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Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

Weekly Commodities Market Wrap

14th March 2022 ENERGIES - Coal markets had a wild ride last week, with Richards Bay Coal Terminal physical prices reaching a high of around $450/mt, before coming back down to around $380. As we said previously, this was likely to be the high water mark with the most desperate utilities covering in the spot... 

A table with the latest global commodity spot prices

China seeks to cut reliance on coal imports with mining boom

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2022 China plans a massive increase in coal mining, a move that will dramatically reduce its reliance on imports and deal a blow to its near-term climate actions. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the nation’s top economic planner, told officials from major mining regions at a... 

Palladium’s wild rally at risk from recession later this year

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2022 Palladium’s wild ride following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely not over yet. But this year’s stunning gains are looking fragile on signs exports will be maintained and that demand from automakers could suffer. The metal -- about 40% of which is mined in Russia -- shot to a record high... 

Palladium’s wild rally at risk from recession later this year

Aus and India hunt for critical minerals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2022 The Australian government has allocated A$5.8-million to a new three-year investment partnership with India, which could unlock mutual benefits for both countries from Australia’s world-leading critical minerals sector. “Australia and India are natural partners sharing mutual strategic and... 

India will ensure steady coking coal cargoes to allay supply concerns

By: Reuters     11th March 2022 India will take steps to ensure a steady supply of coking coal for domestic steel companies, which are struggling with cargo disruptions and rocketing prices in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "We are discussing amongst ourselves, and we will definitely chalk out some plan on how to... 

75 MW renewable energy project for Sedibelo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, a subsidiary of Sedibelo Platinum, has appointed the juwi/Sturdee Energy consortium as preferred bidder to supply renewable energy to the mining operation. The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding and will now commence negotiations towards a power purchase... 

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An evening view of Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines.

Chinese tycoon tells banks he wants to keep shorting nickel

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2022 The Chinese tycoon whose big short bet on nickel helped trigger one of the most dramatic price spikes in history has told his banks and brokers that he doesn’t intend to reduce his position, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is a characteristic display of self-confidence... 

China spot coal prices soar to near double government-set cap

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2022 Spot coal prices in China surged this week amid fears of a tightening global market, nearly doubling a government-set cap for long-term supply to power plants. The price of physical thermal coal at mines in the hub of Yulin rose to as high as 1 400 yuan ($221) a ton this week, Chinese consultant... 

Philippines expecting a dozen new mines this year, mostly nickel

By: Reuters     11th March 2022 About 12 new metallic mines in the Philippines should begin commercial operations this year, mostly nickel projects, adding to a "bright" outlook for a sector enjoying cash windfall from high prices, the local industry regulator said on Friday. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau also said in a... 

Uranium soars to highest since Fukushima disaster on Russian war

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2022 Uranium spot prices surged to the highest level since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on concern potential sanctions aimed at Russia are poised to roil an already tight market. The price for benchmark Ux U3O8 uranium rose 11% to $59.75/lb on Thursday, according to data compiled by UxC.... 

Uranium soars to highest since Fukushima disaster on Russian war

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto working to ensure access to Russian fuel for Mongolia project

By: Reuters     10th March 2022 Rio Tinto is working to maintain steady relationships with Russia to ensure supplies of fuel and other goods for its Mongolian copper operations, a top executive at the mining giant said on Wednesday. The Anglo-Australian company is developing Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world's largest... 

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The Oyu Tolgoi concentrator at night

Investors flee as aluminium, others spiral lower after nickel suspension

By: Reuters     10th March 2022 Base metals slumped on Wednesday, including aluminium despite continued worries about Russian supply, as cautious investors slashed positions in the wake of a halt in trading of skyrocketing nickel. Many metals saw losses of over 5% while tin tumbled nearly 20%. Traders had been warning in... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s 30 MW solar power study close to completion  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2022 South Africa’s only rural community-owned mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which delivered record dividend-yielding earnings and production 2021, is close to completing its renewable energy study on the building of an embedded 30 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant. “It’s almost... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australia, South Africa miners eye options as Europe makes desperate calls

By: Reuters     10th March 2022 Australian and South African miners are exploring ways to supply coal and metals consumers in Europe scrambling for alternative sources to Russian supply, but logistics and cost constraints make it difficult to rapidly boost output, companies said. Prices of palladium, coal and other commodities... 

Coal stockpiles

Indonesia coal miners in talks with buyers seeking Russian alternatives

By: Reuters     9th March 2022 Indonesian coal miners are holding exploratory talks with buyers seeking alternatives to Russian coal, although some other countries may be better placed to supply the European market, a senior official of an industry association said on Wednesday. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted... 

