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Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 1 hour 40 minutes ago Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility... 

First phase of financing completed between Keliber and Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2021 Finnish project developer Keliber on Friday announced that it had completed the first phase of a financing agreement with precious metals major Sibanye-Stillwater and that two of the South Africa-based company’s directors would join its board. Keliber said that Sibanye-Stillwater had subscribed... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 LSE-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey and JSE- and NYSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater have formed a strategic partnership to secure critical metals and accelerate new battery technologies for a low-carbon future. The collaboration will... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development

Davis’ Vision Blue launches $300m SPAC, invests in Kazakh vanadium project 

By: Mariaan Webb     15th March 2021 Energy and mining heavyweight Sir Mick Davis on Monday announced the launch of a $300-million special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) as part of his drive to invest in materials and commodities that will enable a shift to a low-carbon economy. Davis’ Vision Blue Resources (VBR) has partnered... 

Davis’ Vision Blue launches $300m SPAC, invests in Kazakh vanadium project
Vision Blue Resources' Mick Davis

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld

Portland future secure until 2026

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th March 2021 The future of the Portland aluminum smelter, in Victoria, has been secured until 2026, following agreements with multiple power generators. US major Alcoa on Friday said it struck five-year agreements with AGL, Alinta Energy and Origin will each commence August 1, 2021, when an existing... 

Portland future secure until 2026

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater

Trafigura sees green copper supercycle driving prices to $15 000

By: Bloomberg     23rd March 2021 The world’s biggest copper trader expects the metal to hit $15 000 a ton in the coming decade as demand from global decarbonisation produces a deep market deficit. Even in the early stages of the Covid-19 crisis, Trafigura Group was betting on the rebound that’s seen copper double over the past... 

Trafigura sees green copper supercycle driving prices to $15 000

Resolute's mining lease terminated at Bibiani

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th March 2021 Gold miner Resolute Mining on Wednesday said that it was seeking legal advice after being informed by the Ghanaian Minerals Commission that its mining lease for the Bibiani gold mine had been terminated. Resolute has been ordered to cease all activities and operations at the mine site. The miner... 

Resolute's mining lease terminated at Bibiani

BlackRock-backed Russian gold miner starts $500m IPO

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2021 GV Gold, a Russian gold miner backed by BlackRock, is planning an initial public offering in Moscow that may raise as much as $500-million. A group of shareholders including BlackRock plans to sell shares, GV Gold said in a statement on Monday, without giving further details. They’re seeking a... 

BlackRock-backed Russian gold miner starts $500m IPO
GV Gold, also known as Vysochaishy, operates several Siberian deposits.

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer  

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2021 South Africa is still "elephant country" and needs to boost exploration in the Northern Cape's highly prospective Namaqua metamorphic geological province in particular, says PGM Management MD Gerhard Meintjes. Meintjes, a private explorer who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, focuses on... 

Northern Cape ‘elephant country' needs exploration boost, says explorer

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 An increased remote-operation drilling footprint is providing considerable benefit for Master Drilling, the JSE-listed drilling services company said on Tuesday, when it reported 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to $42.1-million, and a halved gearing ratio to... 

Remote-operation drilling footprint providing sizeable benefit – Master Drilling

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is to demerge its South Africa thermal coal operations, the company said on Thursday. The demerger is subject to the approval of Anglo’s shareholders on May 5. Anglo American Coal South Africa CEO and World Coal Association chairperson July... 

Anglo American to demerge South African thermal coal assets
Anglo thermal coal head July Ndlovu named as CEO of Thungela Resources.

The world’s three biggest coal users get ready to burn even more

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2021 The world’s three biggest consumers of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, are getting ready to boost usage so much that it’ll almost be as if the pandemic-induced drop in emissions never happened. US power plants are going to consume 16% more coal this year than in 2020, and then another 3% in 2022,... 

The world’s three biggest coal users get ready to burn even more

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines   

19th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa needing to boost exploration in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s opportunity to win back its share of the global vanadium market, and South Africa’s team of local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new... 

