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Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green ammonia team aims for bankable project proposal within 18 months  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 Since announcing plans to build a green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, the partners behind the project Hive Hydrogen, Built Africa and Afrox subsidiary Linde have witnessed a great deal of interest in this first-of-its-kind undertaking. The R75-billion project heralds a new area for... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Petra reports healthy interim performance, retains control of Williamson

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 London-listed Petra Diamonds has posted a strong performance for the first half of its 2022 financial year, with higher profitability and a stronger balance sheet, which sets the company up well for the second half of the year. For the six months ended December 31, 2021, Petra produced... 

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RBPlat preparing a response to Implats offer

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 In response to JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum (Implats) issuing an offer circular to shareholders of midtier PGM miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on January 17, RBPlat says it will revert with its own response circular within 20 business days. Implats and... 

November mining production, sales up; Omicron to weigh on December stats

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 Mining production increased by 5.2% year-on-year in November, buoyed by a 38.1% rise in the production of platinum group metals (PGMs) – contributing 7.7 percentage points to the overall tally; and a 9.3% rise in iron-ore – contributing 0.8 of a percentage point, overall. Financial services... 

Capital Drilling says 2021 was its strongest financial year yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 LSE-listed mining services company Capital Drilling recorded its strongest financial year yet in 2021, with three quarters of revenue growth, executive chairperson Jamie Boynton says. He highlights that 2021 was a “transformational” year for Capital, driven in part by a surge in market activity... 

Rio reports tough end to the year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto has seen a drop in production across all of its commodities for the full year ending December, and in the last quarter of the year, compared with the previous corresponding period. CEO Jakob Stausholm said that in 2021, Rio continued to experience strong demand for... 

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Caledonia’s Blanket mine exceeds full-year production guidance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 Gold miner Caledonia Mining achieved record production of 67 476 oz of gold from the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, during 2021, exceeding its revised increased guidance. Output was also 17% higher year-on-year. 

First Quantum's 3-year capex guidance up on cost pressures, new projects

By: Mariaan Webb     18th January 2022 Copper and gold miner First Quantum has increased its capital expenditure (capex) guidance for the next three years, reflecting inflationary and logistical pressures on existing projects and the inclusion of new projects. The capex guidance for 2022 jumped to $1.25-billion, about 30% more than... 

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First Quantum produced its highest-ever production result in 2021, helped by a record performance at Cobre Panama (pictured).

Xtract’s Manica booms in fourth quarter with significant production ramp up

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 LSE-listed brownfield miner and developer Xtract Resources reports that the total contractor alluvial gold produced at the Manica operation, in Mozambique, increased to 2 306 oz in the fourth quarter of 2021, from the 1 416 oz produced in the third quarter. During the period, total hard-rock... 

Nickel market caught up in fresh squeeze

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 The nickel market is facing its biggest squeeze in more than a decade as buyers are forced to pay huge premiums for immediate supplies with exchange inventories plunging. Cash contracts on the London Metal Exchange reached a $90-a-ton premium to those expiring a day later, the highest since 2010... 

Ewoyaa drilling assays confirm high grades, mineralisation continuity

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2022 Africa-focussed lithium explorer and developer Atlantic Lithium reports that its current high-grade infill drilling campaign at the Ewoyaa lithium project, in Ghana, continues to confirm high grades and mineralisation continuity. Atlantic recently announced an updated scoping study and increased... 

Lynas posts record revenues

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 4 minutes ago Rare earths miner Lynas has reported record sales revenue for the three months to December, reflecting strong customer demand. The ASX-listed company on Wednesday reported that revenue for the quarter had reached A$202.7-million, up from the A$121.6-million reported in the previous quarter, with... 

Stanmore awards mining services contract

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 5 minutes ago Coal miner Stanmore Coal has awarded a A$564-million mining contract at its Isaac Downs mine, in Queensland. The five-year opencut mining services contract was awarded to EPSA Pacific, marking a major milestone in moving the mine to full production, following the e completion of all regulatory... 

Ecuador indigenous demand rights to consent on extractive projects

By: Reuters     Updated 7 minutes ago Indigenous communities in Ecuador on Tuesday presented hundreds of thousands of signatures to the country's top court to demand their right to make final decisions on use of ancestral lands they say are threatened by expansion of extractive projects. The indigenous A'i Cofan and Waorani... 

New methods ad to ERF effectiveness

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 1 hour 55 minutes ago The Australian government has finalised new methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that would make it easier for industry and farmers to take part in developing high-integrity carbon offset and take part in the ERF. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor... 

Woodside inks LNG HoA in the US

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 1 hour 59 minutes ago Oil and gas producer Woodside Energy has struck a heads of agreement (HoA) with US based Commonwealth LNG for the potential supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG from the proposed Commonwealth LNG development in Louisiana. The HaA contemplates the purchase of 2-million tonnes a year of LNG over a... 

BHP adjusts copper and coal expectations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 2 hours 9 minutes ago Diversified major BHP has adjusted its full year outlook for metallurgical coal and copper productions as tough conditions continued. The miner on Wednesday reported that full year copper production was trending towards the low end of the guidance range of between 1.59-million and 1.76-million... 

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Commodities giant Glencore hits decade high on price boom

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 Commodities giant Glencore hit the highest in almost a decade, driven by rallies in everything from metals to coal and optimism for a years-long supercycle. The world’s biggest commodity trader surpassed its 2018 intraday peak on Tuesday, valuing the Swiss company at about $74-billion. Like its... 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

BHP revives appetite for deals with biggest rivals in sights

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 After sitting dormant for more than a decade, BHP Group -- once mining’s most aggressive dealmaker -- is positioning itself for a return to large-scale M&A. BHP has expanded its dealmaking team, including in London, and is interested in pursuing a transformational deal, according to people... 

