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Firm provides tech solutions to power a greener Mining 4.0

26th August 2022 As countries around the world pledge to achieve net-zero targets over the coming years, it’s not only governments and energy companies that will be put under pressure to deliver, says Nokia mining and natural resources strategic marketing director Marc Jadoul. He cites a recent McKinsey & Company... 

South32’s South African operations deliver stable performance

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2022 Diversified miner South32’s saleable manganese ore production remained largely unchanged at just over two-million tonnes for the financial year ended June 30, in spite of the miner having increased volumes of premium material from its Mamatwan mine, more than offsetting the impact of planned... 

South32 posts record earnings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2022 Diversified miner South32 on Thursday announced record earnings and cash flows for the 2022 financial year ended June. The company reported a 69% increase in revenue for the 12 months under review, compared with the previous corresponding period, while underlying earnings before interest, tax,... 

Boliden declares force majeure on zinc amid Norway strike

By: Reuters     23rd August 2022 Swedish miner Boliden has declared force majeure on zinc deliveries to Europe due to a strike among Norwegian electrochemical industry workers, although some production is still running, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. The strike, which started on Monday, is targeting several... 

EV industry prizes steel over aluminium, Cleveland-Cliffs CEO says

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2022 Electric-vehicle (EV) makers are choosing steel over aluminum as the preferred metal for automotive bodies, says the top executive at the largest steel provider to the US car industry. Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves said EV companies are going “all-in” on steel as they build out plans... 

Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices

By: Reuters     22nd August 2022 Copper prices slipped on Monday as worries about demand dominated sentiment, though sliding inventories provided some support. A manufacturing slowdown in top metals consumer China in recent months because of Covid-19 lockdowns has weakened demand for the metal used widely in the power and... 

Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Five vital commodity industries are buckling under energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2022 The energy crisis is getting worse, piling pressure on commodities industries that provide the building blocks of the global economy. Energy-intensive sectors such as steel, fertilizers and aluminum – the most widely used base metal – are being forced to close factories or pass on soaring costs.... 

An image of the Budel zinc refining facility
Nyrstar has announced it will halt the giant Budel zinc facility in the Netherlands.

ChemX to build HPA plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th August 2022 ASX-listed ChemX Materials on Thursday announced plans to build a A$2.9-million high purity alumina (HPA) pilot plant in Western Australia, after a prefeasibility study (PFS) confirmed the viability of the company’s proprietary HiPurA technology. The PFS was based on a 50 t/y pilot plant, and... 

BHP's profit soar in 2022

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th August 2022 Diversified miner BHP has reported a 34% increase in profits for the year ended June, along with record underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). Profit from operations reached $34.1-billion in the year ended June, and underlying EBITDA reached a record... 

Image shows BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Production costs soar at Rusal due to Russia-Ukraine conflict

By: Reuters     12th August 2022 Russian aluminium giant Rusal reported a 33% jump in first-half production costs on Friday, hit by a production halt at a refinery in Ukraine and Australia's ban on exports of alumina and bauxite to Russia. The world's largest aluminium producer outside China has been suffering these problems... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Worsley expansion given two more weeks for public comment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2022 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given stakeholders and community groups an additional two weeks to comment on diversified miner South32’s proposed expansion at its Worsley alumina operations. South32 is proposing to continue operations and expand the existing... 

New records set for Aus resource exports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2022 New trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that Australia’s resources sector had posted another record year of exports, with total resources and energy exports were worth a record A$414-billion, in seasonally adjusted terms, in the 2021-22 financial year. This meant... 

Image shows operations at the port of Port Hedland

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South32 achieves record monthly output at its South African manganese operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2022 Diversified miner South32’s South African manganese operations produced 2.07-million tonnes of ore for the financial year ended June 30 – a similar level to that produced in the 2021 financial year. The company says it produced higher volumes of premium material from its openpit Mamatwan... 

South32 sticks to plan in June quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th July 2022 Diversified miner South32 has seen production increases in alumina, aluminium, copper, nickel and manganese ore for the three months to June, with operations delivering to plan despite weather impacts and labour availability issues. “Our teams delivered another strong operating performance in... 

Norsk Hydro offers extra dividend, buybacks despite uncertainty ahead

By: Reuters     22nd July 2022 Aluminium maker Norsk Hydro proposed an extra dividend and offered share buybacks as it reported quarterly profit that met expectations, sending its shares higher on Friday despite warning of uncertainty amid threats of gas rationing in Europe. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes,... 

Ford, Rio Tinto sign MoU for battery, low-carbon materials supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2022 Automaker Ford Motor Company and global mining and metals company Rio Tinto have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop more sustainable and secure supply chains for battery and low-carbon materials to be used in Ford’s vehicles. The multi-materials partnership... 

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio posts solid quarter but warns of inflation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto has reported a solid second quarter of production, with iron-ore, bauxite and copper up from the previous corresponding period. Rio on Friday reported that iron-ore production from the Pilbara had increased by 4% in the June quarter, compared with the same period in... 

Image shows a Rio Tinto branded hard hat

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Rio looks at $188m aluminium investment in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2022 Mining major Rio Tinto is looking at a $188-million investment to increase the production capacity for low-carbon, high value aluminium billets at its Alma smelter in Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec by 202 000 t. The existing casting center at Rio Tinto's Alma plant will be expanded to accommodate new... 

Image shows the Rio Tinto logo

Alcoa in talks for Portland smelter - reports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2022 Aluminium major Alcoa refused to be drawn into speculation on Friday that it was considering a takeover offer for its Portland smelter, in Victoria, from Dutch group Aloft Holdings. The smelter, which has been operational since 1986, is a joint venture between Alcoa of Australia, Citic and... 

Image shows Alcoa's aluminium smelting operations

White-hot metal market cools in warning for global economy

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2022 A white-hot corner of the aluminum market that for months defied a broader slide in metal prices is finally slumping, flashing a warning that major industrial economies are stumbling toward a recession. While commodity-grade aluminum ingots have been tumbling since March on the London Metal... 

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Australian resources exports to set new records

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th July 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are estimated to be worth A$405-billion in 2021–22, and is forecast to rise to A$419-billion in 2022–23, delivering two successive record years, the Office of the Chief Economist reported on Monday. As world supply responds to high prices and... 

Image shows container ships at Port Hedland

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Base metals headed for the worst quarterly slump since the global financial crisis in 2008 as China’s economy recovered only gradually and fears of a world recession intensified. The London Metal Exchange Index has tumbled 23% since the end of March, although the decline has been magnified due... 

Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst

Rio Tinto, Corona Canada pilot low-carbon beer cans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2022 British-Australian mining group Rio Tinto and beer brewer Corona Canada have launched a trial of Canada’s first specially-marked, low-carbon beverage can. The can was manufactured by Ball Corporation, using aluminium from Rio Tinto and leveraging emissions-free Elysis smelting technology. 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Canyon's Cameroon project proves up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2022 A bankable feasibility study (BFS) into the Minim Martap bauxite project, in Cameroon, has confirmed an initial 20 year mine life, with the project expected to produce 6.4-million tonnes of high-grade bauxite a year. ASX-listed Canyon Resources on Tuesday told shareholders that the BFS was... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.
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