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DTI to focus on compliance as yet more products designated for localisation

By: Terence Creamer The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced a further set of product designations for local procurement by the public sector and has indicated that efforts will be stepped up during 2015 to improve compliance across all government departments and State-owned companies (SoCs). Through... 

Northern Star considers renewable energy options at Jundee

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Gold miner Northern Star Resources was considering solar power for its Jundee gold mine, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Enerji on Monday announced that the company had been mandated by Northern Star to conduct an evaluation and analysis into the construction of a hybrid solar thermal power... 

Coal IPP programme bid window likely to be extended – DoE

By: Natalie Greve The bidding window for government’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producers (IPP) Programme is likely to be pushed back beyond its initially indicated June 8 closing date as the Department of Energy (DoE) tackles the design of a complex programme framework and fields requests for extensions by... 

Making State enterprises transparent, ‘China Go West’ set to drive demand, market outlook for strategic metals

By: Martin Creamer How to make State enterprises more transparent; expectations of a new commodity driver in China; unexciting strategic metals outlook 

China plans new commodity superhighway, altering energy trade flow

By: Ilan Solomons China’s Go West strategy of encouraging coastal to inland flow of capital and people will result in the formation of a new commodity superhighway, says advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac). This new superhighway will impact the energy trade flows within China and externally, through the new... 

DoE prepares to take cogen, gas-to-power procurement steps

By: Terence Creamer A request for proposals (RFP) for cogeneration power projects will be released in April 2015, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced, adding that preferred bidders would be named during the third quarter of 2015. In line with Gazetted determinations, government would be seeking to... 

An introduction to SA Energy Law

AN INTRODUCTION TO SA ENERGY LAW    The Professional Development Project and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Town, in collaboration with leading firms of South African attorneys, are pleased to present an introductory course on South... 

Building Energy to power Global Citizen Earth Day 2015

Thanks to its partnership with Connect4Climate, the World Bank Group’s climate change communication initiative and global community, Building Energy will use solar energy to power the Washington National Mall for the first time in its history. Building Energy, an Italian independent power... 

Local mines becoming more mindful of energy efficiency, cost effectiveness

By: Ilan Solomons Local mining companies are increasingly implementing measures that ensure more energy efficient and cost-effective operations at their mines and processing plants, sustainable growth and development organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) energy head Valerie Geen tells Mining Weekly.... 

As beneficiation debate rages, experts insist focus must be on niche sectors, upstream manufacturing 

By: Jade Davenport The contentious debate surrounding South Africa’s beneficiation strategy and how best it should be undertaken has been placed under the glare of the spotlight again and has served to intensify tensions between government and the mining industry over continuing mineral policy uncertainty. The... 

As beneficiation debate rages, experts insist focus must be on niche sectors, upstream manufacturing

By: Jade Davenport The contentious debate surrounding South Africa’s beneficiation strategy and how best it should be undertaken has been placed under the glare of the spotlight again and has served to intensify tensions between government and the mining industry over continuing mineral policy uncertainty. The... 

Implats surges ahead with platinum fuel cell power

By: Martin Creamer Impala Platinum (Implats) CEO Terence Goodlace is championing the marketing of platinum by surging ahead with plans to use platinum fuel cells to produce electricity at the Implats platinum refinery in Springs, on Gauteng’s East Rand. JSE-listed Implats, which is heavily supported by the strong... 

Heavy minerals industry growth mostly influenced by China

By: Jonathan Rodin The potential for growth in the heavy minerals industry largely depends on China, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. She says while it is difficult to consider the outlook for the heavy minerals sector as a whole – as heavy metals encompasses many different elements – the... 

Aluminium council calls for clarity on renewable-energy target

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian Aluminium Council has called on the federal government to resolve uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The call comes after federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt reportedly said that an agreement was “very close” with the clean energy sector around the RET. 

Africa ready to break the paradox of being primary, yet poorest, mining location 

By: Henry Lazenby Despite the commodity price collapse, Africa was ready to participate as a host continent to the global mineral extraction industry, South African Mineral Resources Minister Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi told the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business's sixteenth Annual African Mining Breakfast... 

On-The-Air (27/02/2015)

By: Martin Creamer The Impala Platinum refinery is taking steps to generate its own electricity using platinum fuel cells. The Department of Energy has received a whopping 77 bids from aspirant renewable energy suppliers. An Indian company is gleefully investing R9-billion in valuable zinc assets that... 

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence

By: Dylan Stewart North American mining companies are increasingly pursuing superior performance as they respond to low commodity prices, with innovation gaining in importance and energy costs being managed as a diversified portfolio that can be optimised. These form 3 of 10 key mining trends provided to Mining... 

IPP Office to issue gas RFI in March, aims to release tender before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer The South African government's Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office will release a request for information (RFI) in March for possible domestic gas-to-power projects, as a precursor to a possible 3 000 MW tender that should arise before year-end. IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach indicated on... 

Mining companies continue to strive for excellence

By: Dylan Stewart North American mining companies are increasingly pursuing superior performance as they respond to low commodity prices, with innovation gaining in importance and energy costs being managed as a diversified portfolio that can be optimised. These form 3 of 10 key mining trends provided to Mining... 

