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Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Alcoa secures more gas in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2020 Aluminum producer Alcoa has inked three new gas sales and purchase agreements that would supply 198 PJ of gas to its alumina refineries in Western Australia, starting from 2024. The company this week said that the agreements with Warrego Energy, ExxonMobil and Chevron, coupled with existing gas... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Rio Tinto smelter in focus as New Zealand's PM seeks extension

By: Reuters     28th September 2020 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that she will negotiate to extend the operations of Rio Tinto's aluminum smelter in the country by 3-5 years if she is returned to power in the October 17 election. New Zealand Aluminum Smelter's (NZAS) planned closure is a hot election... 

Rio Tinto smelter in focus as New Zealand's PM seeks extension
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metal industry sees no need for LME green aluminium platform

By: Reuters     22nd September 2020 The London Metal Exchange does not need a separate platform to trade low carbon aluminium and should focus instead on services its users need more urgently, such as a euro-denominated steel contract, metal industry sources told Reuters. As pressure mounts on investors and companies to prove their... 

US to remove tariffs on Canadian aluminum, Ottawa drops threat of retaliation

By: Reuters     16th September 2020 The Trump administration said on Tuesday it will remove 10% US tariffs on raw Canadian aluminum as long as imports of the metal stay below levels that are expected to "normalise" over the next four months. In response, Canada dropped a threat to impose billions of dollars of retaliatory... 

Australia aluminum sector in fight for survival, industry warns

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2020 Australia’s aluminum smelters are being priced out of the global market due to high energy costs, with closures looming unless they can find a pathway to cheaper power, according to the head of an international producer body. The warning comes as smelters across the globe are under pressure from... 

Australia aluminum sector in fight for survival, industry warns

Trafigura launches $500m low-carbon aluminium financing platform

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2020 Commodities trader Trafigura has launched a $500-million ‘low carbon aluminium’ financing platform, which it says is a first-of-its kind for the company and the wider market. Supported by Natixis and Rabobank, the platform will enable Trafigura to access finance at a preferential interest rate... 

Trafigura launches $500m low-carbon aluminium financing platform

Alcoa casts an eye to FYI

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2020 Junior FYI Resources has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with aluminium major Alcoa to potentially develop FYI’s High Purity Aliumina (HPA) project, in Western Australia. The two companies will explore the possibility to jointly develop the HPA refining project, as well as to establish... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Covid-19 hurt mining in Asia and the Americas most

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2020 Mining operations in Asia and the Americas were hardest hit by government regulations implemented to stymie the spread of Covid-19, and are the regions that will register the largest declines in mineral production growth this year. This is according to a new report by Fitch Solutions, which... 

South32 progressing negotiations with Eskom for Hillside  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th August 2020 Dual-listed South32 is making good progress with its negotiations with State-owned power utility Eskom on electricity prices for its Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay, the group said during a media call on August 20. COO Mike Fraser said the group had reached an agreement with Eskom on a... 

South32 progressing negotiations with Eskom for Hillside
Graham Kerr

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Norsk reduces Alunorte capacity on pipeline maintenance

By: Mariaan Webb     19th August 2020 Production at the Alunorte alumina refinery will be reduced to between 35% and 45% of its capacity, while aluminium producer Norsk Hydro completes maintenance work on a pipeline that transports bauxite to the refinery. Maintenance had to be brought forward after sections of the pipeline from the... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rusal posts H1 net loss, sees weak aluminium prices in 2020

By: Reuters     13th August 2020 Russian aluminium giant Rusal said on Thursday its recurring net loss totalled $76-million in the first half of 2020 after a profit of $666-million a year ago as the novel coronavirus outbreak hit demand. Hong-Kong listed Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, said that it... 

Rusal posts H1 net loss, sees weak aluminium prices in 2020

Aluminium sector struggles to adopt common standards to cut emissions

By: Reuters     12th August 2020 The aluminium industry, one of the metals sector's largest emitters of greenhouse gas, is struggling to adopt common standards on greener processing as rivals focus on promoting their own products rather than the wider green market. Multiple initiatives are seeking to set low-carbon benchmarks... 

Aluminium sector struggles to adopt common standards to cut emissions
Rusal's Khakas aluminium smelter.

Canada vows to retaliate against US aluminum tariffs

By: Reuters     7th August 2020 If the United States re-imposes some tariffs on Canadian aluminum products, Canada will respond by slapping retaliatory tariffs on US goods, a government source said on Thursday. "We will react very similarly to the last (time they imposed) tariffs," said the source, speaking shortly before... 

