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Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

Life After Coal continues fight against coal-fired IPP projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign contends that two proposed independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power stations will never be built. The organisation is opposed to the construction of the proposed 557 MW Thabametsi project, near Lephalale, in Limpopo, and the proposed 306 MW Khanyisa project... 

CITIC completes $556m equity deal with Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 CITIC Metal Africa Investments, which is a subsidiary of CITIC Metal, has completed a major strategic equity investment of C$723-million, or $556-million, in TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines. The investment was initiated by CITIC Metal in June.  

Japan's Marubeni to halve coal-fired power capacity by 2030

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Japan’s Marubeni Corp said it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and will halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 GW by 2030 to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and tackle global climate change. “As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new... 

Hydro withdraws bid for Rio Tinto Iceland plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Hydro has dropped its offer to buy Rio Tinto’s ISAL aluminium plant, in Iceland. The $345-million offer, announced in February and initially expected to close in the second quarter, also entailed a 53.3% share in Rio Tinto’s Aluchemie anode plant, in the Netherlands,... 

PIC foresees great opportunity in investing in early stage tech-driven companies

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has outlined its vision for its recently launched R2-billion fund aimed at early-stage tech-driven companies. PIC executive head of research Sholto Dolamo told a Frost & Sullivan CEO Think Tank, in Cape Town, that the PIC was venturing beyond its... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 1 BBBEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG’s subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, on Wednesday announced that it has achieved Level 1 status under the Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice. The achievement follows just over a year after Zest WEG reached Level 2 status, in... 

Shift to renewables to become a growing trend in the mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 Owing to a reduction in renewable energy costs, the prospect of a more reliable power supply and an increasingly favourable regulatory environment in key mining markets, renewable energy is anticipated to play an increasingly important role in powering mining operations worldwide over the coming... 

ARM mulling ‘very exciting’ growth opportunities – Motsepe

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is right now looking at some very exciting growth opportunities, its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe said on Friday. After announcing the delivery of 51% higher headline earnings of R4 814-million in the 12 months to June 30... 

On-The-Air (07/09/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2018 The planned imposition of carbon tax on South Africa’s smelters is going to put thousands of people out of work and lose South Africa billions of rands in lost export revenue. The promising new gold recovery project on the Far West Rand is another example of the private sector working together... 

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... 

ELB-KCC Consortium commencing site clearing and preparing for bulk earthworks at Ngodwana Energy Biomass Power Project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The ELB-KCC Consortium (Consortium), is pleased to announce that the official site clearing started and that preparation for bulk earthworks commenced at the Ngodwana Energy (RF) (Pty) Limited 25MW Biomass Power Project. The project will be erected at the Sappi Ngodwana site about 40km from... 

Treasury must abandon carbon tax plan in light of IRP

By: Martin Creamer     4th September 2018 National Treasury must abandon its plans to introduce carbon tax, which will result in the closure of smelters at a time of desperate need for job retention and export promotion. This is the consensus of opinion canvassed by Mining Weekly Online following last Friday’s release of the Integrated... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Ring-fence Eskom’s ‘bad bank’ generation assets, says energy expert  

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2018 A leading electricity expert is warning that there is little or no prospect that Eskom can trade itself out of its current financial difficulties and that restructuring – including a vertical separation of its cash-guzzling generation assets from its transmission, system operator and distribution... 

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... 

Rising oil prices fuelling renewables

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 The key drivers of an increased uptake of renewable and alternative energy sources by mines in Africa are an increasing oil price and the steadily decreasing price of renewable technologies, claims renewable energy supply company juwi Renewable Energies. This drive for renewable energy... 

Alternative energy, efficiency augment fossil fuels

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 Alternative energy resources, such as natural gas, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and energy storage, will play an increasingly important role in Africa’s energy future and particularly for mines, states global engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch.... 

Eskom begins stakeholder interactions on ‘Strategy 2035’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2018 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has initiated a series of interactions with stakeholders as part of a review process designed to deliver a new long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Strategy 2035’, for the beleaguered organisation. The new leadership at the State-owned company, together with Public... 

