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Enviro issues, resource decline and enegy and water scarcity may present growth opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso Following concerns around mining companies having struggled to quantify the impacts of sustainability ‘megaforces’ on their mining operations, professional services firm KPMG highlights that if managed appropriately, these megaforces could provide unprecedented opportunities for growth, through... 

Renewables a serious option for African miners as energy costs, emissions come to the fore in African mining

By: Anine Vermeulen Rising energy prices and supply constraints have forced African mining operations to find new energy solutions for affordable, consistent and secure sources of energy. To address these concerns, mining companies operating on the African continent are exploring renewable-energy integration as a... 

DoE gears up for baseload-coal IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s capacity to connect the... 

African mining companies urged to go for full-scale renewables introduction

By: Anine Vermeulen African mining companies have a strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy, rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small environmental and financial benefits, Siemens AG sales manager Fabrice Nicolas said at the Renewables and Mining Summit... 

Asia

By: Alida Odendaal Tenders for work in Asia  

Collective bargaining needs to be reinforced post strike, avers Trade and Industry Minister

By: Kim Cloete Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is expecting an upswing in South Africa’s economy now that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mining sector is nearing an end. He told journalists in Cape Town that, while the strike... 

Platinum strike experience should strengthen collective bargaining – Davies

By: Kim Cloete Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is expecting an upswing in South Africa’s economy now that the five-month strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mining sector is nearing an end. He told journalists in Cape Town that, while the strike... 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2014 research report

By: Reinette Classen Creamer Media’s Electricity 2014 report provides insight into South Africa’s electricity generation, exploring the issues of State-owned power utility Eskom's generated power, coal supplies, electricity tariffs and demand-focused initiatives, as well as the Department of Energy's independent... 

Development of black junior coal sector now a matter of urgency

By: Chantelle Kotze Securing sufficient thermal coal for State-owned power utility Eskom to keep the lights on going forward is vital in the face of what coal commentators refer to as a projected Eskom coal supply ‘cliff’ from 2015 – a 60-million-ton yearly deficit in the required coal volumes for the country’s... 

Development of black junior coal sector now a matter of urgency as Eskom approaches ‘supply cliff’

By: Chantelle Kotze Securing sufficient thermal coal for State-owned power utility Eskom to keep the lights on going forward is vital in the face of what coal commentators refer to as a projected Eskom coal supply ‘cliff’ from 2015 – a 60-million-ton yearly deficit in the required coal volumes for the country’s... 

Outotec celebrates 20 successful years of establishment in China

Over the past 20 years Outotec and China have experienced many changes, and both are once again at a crossroads where they are facing further change. Today, evolving economies of scale and environmental legislation are driving demand for alternative methods of more efficient technologies and more... 

Mining companies urged to add renewables to energy profiles

By: Simon Rees In the current climate of economic headwinds, squeezed margins and stubborn overheads, mining companies continue to examine all aspects of expenditure in the hope of making savings. Energy consumption is one of the greatest costs, particularly for mining operations in remote areas with no access... 

Eskom guarantees needed to unlock next IPP procurement phase 

By: Terence Creamer Progress on the various electricity generation procurement programmes being overseen by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) is now contingent on the new Cabinet approving further guarantees for Eskom, which remains the single buyer of power generated by independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Grid storage solutions could soon become multibillion-dollar industry

By: Henry Lazenby The burgeoning North American grid energy storage market could develop into a multibillion-dollar industry in a matter of a few years, with several companies positioning themselves to vie for the handful of first-mover clients. One company potentially leading the fray is Vancouver-based American... 

Aluminium council calls on govt to reform policies 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Australian Aluminium Council has called on the Commonwealth Parliament to remove two imposts on Australia’s aluminium industry. Executive director Miles Prosser noted that the industry continued to be weighted down by ‘punitive and unnecessary’ imposts as it competed with global aluminium... 

Surprise greets Joemat-Pettersson, whose energy inbox overflows 

By: Terence Creamer Widespread surprise, mixed with a good deal of concern, greeted news of Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s appointment as South Africa’s new Energy Minister – she replaces Dikobe Ben Martins, who himself only took up the position from Dipuo Peters following a Cabinet reshuffle in July last year. President... 

Heat treatment specialist to complete furnace installation

UK-based metallurgical services laboratory and heat treatment specialist Keighley Laboratories is nearing completion of a heat treatment facility, comprising a nitriding furnace and a nitrocarburising furnace, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. Keighley Laboratories reports that construction is... 

African Barrick Gold embracing renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter African Barrick Gold (ABG), which has three mines in Tanzania and is expected to mine about eight-million tons of gold-bearing ore this year alone, has been actively exploring renewable energy options for the past eight years, according to GM of technical services Nic Schoeman, and corporate... 

Africa-focused miners positioned to embrace 100% renewable energy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter African mining companies find themselves with an unusually strong case for converting to 100% peak penetration of solar or wind energy rather than implementing partial solutions that bring only small financial and environmental benefits, Siemens Smart Generation Solutions manager Fabrice Nicolas... 

IEA urges ‘radical change’ in electricity investment patterns 

By: Terence Creamer A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report estimates that an additional $44-trillion in electricity investment will be required to ensure a “sustainable energy system” by 2050, as represented by its 2 ˚C Scenario (2DS). The scenario itself is aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

Africa

By: Alida Odendaal Tenders for work in the rest of Africa excluding South Africa 

China's coal story is far from over – Woodmac

China’s demand for coal was expected to continue, advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Monday, as the country was unlikely to meet its environmentally-driven, government target of 200 GW nuclear power capacity by 2030. A recent report by Woodmac concluded that, while China would make... 

Asia

By: Alida Odendaal Tenders for work in Asia  

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

By: Henry Lazenby US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in New York. The... 

Martins opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation 

By: Terence Creamer Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further... 

ANC’s Mantashe backs fracking to meet SA’s energy needs 

By: Shannon de Ryhove Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would have to begin in the Karoo to meet South Africa's growing energy needs despite resistance from environmental and other lobby groups, African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. He was speaking at a breakfast meeting of the... 

Creamer Media published Projects in Progress 2014 research report

This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. 

On-The-Air (28/03/2014)

By: Martin Creamer Richards Bay Coal Terminal is ready to boost the coal export potential of black junior miners; the Department of Energy is set to launch proposals for power supply from independent non-Eskom sources. 

DoE gets set to launch coal, cogen procurement processes in April 

By: Terence Creamer South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal governmental approvals have been... 

On-The-Air (21/03/2014)

By: Martin Creamer A R3-billion marketing programme is under way to boost the use of South Africa’s strike-hit platinum; A host of new metals are being extracted from South Africa’s Bushveld, which is stamping its authority as the richest piece of mineral real estate on the planet; and A London listed company this... 

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