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Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.
Less than 5% of energy consumed by South African mining in 2020 sourced from renewables.

Anglo American, EDF form new joint renewable energy thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American, in partnership with EDF Renewables, on Tuesday announced an agreement to form a new jointly owned company, Envusa Energy, to develop a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The energy ecosystem is expected to catalyse economic activity in... 

Nolitha Fakude, the chairperson of Anglo American's Management Board in South Africa.
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Nolitha Fakude, the chairperson of Anglo American's Management Board in South Africa.

56 wind and solar projects bid into South Africa’s enlarged renewables round 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago A total of 56 wind and solar projects have been submitted by prospective bidders under the sixth bid window (BW6) of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPPP), which has been expanded to 4 200 MW from an initial allocation of 2 600 MW. The bids,... 

Wind and solar

Transnet tables new wage offer, applies to CCMA for conciliation

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago State-owned Transnet has applied to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to convene conciliation discussions regarding the group’s current wage negotiations with labour unions. This follows after the unions rejected Transnet’s latest offer on October 3. 

A photo of rail and port infrastructure owned by Transnet

Combat energy poverty as well as achieve decarbonisation - Mantashe

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday warned that the need to transition to low-carbon energy sources sat “uncomfortably” with energy poverty in Africa. He did so in his keynote address at the Africa Oil Week 2022 conference in Cape Town. He pointed out that while Africa... 

Phalaborwa PEA demonstrates long-life, financially robust operation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 5 hours ago A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earth's Phalaborwa project, in South Africa, demonstrates a long-life and financially robust opportunity for Phalaborwa to become a significant supplier of high-purity rare earth oxides to the rapidly expanding permanent magnet... 

European benchmark ferrochrome price for the fourth quarter 17.2% lower q/q

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 6 hours ago JSE-listed Merafe Resources reports that the European benchmark ferrochrome price for the fourth quarter has been settled at $1.49/lb. This represents a 17.2% decrease from the benchmark price of $1.80/lb in the third quarter. 

Steelpoortdrift proves up for Vanadium Resources

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 A definitive feasibility study (DFS) into the Steelpoortdrift vanadium project, in South Africa, has confirmed the project’s economics, ASX-listed Vanadium Resources said on Tuesday. The Steelpoortdrift Project involves the open pit mining of an initial 1.6-million tonne a year (Year 1-4) of... 

Namibia Critical plans ‘significantly’ bigger rare earths mine

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2022 The Lofdal heavy rare earth project has the potential to be a "significantly" bigger operation than the previous studies, with Namibia Critical Metals on Monday unveiling the results of a new preliminary economic assessment (PEA). The new PEA works on a larger yearly run-of mine (RoM) and plant... 

Hwange Colliery suffers interim Z$3.97bn loss on back of foreign legacy debt

By: Donna Slater     Updated 32 minutes ago Despite a 52% increase in production and a 74% increase in sales for the six months to June 30, JSE-, ZSE- and LSE-listed Zimbabwe-based coal miner Hwange Colliery made a Z$3.97-billion loss in inflation-adjusted terms in the period – a 356% increase year-on-year. For the six months to June 30,... 

Marula invests in high-grade copper mining project in Tanzania

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 13 minutes ago Africa-focused mining investment company Marula Mining has entered into a binding heads of agreement with Tanzanian mining company Takela Mining Tanzania and has secured a 49% commercial interest in the Kinusi copper mining project, which comprises ten granted copper mining licences. The signing... 

Judge expects to issue judgment in Haib prospecting licence renewal case in Nov

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 10 minutes ago TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources announces that the High Court of Namibia’s hearing of the review of the Minister’s decision not to renew the exploration and prospecting licence for the Haib copper project was held on October 3, and the judge indicated that a written judgment is to be expected... 

Kenmare buys back more than 90 000 shares

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 13 minutes ago London-listed Kenmare Resources announces that, following the closure of the odd-lot offer on September 30, the company has bought back 92 419 of its ordinary shares at £4.82 each. The odd-lot offer was announced on August 24 to reduce Kenmare’s shareholder base. As a result of its restructuring... 

BHP banking on ongoing demand for steel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Diversified miner BHP has made the case that steel, and in effect iron-ore, should also be classified as a critical mineral given it was essential for the decarbonation of power. Speaking at an investor day, BHP’s VP for market analysis and economics, Dr Huw McKay noted that power generation... 

Free State govt to build houses for Jagersfontein residents affected by dam burst

By: News24Wire      26th September 2022 The Free State government has announced it will be building about 160 houses for the Jagersfontein families who were displaced following a dam burst on September 11. Premier Sisi Ntombela said the province would be assisting the affected families with 160 new homes. Construction will start on... 

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ferroglobe floats plans to restart Polokwane silicon metal plant

By: Donna Slater     Updated 23 minutes ago London-based silicon metal, silicon-based alloys and manganese-based specialty alloys producer Ferroglobe has plans to restart its 55 000 t/y silicon metal facility in Polokwane, in South Africa. Strong market demand for silicon metal is the driver behind Ferroglobe’s strategic plan to increase... 

Hurricane Ian affects Mosaic phosphate production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 38 minutes ago NYSE-listed Mosaic expects its full-year production to fall by between 200 000 t and 250 000 t, after Hurricane Ian caused modest damage to its facilities and supporting infrastructure in Florida. Repairs will be completed over the next one to two weeks, the company said on Monday. 

Desalination plant delay to hit Los Pelambres 2023 production

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 1 hour 17 minutes ago London-listed Antofagasta will lower its 2023 production guidance when it reports its third-quarter results later this month, following a delay in the completion of the desalination plant project, which is key to water availability at the Los Pelambres mine in Chile. Marine construction work on... 