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg 

By: Martin Creamer     6th August 2020 Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Thursday. For the six months to June 30, the London- and Johanneburg-listed diversified mining and marketing company report that its energy business was down 65% at $0.7-billion on... 

Coal will continue to be assessed but should remain in Glencore right now – Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media’s Contract Publishing, in a joint venture with the International Zinc Association Africa Desk, recently hosted a webinar on the the role of zinc in corrosion protection as well as the launch of the Essentials of Galvanizing book - an essential guide for designers and engineers. 

Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording
Essentials of Galvanizing webinar recording

Russia's Rusal second-quarter sales down 10% as coronavirus hit demand

By: Reuters     27th July 2020 Russian aluminium producer Rusal on Monday reported a 10% fall in its second quarter aluminium sales compared with a year ago as the new coronavirus outbreak hit demand for its metal. Hong-Kong listed Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, managed to boost sales to China and... 

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2020 Initial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way
Menar MD and co-founder discusses manganese project with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio threatens Iceland smelter closure, files power complaint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd July 2020 Mining major Rio Tinto has submitted a formal complaint to the Icelandic Competition Authority (ICA) alleging abuse of market dominance by local energy supplier Landsvirkjun, to Rio’s ISAL aluminium smelter in Iceland. Rio is asking the ICA to address anti-competitive conduct by Landsvirkjun... 

Rio threatens Iceland smelter closure, files power complaint

South32 shuts Metalloys temporarily, expects $7m restructuring costs  

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 Diversified mining company South32 has placed the manganese alloys Metalloys smelter in Meyerton, Gauteng, on temporary care and maintenance. The Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed company stated in its June 2020 quarterly report on Monday that it had taken this decision after consideration of the... 

South32 shuts Metalloys temporarily, expects $7m restructuring costs
Photo by Creamer Media
South32 Metalloys in Meyerton, Gauteng.

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

Rio says threat of virus second wave is roiling raw materials 

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2020 An uneven global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and concern over the prospects for second waves of infections are weighing on the outlook across commodities markets, according to Rio Tinto Group. While demand is strong in China, the top raw materials consumer, the US copper market... 

Rio says threat of virus second wave is roiling raw materials
Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Canada Ambassador asks for 'patience' in aluminium spat with US

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2020 Canada said the US should be patient about determining whether to reimpose aluminum tariffs on imports, but says the country will retaliate if the US pulls the trigger. At the heart of the tariff debate is the question of whether Canadian raw-aluminum imports have surged since tariffs were... 

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 Reaction has been positive to the discussion document of economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which states that the listing of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) should be encouraged and mining exploration incentivised, as is the... 

Positive reaction to ANC document’s encouragement of exploration
Photo by Creamer Media
Paul Miller...flashback to his period in coal exploration and development.

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur  

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the mining industry to highlight and strengthen its role as a catalyst of social development in the areas in which it operates, Minsur  CEO Juan Luis Krueger said on Monday. Krueger was speaking during an  International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) online... 

Covid opens up opportunity for more constructive, purposeful dialogue – Minsur
International Council on Mining and Metals virtual Covid event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 Listings of mining companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange should be encouraged and South African retail investors willing to invest in mining exploration should be incentivised as is the case in other mining jurisdictions, the economic transformation committee (ETC) of the African National... 

Investors in mining exploration should be incentivised – ANC’s ETC
Photo by Creamer Media
ANC document says mining exploration should be incentivised.

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time   

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2020 The return of the 12 500 foreign mineworkers to South Africa’s mines is taking double the time planned. The initial ten-day plan of Minerals Council South Africa has become a 20-day plan because of the need to overcome bottlenecks. 

Return of foreign mineworkers taking double planned time
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Compressed air expansion project completed at Mozal smelter

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 South African engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi has completed the upgrade of the compressed air installation plant at diversified mining and minerals company South32’s Mozal aluminium plant, as part of its expansion increase project. The system is currently functioning as... 

Compressed air expansion project completed at  Mozal smelter
COMPRESSED AIR EXPANSION PROJECT Lesedi upgraded the compressed air installation plant by adding an extra compressor with its own heat of compression dryer

Hulamin becomes first aluminium semi-fabricator to achieve emissions milestone 

By: Donna Slater     9th July 2020 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin reports that it has become the first global aluminium semi-fabricator to have a greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).   The SBTi mobilises companies to set science-based targets and boost their... 

Rio Tinto closes NZ aluminium smelters

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th July 2020 Major Rio Tinto on Thursday announced that it would wind down operations and eventually close the New Zealand aluminium smelters (NZAS), following the conclusion of a strategic review. The company in October last year announced a review into the future of the smelter, to determine the... 

Rio Tinto closes NZ aluminium smelters
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