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Senator, uranium producers urge US govt to investigate reliance on imports from Russia

By: Henry Lazenby     20th January 2018 US Republican senator for Wyoming John Barasso has called upon the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. "For years, government-owned uranium producers in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan have unfairly flooded American... 

NUM says branch leader at Lonmin unit shot dead

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Eastern Platinum Mine, a unit of Lonmin, was shot by unknown assailants and subsequently died in hospital. The shooting is the latest in a spate of such incidents on the platinum belt, which has been the scene of... 

Launch of new fire suppression solution in Africa slated for 2018

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2018 Fire-suppression solutions supplier Fire and Security Techniques is eager to introduce the African mining industry to a new fire-suppression solution, Tunnel Safe, which will allow for safer evacuation of mineworkers underground during a fire, to the African mining industry.  CEO Neil Hughes... 

India mulls incentives policy for adoption of enhanced recovery methods at oil-, gasfields

By: Ajoy K Das     18th January 2018 The Indian government is working on a policy framework to offer incentives for the adoption of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and enhanced gas recovery (EGR) methods at all operating oil- and gasfields across the country. The draft policy in circulation among industry stakeholders notes that the... 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Marathon mineral rights tangle goes to Constitutional Court

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2018 The Constitutional Court of South Africa is being asked to pronounce on a marathon mineral rights entanglement that lower courts have failed to resolve. What the High Court proclaimed, the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned, and now Chinese subsidiary company Aquila Steel has applied to the... 

US trade panel allows China aluminium sheet dumping probe to proceed

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 The US International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminium alloy sheet metal from China harm US producers, allowing a US probe to proceed into whether the product was being dumped or unfairly subsidized. Employing a seldom-used tactic aimed at speeding... 

Protestor killed during community uprising at RBPlat’s North shaft

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Thursday said a person was killed after a group of more than 100 protestors – including former employees and unknown persons – attempted to gain unlawful access to the shaft premises at its North Shaft, near Rustenburg, on Wednesday evening. The premises were... 

US producers seek to block Chinese aluminium shipped via Vietnam

By: Reuters     10th January 2018 US aluminium products makers sought new trade protections against Chinese imports on Tuesday, accusing China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd and its affiliates of evading US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties by shipping aluminium products through Vietnam. In a filing with the US Commerce Department,... 

Improving quality of life remains key priority, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      2nd January 2018 Improving the quality of life of the South African people, especially the poor and the working class, remains a key priority of government, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “Significant strides” were made in 2017 in fighting poverty, inequality, and unemployment, he said in his new year’s... 

Alderon resolves Kami’s Sept-Îles take-or-pay headache

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 Iron-ore project developer Alderon Iron Ore has reached an agreement with the Sept-Îles Port Authority to resolve a take-or-pay obligation for reserved annual iron-ore loading capacity. In lieu of any further take-or-pay obligations, the port authority will hold on to the C$20.46-million security... 

Trade union positive about Lonmin’s Sibanye-Stillwater acquisition

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2017 Trade union Solidarity is positive about platinum producer Lonmin's R5-billion acquisition by Sibanye-Stillwater, announced on December 14. Lonmin, one of the world’s largest platinum producers, has been under severe pressure this year owing to capital structuring and liquidity concerns. Low... 

Space mining is getting close to reality 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cellphones)... 

Space mining is getting close to reality

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cell phones)... 

New South African zinc mine going digital

     15th December 2017 Zinc miner Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is collaborating with digital industrial company GE South Africa to implement a Smart Ore Movement system at its flagship Gamsberg project, in the Northern Cape, to ensure that best practices are in place when the mine goes into production next year. 

Europe’s coal plants will bleed more cash by end of 2020s

By: Bloomberg     15th December 2017 Almost all coal plants in the European Union will be outspending their income by the end of the next decade, relying on subsidies to stay open to back up wind and solar generation. About 54 percent of the region’s plants already fail to break even, according to a report by London-based Carbon... 

Moody’s sees stable year ahead for base metals, but also expects some risk factors

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 Ratings agency Moody’s believes 2018 will be a year of relative stability for the global base metals industry after some recovery was experienced this year. In a 2018 outlook analysis, released on Wednesday, the agency noted that these improved supply/demand fundamentals would hold on the back of... 

Prairie ideally positioned to supply Europe steel producers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2017 The outlook for increased coking coal demand from Europe’s steel producers, coupled with reducing European supply is creating a “perfect storm” for ASX-listed Prairie to become the go-to supplier of the critical raw material, its CEO Ben Stoikovich said on Wednesday. In a statement to... 

