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Minerals Council backs Eskom leadership, urges govt to cut procurement red tape

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday supported the Eskom leadership team in its efforts to stabilise South Africa’s electricity supply and urged government to focus on shortening the bureaucratic processes hindering Eskom’s ability to procure urgently required spares for power stations and... 

Alpha advances Qld HPA project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th November 2021 ASX-listed Alpha HPA’s A$300-million high purity alumina (HPA) industrial plant, in Queensland, is a step closer after the company received state government approval for the project and acquired a 9.2 ha site in the Queensland government’s Gladstone State Development Area. “Alpha is delighted to... 

ELYSIS produces first GHG-free aluminium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th November 2021 Major Rio Tinto has announced that its ELYSIS initiative had successfully produced its first aluminium without any direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at its Industrial Research and Development Center in Saguenay, Canada. ELYSIS is a joint venture (JV) led by Rio and aluminium major Alcoa,... 

Rusal seen completing demerger of higher carbon assets in H2 2022

By: Reuters     2nd November 2021 Russian aluminium producer Rusal is expected to complete the demerger of its higher-carbon assets into a separate company in the second half of 2022, its largest shareholder, En+ Group said on Monday. Hong-Kong listed Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer outside China, previously... 

EU and US end clash over steel and aluminium, take aim at China's 'dirty' steel

By: Reuters     1st November 2021 The United States and the European Union on Sunday ended a dispute over steel and aluminium tariffs and said they would work on a global arrangement to combat "dirty" production and overcapacity in the industry. The future EU-US arrangement will be a challenge for China, which produces more than... 

Rio partners on CCS in Iceland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th October 2021 Major Rio Tinto has partnered with carbon storage solutions provider to implement a technology for capturing carbon and permanently storing it underground at the ISAL aluminium smelter in Iceland. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership, Carbfix will use Rio’s land... 

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Rio Tinto's ISAL smelter

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2021 Base metals were mostly higher, paring a weekly slump, as the global energy crisis kept roiling the energy-intensive sector. The global energy shortage, fueled by record coal and gas costs, has forced metal output cuts from China to Europe, depleting inventories. Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s... 

Metals rebound as world's energy crisis keeps roiling the market

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Rio continues bauxite partnership in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 Mining giant Rio Tinto has renewed its partnership with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), in Canada, for another three years. The miner this week said that it would commit more than $2-million over the next three years to continue research and development (R&D) in bauxite and... 

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

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AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Energy crisis pushes copper towards best week since 2016

By: Reuters     15th October 2021 Copper on Friday was heading for its biggest weekly gain since 2016 as surging power prices threaten to curb supply at a time when exchange stockpiles are at rock bottom. A rapid rise in the cost of energy and shortages of power in China have already forced zinc and aluminium smelters to cut... 

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Rio adjusts production expectations following tough quarter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th October 2021 Mining major Rio Tinto has seen production declines across its portfolio of commodities during the three months to September, and has adjusted some of its targets for 2021. “It has been another difficult quarter operationally and despite improving versus the prior quarter, we recognise the... 

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Moon dust: Greenland's recipe for saving Planet Earth

By: Reuters     14th October 2021 Among the glaciers and turquoise fjords of southwestern Greenland, a mining company is betting rock similar to the one the Apollo missions brought back from the moon can address some of Planet Earth's climate change problems. "This rock was created in the early days in the formation of our... 

Moon dust: Greenland's recipe for saving Planet Earth

Miners disclose CO2 emissions on LME's sustainability register

By: Reuters     13th October 2021 Nine metal producers including Antofagasta and Teck Resources have disclosed the carbon emissions from their metal producing operations on the London Metal Exchange's newly launched digital register. The register known as LMEpassport is aimed at users of the exchange wanting to support the... 

US revises EU steel proposal as tariff-hike deadline looms

By: Bloomberg     13th October 2021 The US has submitted a new proposal to the European Union to solve a Trump-era dispute on steel tariffs, offering more-generous terms, according to people familiar with the matter. The updated proposal involves so-called tariff-rate quotas that Bloomberg reported last month, but provides for a... 

FYI extends pilot trial with Alcoa

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2021 unior FYI Resources on Tuesday announced an extended high purity alumina (HPA) trial production run at its pilot plant facility, in Western Australia. The trial production run aligns with the staged joint development project announced with aluminium major Alcoa, earlier this month, FYI told... 

Aluminium hits highest since 2008 as power shortages escalate

By: Reuters     11th October 2021 Aluminium prices rose on Monday to their highest since 2008 due to increases in costs of energy and raw materials used to make the metal and output cuts by the biggest producer, China. China's production, already curbed by a government anti-pollution drive, has been further hit by power... 

Aluminium hits highest since 2008 as power shortages escalate

Norsk Hydro CEO says uneven competition on CO2 cost threatens green transition

By: Reuters     11th October 2021 The green transition is under threat unless governments can level the playing field between metal producers who are forced to pay offset costs for their emissions and those who are not, the CEO of aluminium maker Norsk Hydro said on Monday. "Some are subject to the world's most ambitious climate... 

