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Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

Minerals Council says collaboration is key to unlocking growth-supporting infrastructure

By: Nadine James     22nd October 2021 There have been positive developments since the introduction of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan in October last year, and while implementation has been delayed, continued engagement between Minerals Council South Africa and government, as well as the current commodities price... 

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South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Merafe’s nine-month ferrochrome output up 64.6% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 JSE-listed ferrochrome producer Merafe Resources’ attributable ferrochrome production from the Glencore-Merafe chrome venture for the third quarter ended September 30 was 77 000 t. Production for the nine months to September 30 increased by 64.6% year-on-year to 276 000 t. 

Caterpillar, Tractafric complete 7.5 MW battery storage solution for grid stability at Barrick's Kibali

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2021 Construction and equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and equipment distribution multinational Tractafric have installed 7.5 MW of battery energy storage capacity at gold miner Barrick Gold's Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Tractafric solution is operational and deploys... 

Exxaro fulfills yearly corporate sustainability initiative obligations

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 South African coal and heavy minerals miner Exxaro Resources has fulfilled its yearly obligations as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Exxaro recently delivered its UNGC Communication on Progress (COP) document, which... 

Two employees die in incident at Harmony's Kusasalethu shaft

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) says it is mourning the loss of two mineworkers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu Shaft near Carletonville. There was a seismic event at 02:27 on October 21, which resulted in a fall of ground at 109 – 24 W2 panel and raise. The event... 

Grosvenor Resources’ £5.6m investment in Ironveld pending shareholder approval

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 Aim-listed iron-ore miner Ironveld is considering a proposed new major investment by natural resource company Grosvenor Resources, which will potentially invest £5.6-million in the company through a subscription for more than 561.5-million new ordinary shares. Grosvenor is a new South African... 

Hummingbird’s production impacted by equipment availability

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources poured 22 102 oz of gold during its third quarter, with sales for the period amounting to 22 255 oz at an average realised price of $1 782/oz. This left the gold miner with a gold inventory of 2 769 oz at the end of September, valued at $4.8-million. 

Listing incentives, excessive backlogs and Jupiter Mines make headlines   

21st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for incentives for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange; bringing in the private sector to clear excessive government backlogs; and Jupiter Mines's recent decisions relating to the board.   

Listing incentives, excessive backlogs and Jupiter Mines make headlines

Zijin opens Serbian copper and gold mine

By: Reuters     22nd October 2021 China's Zijin Mining began operations at a new Serbian copper and gold mine expected to make the Balkan country Europe's second-largest copper producer. The Cukaru Peki upper zone of the Timok copper and gold project is part of Serbia's only copper mining complex, the RTB Bor operation owned by... 

The Cukari Peki upper zone of the Timok project is part of Serbia's only copper mining complex, the RTB Bor operation owned by Zijin.
The Cukari Peki upper zone of the Timok project is part of Serbia's only copper mining complex, the RTB Bor operation owned by Zijin.

Polish miners take to Luxembourg streets in mine closure protest

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 A group of about 2 000 Polish miners has traveled more than 800 km to Luxembourg to protest against the decision of the European Court of Justice to halt production at their lignite mine. The Friday demonstration, heavily guarded by the Luxembourg and Belgian police, comes five months after the... 

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 Base metals were mostly higher, paring a weekly slump, as the global energy crisis kept roiling the energy-intensive sector. The global energy shortage, fueled by record coal and gas costs, has forced metal output cuts from China to Europe, depleting inventories. Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s... 

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

India considering strategic reserves for imported coal

By: Reuters     22nd October 2021 India is considering maintaining strategic reserves of natural gas and imported coal to address future supply shocks, a senior Power Ministry official said on Thursday, as the energy hungry nation battles a crippling coal shortage. A surge in power demand combined with a fall in imports due to... 

Indonesia 2021 coal output seen at 610Mt, below target

By: Reuters     22nd October 2021 Indonesia is likely to miss its coal output target this year, an Energy Ministry official said on Friday. Heavy rains are slowing mine and port operations in Indonesia, the world's biggest exporter of coal used for power generation, mining executives have told Reuters. Production is expected... 

Australian coal giant turns China ban into a win with shipments from US

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 China’s ban on Australian coal imports has proved a boon for Sydney-listed Coronado Global Resources, one of the world’s top producers of the metallurgical variety that’s key to steelmaking. With mines from the Appalachian mountains in the US to Australia’s Bowen Basin, geographical diversity... 

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Newcastle coal stacker

Nevada Lithium lists in Frankfurt, applies for OTCQB trading

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2021 Minerals explorer Nevada Lithium’s shares are now cross listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE). “There is significant demand from European investors for exploration and development stories like ours, and we are pleased that it will now be easier for... 

Codelco reaches union agreement with Salvador mine

By: Reuters     22nd October 2021 Chile's State-owned Codelco, the world's largest producer of copper, said on Thursday it had reached an agreement with its labor union at its small Salvador mine. Codelco said it had reached a 36-month agreement that will not include salary adjustments, but will include a bonus of $4 980 for... 