Exploration, vanadium, local battery material champions make headlines

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 Mine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Mining billionaire takes on Musk in hydrogen versus EVs debate

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2021 Iron-ore billionaire Andrew Forrest is taking on Tesla CEO Elon Musk in his quest to promote green hydrogen as a game changer in the clean-energy transition. Forrest, the founder of Fortescue Metals Group, doubled down this week on his criticism of Musk’s view that hydrogen cars are... 

Mining billionaire takes on Musk in hydrogen versus EVs debate
Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way

Resources Watch  

24th March 2021 This week: Menar projects unpacked; Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future; and, Northern Cape needs exploration boos 

Resources Watch

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

Silver is smart metal that fits Sibanye-Stillwater's green space – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Silver is a smart high-technology metal that fits into Sibanye-Stillwater’s green metals space. This was made clear by Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman during Wednesday’s Mining Indaba gold roundtable, moderated by Nedbank CIB lead analyst Arnold van Graan and covered by Mining Weekly. 

Silver is smart metal that fits Sibanye-Stillwater's green space – Froneman
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, Jeff Quartermaine, Arnold van Graan, Neal Froneman, Christine Ramon and Mark Bristow.

South32 sweetens SA Energy Coal sale  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2021 Diversified miner South32 has added incentive to get the sale of its South African Energy Coal operations over the line. The miner earlier this week announced that the sale of the South African Energy Coal division would be completed post the end of the March quarter, but said on Thursday that... 

South32 sweetens SA Energy Coal sale
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Anglogold Ashanti to release exploration data for research purposes, sale to explorers 

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2021 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is set to avail a wealth of South African exploration data to academics for research purposes in an effort to preserve geological heritage and enable research that might otherwise not be possible. The information contained within the new online application – the SA... 

Anglogold Ashanti to release exploration data for research purposes, sale to explorers

Bristow optimistic Porgera will reopen this year 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2021 Canada-headquartered Barrick Gold is continuing to negotiate with the government of Papua New Guinea about the Porgera mine, which entered care and maintenance nearly a year ago. Barrick CEO Mark Bristow says teams from both sides continue to work on the details of a mutually acceptable... 

Bristow optimistic Porgera will reopen this year

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Resources Watch  

17th March 2021 This week: Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant; Strong investment demand sustained platinum in the fourth quarter of 2020; and, Royal Bafokeng Platinum engaged in tailings, concentrator, conveyor projects 

Resources Watch

Russian gold miner GV Gold sets price range for IPO

By: Reuters     23rd March 2021 Shareholders of Russia's GV Gold, including US fund BlackRock, aim to raise $450-million to $560-million by selling about 37% of the mid-sized gold miner through an initial public offering (IPO) in Moscow. GV Gold on Tuesday set its IPO price range at 1 650 to 2 050 roubles ($21.74 to $27.01)... 

Russian gold miner GV Gold sets price range for IPO

Rio Tinto South African project in limbo on security concerns 

By: Bloomberg     7th April 2021 Rio Tinto Group’s new $463-million mining project in South Africa will remain on hold until the security problems that halted work two years ago are resolved. Richards Bay Minerals, the South African unit of Rio Tinto, is in talks with the country’s authorities to permanently address violent... 

Barrick sees opportunity for 'major' new discoveries at Nevada JV

By: Mariaan Webb     18th March 2021 Having met all its key performance indicators in 2020, the focus of the Barrick-operated Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) joint venture with Newmont is shifting to the hunt for new discoveries and resource additions. Barrick CEO Mark Bristow said on Thursday that unlocking the full potential of the... 

Barrick sees opportunity for 'major' new discoveries at Nevada JV

Sustainability to drive commodity markets for next ten years − Hambro 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2021 China's strong demand for commodities has shifted the global industry’s perspective away from developing market consumption to a focus on Chinese consumption, BlackRock MD Evy Hambro said during a discussion as part of this year’s virtual Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Industry Day, on March 24.... 

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