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'There has never been a bigger disconnect between price and value' – VRIC 2018

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd January 2018 "The disconnect between price and value is as stunning as I've ever seen," founder of The Stock Catalyst Report Michael Alkin told attendees at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC) on Sunday. Industry participants seemed to agree. 

South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chair in board shake-up

By: Reuters     20th January 2018   South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new board at state-owned power utility Eskom and named Telkom’s chairman Jabu Mabuza as its new chairman, the country’s presidency said on Saturday. 

Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on Russian imports

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barrasso has called on the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American markets... 

Cloud Peak to export US coal to new power plants in Japan

By: Reuters     17th January 2018 US miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year. The coal from Montana's Spring Creek Mine will be carried by rail to Vancouver and then sent by ship for... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

Creamer Media wows market with combined subscription offer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2018 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool, providing real-time intelligence on industry and mining developments in Africa. Publishing Editor, Martin Creamer urges readers to “make a smart choice for 2018 and take up Creamer Media’s combined subscription offer”.  This... 

Congo may more than double tax on critical global cobalt supply

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to more than double a tax on two-thirds of global cobalt supply, potentially increasing the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world begins to embrace electric vehicles. Congo, the world’s biggest cobalt producer, will increase the royalty... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2018 Eskom’s current financial situation makes it difficult to see any other path to sustainability than that of drastic cost-cutting, restructuring and bringing private equity into the business, Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) past chairperson Piet van Staden argues. In an... 

Ivanhoe’s DRC copper mines connected to grid as hydropower plant is upgraded

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 TSX-listed miner Ivanhoe Mines on Monday said its Kakula mine development site, 10 km south of Kamoa’s initial Kansoko mine site, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), started receiving power from the national grid in December. Kakula’s development is being fast-tracked, with a... 

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

By: Reuters     8th January 2018 Coal and iron-ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal... 

China aims to supersize coal sector through mergers

By: Reuters     5th January 2018 China said on Friday it plans to create several "super-large" coal mining companies by the end of 2020 as the world's biggest producer of the fuel ramps up years of efforts to streamline the fragmented sector and slash outdated capacity. The country's National Development & Reform Commission... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Canyon Coal connects local community to electricity grid

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 Mid-tier coal mining and exploration group Canyon Coal, which has operations and projects in Mpumalanga and Gauteng, connected families who live next its Phalanndwa colliery in Delmas, to its electricity grid. Phalanndwa GM Alan Mabbett noted the company was “excited” to provide free electricity... 

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

India faces surge in coal imports over next three months

By: Ajoy K Das     15th December 2017 Indian coal imports is likely to gain further momentum during the next three months, reversing a falling trend seen early in the financial year as more user industries are planning to up inward shipments to feed their fuel-starved captive power plants. Several companies in the chemicals, medium... 

Programme to position Ghanaian firms to gain greater share of mineral sector procurement 

By: Tracy Hancock     15th December 2017 Marking a significant point in Ghana’s quest to domesticate the provisions in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) into its own Country Mining Vision (CMV), the Ghanaian government officially launched its National Suppliers Development Programme (NSDP) in 2 November 2017. The NSDP builds and expands on... 

Suncor submits applications to replace coke-fired boilers with 2 cogeneration plants

By: Henry Lazenby     6th December 2017 Canadian fossil energy company Suncor has launched applications with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to replace coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its oil sands Base Plant, which will add 700 MW of oil sands cogeneration. The plants will serve two purposes:... 

South Zambezi delivers Engineering services: for Africa by Africans 

By: Tracy Hancock     1st December 2017 South Zambezi corporate director Sikanyisiwe Phiri and Makoko Makgonye discuss its role in developing Africa 

Illegal miners posing danger to residents – City of Joburg

By: Nadine James     1st December 2017 The ever-increasing trend of illegal miners using explosives near public infrastructure has seriously compromised the safety of residents and businesses, said City of Johannesburg communications specialist Virgil James. He explained that the City is concerned about the impending threat posed by... 

