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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... 

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... 

Sasol opens Shondoni Colliery as part of R14 billion investment in South Africa

5th July 2018 Sasol today officially inaugurated its new Shondoni colliery in Mpumalanga as part of its R14 billion mine replacement programme. Meaning “a place of wealth”, Shondoni replaces Sasol Mining’s Middelbult Colliery, which has reached the end of its lifespan. Sasol Mining is South Africa’s third... 

Radebe sets the record straight on power plant decommissioning, IPP job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom will not be closing its own coal plants to accommodate the offtake requirements of the coal independent power producers (IPPs), Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said in a Parliamentary reply this week.  

Commodities face a twin threat, Morgan Stanley says

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Commodities face a twin threat in the coming months, according to Morgan Stanley, which flagged burgeoning risks to consumption from a potential escalation in global trade tensions, especially for metals, as well as any slowdown in China. “Escalating global trade tensions bring a risk of demand... 

Radebe says labour cannot be 'left behind' in energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe urged business to support government in ensuring that South Africa’s energy transition is a “just” one for labour, especially those operating in the coal-mining sector. In an engagement on Friday with business leaders in Johannesburg, following a meeting of the energy... 

Rio Tinto ready to splash out on copper

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 Rio Tinto wants copper badly, and it's ready to pay top-dollar. The global miner would be willing to fork out a large premium over market value to secure a prime asset as it tries to reduce its reliance on iron ore, company and banking sources told Reuters. 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Copper remains globally undersupplied, but production to pick up in next decade – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th June 2018 BMI Research expects the global copper market to experience a persistent undersupply over the coming years, as global consumption growth, driven by China's power and infrastructure sectors and increasingly by rising electric vehicle (EV) production, continues to outpace supply growth.  

Royalties to contribute A$20bn to Qld Budget in next five years

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th June 2018 The resources sector’s contribution to the Queensland state Budget is expected to soar to more than A$20-billion between now and July 2023. Total mineral royalties reached A$4.32-billion in the 2018 financial year. 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Tharisa expands its presence in Zim with acquisition of Karo stake

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 JSE-listed Tharisa has acquired a 26.8% shareholding in Karo Mining Holdings for $4.5-million. Karo Mining, in March, reached an agreement with the Zimbabwe government to establish a platinum group metals (PGM) mine, concentrators, smelters, a base metal and precious metals refinery and power... 

Coal royalties give Queensland Budget surplus a boost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 A record contribution from coal royalties has assisted the Queensland government in delivering a surplus of A$1.5-billion for the 2017/18 financial year – three times more than what was predicted in the mid-year fiscal and economic review forecast in December. “The Queensland economy continues... 

South Australian miners to buy electricity in bulk to cut power bill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th June 2018 A consortium of South Australian mining companies have awarded an eight-year supply contract to a renewable energy retailer, as part of their joint efforts to cut energy costs. The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Sacome) in 2016 masterminded the consortium in the face of soaring... 

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).... 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

Coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid silicosis repeat

By: Martin Creamer     30th May 2018 South Africa’s coal industry should ensure that it does not lower air quality to avoid ending up in the same litigious space as the gold mining sector with silicosis. Earlier this month, a class action settlement was reached with thousands of mineworkers suffering from silicosis and/or... 

Steenkampskraal BFS to be finalised in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2018 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) on the Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, in the Western Cape, will be concluded in the next 6 to 12 months, says Steenkampskraal Holdings chairperson Trevor Blench. The mine is one of the highest-grade rare earth and thorium mines in the world, with average... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

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... 

WA funds technology metals, renewable energy research

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 The Western Australian state Budget will include provisional funding of A$5.5-million for the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) to support the development and manufacturing of technology metals and renewable energy sources. MRIWA will invest the funds, if successful, in... 

AERA report sees further growth in Australia’s gas sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 The latest assessment of Australia’s energy resources has found that the country contains nearly 600 times its total primary domestic energy consumption in the form of economic demonstrated resources (EDRs). “Australia has in excess of 3.5-million petajoules of EDRs, like coal, gas oil and... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

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... 

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