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Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.
Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.

African mining investors see opportunity amid rising insecurity and recession fears 

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 The “world’s largest investment conference”, the Investing in African Mining Indaba, looks to entice investors to Cape Town’s International Convention Centre in hopes of righting “Africa’s myriad economies” following successive years of geopolitical shifts and economic disruptions, says... 

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Omnia turns on the first phase of its 10 MW solar farm in Sasolburg 

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2023 JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia on January 27 unveiled the 5 MW Phase 1 solar power plant at its Sasolburg operations, in the Free State, followed immediately by a sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of construction on an additional 5 MW power plant.  This second phase of the solar power... 

The Phase 1 solar plant at Omnia's Sasolburg premises
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The Phase 1 solar plant at Omnia's Sasolburg premises

Ironveld Mining, Pace enter JV to produce, sell DMS-grade magnetite

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2023 Iron-ore miner Ironveld’s subsidiary, Ironveld Mining, has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with mining and industrial supply chain solutions provider Pace as equal partners to produce and sell dense media separation- (DMS-) grade magnetite from Ironveld’s mine in Limpopo, South... 

Yellen says South African coal communities need $3.5bn

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2023 South Africa has identified more than R60-billion of investments needed to help communities in the coal-mining Mpumalanga province as the industry gradually winds down, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said as she announced an additional $45-million in grant support. The investments form part... 

Investment, management engenders turnaround at Blyvoor mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2023 Seven years after the Blyvooruitzicht gold mine (now known as Blyvoor) found new owners, the new management team’s turnaround strategy is said to be showing signs of progress. Blyvoor Gold, the company that bought Blyvoor in 2015, says it has returned the mine, on Gauteng’s West Rand, to a... 

An image of the Blyvoor gold mine in Gauteng
Blyvoor gold mine

Implats again extends longstop date for RBPlat buyout

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2023 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) has extended the date set for fulfilment or waiver of the conditions precedent to its buyout offer to Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) shareholders to March 31. As previously announced, the only remaining conditions precedent outstanding to declare the offer... 

Deep-South to close $210 000 of a non-brokered private placement

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2023 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources will close the first tranche in a new non-brokered private placement, for an amount of $210 000. The offering will comprise up to ten-million units for a total of up to $500 000. 

GoldStone to raise £2.4m to expand Ghana mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2023 Aim-listed GoldStone Resources has issued convertible loan notes to Blue Gold International  Limited (BGL) in the nominal amount of £2.4-million, which are due for redemption on November 30, 2024. BGL has also received warrants to subscribe for up to 60-million ordinary shares exercisable at any... 

Savannah, MRG Metals call off option agreement on Moz concession

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2023 London-listed lithium developer Savannah Resources says the due diligence period for signing an option agreement with ASX-listed heavy mineral sands miner MRG Metals related to a mining concession in Mozambique has expired, with the parties mutually deciding not to proceed further. This follows... 

Britishvolt’s founder says UK battery sector is ‘doomed’ unless government steps up

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2023 The UK’s battery manufacturing industry is doomed unless the government ramps up support for the sector, according to the founder of failed battery startup Britshvolt Ltd. Formerly the UK’s main hope for a homegrown supplier to the electric-vehicle industry, Britishvolt went into bankruptcy this... 

Stillwater expands Montana project’s battery metals resource 62%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th January 2023 Vancouver-based Stillwater Critical Minerals has reported a 62% increase in the updated mineral resource estimate for its Stillwater West platinum group element, nickel, copper, cobalt and gold project,  in Montana, US. The study showed significant increases in tonnage and contained metal at... 

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines   

27th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the biggest decline in coal exports from the Richards Bay Coal Terminal in three decades; Sasol’s renewable energy contract; and Anglo’s emission-reducing ship.   

RBCT exports, Sasol, Anglo American make headlines

Norway finds 'substantial' mineral resources on its seabed

By: Reuters     27th January 2023  A Norwegian study has found a "substantial" amount metals and minerals ranging from copper to rare earth metals on the seabed of its extended continental shelf, authorities said on Friday in their first official estimates. The Nordic country, a major oil and gas exporter, is considering whether... 

Mongolia calls on Rio Tinto to keep budget for giant copper mine in check

By: Reuters     27th January 2023 Mongolia has asked Rio Tinto, its partner in the huge Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi desert, not to further increase its estimated $7.06-billion budget for the project's expansion, its Mining Minister told Reuters. The two partners have only just ended a long-running tussle over the... 

Mongolia calls on Rio Tinto to keep budget for giant copper mine in check

TotalEnergies buying extra stake in Fort Hills from Teck

By: Reuters     27th January 2023 France's TotalEnergiessaid on Friday it would buy an extra 6.65% stake in the Fort Hills Energy Limited Partnership and associated sales and logistics agreements from Teck Resources for C$312-million. The deal will result in TotalEnergies owning a 31.23% stake in Fort Hills Energy Limited... 

Receiver appointed for Trevali’s Caribou assets

By: Mariaan Webb     27th January 2023 The Supreme Court of British Columbia has appointed FTI Consulting Canada as receiver, without security, of the assets of the base metals firm Trevali’s Caribou mine. The embattled base metals miner in August suspended operations at Caribou and halted plans to expand its Rosh Pinah mine, in... 

WA resource sales hits record

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week revealed that the resources sector reached record sales of A$231-billion in 2021-22, with employment reaching an all-time high of more than 157 700 workers. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's 2021-22 Statistics Digest stated that... 

Opinion: Better infrastructure can help South Africa escape low growth

27th January 2023 In this article, Royal HaskoningDHV smart mobility director Bongani Mthombeni-Möller writes about the infrastructure challenges facing South Africa and what can be done to solve these for the benefit of the country's economy.  