Academy of engineers calls for nuclear procurement halt until IRP consensus is reached

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2017 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has called for a moratorium on the procurement of new electricity generation capacity, including nuclear power, until consensus has been reached on a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which should be the outcome of “proper consultation in an open... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

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... 

BHP, Goldman hunt for energy fix amid remote banana plantations

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2017 The world’s biggest miner and Wall Street’s top-ranked merger firm are among the high-profile backers of a remote solar project nestled among banana crops in Australia’s far tropical northeast. For BHP Billiton, it’s a chance to unlock renewable technology for the global mining sector. As... 

‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

     24th November 2017 Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large... 

Qasim Abrahams

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2017 This week Mining Weekly features Qasim Abrahams, VP Sales & Service Southern Africa, Metso Southern Africa, which supplies equipment, services and process knowledge to mining, from the pit to the handling of the end product 

Harmony Gold gets tax incentive for energy savings at Tshepong mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 Gold producer Harmony Gold Mining Company (Harmony) has received a Section 12L tax incentive for energy savings achieved on the compressors of the miner’s Tshepong gold mine in the Free State. Section 12L of the Income Tax Act incentivises businesses to save energy through a tax allowance of 95c... 

Volkswagen is said to step up bid for cobalt for electric cars

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2017 Volkswagen AG is stepping up its hunt for long-term supplies of battery metals it will need to help power electric cars across its entire range. The top automaker invited producers and traders of cobalt, one of this year’s best-performing metals, for talks at its German headquarters this week,... 

Lemur secures State anchor offtaker for Madagascar project

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Madagascar State-owned utility Jiro sy Rano Malagasy (Jirama). Lemur is developing the Imaloto power project, an integrated thermal coal mining and independent power producer (IPP)... 

Funding made available to advance Burkina Faso solar project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 The Banque Internationale pour le Commerce, l’Industrie et l’Artisanat du Burkina (BICIAB), a BNP Paribas Group subsidiary, will provide $16.5-million in financing to Eren Renewable Energy for a 15 MW solar power plant that is under construction in Burkina Faso. The funding was granted to... 

Great Barrier Reef pitched against coal jobs in Queensland vote

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2017 The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900-million in federal funding for... 

Eskom’s ‘death spiral’ under the microscope 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2017 A major topic of discussion during recent public hearings into Eskom’s 2018/19 revenue application, was whether a further double-digit tariff hike could trigger a “utility death spiral”, whereby rising tariffs and utility costs spark an exodus of energy-intensive customers from the network,... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

Eskom rejects call for inflation-capped hike, as Nersa gears up for Dec 7 decision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom has rejected calls for its 2018/19 tariff to be capped at the level of inflation, arguing that such a move would be financially unsustainable as it would result in a revenue reduction, which would further squeeze its liquidity and could place the country’s credit... 

AngloGold’s capex project progressing as planned, within budget

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th November 2017 JSE- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti says its high-return and low-capital projects in its international portfolio to extend mine lives and improve margins remain on track and within budget. “We expect . . . continued delivery to tight timelines and budgets on our portfolio-improvement... 

CSIR signals renewables-led electricity mix by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The CSIR Energy Centre has published updated research outcomes indicating that South Africa’s least-cost electricity mix, by 2050, includes predominantly solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind contributing nearly 80% of the country’s electrical energy. The research outcomes, which were released... 

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... 

Research Channel Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2017 Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa is a powerful information tool.  When your company subscribes to the Research Channel Africa, found at www.researchchannel.co.za , you will have access to real-time intelligence on industry and mining in Africa. At you finger tips, you will be able to... 

One of the world's biggest miners is about to go coal free

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2017 Just five years ago it would have been almost unthinkable that one of the world’s biggest mining companies would not dig any coal. It’s now likely to become a reality. Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-largest miner, has been steadily backtracking from coal to focus on better assets. It’s now... 

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