Desalination plant delay to hit Los Pelambres 2023 production

Nyrstar's Port Pirie lead smelter to shut for 55 days

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago Nyrstar's Port Pirie lead smelter in Australia will shut for 55 days to implement capital expenditure to improve emissions and operational performance, the Belgium-based company said on Tuesday. Trafigura is a majority owner of Nyrstar, which declined to say how much lead Port Pirie produces.... 

Australia's Nickel Industries sees lower quarterly earnings as prices weaken

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago Australia's Nickel Industries on Monday forecast a slump in its quarterly operating earnings due to weakening nickel pig iron prices and said it would transition one of its Indonesian projects to a low-grade ore of the battery metal. Nickel Industries said it expects third-quarter earnings... 

BHP to receive 3 more LNG-fuelled bulk carriers in next 6-9 mths - exec

By: Reuters     Updated 6 hours ago BHP Group expects to receive three more bulk carriers powered partly by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the next six to nine months, part of the company's plans to cut emissions from shipping, a senior executive said. BHP, which received its first two LNG-fuelled vessels earlier this year, has... 

Alpha starts commissioning at HPA First

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 6 hours ago Junior Alpha HPA has started commissioning of Stage 1 of its HPA First project, in Queensland. The Stage 1 precursor production facility (PPF) has now started commissioning ahead of production of HPA’s high purity aluminium precursors, slated for the December quarter of this year. 

Palladium discovery at Arizona silver mine a potential ‘game-changer’, says Silver Bullet

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago TSX-V-listed Silver Bullet Mines (SBMI) has made a surprise discovery of significant quantities of palladium and gold in the mineralised material from its Buckeye silver mine, in Arizona, which CEO John Carter says could be a “game changer” for the company. The gold and palladium were discovered... 

MCA calls for cost protection in safeguard mechanism

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for additional price risk management measures to be included in any changes to the safeguard mechanism to prevent excessive costs, damaging volatility or predatory price speculation and other forms of behaviour that would cost jobs and exports in... 

BHP studying growth options in the Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Mining major BHP is investigating options to grow iron-ore production to some 330-million tonnes a year. Western Australian iron-ore asset president, Brandon Craig said during a site visit that the company is studying options to expand production to 330-million tonnes a year, supported by the... 

BHP studying growth options in the Pilbara

New Mexico mine to cost less than $30m – Minera Alamos

By: Mariaan Webb     4th October 2022 TSX-V-listed Minera Alamos has announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Cerro do Oro project, in Mexico, detailing plans for a 60 000 oz/y gold mine that will cost less than $30-million. The project has an 8.2-year mine life, based on an initial mineable total of... 

Sayona starts downstream studies at NAL

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Lithium developer Sayona Mining has launched a prefeasibility study (PFS) for the development of downstream processing options at the North American Lithium (NAL) operation in Quebec. The ASX-listed company on Tuesday said that it was working closely with its partner Piedmont Lithium to examine... 

Energy and battery minerals driving Australian exports to record levels

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$450-billion in 2022/23, with the export of battery metals, including copper, nickel and lithium, expected to more than double on the 2020/21 earnings. In the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief... 

Image shows operations at Port Hedland

Freeport-McMoRan to earn into Bute Valley copper project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2022 US-based mining major Freeport-McMoRan has acquired an exclusive right and option to acquire up to an 80% interest in Canadian private company Falcon Butte Minerals’ Butte Valley copper project, in the White Pine county, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, announced by Falcon Butte,... 

US coal prices climb past $200 as global energy crunch boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2022 US coal prices surged past $200 for the first time as a global energy crunch drives up demand for the dirtiest fossil fuel. Spot prices for coal from Central Appalachia rose to $204.95 a ton for the week ending September 30, the highest in records dating to 2005, according to data released... 

Brazil Potash seals agreements with soyabean producer Amaggi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2022 Potash development company Brazil Potash has signed several agreements with Amaggi, one of the world’s biggest privately held soyabean producers, for the offtake, marketing and barge transportation of its production from the Phase 1 Autazes mine. The contracts are for 2.4-million tonnes a year... 

Brazil Potash seals agreements with soyabean producer Amaggi

Fortune extends option to acquire Alberta refinery site for Nico project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2022 Canadian mining company Fortune Minerals has secured an extension to the option to buy the JFSL Field Services brownfield site in Lamont, Alberta. The extension, the company says, is owing to “the current economic and capital market volatility”. Fortune plans to construct a hydrometallurgical... 

A landmark $8.5bn climate finance deal hangs in the balance

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2022 A landmark $8.5-billion deal to help wean South Africa off its dependence on coal is hanging in the balance amid fraught negotiations with rich donor countries over how the funds should be spent. The climate finance deal, unveiled at UN-led talks in Glasgow last year, was hailed as a prototype... 

A photo of Eskom's Duvha power station

EV demand sparks revival of US manganese mining after decades

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2022 South32 aims to accelerate development of the first new US manganese mine for decades as carmakers rush to secure supply of the metal needed in electric vehicle batteries. Automakers are “super keen” to secure supply from the company’s Clark Deposit in Arizona, which would become the only local... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Distributed generation investment may ‘grind to halt’ if Eskom's retail tariff reforms are implemented 'overnight' 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2022 Economic and energy advisory company Meridian Economics is warning that the immediate implementation of Eskom’s proposed retail tariff plan could severely disincentivise investment into the large distributed generation plants required to reduce or end load-shedding. The plan, which the utility... 

Power lines

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.
Demand for platinum-based green hydrogen generation growing.

Pensana signs MoU with potential offtaker of 25% of yearly rare earth oxide output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2022 London-listed Pensana has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for offtake of 25% of its yearly production of raw materials used for the production of magnet materials. Pensana says it is pleased to be entering into this strategic relationship by supplying rare earth oxides from the Saltend... 

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