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Aluminium News

Squeezed mining companies face growth dilemma

By: Reuters     31st January 2023 High costs and the prospect of shrinking earnings have made big miners nervous about expansion, even as shareholders demand investment in response to robust commodity prices, China's reopening and the role of minerals in decarbonising the economy. Although years of cost discipline have repaired... 

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... 

Lowest coal exports from Richards Bay Coal Terminal in 30 years.
Richards Bay Coal Terminal media briefing covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South32 expects further production growth in H2; flags $100m build in working capital  

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2023 Diversified miner South32 achieved a 12% year-on-year increase in group copper equivalent production for the first half of the 2023 financial year on the back of recent investments in copper and low-carbon aluminium capacity. "Group copper equivalent production increased . . . as we benefitted... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
Photo by Bloomberg
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Automotive sector bolsters aluminium demand

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     20th January 2023 There has been significant demand from the automotive sector for aluminium owing to the need for lightweight material in internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. The use of aluminium in vehicle production has been steadily increasing, displacing alternative materials over the years,... 

An image of an aluminium-based body vehicle construction
FOR GOOD When used in automobiles, aluminium can significantly improve performance and fuel economy

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Alcoa drops as shipments seen stagnating on shaky demand

By: Bloomberg     19th January 2023 Alcoa’s aluminum shipments will be weaker than anticipated this year amid ongoing uncertainties caused by global inflation, dwindling demand in Europe and a soft economic outlook in China, the world’s biggest consumer. The largest US aluminum producer expects to ship between 2.5-million and... 

Mega miners are hunting for deals after decade on the sidelines

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2023 In the rush of the 2000s commodities boom, the world’s biggest miners earned a reputation as swashbuckling dealmakers, taking on rivals in an onslaught of hostile offers, massive mergers and vicious bidding wars. Then it all fell apart. A series of disastrous transactions meant balance sheets... 

Mega miners are hunting for deals after decade on the sidelines

Goldman sees 'bullish concoction' for global commodities

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2023 Commodities have the strongest outlook of any asset class in 2023, with a perfect macroeconomic environment and critically low inventories for almost every key raw material, according to the head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Commodities have the strongest outlook of any... 

Rio's output increases in 2022

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2023 Mining major Rio Tinto has increased production across the majority of its commodities in the full year ended 2022, compared with 2021, and was anticipating higher copper production in 2023 following the acquisition of Turquoise Hill Resources at the end of last year. “The acquisition of... 

Image shows Rio's Pilbara port operations

China’s reopening should underpin commodity demand acceleration – Barclays 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2023 China’s reopening and ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the property sector are tectonic shifts that should underpin an acceleration in commodity demand through 2023, say Barclays Equity Research analysts. 2023 is set to be another strong year for miners, European metals and mining analysts Amos... 

Iron-ore sparkle.
Iron-ore sparkle.

Lithium sales from South Africa on track to begin this month, Marula Mining reports  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2023 Sales of lithium processed out of stockpiles at the Blesberg project in the Northern Cape are expected to commence this month. “We’re on track for the first delivery of a thousand tons through to the offtake party that we’ve contracted with,” Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer told Mining Weekly in a... 

Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer.
Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Global commodities market volatility to ease in 2023 after disruptive 2022 – ERG 

By: Donna Slater     20th December 2022 As a result of short-term price drivers, such as the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in China, monetary policy in the US and the fallout from the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, most commodity prices sold off sharply this year – a trend that is likely to ease in 2023, says... 

ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka
ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka

Australian resource exports surge as project pipeline grows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th December 2022 Australian resources and energy exports will earn a record A$459-billion in 2022–23, before easing to A$391 billion in 2023–24, new data from the Department of Industry, Science and Resources shows. The latest Resources and Energy Quarterly publication forecasts combined export earnings for... 

Image shows loading operations at Port Hedland

Bumper green aluminium output is good news for carmakers, and climate

By: Reuters     18th December 2022 Aluminium makers are set to boost low-carbon metal output by 10% in 2023 and churn out even more in the years ahead, driving down the cost for carmakers seeking climate-friendly supplies and shrinking the industry's hefty carbon footprint. Aluminium is the most energy-intensive metal to produce,... 

Aluminium, copper sink on disquiet over China COVID cases

By: Reuters     14th December 2022 Prices of aluminium, copper and other industrial metals faltered on Wednesday on concern about surging Covid cases in top metals consumer China after it relaxed strict controls. Three-month aluminium on the London Metal Exchange dropped 1% to $2 436.50/t by 11:20 GMT, paring gains of 2% in the... 

