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Eskom in desperate search for industrial customers as surplus grows 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2016 Amid weak economic growth, falling industrial and mining demand and a rise in plant availability, Eskom has appealed to industrial customers to approach it for new connections, saying it is “open for business”. The State-owned utility announced a recovery in the energy availability factor (EAF)... 

Africa a focus for energy solutions in mining

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The global mining industry risks wasting millions of dollars if greater emphasis is not placed on its employing renewable-energy solutions, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and biogas, according to global nonprofit organisation Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR).  

Foreign demand still drives African mining

By: Sascha Solomons     4th November 2016 Africa’s mining and quarrying activities continue to be characterised by export-oriented activities and, as a result, the mining sector of this mineral-rich continent is driven primarily by the commodities appetite of the world’s largest economies. “While this is great for mining States in Africa... 

OLD GIVING WAY TO NEW

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2016 Germany’s biggest energy company RWE owned all this, but that changed earlier this month when the RWE’s renewable energy offshoot Innogy SE hived itself off in a what was Europe’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) since that of Glencore in 2011. The IPO is a consequence of years of falling... 

Eskom continues to bemoan renewables costs as IPP uncertainty lingers

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2016 State-owned electricity utility Eskom offered little certainty on Wednesday about how its current stand-off with renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) would be resolved, while continuing to bemoan the high costs associated with its current contracts. However, CEO Brian Molefe did... 

Why electric cars excite the world’s biggest mining company

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2016 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, is hot for electric vehicles. The Melbourne-based resources giant, which mines metals and coal used for both steelmaking and fueling power plants, is increasingly optimistic that there’ll be a surge in demand for some of its products as consumers opt for... 

Acid mine drainage quick fix possible as water deficit looms, Oppenheimer, De Beers told

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2016 Water-constrained Gauteng may see an acid mine drainage (AMD) quick-fix in order to save the fresh water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project from being wasted on AMD dilution instead of being available to the economy, environmental adviser Dr Anthony Turton said on Wednesday. Delivering the... 

Energy sector trade show launch a ‘success’ – organiser

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 The inaugural PowerEx trade show, held last month alongside the biennial Electra Mining Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, has been declared a success by the show’s organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 

Mines turn to off-grid power amid low commodity prices, revenue

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 More companies are considering the use of an independent power producer (IPP) to meet their mines’ energy needs, as many projects are under pressure to achieve capital savings to weather the current operating environment comprising low commodity prices and diminished revenue streams. 

National Energy Board assessment reveals hazy long-term Canadian energy outlook

By: Henry Lazenby     27th October 2016 A new assessment released Wednesday by the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) has cast a shadow over the country’s long-term energy prospects, lowering both the future price of crude and the estimated increase in Canadian oil production by 2040. In its energy market assessment titled ‘Canada’s... 

IEA upscales five-year renewables growth forecast after 2015 ‘turning point’

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly increased its five-year growth forecast for renewable energy in light of what it describes as a “turning point” in 2015, when a record 153 GW of new renewables capacity was added globally. In its ‘Medium-Term Renewable Market Report’, the... 

On-The-Air (21/10/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2016 Acid mine water must come to the rescue of Gauteng’s looming water deficit; South Africa’s vast diamond-mine properties are being turned into world-class tourist attractions; and The economy of the Northern Cape is about to be boosted by a big new zinc mine. 

Acid mine water quick-fix possible as water deficit looms, Oppenheimer, De Beers told 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2016 Water-constrained Gauteng may see an acid mine drainage (AMD) quick-fix in order to save the fresh water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project from being wasted on AMD dilution instead of being available to the economy, environmental adviser Dr Anthony Turton said on Wednesday. Delivering the... 

CSIR cost study shows new solar, wind to be 40% cheaper than new coal

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 A new comparative analysis of the cost of electricity generated from various supply sources in South Africa shows new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind to be 40% cheaper than the costs associated with new baseload coal-fired power stations. The analysis, conducted by Council for Scientific... 

NGOs unhappy about new bids for baseload coal 

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2016 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) decision to select preferred bidders under the first bid window for independent coal baseload power plants. The Life After Coal Network says the expansion of coal-fired power generation through the Coal... 

Exxaro developing pilot digital mine – CEO

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 Digital mine organisation, which uses the Internet of Things as a platform, is being developed as a pilot project by coal mining company Exxaro, whose CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said last night that innovative advancement is no longer a nice-to-have but an imperative for mining industry survival into the... 

Exxaro over the moon on independent coal power selection

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2016 The selection of Thabametsi as a preferred independent coal-fired power project has delighted black-owned mining company Exxaro, which will chip in a R3-billion first phase coal mine to supply 3.9-million tons of coal a year for 30 years to its power plant partners. Energy Minister Tina... 

TerraCom flags solar project at Blair Athol

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th October 2016 ASX-listed TerraCom has unveiled plans for a 60 MW solar power station on rehabilitated land at the Blair Athol coal mine, in Queensland. The company said on Wednesday that the potential construction of the solar power station would increase the economic value of the property, and would allow the... 

Khanyisa coal-fired project to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed technology

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2016 Saudi electricity group ACWA Power, which is leading the private consortium selected to build a 306 MW coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, has confirmed that the project will be the first in South Arica to incorporate circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) technology. The Khanyisa project and the... 

