent. Judgment has been reserved, following compelling arguments in the Pretoria High Court by lawyers for Earthlife Africa, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the developers of the 557.3 MW... 

Pakistan could provide expanded coal export opportunities for South African mines

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 Pakistan is planning to increase its coal-fired power station fleet to alleviate electricity constraints, and is eyeing South African coal as a potential supplier to meet its growing coal requirements. Pakistan National Electric Power Regulatory Authority deputy director Salman Rehman, told... 

Turnbull emphasises Australia’s need for coal, gas as baseload energy sources

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments that both coal and natural gas have a significant role to play in Australia’s energy future. “We have an abundance of coal, gas, sun and wind resources, not to mention uranium. Yet, our energy is among... 

Sustainability to be highlighted by EPC services provider

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services provider Black & Veatch will meet with new and existing clients at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to explore the ways in which its sustainability-focused solutions can benefit their operations. 

Eskom’s excess generation capacity builds as Kusile Unit 1 ties-in to national grid 

By: Henry Lazenby     28th December 2016 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga; reaching the milestone ahead of schedule and adding 800 MW to further stabilise the energy grid. In a statement Tuesday, Eskom said it is making... 

KZN turns sod on R85bn privately owned coal power station 

By: African News Agency      6th December 2016 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu on Tuesday said he was confident that the R85-billion investment to build a smelter park would usher in a new era characterised by employment and prosperity in the province. The CS Smelter Park, an investment made through the Brics countries, is earmarked to... 

Khanyisa coal-fired project to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed technology

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2016 Saudi electricity group ACWA Power, which is leading the private consortium selected to build a 306 MW coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, has confirmed that the project will be the first in South Arica to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) technology. The Khanyisa project and the... 

Big development-finance backing for R40bn coal IPP programme 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Monday that the 557.3 MW Thabametsi and the 306 MW Khanyisa coal-fired power station projects have been selected as preferred bidders following the first bid window of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

Mbeya power project slightly delayed by changes in government

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2016 Changes in the Tanzanian government have caused minor delays in Tanzania-based minerals exploration and development company Kibo Mining’s memorandum of understanding (MoU) with State-owned power utility Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco). The MoU involves the supply of power from the... 

Eskom secures 75% of borrowing requirements for 2016/17

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom has secured 75% of the required funding for the 2016/17 capital expenditure programme after signing the first $500-million, or R7-billion, credit facility with China Development Bank (CDB). The parastatal and the CDB signed the short-term credit facility agreement... 

South African coal industry needs to pursue mechanisation

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 South African coal industry stakeholders need to pursue mechanisation if the industry is serious about streamlining operations and improving efficiencies, stresses international market research company BMI Research.  BMI commodities analyst Mitchell Hugers states that the benefits of... 

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