Aus joins critical minerals ESG coalition

13th December 2022 Australia has signed on to the Sustainable Critical Minerals Coalition, which is an initiative led by Canada to promote sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible mining practices for the critical minerals sector. Other signatories will include Canada, the UK, France, Germany and the... 

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

Aussie miners to adjust portfolios in 2023 - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 A survey conducted by advisory firm KPMG has revealed that a significant number of Australian mining companies would change their portfolio of products towards future-facing commodities in 2023. KPMG Australia’s national mining and metals leader Nick Harridge said the economic shift toward a... 

Rio, Oz Minerals and Boliden partner on tailings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th December 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto, copper miner Oz Minerals and Swedish metals major Boliden will partner on an initiative to manage tailings. Under the umbrella of the Think & Act Differently (TAD) incubator initiative the three companies will fund and support innovators who are working to reimagine... 

Rio completes Canadian hydropower project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has marked the end of the Kemano T2 hydropower project, in British Columbia (BC), with the commissioning of a second tunnel to carry water into the Kemano Powerhouse. The new, 16-km tunnel was filled up with water and produced its first megawatt of electricity in July... 

Critical minerals strategy open for debate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2022 The federal government has released a discussion paper and opened public consultation on the future of the critical minerals industry in Australia. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the consultations would inform the government’s new Critical Minerals Strategy and... 

Rio sets out targets for 2023

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st December 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has set out its production growth and decarbonisation targets in an investor seminar. The miner told investors this week that the energy transition expected to add as much as 25% in new demand above traditional sources on a copper equivalent basis across the group's... 

Image shows a Rio Tinto branded hard hat

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Photo by Creamer Media
Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

HPA First produces first precursor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th November 2022 The HPA First project, in Queensland, has produced its first aluminium-nitrate precursors, ASX-listed Alpha HPA said on Tuesday. The Stage 1 precursor production facility (PPF) is in the final stages of chemical commissioning and delivered its maiden production this week. The PPF has produced 3... 

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares  

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Miners welcome Australia's critical mineral support

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has outlined the Commonwealth government’s measures to assist in developing the critical minerals industry in the country, among which was the development of a new Critical Minerals Strategy. Speaking at the Australian Critical Minerals Summit, in... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Arena releases roadmap for decarbonising alumina refining

23rd November 2022 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released a Roadmap for Decarbonising Australian Alumina Refining, paving the way for the country’s alumina refining industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Roadmap was commissioned by ARENA and prepared by advisory firm Deloitte in... 

Image shows smelter

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Alcoa backs Rusal's call for LME to reveal origin of all metal stocks

By: Reuters     21st November 2022 US-based aluminium producer Alcoa supports an idea proposed last week by Russian producer Rusal for the London Metal Exchange to provide details about the origin of all metal in LME approved warehouses. Aluminium producer Rusal and Russian metal have not been directly targeted by sanctions... 

Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision

By: Reuters     21st November 2022 Russian aluminium producer Rusal said on Saturday that its sales for 2023 have picked up after the London Metal Exchange (LME) decided not to ban Russian metal from being traded and stored in its system. The exchange, the world's oldest and largest market for industrial metals, launched a... 

Russia's Rusal: 2023 sales pick up after LME decision

Russia's Rusal calls for LME to disclose origin of all metal stocks

By: Reuters     17th November 2022 Russian aluminium producer Rusal has called for the London Metal Exchange (LME) to start regularly disclosing the origin of all metal stocks on warrant rather than singling out Russia as proposed, it said in a letter. The LME, the world's oldest and largest market for industrial metals, said... 

Sumitomo Metal aims to boost battery materials output

By: Reuters     17th November 2022  Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining  aims to increase its capacity to produce cathode battery materials and to broaden its range of products to meet rising demand from the electric vehicle (EV) sector, its president said on Thursday. The company, which supplies the nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA)... 

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Arconic sells its Russian operations for $230m

By: Reuters     16th November 2022 Arconic sold its Russian operations to the majority owner of State-backed metals company VSMPO-AVISMA for cash proceeds of $230-million, the US aluminum products maker said on Tuesday. Arconic joins a list of Western companies that have sold their Russian assets to comply with sanctions on... 

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