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Fossil fuels to remain key component of energy mix, reiterates DoE

By: Natalie Greve As South Africa continues to await the tabling of the country’s Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Department of Energy (DoE) energy planning chief director Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi has reiterated that fossil fuels will continue to play a prominent role in the... 

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns 

By: Terence Creamer The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, who was born and... 

Canada’s export credit agency sets up Africa-focused Joburg office

By: Terence Creamer Canada’s official trade finance agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), has formally established permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it aims to facilitate $10-billion-worth of business between sub-Saharan African and Canadian companies over the coming five years. The export credit... 

Moratorium on coal won't combat emissions – Turnbull

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Coal will remain a key part of the global energy mix for several years to come, says the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), echoing sentiments expressed by newly appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. In a press conference on Tuesday, Turnbull said he did not support a moratorium on coal... 

Evraz-linked companies seek to have Highveld rescue plan declared invalid

By: Terence Creamer Two Evraz-linked companies, East Metals and Mastercroft, have approached the High Court to have the Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) business rescue plan declared invalid and for the October 13 vote by creditors supporting the plan to be set aside. East Metals is a large creditor,... 

Miners developing renewable-energy ventures at BC mineral projects assured of govt support 

By: Henry Lazenby British Columbia’s economy had historically been firmly rooted in mining and, with a slew of new projects progressing through the permitting stage, the provincial government was ready for them to plug into its vast grid, brim-full of renewable electricity, and to support miners’ efforts to... 

Despite barriers to adoption, cost pressure driving renewed mining interest in renewable energy

By: Henry Lazenby Mine operators are in the current subdued economic reality increasingly looking at renewable electricity sources as a way to reduce current and future costs at operations; however, lower commodity prices hinder renewables’ widespread adoption, as falling profits and lower fuel prices maintain... 

Amid R280bn funding gap Eskom re-phases transmission capex, delays grid-code compliance to 2022 

By: Terence Creamer State-owned power utility Eskom has deferred to 2022 the deadline for migrating its transmission network to the full redundancy stipulated in the South African Grid Code from an initial target date of 2016. However, it still insists that it will be in a position to connect new Eskom and... 

ADVISIAN SSA appoints Mohamed Madhi to Regional Energy Advisory role

Advisian, an independent advisory arm of WorleyParsons, has appointed Mohamed Madhi as its principal of Energy Advisory for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Mohamed has specialist expertise in energy, mining, mergers and acquisitions, energy economics, renewable energy systems design, strategic... 

Evraz Highveld creditors vote in favour of rescue plan 

By: Terence Creamer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) creditors on Tuesday voted in favour of a business rescue plan, which includes a buy-out offer from International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, China. The vote, attended by some 300 people, took place at a hall on the steel producer’s... 

Fresh attempt to halt Evraz Highveld vote thwarted

By: Terence Creamer A second legal attempt by Global Renewable Energy (GRE) to prevent the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) from presenting their rescue plan to creditors for a vote has been set aside. The vote was initially scheduled for September 28. But the... 

ANC says transparency, affordability must guide South Africa’s electricity-mix choices 

By: Terence Creamer The governing African National Congress (ANC) has emphasised the need for transparency and affordability when determining the “optimal energy mix” for South Africa, while also underlining the importance of economic and environmental sustainability. Delegates to the National General Council (NGC)... 

Evraz Highveld creditors get set for Oct 13 business-rescue vote

By: Terence Creamer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium creditors would, on Tuesday October 13, vote on a business rescue plan, which included a recommendation that International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, be allowed to purchase the company. The vote was initially set for September 28, but was postponed... 

Coal is a dirty fuel of the past, says WWF  

By: Kim Cloete The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on governments to introduce legislation that puts a stop to the construction of new coal plants, stating that coal consumption needed to be phased out completely by 2050, or earlier. The international nongovernmental organisation pointed out at the... 

Drives technology increases efficiency

Technology provider Emerson Industrial Automation’s Control Techniques drives technology makes mining equipment, such as conveyors, more effective, thus assisting the extractive industry in achieving energy savings. Emerson Industrial Automation is a subsidiary of global industrial, commercial,... 

Mining leaders to learn about the energy savings potential of renewables

By: Creamer Media Reporter The global mining sector is facing a tough business environment with low commodity pricing, rising energy costs and constraints, increasingly remote locations and heightened stakeholder opposition. In this environment, the need to reduce operational power costs and gain stakeholder buy-in was... 

Highveld creditors seek more details on alternative offer as rescue vote is postponed 

By: Terence Creamer Creditors agreed unanimously on Monday to postpone, for two weeks, a vote on the business rescue plan developed for Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium, while raising questions about the preferred bidder’s commitment to South African suppliers and whether an alternative bid, which had been... 

On-The-Air (25/09/2015)

By: Martin Creamer It’s that time again on a Friday when AMLive presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Heat that’s been going waste for decades is now being turned into valuable electricity at a platinum smelter in Rustenburg. BMW... 

BHP calls for closer cooperation in Oz coal sector

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Diversified major BHP Billiton has called for greater productivity in the Australian coal sector, as the prospects of a price rise in the near future remain dim. Speaking in Brisbane, BHP coal president Mike Henry pointed out that metallurgical coal prices had fallen by a further 25% to 30%... 