World needs immediate carbon-price signal, Global Electricity Initiative chair argues 

By: Terence Creamer Executive chairperson of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) Philippe Joubert says energy utilities globally, together with the business community more generally, have come to terms with the science of climate change, particularly as extreme weather events begin impacting their profitability.... 

Origin faces tough year

By: Esmarie Swanepoel ASX-listed Origin Energy has swung into the red, with the company reporting a statutory loss of A$25-million for the first half of 2015, compared with a profit of A$322-million in the previous corresponding period. The oil and gas producer on Thursday reported a A$53-million impairment on its... 

Aligning mining projects with financing requirements a challenge

By: Bruce Montiea Aligning mining projects in Africa with international project financing requirements, while ensuring that there is a direct link to the work conducted on the ground and that clients’ expectations are being met, can be challenging, says global consulting organisation Golder Associates head of... 

Electricity, economy take centre stage amid chaotic 2015 SoNA 

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s growth- and confidence-sapping electricity crisis received a high profile in President Jacob Zuma’s 2015 State of the Nation address, which was overshadowed by the expulsion of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) and a walk out by opposition Parliamentarians... 

Renewable energy for mines still relevant despite decline in oil price

By: Simon Rees The complexities and challenges of running a mine are immense, but the end result is simple; either it makes or loses money. In the current downturn, the difference between success and failure can be a fine line. Central to the issue of margins is the cost of power supply, consumption rates and... 

Sandfire spends A$40m on large solar power plant for De Grussa mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Copper miner Sandfire Resources on Wednesday revealed that it would spend A$40-million to construct a 10.6 MW solar power station at its DeGrussa project, in Western Australia. The project would involve the construction of the largest integrated off-grid solar array in Australia, and would have... 

Renewable energy's future in mining shines bright

By: Simon Rees Renewable power is reliable, proven and continues to offer the mining industry an attractive means to obtain lower-cost energy at remote operations, Hatch director of renewable power Michel Carreau told an audience at a seminar hosted by the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s... 

World Bank study calls for integration of energy, mining 

By: Kim Cloete A World Bank report released at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday has called on mining companies to work more closely with electricity utilities in sub-Saharan Africa to meet their growing energy demands. The report finds that the mining sector’s demand for power in sub-Saharan Africa is... 

Renewable energy, diversification key for increased competitiveness - consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The role of the local mining industry in the renewable-energy value chain and the need for mines to investigate diversification activities should be key topics at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba, suggests consulting firm Frost & Sullivan programme manager for energy and environment... 

Price volatility a key worry for global energy leaders – WEC report

By: Terence Creamer Energy and commodity price volatility and uncertainty remained at the top of the list of concerns confronting global and African energy leaders canvassed for the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) 2015 World Energy Issues Monitor. More than 1 000 energy executives and policymakers from nearly 80... 

Back to basics key message in Deloitte trend forecast

By: Megan van Wyngaardt While the outlook of the global mining sector for the year ahead looks bleak, with mining companies having to contend with price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades and a general lack of access to financing, advisory firm Deloitte believes all is not lost. In its... 

Arup says sustainability to rank high as it leads development of Exxaro’s new Mpumalanga colliery

By: Zandile Mavuso Multidisciplinary professional services firm Arup has been appointed by diversified resources company Exxaro to complete the design, tender and construction monitoring of the infrastructure and site development of a new greenfield opencast coal mine, near Belfast, in Mpumalanga. 

To survive miners need to deftly balance short-term hopes with long-term business needs

By: Henry Lazenby To remain viable into the future, mining companies need have to become more adept at balancing short-term investor expectations with long-term business imperatives, while dealing with challenging market conditions, including price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades... 

DoE raises domestic ownership threshold in long-awaited coal baseload tender 

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which issued the long-awaited coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme request for proposals (RFP) in December, is insisting that 51% of the equity in qualifying projects be held by South Africans, a material increase on the... 

DoE tests market for near-term power demand reduction offers 

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a formal appeal for companies and individuals to provide it with information on possible near-term solutions to reduce or shift electricity demand, as well as to immediately improve supply – the responses will guide the design of future... 

Cashing in on Africa’s infrastructure gap

By: Mariaan Webb With billions set to be spent on infrastructure in Africa over the next several decades, a new opportunity to support mining operations and concentrator plants, which is outside its traditional focus area, is emerging for DRA Infrastructure. 

GMEP a model for future Waterberg development-consultancy

By: Mia Breytenbach The model applied by mining and metals major Exxaro to its Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project (GMEP) 

Zest Weg Group Wins Major Contracts From Arcelormittal

The Zest WEG Group is showcasing its full suite of products and manufacturing capabilities at a flagship infrastructure and iron ore mining project in Liberia. This follows Group company EnI Electrical clinching two major contracts for ArcelorMittal at Buchanan Port in Liberia as well as at the... 

South Africa issues tender for IPP procurement advisers

By: Terence Creamer The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”. The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Development Bank of... 

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