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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... 

Natural gas a big GHG contributor

By: David D‘ Oliveira As indicated in President Jacob Zuma’s June State of the Nation Address, South Africa is serious about integrating natural gas into the country’s energy mix. This, however, could have unexamined consequences on South Africa’s contribution to global warming, as is the case in the shale gas-centric... 

SA urged to emulate Germany’s approach to the mining sector

By: Anine Vermeulen The importance of mining has declined in Germany, owing to the high cost of production and the cutting of subventions by 2018, which is equivalent to the end of hard-coal mining in Germany. This is according to Deputy Director General, sub-Saharan Africa for the German Federal Ministry for... 

SA coal-related R&D inadequate – ASSAf

By: Leandi Kolver South Africa’s investment in coal-related research and development (R&D) was inadequate, given the fact that coal would continue to dominate the country’s energy supply for the foreseeable future, a recent study by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) showed. In its study, titled ‘The... 

Mines need to cut emissions and increase renewables – Corporate Knights

By: Simon Rees As the population of the planet doubles between now and 2050, the drive to cut carbon emissions will continue to gather pace. At a recent meeting between heads of state in China, the US announced its intention to reduce carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. China declared its emissions would... 

SA’s next phase of growth pivots on dynamism of business – Nene 

By: Terence Creamer Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the coming two years are likely to be “challenging” for South Africa as government moves to rebuild the fiscal space that has been exhausted through actions taken to stimulate the economy following the global economic crisis. But he told members of the American... 

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use 

By: Chantelle Kotze Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they leave a positive legacy, notes carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie Louw. The... 

Baseload coal bidding to begin this year, cogen to follow 

By: Terence Creamer The bidding process for the long awaited ‘baseload coal’ independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme is expected to begin this month, followed by a bidding process in early 2015 for cogeneration. Speaking at a South African National Energy Association dialogue this week, National... 

NPC moves to facilitate public-private power crisis ‘conversations’ 

By: Terence Creamer The National Planning Commission (NPC) is aiming to facilitate a series of “quiet conversations” between public and private stakeholders in the energy milieu in the coming months in an effort to unblock obstacles to greater private sector investment in the sector. Three commissioners – Professor... 

Biogas power generation has huge potential for postmining land use

By: Chantelle Kotze Global climate change and the need for sustainable land rehabilitation in the mining industry are prompting mining companies to reassess their approach to postmining land use to ensure that they leave a positive legacy, notes carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Robbie Louw. 

Coal remains the foundation in meeting Australia’s energy needs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has echoed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s views that fossil fuels would remain an integral part of Australia’s energy mix. “For the foreseeable future, coal is the foundation of our prosperity,” Prime Minister Abbott said in response to questions earlier... 

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner  

By: Kim Cloete State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis, which Eberhard says is the... 

Eskom to receive R20bn injection, but no other SoC bailouts 

By: Terence Creamer Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed a further direct allocation to power utility Eskom of at least R20-billion. But he also stressed on Wednesday that the injection would have no impact on the Budget deficit as the capital would be raised through the sale of “non-strategic State assets”.... 

MCA pushes for greater policy reform

By: Esmarie Swanepoel While complementing the Tony Abbott-led government on its policy reforms aimed at reducing the red tape burden on Australian businesses, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Wednesday called for an even greater reform. On the Spring Repeal Day, the Abbott government introduced legislation... 

Drilling services provider secures NGL contract

Integrated exploration drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear was awarded a contract in August this year for drilling services at the renewable energy company Magnum’s Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) Storage project at the Western Energy Hub, in Utah, in the US.... 

Renewable energy a tough sell for prospective RoF developers

By: Henry Lazenby Among the many challenges facing as many as 20 mining companies holding claims in the Ring of Fire (RoF) mineral region of Northern Ontario, the most significant might be the limited infrastructure. However, besides having to deal with exploration, project planning, First Nations negotiations and... 

Renewable energy could open door to social licence for new mines in RoF 

By: Henry Lazenby A poll released on Thursday revealed that First Nations living in the remote far northern reaches of Ontario, including near the latent Ring of Fire minerals-rich district, would be more agreeable to allow mining projects to take root near their communities if the mines were to make use of... 

At Mining Sites Renewable Energy Systems Are up to 70 Percent Less Expensive than Diesel Power

Mining companies were not traditionally considered a good fit for renewable energy. A closer look shows that this is not true anymore. Numerous renewable energy systems already power mines today, and experts from both worlds – mining and renewables – agree that a boom in this field is ahead.... 

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