US anthracite producer Blaschak expands Pennsylvania ops

By: Henry Lazenby Two new properties and about three-million tons of reserves have been added to US anthracite producer Blaschak Coal's Pennsylvania-based operations, giving the company, one of the country's top anthracite producers, five active mine locations containing high-quality reserves. The company –... 

IPP Office shifts coal bid deadline to Nov after request from bidders

By: Terence Creamer The Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has, at the request of prospective bidders, again deferred the first bid submission date for the Coal Baseload IPP Programme. The new submission date has been set as November 2, having initially been shifted to August 28, from June 8. Preferred bidders... 

Clean Coal Technologies prepares to test Pebble River basin coal

By: Henry Lazenby New York-based green-technology pioneer Clean Coal Technologies (CCTI) on Friday announced that it had successfully relocated a demonstration plant to the AES coal-fired utility in Shady Point, Oklahoma, where it would be reassembled and commissioned to start testing Powder River basin coal in... 

‘Affordability’ must underpin South Africa’s power investment decisions - Ramaphosa 

By: Terence Creamer Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that “affordability” should underpin South Africa’s future electricity generation investment decisions, but also stressed that government remained committed to pursuing a diversified power-generation mix. Speaking at the conclusion of the twentieth... 

Miners increasingly looking to renewable energy sources to drive operational savings

By: Creamer Media Reporter Current pressures on the mining sector are driving increased interest in the cost savings and power security advantages that renewables could provide mining operations. To this end, a record number of mining leaders will meet with renewable energy and finance experts to network and share... 

SA no longer exports coal to China, shipments to India likely to stop in two to three years 

By: Ilan Solomons South Africa no longer supplies China with coal and has not done so since March 2014 with India also very likely to stop importing coal from South Africa in the next two to three years, warns coal advisory firm XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. He explains that over the past... 

Gas emerges as key focus area for DoE in immediate future 

By: Natasha Odendaal There are indications that South Africa’s much neglected gas industry may start seeing renewed activity, as Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Monday pushed forward her ambitions for immediate focus to shift to the development of gas-sourced power, alongside the successful renewable-energy... 

Creamer Media publishes Coal 2015: A review of South Africa's coal sector

Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the market, as well as various... 

New determinations create framework for key IPP procurement programmes 

By: Terence Creamer New Ministerial determinations creating the framework for the procurement of additional renewable-energy, gas and cogeneration capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) have been published in the Government Gazette. The determinations are in line with announcements made by Energy Minister... 

Not all doom and gloom at Eskom – Molefe

By: News24Wire Eskom's financial year until the end of March 2015 was unusually challenging, leading to the financial and operational health of the business deteriorating, according to acting CEO Brian Molefe. He spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday where Eskom released its integrated annual results. 

Zest WEG still acquisitive after adding scale and scope to transformer offering 

By: Terence Creamer South African electrical equipment supplier and manufacturer Zest WEG remains on the prowl for “synergistic” acquisitions, having recently completed a transaction to buy TSS Transformers – a deal that materially increases its local manufacturing capabilities and heralds its entry into the... 

Digital report tells story of WA’s mining sector

University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute’s State of Mind publication is a compelling call to action for the state to leverage the human capital that has underwritten its minerals and energy expansion, and create a more knowledgeable and prosperous Western Australia, Western... 

Positive results for solar tracker pilot project at Amplats mine

By: Ilan Solomons Since the €430 000 solar tracker pilot project was launched at platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo on November 27, 2014 it has achieved impressive power generations results, said green energy project developer GX Energy SA director Dr Michael... 

US states, industry lash out at final Obama climate rules

By: Henry Lazenby Several coal-producing US states and the private sector have lashed out at President Barack Obama and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) first-ever Clean Power Plan Rule that was finalised on Monday, aiming to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants and dealing the domestic... 

Peak Resources sees bright future for Tanzania magnet metals project

By: Chanel de Bruyn A focus on high-value rare earths and the use of a tailor-made beneficiation process bodes well for Tanzania-focused Peak Resources. The ASX-listed company is developing the Ngualla rare earths project, which contains high-grade neodymium and praseodymium mineralisation. 

SADC Ministers target 2019 for electricity surplus, cost-reflective tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer Southern African Development Community (SADC) Energy Ministers have called on member countries to produce roadmaps for transitioning their electricity supply industries towards cost-reflective tariffs by 2019 in an effort to improve the sustainability of the sector and create the basis for... 

Flexicon conduit systems offer superior cable protection for solar PV installations

The search for options for renewable energy generation in industrial processes is gaining momentum, and globally there has been a significant uptake of solar photovoltaic systems.  This is partly due to the declining costs of PV installations and partly in response to increasing electricity... 

BBBEE mining supplier development faces challenges

By: Schalk Burger Supplier development of small businesses to provide services for mines – in line with the new broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) regulations – faces significant challenges, says supplier development consultancy Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin. Large corporate... 

Japanese pneumatics expert establishes local subsidiary

In a quest to expand its global operations, Tokyo-based pneumatics and industrial automation component technology company SMC Corporation Japan in March established a new subsidiary in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company says the creation of SMC Pneumatics South Africa will grant companies in... 

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