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Shake-up at US energy regulator raises specter of coal bailout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. Neil Chatterjee, former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been tapped to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after Chairman Kevin McIntyre stepped down this week due to... 

Cosatu calls for overhaul of draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     24th October 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018, calling for an overhaul. It also called for a firm commitment not to retrench workers as well as tougher, hard-hitting plans to halt looting and recover money stolen from Eskom. 

Uranium market's Aramco unveils London IPO despite Trump threat

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 The initial public offering (IPO) of the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco may be on the back burner, but the IPO of its uranium-market equivalent is full steam ahead. Kazatomprom, the world’s No. 1 producer of the nuclear fuel, on Monday said it would list as much as 25 percent of its... 

Palladium nears record after hedge funds piled in amid shortages

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 Palladium climbed near a record as the US plans to pull out of the nuclear weapons pact with Russia, fueling tensions with one of the largest producers at a time when consumers are already scrambling for supplies. Production will trail consumption by 481 000 ounces this year and deficits will... 

US EPA withdraws proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining

By: Reuters     21st October 2018 The US Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has withdrawn a regulation proposed in the last days of the Obama administration that aimed to tighten health and safety compliance rules for uranium miners. On January 19, 2017 - a day before Donald Trump took office as president - the... 

“Green” measurement technologies break traditional barriers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Innovation is at the heart of the “green” revolution that focuses on mitigating the environmental impacts associated with mining, by reducing greenhouse gases, ecological footprints, chemical use and potentially harmful X-ray or nuclear emissions. This focus spans the exploration phases all the... 

Renewable energy industry comments on draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 The renewable energy sector in South Africa has welcomed the draft Integrated Resource Plant (IRP) 2018, but has also expressed concerns. “While the IRP forecasting is rational in its choices, it unfortunately requires us to accept some overly optimistic assumptions,” said the South African... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Study that fails to back Trump coal rescue plan kept under wraps

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 A report commissioned by the Energy Department failed to reach conclusions favoring the Trump administration’s efforts to prop up coal and nuclear power – and remains under wraps six months after submission. “The report hasn’t seen the light of day,” the principal author, Michael Webber tweeted... 

ENERGY SHOWDOWN:

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Thousands of German protesters faced off with police last month to stop giant excavators like this one at the RWE lignite mine in Hambach from further diminishing the area’s 1 200-year-old forest. Demand for coal and lignite has intensified following the government’s decision to phase out nuclear... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Albemarle shares drop after media report on Chile lithium quota

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Shares of Albemarle Corp fell more than 2% on Monday after a newspaper reported that Chile's nuclear regulator has refused to increase the company's lithium production quota. The report, which has yet to be confirmed by officials, would be a blow to the world's largest lithium producer's aim to... 

MCA calls for legislation review to end ‘uranium discrimination’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to allow Australia to benefit from uranium mining. In a paper commissioned by the MCA, environmental assessment expert Lachlan Wilkinson recommended the Act be... 

EU's biggest coal-mining nation plans output hike to cut imports

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2018 The biggest coal producer in the European Union plans to boost output of the dirty fuel by about 10% in the next several years to cut down on imports, which are set to jump to a record this year, according to the Polish government. The country, which saw its thermal coal output slumping 7% to... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Foreign-backed Salar Blanco expects to begin construction on its lithium mining project at the beginning of 2020 in Chile's north, once its environmental permit is approved by the government. The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an... 

Uranium import probe threatens US nuclear power industry - group

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 US nuclear power generators urged the federal government against taking action in a dispute over imported uranium, arguing tariffs or quotas would increase costs for the struggling industry and possibly cause some reactors to shut, according to a statement emailed on Wednesday. The US Department... 

Westwater CEO expects continued uranium price rise

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Nasdaq-listed Westwater Resources, which owns uranium project in Texas and New Mexico, is upbeat about the uranium market and says he believes that prices will continue to rise in the near term. In a news release on Friday, CEO Christopher Jones laid out a case for higher prices detailing how... 