BHP JV partner reports positive drill results from Canada copper project

By: Samantha Herbst     11th October 2016 BHP Billiton joint venture (JV) partner Aston Bay Holdings has reported evidence of high-grade copper at the Storm copper project, in Nunavut, Northern Canada, following preliminary drill results from this year’s summer field season. TSX-V-listed Aston Bay, which owns 25% of the project, while... 

BHP to test solar for remote mine sites as renewable costs fall

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2016 BHP Billiton, which forecasts wind and solar energy can achieve price parity with rival sources within a decade, is partnering in a battery-storage project to test technology that could be adopted at its remote sites. The world’s biggest miner is participating with partners, including Origin... 

Big development-finance backing for R40bn coal IPP programme 

By: Terence Creamer     10th October 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Monday that the 557.3 MW Thabametsi and the 306 MW Khanyisa coal-fired power station projects have been selected as preferred bidders following the first bid window of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

Carbon pricing pushing mines to look at renewable alternatives

By: Anine Kilian     10th October 2016 Carbon pricing is pushing mining leaders to consider renewable energy options as a way of further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and stabilising energy costs, according to information source for energy and mining Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. "Carbon pricing in Canada is having an... 

Australia PM slams renewables 'obsession' as energy chiefs meet

By: Bloomberg     7th October 2016 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused some state governments of putting too much emphasis on generating electricity from wind farms, putting Australia’s energy security at risk and “distorting the national energy market.” Turnbull is claiming that Labor party-run states are too reliant on wind... 

Appea backs COAG energy review

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th October 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed a decision by the Council of Australian governments’ (COAG’s) Energy Council for an independent review to develop a national electricity blueprint, following the recent state-wide blackouts in South Australia.... 

Wheeling touted as viable option for mines facing electricity supply challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 While mining operations require reliable power on a continuous basis, whether in remote locations, or in developed areas, load-shedding, poor quality power and weak grids are forcing mines to consider alternative sources of electrical energy. Consequently, juwi South Africa MD Greg Austin... 

Appea says S Australia blackout shows importance of gas in energy mix

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th October 2016 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has claimed a win for the role of natural gas in South Australia’s power sector, citing a new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The preliminary report into last week’s state-wide blackout – brought on by... 

Arrium faces A$40M steelworks hit after electricity blackout

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2016 Australian steel and iron-ore producer Arrium may face costs of as much as A$40-million following storms that caused blackouts and forced BHP Billiton to halt its Olympic Dam copper operation. Arrium’s steelworks in the south-coast town of Whyalla and the mining of iron-ore to feed the mill have... 

Turnbull steps up attack on renewables after South Australia blackout

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2016 Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepped up his government’s attack on renewable energy by seizing on a storm-driven blackout in the mainland state that’s most reliant on wind and solar generation. South Australia, which draws 41% of its energy from renewable energy, is working to... 

Canada approves Pacific NorthWest LNG project, but investment decision 'far from certain'

By: Henry Lazenby     28th September 2016 The Canadian federal government has approved the C$11-billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, a proposed LNG facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, on British Columbia's North Coast. Majority owned by Malaysia-based Petronas, the project approval is the result of... 

Barrick sees ‘perfect storm’ brewing around cost-effective renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2016 Renewable-energy sources have reached the stage where they can reduce energy costs as well as emissions, Barrick Gold’s senior manager of energy and greenhouse gases (GHGs), Russell Blades, tells Energy and Mines. “We are seeing a ‘perfect storm’ brewing around renewables. Solar and energy... 

On-The-Air (16/09/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Black-controlled mining company Exxaro this week pleaded for mine land and mine water to be used for community development through agriculture; Anglo American Platinum has taken another firm step towards establishing the fuel cell as a new clean force in transport and electricity generation; The... 

Gas will be integral to energy mix in the future – Eskom

By: Anine Kilian     15th September 2016 South Africa’s decision to introduce a carbon tax by 2020 will impact coal mines in an already declining coal market, Eskom renewables research manager Kubeshnie Bhugwadin said on Thursday. Addressing an audience at a gas workshop hosted by the Fossil Fuel Foundation, she pointed out that the... 

Beka Schréder  

     15th September 2016 BEKA Schréder started operations in 1978 in Namibia, a country that has one of the most corrosive climates in the world.  

First global rankings of renewables use by mining companies to be released

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 Renewable energy information provider to the mining industry Energy and Mines has released the initial results of the first global rankings of renewables used by mining companies, identifying that the top 21 mining companies use wind and solar energy to power their operations. The ‘Energy and... 

Zambia conference to retain 2016 theme in 2017

     9th September 2016 The seventh Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (Zimec) will be held in Lusaka on April 5 to 6, 2017, and will retain the theme of Zimec 2016: ‘Mining and energy on the growth path to support and grow the Zambian economy’. Zimec 2016 was hosted at the New Government Complex... 

Move to high-profile mining yielding benefits for Gold Fields' flagship mine

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 A move from low-profile to high-profile mining at gold major Gold Fields’ South Deep mine is yielding benefits, having not only improved production volumes by 87% in the first and second quarters of this year, compared with the same period last year, but also increased other key metrics. One of... 

Aspiring battery-grade cobalt producer advances cause

     2nd September 2016 Development stage mining company Fortune Minerals has completed a fully subscribed $1.25-million nonbrokered private placement of units, with the proceeds allocated to general working capital purposes. Fortune owns the Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper development project, which is expected to... 

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