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

China’s record coal spree seen preventing any new energy crunch

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 China is better prepared to avoid any energy supply crisis even with power demand forecast to continue to grow rapidly, authorities said. A 10% lift in demand last year triggered a supply crunch in the second half and caused widespread electricity shortages, prompting a raft of government action... 

PDAC rescheduled to June

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2022 The yearly Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention has been rescheduled, owing to current health restrictions in Ontario. The event will now be hosted in person in Toronto from June 13 to 15 and online from June 28 to 29. 

AngloGold sees first gold from Nevada in next three years – CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     18th January 2022 Bullion major AngloGold Ashanti will produce its first gold from the Beatty district, in Nevada, in the next three years, CEO Alberto Calderon said on Tuesday, announcing the conclusion of the $370-million acquisition of Corvus Gold. The South Africa-based mining company sees Corvus as an... 

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AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon

Indonesia says 48 coal vessels so far released for export

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 Indonesia has so far allowed 48 coal export vessels to depart, a senior Trade Ministry official said on Tuesday, although the country's broader coal export ban remains in place until the end of the month. 

US Bill would block defense contractors from using Chinese rare earths

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 A bipartisan piece of legislation introduced in the US Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earths from China by 2026 and use the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of the strategic minerals. The bill, sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton, an Arkansas... 

First Quantum agrees to higher payments at Panama copper mine

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 The Panamanian unit of Canadian miner First Quantum Minerals has agreed with Panama's government to increase royalty payments at its flagship copper mine, the company and the government said on Monday. Minera Panama, which is majority owned by First Quantum Minerals, has agreed to pay... 

Peru communities reject latest proposal to end Las Bambas mine conflicts

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 Leaders of a group of Peruvian communities said in a public hearing on Monday that they rejected a government proposal to prevent future blockades affecting the Las Bambas copper mine. Capacmarca district leaders said they would analyze the proposal for 15 days before deciding whether to once... 

Focus reports maiden resource at Lancefield Far North

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Takeover target Focus Minerals has reported a maiden inferred mineral resource of 33 900 oz of gold for its Lancefield Far North deposit, which forms part of the Laverton gold project, in Western Australia The Laverton project covers some 362 km2 of highly prospective tenements, and Focus’... 

Woodside settles Pluto Train 2 sale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 ASX-listed Woodside Energy has completed the sale of a 49% non-operating participating interest in the Pluto Train 2 joint venture (JV) to specialist infrastructure investor, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Woodside in November entered into a sale and purchase agreement with GIP. 

E25 mulls manganese processing plant in Asia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 A scoping study into a high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) plant has confirmed the economic benefits of the proposed project, ASX-listed Element25 said on Tuesday. The proposed project includes the construction of a HPMSM conversion plant as well as supporting administrative,... 

Sabina reports contractor fatality at Back River

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2022 Toronto-listed Sabina Gold & Silver on Monday reported a fatal accident involving an employee of a contractor employed at the Back River gold district, in Nunavut. The company explained that, while clearing snow, a D6 dozer and its operator were lost through the ice about 6 km from the port... 

Peru communities reject latest proposal to end Las Bambas mine conflicts

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 Leaders of a group of Peruvian communities said in a public hearing on Monday that they rejected a government proposal to prevent future blockades affecting the Las Bambas copper mine. Capacmarca district leaders said they would analyse the proposal for 15 days before deciding whether to once... 

Vale, other Brazil miners ramp up production as rains subside

By: Reuters     18th January 2022 Brazilian miners including Vale are resuming production in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais after halting some operations due to heavy rains that disrupted logistics and increased the risk of accidents. Vale said in a securities filing on Monday that the Brucutu and Mariana mines were... 

Calidus forms lithium JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Junior Calidus Resources has formed a lithium exploration joint venture (JV) with Haoma Mining. The exploration company, which will be known as Pirra Lithium, will be assigned tenements and lithium rights across the most prospective lithium ground in the Calidus and Haoma portfolios. These... 

Kingstone completes Mineral Hill buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 ASX-listed Kingston Resources has completed the acquisition of the Mineral Hill mine, in New South Wales, marking its transition into the ranks of Australian gold producers. The company in November last year struck an agreement with US-based Quintana MH Holding Company to acquire the mine for... 

Woodside advances US hydrogen project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside Energy has entered front-end engineering design (FEED) on a hydrogen project, awarding a FEED engineering services contract to Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC (KBR) in December, for its proposed H2OK project in Oklahoma. H2OK is a liquid hydrogen production facility proposed... 

Affordability concerns come to fore as Eskom outlines case for 20.5% hike 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has again insisted that its 2022/23 allowable revenue application, together with already approved regulatory clearing account (RCA) determinations, will translate to a hike of 20.5% in the standard tariff from April 1 if granted in full by the regulator.... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Kirkland Lake finishes year strong; Agnico deal to close soon

By: Mariaan Webb     17th January 2022 Bullion producer Kirkland Lake, which is merging with Agnico Eagle, has finished 2021 with record full-year production, driven by a stellar performance from the Fosterville mine, in Australia. The miner produced 1.43-million ounces of gold in 2021, exceeding its original guidance of 1.3-million... 

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Detour Lake in Ontario, Canada

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