Flagship mini substation steals the show

23rd August 2018 Multi-disciplinary project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) will showcase a model of its flagship product, the underground cast resin mini substation, as well as its cast resin dry-type transformer which is housed in the substation, at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018 trade show.... 

Five themes for five days of Electra Mining Africa

23rd August 2018 The stage is set and organisers and attendees alike are gearing up for the start of this year’s mining and industry extravaganza, which will see more than 900 exhibitors converge on Johannesburg in September. 

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,... 

Qld's A$2bn ion-battery project gets backing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd August 2018 The Queensland government on Thursday inked an assistance agreement with international consortium Imperium 3, over the proposed A$2-billion lithium ion-battery factory planned for Townsville. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the agreement with Imperium 3, led by Boston Energy and Innovation,... 

Lithium-ion batteries, energy storage on strong demand growth trajectory

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The automotive industry’s use of lithium-ion batteries is on track to grow seven-fold to 650 GWh by 2025, from 70 GWh in 2017; the increase in energy storage, although from a lower base, will add to this, says specialist international publisher Metal Bulletin. It adds that the electrification of... 

Updated study increases Frieda River mine life, production forecast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th August 2018 The Frieda River copper/gold project, in Papua New Guinea, could produce more copper and gold over a longer period than previously thought, ASX-listed Highlands Pacific reported on Monday. Highlands, which owns a 20% interest in the joint venture (JV) project, told shareholders that partner... 

Energy access solution lies in adopting VRFB technology in renewable energy – Nikomarov  

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 With about 650-million people in Africa currently without access to electricity, Bushveld Minerals subsidiary Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov believes the solution lies in area-specific solutions. He explained in an interview with Mining Weekly Online that a solution needs to be an... 

CSIRO starts gas monitoring in NT

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2018 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed an announcement by the Northern Territory government that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has started work to monitor landscape methane concentrations in the Beetaloo... 

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... 

Brics bank approves $600m loans for South African, Chinese projects

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 The New Development Bank, set up by the Brics group of emerging economies, has approved loans of $300-million for energy projects in South Africa and $300-million for a transportation project in China. South Africa, which will host a Brics summit later this week in Johannesburg, is trying to... 

Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

Citi sees 'copper on steroids' as Trump slump masks shortage

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2018 Copper’s slump amid a deepening global trade conflict offers a long-term buying opportunity, according to Citigroup, which shrugged off fears for world growth to boost its long-term forecasts. “Prepare for a decade of Dr Copper on steroids,” analysts including Max Layton and Tracy Liao wrote in a... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

Mining pursuing optimisation, innovation to increase profits

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     13th July 2018 Sandton-based chemical reagent supplier and distributor Axis House believes mining in Africa is moving towards process optimisation through innovation to reduce costs and increase profits, explains Axis House group general manager Justine Stubbs. “Mines are optimising various processes to achieve... 

Hurting for buyers, US coal miners are learning to love India

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 The big bright spot for US coal miners is located halfway around the world. India almost tripled its imports of the rock from America in the first quarter from a year earlier, helping fuel its fast-growing economy and making it the largest foreign buyer of US coal, according to the US Energy... 

Canadian firm joins Impact on Broken Hill hunt

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 ASX-listed junior Impact Minerals has signed a letter of intent with TSX-V Listed BlueBird Battery Metals Incorporated over its Broken Hill silver/lead/zinc project, in New South Wales. Under the terms of the farm-in, BlueBird could earn a 75% interest in the five exploration licenses that... 

Green tech to drive industrial demand for silver

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The ongoing green technologies revolution, driven by the exponential growth of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and continued investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, should boost global industrial demand for silver over the next decade, says non-profit industry organisation Silver Institute in a... 

For State of American coal, look at West Virginia's mining stats

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 No place tells the story of America’s coal markets better than West Virginia right now. According to US government estimates released Thursday, mining in the northern half of the Mountain State – the part known for its bounty of thermal coal, used to fuel US power plants – slid 7% in the first... 

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