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On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

Shanta looking to positive future in Tanzania

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     12th October 2018 Amid recent changes to Tanzanian mining legislation that has emphasised localisation, Guernsey-based East Africa gold producer Shanta Gold remains optimistic about its future mining prospects in the country, says Shanta Gold CEO Eric Zurrin. “The new legislation has worked in our favour, as we... 

Epiroc takes after-market service to the next level

11th October 2018 “When customers invest in our products they do so with peace of mind, resting assured in the knowledge that they can count on the support of a competent team throughout their product’s life cycle – this is Epiroc after-market,” states Floris Timmers, Regional Business Line Manager MRS (Mining &... 

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Hydro CEO says focus on full output at Alunorte, no layoffs

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Norway's Norsk Hydro is focused on a return to full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil and is not contemplating layoffs there, CEO Svein Richard Brandtzaeg told Reuters on Wednesday. Hydro had said last week it would close down the world's largest alumina refinery and lay off 4... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

ERA reports 36% increase in production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th October 2018 Uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has reported a 36% increase in production during the three months to September, with production reaching 544 t of uranium oxide, up from the 400 t produced in the June quarter. ERA said on Wednesday that the increased production resulted from... 

ERG bets on cobalt from Congo in quest for growth

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) plans to ramp up cobalt output at its Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) facility as it expects the electric car industry to boost demand for the metal, ERG CE Benedikt Sobotka told Reuters. ERG, a global mining and metals group with Kazakh roots, aims to raise... 

Zimplats, hydrogen storage and a local borehole logging system make headlines 

9th October 2018 This week, Zimplats is held as a safety benchmark, CSIR researches hydrogen storage technologies and a local borehole logging system is going global. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer unpacks the headlines. 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Altura ships first lithium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has shipped its first cargo of spodumene concentrate from Port Hedland to its offtake partner in China. The company on Tuesday said that some 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate was loaded onto the vessel MV Clipper Tenacious, which was shared with two other exporters. 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

Mustang to change name

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 ASX-listed Mustang Resources will start trading under the name New Energy Minerals on October 15, after shareholders approved the name change earlier this month. The company said on Monday that the new moniker reflected its focus on vanadium and graphite exploration and mining. 

Technologies listed in IRP may be used as ‘proxies’ for equivalent solutions

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) may consider using the generation technologies listed in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as “proxies” for other technologies that are able to deliver an equivalent solution to the power system at the same cost. Speaking at a stakeholder workshop hosted by the... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

FROM COAL MINE TO HYDROPOWER STATION:

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 Coal mining is all but over at the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel anthracite mine in Bottrop, Germany, now earmarked for pumped storage electricity generation. When the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, excess renewable energy will be used to pump the mine’s underground water to surface for... 

Mines urged to do ‘all they can’ to limit pollution from used oil

By: Nadine James     5th October 2018 The mining industry consumes about 25% of the country’s lubricants - accounting for approximately 300-million litres of oil a year, of which 40% is potentially recyclable used oil, notes the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation. The organisation notes that used-oil is classified... 

Costs, limited markets hampering progress towards hydrogen economy

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2018 The use of platinum group metals- (PGMs-) based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these... 

Altura loads first cargo ship

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Lithium miner Altura Mining has started loading its maiden cargo of 5 000 t of spodumene concentrate at Port Hedland, bound for customers in China. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that the final product testing of the cargo is ongoing, however, it added that the processing plant has... 

Metallurgical coal miners may curb costs as prices slip – Fitch Ratings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2018 Strong cost inflation in the global metallurgical coal sector suggests that miners may focus on cost controls as prices decline over the next 18 months, says Fitch Ratings and CRU. CRU estimates that global costs in the metallurgical coal sector increased by 18% in 2017 and continued to rise this... 

Post-Mugabe policies raising expectations for Zim platinum-sector growth

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Amid Zimbabwe’s policy changes after former President Robert Mugabe’s removal in November 2017 and the subsequent air of expectation, the country’s platinum sector is poised for positive growth, if not for the challenges presented by the depressed global platinum market.  The Zimbabwe Geological... 

Customer-centric businesses leading the pack

28th September 2018 Supply chain solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) believes that customercentricity is much more than just good customer service.   “It’s about creating an experience from the moment we first engage with a client until after our services have been rendered,” says BLP international... 

Consulting firm optimises project delivery

28th September 2018 Independent advisory and consulting arm of engineering service company WorleyParsons and networking sponsor of this year’s Joburg Indaba, Advisian, is optimising project delivery across Africa. Advisian provides solutions for clients in the hydrocarbons, minerals and metals, chemicals, and... 

Post-Mugabe policies raising expectations for Zim platinum-sector growth

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Amid Zimbabwe’s policy changes after former President Robert Mugabe’s removal in November 2017 and the subsequent air of expectation, the country’s platinum sector is poised for positive growth, if not for the challenges presented by the depressed global platinum market.  The Zimbabwe Geological... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Montepuez financing strategy advancing

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2018 The development of the Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique, is progressing well and the funding strategy has also advanced, ASX-listed Battery Minerals reported on Thursday. The company said that key construction milestones at the $51-million project, which will operate for ten years at 50... 

Bushveld reports first consolidated net profit, net free cash flow for group

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday reported its first consolidated net profit and net free cash flow for the group for the six-month period ended June 30. Commenting on the results, CEO Fortune Mojapelo said the unaudited financial results for the first half of the financial year reflected... 

Base case confirms Gabanintha vanadium project fundamentals

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2018 An initial base case for the Gabanintha vanadium project, in the Murchison province of Western Australia, has indicated robust economics, with a net present value (NPV) ranging between $191-million and $2.37-billion, depending on pricing assumption. The upper-end of the NPV range is estimated at... 

Why Are More Mines Integrating Renewables?

25th September 2018 By Melodie Michel, Energy and Mines Rob Schueffner, Hybrid Energy Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Electric Power, explains how the financial benefits and reliability of renewable energy solutions available for mines today are quickly matching the environmental benefits. 

Chinese lithium giant agrees three-year pact to supply Tesla

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 China’s top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it’s agreed a deal with Tesla Inc. to supply a fifth of its production to the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from... 

Fuel cell parts manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

R&D on clean coal technologies crucial in SA

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 The research and development (R&D) of clean coal technologies in South Africa is absolutely necessary, says Fossil Fuel Foundation director and recently retired Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation South African Research Chairs Initiative Clean Coal Technology chair... 

Activities restart at New Century’s port facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Queensland miner New Century Resources has started stockpiling zinc concentrate in its 80 000 t storage shed at the Karumba port, paving the way for exports to start and first revenue to be received this month. “The successful refurbishment and restart of activities at New Century’s port... 

DRA to conduct feasibility study for Guinea graphite project

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2018 Engineering services multinational DRA has been appointed to conduct the feasibility study for Canada-based Guinea-focused mining company SRG’s Lola graphite project, in Guinea. DRA said in a statement on Wednesday that the project will be executed through the DRA Met-Chem office, in Montreal,... 

NAIF approves A$95m loan for Sheffield’s Thunderbird

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is backing the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, through a A$95-million loan, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources announced on Wednesday. The NAIF loan comprises a A$30-million project development... 

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