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EV industry prizes steel over aluminium, Cleveland-Cliffs CEO says
23rd August 2022 By: Bloomberg

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.... 


Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices
Uncertain demand prospects undermine copper prices
22nd August 2022 By: Reuters

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... 


Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy
19th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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Five vital commodity industries are buckling under energy crisis
18th August 2022 By: Bloomberg

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... 


ChemX to build HPA plant
18th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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BHP's profit soar in 2022
16th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


Production costs soar at Rusal due to Russia-Ukraine conflict
12th August 2022 By: Reuters

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... 


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Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears
11th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Worsley expansion given two more weeks for public comment
8th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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New records set for Aus resource exports
5th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan
1st August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears
27th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum
27th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


South32 achieves record monthly output at its South African manganese operations
25th July 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


South32 sticks to plan in June quarter
25th July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


Norsk Hydro offers extra dividend, buybacks despite uncertainty ahead
22nd July 2022 By: Reuters

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... 


Ford, Rio Tinto sign MoU for battery, low-carbon materials supply
21st July 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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... 


How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash
15th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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.... 


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Rio posts solid quarter but warns of inflation
15th July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica
14th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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 –... 


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Rio looks at $188m aluminium investment in Canada
14th July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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Alcoa in talks for Portland smelter - reports
8th July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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,... 


White-hot metal market cools in warning for global economy
7th July 2022 By: Bloomberg

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... 


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New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition
4th July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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Australian resources exports to set new records
4th July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption
1st July 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst
Metals set for worst quarter since 2008 on global downturn angst
30th June 2022 By: Bloomberg

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... 


Rio Tinto, Corona Canada pilot low-carbon beer cans
30th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%
27th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears
24th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV
23rd June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Canyon's Cameroon project proves up
21st June 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

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... 


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Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears
17th June 2022 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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