Survey Says: More Oil Producers Moving Toward a Risk-based Approach for Asset Life Extension

     12th December 2017 Producers have discovered that a risk-based inspection approach can cut costs if it’s implemented properly, says an OGIQ survey. Now, it’s a matter of increasing the adoption rate. By Anne-Marie Walters 

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and... 

DA consulting lawyers on legality of energy blueprint

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 The Democratic Alliance said on Monday it was taking legal advice on the approval of government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which envisions nuclear procurement. Democratic Alliance energy spokesperson, Gavin Davis, said the apparently rushed approval of the policy blueprint with no... 

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for mining sector action 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2017 South Africa must urgently break the ongoing deadlock on the regulation and transformation of the mining sector to ensure the proper use of this country’s world-class mineral resources, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In an article on the CR17 Siyavuma campaign website, ahead of this... 

Mining should prepare for future of technology and automation

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 Global mining major BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie says the mining industry has to show leadership and prepare its workforce for a future in which technology will play an ever-important role. In a philosophical address at the Melbourne Mining Club this week that also delved into how the West and the... 

De Beers spearheading diamond traceability digital platform service

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 Diamond giant De Beers is investing in a new digital platform service that provides a single, immutable record tracing a diamond’s individual journey through the value chain. This diamond traceability platform is underpinned by blockchain technology, which allows for a highly secure digital... 

Vale confirms Moatize production target, while govt seeks artisanal mining cooperatives

By: Keith Campbell     1st December 2017 A senior executive of Vale Moçambique, the Mozambican subsidiary of Brazilian major mining group Vale, has told local journalists that the company’s production target for its Moatize coal operation this year is 13-million tons of both metallurgical and thermal coal. This will be a 120% increase... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global automotive markets are adopting electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once- in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy metals’ –... 

Electric vehicle revolution a rare investment opportunity as metals demand spikes

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2017 The rate at which global auto markets are adopting electrically powered vehicles (EVs) is accelerating at a much faster pace than even some of the keenest market observers have estimated at the start of 2017, and is opening up once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities among the four key ‘energy... 

Bitcoin haters don't get its gold-like qualities – Goldman Sachs

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2017 Bitcoin is a commodity with many similarities to gold, and the volatility that has sparked investor concern stems mainly from its lack of liquidity, said Jeff Currie, global head of commodities research for Goldman Sachs Group. “I don’t see why there is all this hostility to it,” Currie said in... 

A-OSH EXPO leads the way in mining safety considerations

     29th November 2017 ‘Safety first!’ should always be an imperative in the mining industry, and it has come under the spotlight both locally and globally in the recent past.  In November 2017, the South African Chamber of Mines expressed concern over the rising number of fatalities in the country’s mines, after... 

Gem smuggling thwarts revival of Central African Republic

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 In the lounge of a luxury hotel in Bangui, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, soft-spoken diamond dealers cautiously sidle up to guests. Their whispered offers of gems for sale are a visitor’s first hint of the thriving illegal market for the precious stones in a country that five... 

Western Australia to amend mining law after Forrest court case

By: Mariaan Webb     28th November 2017 Western Australian government will amend its mining legislation to validate granted tenements and ensure mining companies had security of title. The announcement, by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston on Tuesday, follows an August High Court ruling, which found that the process of... 

Germany's respite for coal may end as talks resume with Merkel

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2017 The future of Germany’s coal industry is moving back into the spotlight as Chancellor Angela Merkel restarts talks on forming a new coalition government, with pressure building for stricter limits on the most polluting fuels. Two months after national elections, discussions aimed at forging a... 

German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage-Welt am Sonntag 

By: Reuters     26th November 2017 The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany's largest industry association BDI warned. "The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because... 

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

Torex sets El Limon Guajes record straight as rival unions clash

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2017 Canadian gold producer Torex Gold Resources has issued a press release criticising a labour union and the media for spreading misinformation regarding an incident over the weekend where two people were killed near its El Limon Guajes (ELG) mine, in Mexico. The Toronto-based company said that an... 

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clears key hurdle despite oil leak incident

By: Henry Lazenby     21st November 2017 Oil and gas pipelines operator TransCanada is reviewing a decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) approving an alternative route for the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline project through the state. "As a result of today's decision, we will conduct a careful review of the PSC’s... 

Oracle signs project funding MoU with Chinese SoEs

By: Mariaan Webb     21st November 2017 UK energy developer Oracle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Chinese State-owned enterprises for the funding of a $1.6-billion lignite coal mine and power station project in Pakistan. The MoU proposes that Sichuan Provincial Investment Group (SCIG) will be the majority... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

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