EPA approves Lynas plant in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) this week granted environmental approval for rare earths producer Lynas to develop its rare earth processing facility. Lynas is proposing to construct and operate the plant on Great Eastern Highway, about 7 km from... 

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NorZinc’s Prairie Creek targets 261Mlb/y of zinc-equivalent

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd October 2021 TSX-listed NorZinc is starting on an updated definitive feasibility study for its Prairie Creek project, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, having completed a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA). The PEA incorporates an updated mineral resource estimate of 9.8-million tonnes at... 

WA's hydrogen focus switches to transport

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian government has called on transport operators, equipment manufacturers and hydrogen producers to team up and submit an expression of interest (EoI) for its Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program. The program will provide financial support to a project that includes the... 

Low global copper supply imperils climate goals, Freeport CEO says

By: Reuters     22nd October 2021 Low global supplies of copper - a key metal used in wiring, electric vehicles and other electronics - will crimp global climate ambitions unless regulators green light more mines, the chief executive of Freeport-McMoRan said on Thursday. The warning comes as global leaders plan to discuss... 

Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson
Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson

Piedmont adds to Carolina resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has increased the mineral resource estimate for its Carolina project to 44.2-million tonnes, grading 1.08% lithium oxide for about 1.1-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent. About 774 000 t of this lithium carbonate equivalent resource has been estimated... 

Consultation open for hydrogen and renewable gases in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The federal government has called for consultation on national reforms that will support the next steps in the roll-out of hydrogen, biomethane and other renewable gases to be used in Australia’s gas networks. Energy Ministers agreed in August to expedite reforms to support investment in... 

Consolidated signs offtake for Mexican zinc mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 ASX-listed Consolidated Zinc has signed an offtake agreement for all of the zinc concentrate produced at its Plomosas project, in Mexico, for the entirety of 2022. Latin American mining company Industrias Penoles S.A. de C.V. has exercised its option to purchace all of the zinc concentrate from... 

De Grey completes major capital raise

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 Junior De Grey Mining on Friday completed the fully underwritten placement of more than 113.6-million shares, to raise A$125-million. The ASX-listed company earlier this week announced the share placement, which was priced at A$1.10 a share, to fund exploration work and a prefeasibility study... 

Chinese regulator approves Core/Ganfeng deal

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 Chinese regulators have approved an offtake agreement between Australian lithium developer Core Lithium and Ganfeng Lithium. The offtake agreement covers 75 000 t/y of spodumene concentrate from the Finniss project, over a four-ear term, with Ganfeng also investing A$34-million in Core through... 

Magazine round up | 22 October 2021 

22nd October 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 22 October 2021

Illegal miners in shootout with Hawks in North West: 6 killed, 8 injured and 87 arrested 

By: News24Wire      21st October 2021 Six illegal miners were killed, eight were injured, and 87 others arrested following a shootout with the Hawks on Wednesday. The members of the Special Task Force, assisted by the Hawks Organised Crime Unit, received a tip-off about illegal mining activities taking place in Orkney on Wednesday... 

Russia to test air quality monitoring on Nornickel with view to going nationwide

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 Russia will start testing a potentially nationwide real-time system to monitor air quality at metals giant Nornickel's base in the industrial Arctic city of Norilsk next year, the company and a government official said on Thursday. Nornickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer,... 

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Diamcor tender generates R483 000 in revenue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2021 TSX-listed junior diamond miner Diamcor Mining says it continues to achieve significant results in this quarter’s initial tender and sale of rough diamonds recovered from the processing of quarry material through its recently upgraded processing facilities at the  Krone-Endora at Venetia project... 

Coal and iron pile up in South Africa on rail constraints

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2021 Kumba Iron Ore’s struggle in getting supplies to ports is further highlighting the constraints South Africa faces in exporting key commodities including coal. The continent’s top iron ore producer said its premium steelmaking material is being held up at mines in South Africa’s Northern Cape... 

Denison sells Goviex shares, warrants for $41.6m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2021 Dual-listed Denison Mines has entered into a private agreement to sell shares and warrants that it held in Africa-focused explorer and developer GoviEx Uranium for investment purposes for $41.6-million. Denison will sell 32.5-million common shares, currently held for investment purposes, and... 

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

South Africa’s integrated energy policy ‘vacuum’ discouraging investment, report warns 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 The continued absence of a long-term vision for South Africa’s energy sector is creating a policy “vacuum” and undermining investment, the 2021 edition of the South African Energy Risk Report states. Published by the South African National Energy Association (Sanea), the report highlights that... 

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China power crisis boosts coal imports from Indonesia to record

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2021 Indonesia is now overwhelmingly China’s biggest overseas supplier of coal, with shipments hitting a record last month after Beijing loosened curbs on imports to tackle its power crisis. Cargoes of coking, thermal and brown coal from the Southeast Asian nation surpassed 21 million tons in... 

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BHP studies the potential for using nickel mine waste to capture carbon

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 BHP Group is looking at the potential to use the waste from its Australian nickel mining operations to capture and store carbon and will conduct field trials this financial year. It is also harnessing new technologies to look deeper underground for minerals critical to the energy transition like... 

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BHP chief technical officer Laura Tyler

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