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India to look at mining agreements during Argentine President's visit

By: Ajoy K Das     30th January 2019 India is preparing the groundwork to sign a slew of bilateral agreements with Argentina encompassing nuclear energy, and the mining of copper, lithium and cobalt during the visit of Argentine President Mauricio Marci, next month. The Argentine President will be leading a high-level business... 

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. 

Canada and Argentina sign energy and mining MoUs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Ministers from Canada and Argentina on Thursday signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs), dealing with energy efficiency, mining policy and nuclear energy cooperation. The MoUs demonstrate that the two countries place a high priority on energy efficiency as a means to reduce energy use and... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Kazatomprom delivers uranium to Brazil

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2018 The National Atomic Company of Kazakhstan (Kazatomprom) has expanded the sales geography in the world nuclear fuel market, with a contract to sell uranium to Brazil. Kazatomprom said on Wednesday that it had won the bid for the supply of natural uranium concentrates to State-owned nuclear fuel... 

US top court takes up challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

By: Reuters     21st May 2018 The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether states have the right to ban uranium mining for public health reasons in a dispute over a moratorium Virginia put in place on the radioactive metal in 1982. The court will hear a bid by a Virginia Energy Resources Inc subsidiary and other... 

Nuclear industry urged to address business case

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday. "Nuclear power in South Africa... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

US exit of Iran nuclear deal places new risks on $4bn India gas project

By: Ajoy K Das     10th May 2018 US President Donald Trump’s tearing up the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran has thrown a new spanner in works of India’s protracted plans to develop Farzad B offshore gasfields along the Persian Gulf coast. The consortium of Indian companies, led by national exploration and production (E&P)... 

Russia takes aim at titanium, US workers in sanctions plan

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2018 Russia outlined a broad range of potential retaliatory moves against new US sanctions, including curbs on imports of American farm products and cooperation in nuclear energy and space launches, as well as a possible ban on titanium sales to Boeing Co. The proposals, which also include a... 

Saudi Arabia enlists lobbyists in quest to build nuclear plants

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 Saudi Arabia is enlisting blue-chip lobbyists in Washington as it prepares for a fight over its ambition to build nuclear power plants. Three law firms have filed disclosures saying they are advising the kingdom on the issue, as American and Saudi leaders negotiate the contours of a possible... 

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... 

Environmental activists to appeal enviro authorisation for proposed new nuclear power station

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2017 Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Greenpeace Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) have officially filed a notice informing the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) that they intend to jointly appeal the environmental authorisation for the... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have no or limited access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. In line with this expansion is a keen interest in nuclear power stations and,... 

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... 

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply electric-car boom

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Russia’s State-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush. After a collapse in the price of uranium, Rosatom Corp. plans to start mining and trading the metal used in batteries as it seeks to profit from the rapid rise of electric vehicles. 

MCA calls for nuclear energy in Australia

24th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged the Australian government to consider nuclear energy in the nation’s future. Speaking at the Paydirt South Australian Resources and Energy Investment conference, MCA’s executive director for uranium, Daniel Zavattiero, said that Australia’s... 

No corruption in nuclear negotiations, Eskom chief nuclear officer assures 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2017 Eskom’s chief nuclear officer David Nicholls is still firmly committed to the principle that nuclear is the way to go for a sustainable energy future and says he knows of no corruption in negotiations on a deal to procure new nuclear energy capacity. “I’ve been in the middle of this deal for... 

Long-term improvements forecast for uranium market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     7th April 2017 Although the international uranium market has been facing tough operating conditions, new demand growth is expected later this year on the back of investment in new nuclear reactors in Russia, China and India, says data insights solutions provider GlobalData mining research director Alok Shukla. 

Uranium price to continue to recover as demand grows

27th January 2017 The outlook for uranium is increasingly positive following evidence of a recovery in the commodity’s price at the end of last year and with long-term demand expected to grow, says Canadian mineral resources company GoviEx Uranium CEO Daniel Major. “The last few years have been extraordinarily... 

Aura Energy lists on London’s Aim

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 Uranium development company Aura Energy started trading on the Aim on Monday. The Australian gold, soda ash and lithium explorer, with projects in Africa and Europe, raised £2.24-million through the placement of 196-million new ordinary shares at £0.0114 apiece, giving it a market capitalisation... 

