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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... 

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 reaping significant benefits, having improved not only production volumes by 87% in the first and second quarters of 2016, compared with the same period last year, but also increasing other key metrics,... 

Victoria premier moves to ban unconventional gas development in the state

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2016 Spearheaded by Victoria state premier David Andrews, the Labour government on Tuesday put forward a permanent ban on the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in the state, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and coal seam gas. The proposed permanent legislative ban,... 

Massive increase in the use of resources looms over the next decade

By: Kim Cloete     31st August 2016 Stakeholders in the global minerals and metals industry, which uses 12% of global energy production, have been called to take responsibility in the quest for a more sustainable future. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel member Dr Patrice Christmann said... 

Seminars, conferences alongside Electra Mining

     26th August 2016 For the first time ever, Electra Mining Africa will offer free-to-attend seminars.  

Vert Energy to display solutions at PowerEx

     26th August 2016 Solutions and service provider Vert Energy is participating at the new PowerEx show, which is being launched in Hall 9 of this year’s Electra Mining Africa, focusing on electric power and energy solutions. 

Voltex

     26th August 2016 Electrical and lighting products distributor Voltex offers a range of products and services relating to the electrical industry, including electrical cables and wires, wiring accessories, cable accessories, lighting, industrial sockets, chemical lubricants, and power generation products,... 

Local cable manufacturer to hit 50-year mark

     23rd August 2016 Cable manufacturer Alvern Cables, which will be 50 years in business in 2017, will put on display its full range of products at this year’s Electra Mining Africa show, but will place a special focus on its three newest products, says sales director Stephen Liasides. 

Electra expected to be shot in arm for battered mining sector

     23rd August 2016 Mining and industrial trade show Electra Mining Africa 2016 is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the South African mining industry, which is facing tough trading conditions. 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

US Presidential elections will have ‘tangible’ implications for country’s miners – BMI report

By: Ilan Solomons     19th August 2016 The outcome of the US presidential election, in November, will determine the trajectory of the country’s environmental regulations and whether operating costs for the mining industry over the coming years will be increased or decreased, says research firm BMI, a unit of the Fitch Group. The firm... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Tsitsikamma wind farm reaches commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 The 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, this week started commercial operation, marking the second wind farm by independent power producer Cennergi to achieve the milestone this year. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between coal miner Exxaro Resources and India’s... 

Sparton scoops up group of inactive VRB manufacturing companies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2016 Canadian firm Sparton Resources has bought a group of currently inactive vanadium-redox flow battery (VRB) manufacturers for $3.3-million, the company announced Tuesday. The Toronto-headquartered company said that its subsidiary VanSpar Mining (VMI) had on August 8 signed a share purchase... 

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