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Trump's latest plan for saving coal comes from the Cold War

By: Bloomberg     20th April 2018 Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense. Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

     17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

AMCU demands summit to discuss renewable energy jobs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent summit with labour, State-owned Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs. The trade union said in a statement on Friday that the Departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development had to... 

Paul Finney

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 This week Mining Weekly features Paul Finney, Group Executive: Refining and Marketing, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, a producer of platinum group metals 

Mining companies stepping firmly into the new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2018 Mining companies are taking technology advances seriously. Two have stepped firmly into the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and another two have set targets and made proposals that reflect to the credit of the industry.  

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, which the two organisations are seeking to block through a court challenge, will raise the cost of... 

Stringent regulations may impede coal industry growth

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 While key challenges facing the coal mining industry make the future of coal in South Africa uncertain, when considering the weight of coal in South Africa's energy mix, the coal mining industry is likely to remain an important one, says credit insurer Coface group economist Ruben Nizard. South... 

Coal remains a main source of energy in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 Coal will maintain its status as a robust, baseload energy source for the foreseeable future in Africa,  says South Africa-based diversified resources company Exxaro coal operations executive head Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, who tells Mining Weekly that coal is cheap and that more than 1 600 coal-fired... 

Lawyer hails Mantashe appointment, govt resolve to cooperate with mining

By: Nadine James     16th March 2018 Recent political changes, not least the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as Mineral Resources Minister, combined with the Ramaphosa administration’s seeming resolve to collaborate with industry, particularly the Chamber of Mines (CoM), have resulted in a “cautious optimism” for mining stakeholders,... 

Cobalt to be declared a strategic mineral in the DRC

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo will declare cobalt and coltan, used in electric vehicle and renewable energy technology, as "strategic" minerals which will earn the country higher royalties, an adviser to the Prime Minister said on Wednesday. A new mining code was signed into law on Friday by... 

China's enviro policies, EV growth two megatrends to boost most commodities

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2018 Chinese actions in recent years to embrace temporary production cuts and enforce stricter environmental regulations are probably here to stay for the long term and have already disrupted a range of commodities, including coal, aluminium, lithium and cobalt production chains. Commodity research... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

As copper booms, miners take hunt to Mongolian dunes

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 When temperatures rise and winds drop in the coming weeks, a band of explorers will hunt for copper riches in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. For years Rio Tinto has been the sole international copper mine operator in Mongolia, bound closely to a country where it has bet billions of dollars on the giant... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

Coal miner Exxaro declares innovation an imperative 

By: Martin Creamer     12th March 2018 Coal mining company Exxaro Resources, which sees modernisation and innovation as imperatives, will this year announce new partnerships to ensure that it remains sustainably competitive going into the future. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed black-led company, which has already met... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

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... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

As coal use wanes, US miners depend on foreign buyers, steel  

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2018 It keeps getting harder to sell coal in the US US miners are forecast to cut production 4.7% in 2018 as electricity generators shift increasingly to natural gas and renewable energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The expected total of 736.3 million short tons would be the... 

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium, vanadium mines in Utah

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Uranium miner Energy Fuels said on Tuesday it has won federal approvals to expand operations at two mines in southeastern Utah, after years of challenges from conservation groups worried about radon gas emissions. The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service last week approved the... 

Hydro bids for Rio Tinto's Icelandic aluminium plant

By: Simone Liedtke     26th February 2018 Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro has made a binding offer to acquire diversified miner Rio Tinto's ISAL aluminium plant, in Iceland. The offer also includes Rio Tinto's 53% share in Dutch anode facility Aluchemie and 50% of its shares in Swedish aluminium fluoride plant Alufluor, for... 

Hybrid solutions to power Africa’s mining future

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 African mining companies and investors have expressed increasing interest in hybrid energy solutions that show the potential to address off-peak demand challenges, says engineering consultant WSP Africa power director Dinesh Buldoo, who expects this trend to continue. “We have seen several hybrid... 

Biodiesel not an affordable solution for SA mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel... 

Green bonds appealing funding opportunity for mines

By: Paige Müller     23rd February 2018 The adoption of increasingly stringent renewable-energy and climate change targets globally will dramatically boost the issuance of green bonds, forecasts Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research power and renewables head Georgina Hayden. In the wake of the landmark United Nations 2015 Paris Agreement... 

Ramaphosa should shift to green energy – Greenpeace

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 Environmental organisation Greenpeace is demanding newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa takes urgent action on energy policy in South Africa. Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Friday, when he highlighted economic growth and combating corruption. 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th February 2018 The Power & Water business platform within JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is beginning to shift its attention from Eskom’s two megascale power station projects, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively, to tackling a range of smaller opportunities in various... 

New CEO must position Eskom for ‘evolving energy markets and technologies’

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2018 The newspaper advertisement calling for applications for the positions of CEO and CFO at State-owned power utility Eskom includes definite signs of the reforms that the newly appointed board is aiming to implement at the beleaguered organisation. The advertisement calls on appropriately qualified... 

Alba secures further exploration licence in Greenland

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Aim-listed Alba Mineral Resources has been granted a mineral exploration licence in the Inglefield Land region of north-west Greenland. Inglefield Land is close to Alba's existing Inglefield mineral exploration licence and hosts a range of high value commodities, including gold. The new licence... 

Abandoned mines punted as potential pumped-storage scheme sites

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th February 2018 Several abandoned mine sites in South Africa and Australia could be sustainably used, particularly in terms of serving as pumped hydro-energy storage sites, says renewable-energy generation and storage provider Genex Power executive director Simon Kidston. Although underground and opencast mine... 

Energy from old mines, partnering communities, exploration awakening

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Abandoned mines sites can be used as pumped-storage powr schemes; a partnership approach can improve vital relations between mines and communities; and te exploration awakening is pleasing. 

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

Suricate Minerals seeks to unlock latent mineral wealth in Mauritania

     7th February 2018 Privately-owned Mauritanian mining and exploration company Suricate Minerals is engaging with international financial and technical service partners to develop its quartz, barite, lithium, copper and gold prospects located throughout the country. Suricate Executive Director Ahmed Hertani, who has... 

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