Uranium is the dirty underbelly of nuclear – scientist

By: News24Wire      21st July 2016 Antinuclear sentiment tends to focus on nuclear waste or operational risks, but more focus should be on the “dirty underbelly” of uranium mining, according to a science adviser. “Whenever people get excited about nuclear power stations, they kind of forget where the actual uranium comes from,” Dr... 

Botswana’s uranium, coal reserves could breathe new life into mining sector

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 Africa’s impending infrastructure boom, in conjunction with the persistent need for reliable power supply, indicates that Botswana’s coal and uranium reserves could provide new opportunities in terms of exploration, beneficiation and mineral exports, according to the Botswana Chamber of Mines... 

Gasification could reinvigorate coal mining – Mast-Ingle 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2016 Coal mining in Africa and in South Africa in particular could provide the key to powering up growth on the continent if the opportunity presented by recent developments in underground-coal-to-gas (UCG) technology is seized and implemented. Project management consultant and UCG thought leader... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

Nuclear needed to meet climate change targets – expert

By: Reuters     31st May 2016 Nuclear power is needed to meet the climate change targets set at the recent COP 21 climate summit in Paris, Jacques Regaldo, chairperson of the World Association of Nuclear Operators said at the opening of the AtomExpo in Moscow on Monday. Referring to the 20 th anniversary of the Chernobyl... 

Despite delay, Denison and GoviEx asset merger to create new African uranium champion

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 A new Africa-focused uranium champion is in the making, with the planned combination of Canadian explorers Denison Mines and GoviEx Uranium’s assets on the continent which, once completed, was expected to comprise the largest undeveloped uranium resource base in the world. Despite the partners... 

US uranium miner acquires idled producer as it anticipates price uptick

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 US-based uranium miner Energy Fuels recently announced that it is acquiring established uranium producer Mesteña Uranium.  

Commission study shows only 47% alignment between Budget and NDP 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2016 A preliminary analysis conducted by South Africa’s second National Planning Commission (NPC) of the current alignment between the country’s Budget and the National Development Plan (NDP) shows there to be only a 47% correlation. Nevertheless, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, who is NPC... 

Potential impact of COP 21 resolutions on coal, uranium ‘remains contested’

By: Ilan Solomons     25th March 2016 The reality is that countries will not “ditch” fossil fuels until clean energy alternatives are viable, states diversified active asset manager Allianz Global Investors environmental, social and corporate governance analyst Robbie Miles. “Electricity generation, the largest source of emissions,... 

Potential impact of COP 21 resolutions on coal, uranium ‘remains contested’

By: Ilan Solomons     24th March 2016 The reality is that countries will not “ditch” fossil fuels until clean energy alternatives are viable, states diversified active asset manager Allianz Global Investors environmental, social and corporate governance analyst Robbie Miles. “Electricity generation, the largest source of emissions,... 

S Australia nuclear royal commission publishes draft findings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th February 2016 The South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has released a tentative findings report into its evaluation of South Australia’s role in the nuclear fuel cycle. The report found that South Australia could safely increase its participation in nuclear activities, and by doing so could... 

Fission closes strategic C$82m investment by China’s CGN Mining

By: Henry Lazenby     26th January 2016 Canadian explorer Fission Uranium has closed a strategic C$82.22-million financing with Chinese investor CGN Mining, marking the first time a Chinese company has invested directly in a Canadian uranium company. TSX- and Frankfurt-listed Fission had issued 96.7-million shares to CGN at C$0.85 apiece. 

Chinese firm takes near 20% stake in uranium explorer Fission

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2015 Chinese firm CGN Mining has agreed to buy a 19.99% stake in Canadian explorer Fision Uranium, marking the first time a Chinese company has invested directly in a Canadian uranium company. TSX-listed Fission reported that under terms of the deal, the two companies would proceed towards a... 

Qld well placed to supply energy demand growth in Asia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2015 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) on Wednesday said Queensland was well placed to supply India’s growing demand for coal, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted an upsurge in coal demand. In its 2015 World Energy Outlook, the IEA noted that developing Asia, a region in which... 

ADVISIAN SSA appoints Mohamed Madhi to Regional Energy Advisory role

15th October 2015 Advisian, an independent advisory arm of WorleyParsons, has appointed Mohamed Madhi as its principal of Energy Advisory for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Mohamed has specialist expertise in energy, mining, mergers and acquisitions, energy economics, renewable energy systems design, strategic... 

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