Bongani Mthombeni-Möller
Bongani Mthombeni-Möller

Champion mulls $470m project to upgrade Bloom Lake product

By: Mariaan Webb     27th January 2023 Canada-based Champion Iron is mulling a $470.7-million investment for a direct reduction pellet feed (DRPF) project at Bloom Lake, Quebec, which will further contribute to reducing emissions in the steelmaking process. The project will upgrade Bloom Lake’s iron-ore concentrate to a DRPF-quality... 

Plug Power scraps electrolyser plant partnership with Fortescue

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 Plug Power has walked away from building an electrolyser manufacturing plant in Australia with Fortescue Metals Group as the economics did not work, Plug CEO Andrew Marsh said on Thursday. The project, announced in October 2021, is a key plank in Fortescue's ambition to become a major green... 

Pilbara Minerals appoints chief development officer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 Lithium miner Pilbara Minerals has appointed John Stanning to the newly created position of chief development officer to oversee all of the company’s corporate development, growth and exploration functions. Stanning has more than 20 years’ experience in the resources sector as an investment... 

Origin sets new guidance at APLNG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 ASX-listed Origin Energy on Friday warned that production from the Australian Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project would be lower than anticipated for the 2023 financial year. In October last year, the company warned that production had been impacted by the cumulative effects of wet... 

Panama won't allow Canada's First Quantum to expand its copper mine operations

By: Reuters     27th January 2023 Panama will not allow Canada's First Quantum to expand the area of its existing copper mining operations, the deputy Environment Minister told Reuters, stressing the government's opposition to what it said was a request from the firm for more land. The comments from Deputy Minister Diana Laguna... 

US bans mining in parts of Minnesota, dealing latest blow to Antofagasta's copper project

By: Reuters     27th January 2023 The US Interior Department on Thursday blocked mining in part of northeast Minnesota for 20 years, the latest blow to Antofagasta's Twin Metals copper and nickel mining project but a step officials said is needed to protect the state's vast network of interconnected waterways. The decision... 

US bans mining in parts of Minnesota, dealing latest blow to Antofagasta's copper project

Australian Vanadium and Neometals eye potential partnership

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium and fellow listed Neometals will collaborate on critical minerals in Western Australia. The two companies this week signed a term sheet to investigate opportunities for Australian Vanadium to purchase and further process vanadium and iron concentrate co-product... 

Woodside sets new record in December quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 Oil and gas major Woodside delivered record quarterly production figures this week, with the company producing 51.6-million barrels of oil equivalent during the three months to December, up 0.7% on the third quarter. Sales volumes during the fourth quarter reached 52.2-million barrels of oil... 

Santos gets approval for biodiversity plan in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 ASX-listed Santos has received government approval for its Mount Tabor biodiversity offset project, in South West Queensland. The company on Friday said that the final approval from the Queensland government meant the rich environment that covers over 5 000 ha in South West Queensland will be... 

WA to introduce climate change legislation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Western Australian government this week announced plans to introduce climate change legislation this year to establish a framework for responsible emissions reductions to meet Western Australia's goal of net zero by 2050. This legislation will also formalise the state’s ambitious aim to... 

Site found for critical minerals demonstration facility

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (Amec) has welcomed Australia’s first critical minerals demonstration facility in Townsville, after the Queensland government this week announced that a site had been secured for the demonstration facility. The A$75-million facility, to be... 

Fortescue posts record quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th January 2023 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported a record quarter in the three months to December, driving its best-ever half-year operating performance. “The Fortescue team delivered our highest ever December quarterly shipments of 49.4-million tonnes, our best ever half year, grew the mineral and... 

Image shows Fortescue mining operations

Magazine round up | 27 January 2023 

27th January 2023 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader. 

Magazine round up | 27 January 2023

Renewable energy, social upset key themes for miners in 2023 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 Capital expenditure of mining companies is increasingly being aimed at renewable energy projects and associated grid development – a trend that is likely to continue throughout this year, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions commodities analyst Amelia Haines... 

Miners in 2023 to focus on renewable energy expansion, addressing social aspect of ESG

Eskom aims to unlock 500 MW of renewables from second land-lease tender

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2023 Eskom will host site visits on February 7 for independent power producers (IPPs) interested in four new parcels of grid-ready land in Mpumalanga that the utility will make available under its long-term lease programme for the development of up to 500 MW of renewable-energy generation. The request... 

Eskom power lines

RBCT coal exports fall below 1993 level, being hit very badly by cable theft  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2023 The number of tons of coal exported through Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in 2022 fell to the lowest level since 1993. A total of 50.35 t was exported from the private-sector-owned RBCT, with the public-sector-owned rail line again being severely hit by copper cable theft currently. (Also... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal media briefing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PTM resumes drilling at Waterberg

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2023 Canada-headquartered Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has confirmed that infill drilling is once again under way at the Waterberg palladium project site, in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, after six of 16 boreholes were completed before the festive season break. The completed borehole drill cores... 

TFR sets March 20 closing date for tender seeking OEMs to step in to rehabilitate idle locos

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2023 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has set a closing date of March 20 for responses to a tender inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to step in to rehabilitate more than 160 Chinese-manufactured locomotives that are out of service, owing to the unavailability of critical spare parts. The... 

An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days
Photo by Creamer Media
An estimated 161 locomotives have been out of service for periods exceeding 90 days

Shanta expands West Kenya resource to 1.72Moz

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th January 2023 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has expanded the mineral resources at the West Kenya project, in Kenya, to 1.72-million ounces of gold. The company also increased the project's indicated resource by 91% to 722 000 oz, for gold grading 11.45 g/t. 

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