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Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch
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Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

Diesel vehicle push could boost platinum demand, says WPIC 

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 A resurgence in encouraging vehicle buyers to buy diesel vehicles could result in a boost for platinum demand, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In January 2021, the European Commission will measure the average fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of each European automotive... 

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 Coal mining and trading company Minergy recorded considerable achievements and milestones during the financial year ended June 30, despite a significant part of the year being impacted by Covid-19. “Despite border restrictions between South Africa and Botswana (a minimum of 15 weeks), Minergy, in... 

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact
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‘Emergency’ IPP power projects to be grid-connected by mid-2022 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has set the long-stop date for projects under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to start commercial operation as the end of June 2022. The... 

‘Emergency’ IPP power projects to be grid-connected by mid-2022

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on September 25 gazetted a Section 34 Determination to procure energy from independent power producers. This paves the way for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.  

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5

Tshipi continues to deliver

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines on Thursday said that production and exports from its Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa, remained on track, despite the project tracking behind plan. The company told shareholders that overall mining volumes during the quarter ended August were below plan as... 

Kropz makes second equity draw down

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 Phosphate explorer and developer Kropz has made its second quarterly drawdown request of $4-million under the equity facility with its major shareholder, the African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund. The second drawdown will be paid through the issuing of 50.96-million new ordinary shares at the issue... 

Manganese market fundamentals reaffirmed at Tesla Battery Day

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 TSX-V-listed Giyani Metals Corporation says it is encouraged by the endorsement of high-purity manganese as a critical component of cathode chemistries, as discussed during the Tesla Battery Day event on September 22. Tesla announced that the cathode chemistry for its intermediate range... 

Manganese market fundamentals reaffirmed at Tesla Battery Day
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Manganese ore

Repurposing of mining land could help create farming jobs at scale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 While the viability of rehabilitiating mined land for agricultural purposes is still being debated and researched, there are success stories in the making, where mining companies are helping their host communities develop sustainable agricultural economies as mining activity winds down. These... 

Repurposing of mining land could help create farming jobs at scale

Critical Metals publishes prospectus ahead of LSE listing

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2020 Investment company Critical Metals, on September 24 published a prospectus which has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) relating to the admission of 30.3-million ordinary shares of £0.005 apiece to listing on the standard segment of the official list of the FCA and to trading... 

Zambia to remove import duty on copper ore

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 Zambia will remove import duty on copper ores and concentrates to encourage local processing, Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu said in a Budget speech delivered in Parliament on Friday. Africa's second largest copper producer saw its export earnings from the metal in the first half of the year... 

Tin prices to extend rally as electronics sector recovers

By: Reuters     25th September 2020 Tin prices are due to extend their rally next year as top consumer China stocks up on the metal due to a recovery in demand for electronic goods. The bulk of tin, making up nearly half of demand, goes into solder, used chiefly in the electronics industry to connect components. 

Precious metals set for worst week since March on rising dollar

By: Bloomberg     25th September 2020 Gold extended losses, capping a torrid week for precious metals, which are set for their biggest losses since the virus panicked markets in March. Bullion declined again on Friday as the US dollar rose, after touching the lowest since July a day earlier. The outlook for the global economic... 

Pandemic bolsters US demand for precious metals

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for furthering investment in gold and silver in the US, with a new wave of investors who have never bought precious metals before now considering investing in such assets, Monex Precious Metals broker Albert Johnston III said during an LBMA-hosted... 

Aboriginal group says Rio Tinto ignored pleas to save sacred cave from blast

By: Reuters     25th September 2020 Rio Tinto ignored repeated requests from traditional owners for sacred Australian rockshelters to be protected in the months before the site was blasted during a mine expansion, an Indigenous group said on Friday. The world’s biggest iron ore miner in May destroyed the two caves in Western... 

Aboriginal group says Rio Tinto ignored pleas to save sacred cave from blast

Atalaya to develop 50 MW solar plant at Riotinto

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 London-listed Atalaya Mining has started the permitting process to develop a 50 MW solar plant at its Proyecto Riotinto copper mine mine, in Spain. Technical studies have indicated that, in addition to making a significant contribution to reduce carbon emissions, the solar project is... 

Haile mine is a top-tier assets, says OceanaGold CEO

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 The Haile mine, in South Caroline, which has faced numerous challenges in its three years of operation, has long-term value and offers significant organic growth opportunities, says OceanaGold president and CEO Michael Holmes. In an updated technical report, based on mineral reserves, the... 

Haile mine is a top-tier assets, says OceanaGold CEO

Auroch to fast track nickel hunt

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Junior Auroch Minerals will raise A$2.9-million to fast track exploration at its Saints and Leinster nickel projects, in Western Australia. The company on Friday said it had received form commitments from professional and sophisticated investors for the placement of more than 42.6-million... 

Gran Colombia to spin out ‘under-valued’ silver-gold asset

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 Midtier miner Gran Colombia on Thursday announced a letter of intent to spin-out its interest in the Zancudo project, over which Iamgold has an option, to TSX-V-listed junior ESV Resources. Gran Colombia will also subscribe for C$3-million of subscription receipts in a non-brokered private... 

Thiess wins contract extension at Mt Owen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has awarded mining services provider Thiess with a contract extension to provide mining services at the Mount Owen coal mine, in the Hunter Valley. The 18-month contract extension will generate revenue of A$340-million to Thiess, and would see the company continue to... 