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The Alunorte alumina refinery, in Brazil

The hottest party in the metals world is back, but much smaller

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2021 Near-record copper prices are usually a sure sign that the parties will be extravagant and the champagne will flow all night when the metals world descends on London. But with Covid-19 still raging across much of the globe, the famously rowdy annual gathering of traders, financiers and producers... 

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Global metals, mining demand ‘tepid at best’ – WoodMac

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 With the global metals and mining markets having faltered under the weight of Covid-19 pandemic-driven lockdowns, demand outside of China was “tepid at best and in freefall at worst”, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). From a mined commodities perspective,... 

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Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

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Wits Professor Musa Manzi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Alcoa leans on new technologies, renewable energy for net-zero goal

By: Mariaan Webb     5th October 2021 Aluminium major Alcoa has joined many other metals and mining companies in announcing its 2050 net-zero emissions ambition, stating that it intends to increase the use of renewable energy at its operations and bring new innovations to the market over time. The company plans to further reduce the... 

Strike end in sight for Rio

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th October 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto is hoping to resume full operations at its Kitimat aluminium smelter and the Kemano hydropower facility, in British Columbia, after reaching a new labour agreement with workers. The miner in September announced that it had reached an in-principal agreement on a new... 

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Giant private mining companies getting away with no obligation to report anything publicly   

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 A globally significant chrome producer operating six chrome mines and employing 7 000 people inside South Africa – with a social labour plan obligation on every mine, with tax and royalty obligations paid to the State – is permitted to operate in this country with no ongoing public disclosure... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed on transparency by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

FYI stock tumbles as it announces proposed Alcoa JV

By: Mariaan Webb     1st October 2021 Australia-listed FYI Resources has failed to win over shareholders with an announcement of a potential joint venture with Alcoa to develop the junior’s High-Purity Alumina (HPA) project. FYI on Friday announced a binding term sheet with Alcoa for the joint development of the project, in Kwinana,... 

Sedibelo, Northam, South32 make headlines   

1st October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Sedibelo Platinum Mines expected electricity triumphs at the Kell processing plant; Northam’s record operations and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30; and South32's acquisition of an additional 25% of Mozal Aluminum.   

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Sedibelo, Northam, South32 make headlines

South32 to acquire up to 25% more of Mozal Aluminium

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 South32 has exercised its pre-emptive rights to acquire up to an additional 25% shareholding and related rights in Mozal Aluminium, from Mitsubishi’s MCA Metals. In doing so, the Sydney- and Johannesburg-listed diversified mining company will match a headline purchase price of $250-million to... 

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South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Sibanye-Stillwater moving to radical transparency on public tailings disclosure 

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2021 Gold, platinum and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is moving towards the embrace of radical transparency when it comes to public disclosure on matters relating to tailings facilities against the backdrop of 230 significant tailings failures having taken place globally. Sibanye-Stillwater... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Rio Tinto and Canadian union reach labour deal for British Columbia ops

By: Reuters     26th September 2021 Rio Tinto and Canadian union Unifor have reached a labour agreement in principle for the global miner's operations in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, the company said on Sunday. The agreement comes after weeks of second-round talks between the two parties after the first round... 

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Rio Tinto's BC Works smelter

Exxaro targeting manganese, bauxite, copper as part of decarbonisation strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2021 By investing in operating manganese, bauxite and copper assets, the new Exxaro Minerals business could represent 50% of expected coal earnings within ten years, Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa stated on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal company’s website on... 

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Exxaro CEO-designate and MD Minerals Dr Nombasa Tsengwa

Brazil drought to take bite out of top aluminiuim-maker earnings

By: Bloomberg     17th September 2021 Brazil’s worst drought in nearly a century is starting to show its potential damage to corporate results. Votorantim’s aluminum unit CBA, one of the country’s largest makers of the metal, said Thursday its Ebitda can dwindle by as much as 180-million reais ($34.2-million) in the second half of... 

China calls for better reporting of mineral reserves for energy security

By: Reuters     15th September 2021 China has asked local governments and major oil companies to conduct a thorough survey of their mineral reserves as it seeks to provide more "dynamic" updates on the country's mineral wealth for the sake of its energy and economic security. The Ministry of Natural Resources urged provinces,... 

South Africa’s junior mining dearth result of unintended consequence – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 South Africa’s junior mining dearth is a result of savings no longer flowing through to primary capital raising and stock exchange listings, as the Jacobs Committee expected them to do. The unintended consequence is that there are no longer small investors for small companies. This has negatively... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Outlook for metals improves – Moody’s

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2021 Credit rating business Moody's Investors Service’s outlook for the global metals and mining industry changed to stable from positive with high prices expected to fade out throughout 2022. In a new report covering iron-ore, steel, coal, aluminium, gold, silver, nickel, copper and zinc, Moody's... 

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