On-The-Air (21/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2018 Japan is forecasting a massive market for fuel cells that use South African platinum; South African company Isondo this week reported that it is at the ready to produce fuel cell components locally; and Global commentators this week called on resource-rich African countries to use their wonderful... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Global Energy Talent Index 2019 survey closes soon

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 The third annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) survey is underway and open for responses. The survey is an industry-leading workforce project led by top energy recruitment firm, Airswift, and Energy Jobline, the world’s largest energy job site. The survey results will explore the opinions of... 

Russian giant copper project aims to raise $1.25bn in 2018

By: Reuters     17th September 2018 Baikal Mining Company, operator of Russia's biggest untapped copper deposit Udokan, plans to raise $1.25-billion in project financing from a Russian bank by the start of 2019, its chairperson Valery Kazikayev told Reuters. Spurred by high global appetite for cooper, which many expect to be in... 

Spain's nuclear watchdog requests more info on Berkeley uranium mine

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Spain's nuclear watchdog CSN has asked Australian mining company Berkeley Energia for more information on its plans for a uranium mine in Salamanca, on which work is due to begin later this year, the regulator said on Friday. The project, which would become the European Union's only open-cast... 

RWE fears lignite industry collapse in hasty coal exit by Merkel

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to phase out coal-fired power plants in Germany should stop short of “prematurely” closing brown coal facilities, or she risks the collapse of the nation’s mining industry as well as persistent blackouts, RWE AG said in a report. Shuttering coal plants may have a... 

Guptas' flagship Oakbay faces liquidation application over R2m unpaid rent

By: News24Wire      11th September 2018 Business rescue practitioners appointed to save a Gupta business have filed an application for the liquidation of the Gupta's flagship company, Oakbay Investments, as a result of its failure to pay rent to another Gupta-owned company, Tegeta. In court papers filed in the Johannesburg High Court... 

Electric cars give new life to mine excavated for nuclear power

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 Demand for a new generation of electric vehicles is breathing life into an Alpine mine that was originally excavated to feed an Austrian nuclear industry that never materialized. The developer of the site in Wolfsberg, European Lithium, is planning to move its primary stock listing to Austria... 

Coal-transition support should aid workers and communities, not Eskom – report

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2018 A new report into South Africa’s coal sector argues that any subsidies set aside for the country’s “inevitable” transition away from coal in electricity production should be tailored to protect workers, their dependants and communities, rather than Eskom, or the coal sector as a whole. Published... 

Denison buys out Cameco in Wheeler River JV

By: Mariaan Webb     5th September 2018 Uranium explorer and developer Denison Mines has increased its interest in the Wheeler River uranium project to 90% buy buying out Cameco Corp’s minority interest in the undeveloped high-grade project in the eastern Athabasca basin. Denison will acquire Cameco’s interest in the joint venture... 

Uranium set for best run since 2014 as miners buy after halts

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Uranium is heading for its longest run of monthly gains since November 2014 as global supply tightens after mine closures and as producers and investors boost purchases in the spot market. Spot uranium is up 2.1% this month, set for a fourth monthly advance, and has climbed more than 30% since... 

Coal suppliers urged to put South Africa first 

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has suggested that Parliament call in some of the big and small coal suppliers to account for their export of coal, amid increasing concerns about the shortage of coal in the country. Gordhan was speaking after several Members of Parliament suggested... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Greenfield exploration expenditure in Australia has declined in absolute terms and as a share of total exploration expenditure over the past decade; this must be reversed to attract greater mining investment and continue receiving the economic benefits derived from mining, says association for... 

Unisa, Mintek officially launch shared imaging facility

By: Nadine James     10th August 2018 The University of South Africa (Unisa) and Mintek officially launched their shared Materials Imaging Laboratory, and specifically their recent acquisition of an X-ray microscope (XRM), which enables both institutions to carry out advanced mineral and material research. In 2017, Unisa and Mintek... 

Advisian quickly becoming an advisor of choice in transport and master planning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th August 2018 Transport infrastructure is a primary driver for expanding trade and sustainable development throughout the EMEA region. This is particularly the case in the SSA (sub-Saharan African) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions, where the integration of transport infrastructure with new... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2018 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

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