Novo exercises its Malmsbury option

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Gold explorer Novo Resources has exercised its option over ASX-listed GBM Resource’s Malmsbury gold project, in the Victorian Goldfields. The companies in March inked a subscription agreement which resulted in Novo owning a 4.13% interest in GBM, as well as an option to acquire up to a 60%... 

Gibraltar wins top provincial reclamation award

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2020 The Gibraltar mine has taken home the Jake McDonald annual award for metal mine reclamation from the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR). TRCR's BC mine reclamation awards, which recognises outstanding achievement in mine reclamation in British Columbia, was... 

Poland nears accord to close its coal mines

By: Bloomberg     25th September 2020 Poland may finally be on the path to set the end-date for its unprofitable coal industry as an agreement with mining unions is within sight. Both the government and the unions said they are are ready to adopt the German model for coal-industry restructuring, which would require drafting the... 

Poland nears accord to close its coal mines

Ongoing studies lower First Cobalt operating costs

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2020 Ongoing engineering studies for the First Cobalt refinery, in Ontario, have reduced operating costs by 13% to $2.36/lb, improving refinery margins and enhancing project economics. The operating cost reduction resulted in about $4-million of increased yearly pretax cash flow, compared with the... 

Ongoing studies lower First Cobalt operating costs

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines 

25th September 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for business and government to look seriously at mining material from gold mine dumps and tailings dams, Australia  producing green hydrogen at $2/kg and Pan African Resource’s R150-million solar PV project that authorities are supporting.   

Gold mining, green hydrogen, Pan African make headlines

Lake Wells FID targeted for early 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 ASX-listed Australian Potash on Friday said it was on schedule to take a final investment decision on its Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, by the first quarter of next year. MD and CEO Matt Shackelton said on Friday that the company has made great progress... 

Orocobre's SPP closes A$13m higher

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Lithium miner Orocobre has exceeded its share purchase plan (SPP) target by some A$13-million, with the ASX and TSX-listed company on Friday revealing that its SPP had raised A$43-million. Orocobre in August announced plans to raise A$30-million through an SPP as part of a greater A$126-million... 

Gas industry to help with green plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 A new report developed by Australia’s gas industry bodies has demonstrated the pivotal role that gas and gas infrastructure would play in Australia’s low carbon energy future. The Gas Vision 2050 report outlines a roadmap to decarbonising the natural gas sector to help meet Australia’s emissions... 

80 000 Australian mines need rehabilitation – Monash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 New research by Monash University has identified more than 80 000 inactive and unused mine sites, which could have the potential to be transformed into valuable assets. The University on Friday said that the abandoned mines pose extreme environmental, public health and safety risks. However,... 

WA reports record resources sales

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 The resources sector in Western Australia reported record sales of A$172-billion in the 2019/20 financial year, new statistics from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has shown. Iron-ore sales reached a record A$103-billion on increased output and an eight-year price high,... 

WA reports record resources sales

Output expectations at Gruyere adjusted

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 Gold miner Gold Road Resources has reported a seven-day interruption at its Gruyere joint venture (JV) with Gold Fields, in Western Australia. The company said that a ball mill motor bearing failure occurred on a restart of the Gruyere processing facility after a scheduled maintenance shutdown.... 

Output expectations at Gruyere adjusted

Jaguar scoping due early 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 A scoping study into a high-grade nickel concentrate operation, at the Jaguar mine in Brazil, is slated for completion early in 2021, ASX-listed Centaurus Metals said this week. MD Darren Gordon told shareholders that the scoping study for the Jaguar project would lay the foundation for... 

Focus adds to Karridale resource

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 Junior Focus Minerals has reported a 60% increase to the mineral resource at its Karridale gold deposit, at its Laverton gold project. The depsit is now estimated to host an indicated and inferred mineral resource of 27.7-million tonnes, grading 1.33 g/t gold for 1.19-million ounces, supporting... 

BHP joins copper hunt in NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 Diversified major BHP has taken an option agreement over junior Encounter Resource’s Elliott copper project, in the Northern Territory. The option agreement provides BHP with the right to enter into an earn-in and joint venture (JV) agreement for up to a 75% interest in the project by spending... 

Macquarie joins Cape Hardy port plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 ASX-listed Iron Road on Thursday announced that Macquarie Capital had entered into a joint development agreement to advance the development and financing plans for the proposed A$250-million Cape Hardy Stage 1 multi-user, multi-commodity port facility. Iron Road, Macquarie and the Eyre Peninsula... 

Altura readies for offtake vote

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 The shareholders of lithium producer Altura Mining are expected to vote on an offtake agreement with major shareholder Hunan Yongshan Lithium Company on September 25. Altura in June this year struck a multi-year lithium offtake agreement with Hunan Yongshan, a subsidiary of shareholder Ningbo... 

New Argyle diamonds up for tender

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th September 2020 Mining major Rio Tinto has unveiled a historic collection of 62 diamonds, including six ‘hero’ diamonds for its 2020 Argyle pink diamonds tender. Rio said this week that the six ‘hero’ diamonds were selected for their unique beauty and named to ensure there is a permanent record of their... 

Gold windfall heading for investors with miners vowing restraint

By: Bloomberg     24th September 2020 Gold companies are vowing to give investors a greater share of the windfall from surging prices, without losing the fiscal discipline that’s returning to the industry. Even as bullion bounces around near record heights, helping lift miners’ cash flow and share prices, the mood -- at least... 

Gold windfall heading for investors with miners vowing restraint
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