Platinum surplus forecast to reduce significantly  

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2022 The platinum surplus in 2021 is forecast to reduce by 47% in 2022 as Covid-related and operational disruptions gradually settle, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) states in its Platinum Quarterly. Covering the fourth quarter of 2021, along with a full year review of 2021 and revised... 

World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Global shares fall, oil rises in volatile trading after Russia oil ban

By: Reuters     8th March 2022 Global share markets fell on Tuesday as oil prices climbed yet further, driven by the United States banning Russian oil and other energy imports over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. US President Joe Biden made the announcement on Tuesday, while Britain said it would phase out imports of Russian oil... 

US President Joe Biden
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US President Joe Biden

Share sell off undermines community’s influence on regional job sustainability – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday criticised the sell-off of RBPlat shares by Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) to Northam Platinum as an undermining of the direct significant influence of the 300 000-strong Bafokeng community on... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Palladium resumes rally as Ukraine crisis rages, gold clears $2 000/oz

By: Reuters     8th March 2022 Palladium prices surged on Tuesday as the Russia-Ukraine crisis fuelled supply worries, with the conflict also powering safe-haven gold back through the key $2 000 level. Spot palladium jumped 5.9% to $3 173.02 per ounce by 0716 GMT, resuming its rally after slipping from an all-time high of $3... 

Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk

By: Reuters     8th March 2022 Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminium in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic converters to the high-grade nickel in electric vehicle batteries, and drivers are likely to the... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum delivers record production, best-ever earnings

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2022 Platinum group metals company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) on Tuesday delivered record production and earnings in the 12 months ended December 31. The RBPlat board has declared a gross cash final dividend of 535 c per share, equating to R1.5 billion. This is in addition to the interim... 

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Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Copper soars to record as metals surge on Russia supply fears

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2022 Metals are breaking new records with copper spiking to an all-time high and nickel surging more than 16%, as soaring energy prices and fears of supply shocks rattled commodities markets amid war in Ukraine. The White House said it’s talking to allies about a possible oil embargo on Russia,... 

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Gold rises above $2 000 as Ukraine war boosts haven demand

By: Bloomberg     7th March 2022 Gold prices on Monday scaled the $2 000-level for the first time in a year-and-a-half, as investors rushed to the safety of the metal in the wake of an escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis, while supply disruption fears sent palladium to an all-time high. Spot gold was up 0.9% at $1 986.83 per... 

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

China calls on rare earths companies to bring prices back to 'reasonable' level

By: Reuters     4th March 2022 China summoned some key rare earths companies amid continuously-rising product prices and urged them to ensure a steady supply chain to help cool prices, the regulator said on Friday. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement that it had instructed producers... 

Gold climbs as haven demand gains on shelling of nuclear plant

By: Bloomberg     4th March 2022 Gold climbed on increased demand for the haven asset, after the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant raised concerns over the safety of the facility in Ukraine. Bullion is heading for a weekly gain as investors weigh the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. The... 

Kingsgate secures funds for Chatree restart

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2022 Gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated on Friday announced that it has secured a $15-million bridge facility from Taurus Mining Finance Fund to restart its Chatree gold mine, in Thailand. Kingsgate told shareholders that the bridge facility will be used to finance general working capital, cost... 

Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation

By: Reuters     4th March 2022 Flush with cash after bumper earnings, mining companies straddle a delicate balancing act as they benefit from soaring commodity prices amid the Ukraine-Russia crisis but also potentially face high inflation that could hit short-term demand and slow down growth plans, analysts said. The world's... 

Mining companies may pause growth plans amid Ukraine war, inflation

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Metals extend scorching rally with zinc eyeing $4 000/t

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 Zinc reached its highest since 2007 and other industrial metals extended a powerful rally fueled by trade turmoil and rising energy costs amid Russia’s increasing economic isolation. The metal used to coat and protect steel rose as much as 3.6% on the London Metal Exchange to reach $3 999/t,... 

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ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Eurasia Mining says M&A strategy geared towards BRICS

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) and battery metals firm Eurasia Mining said on Wednesday that its board was closely monitoring the sanctions imposed on Russian individuals and entities, and stressed no one subject to these sanctions was associated with the company. Eurasia also said that the... 

Akobo hits record deep mineralisation at Segele

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2022 Scandinavia-based Akobo Minerals has intersected visible gold at 282 m deep, which is a record vertical depth, at its Segele project, in Ethiopia. The company also sees signs of further potential gold mineralisation in several sections along the latest drill holes.  

China shunning Russian coal with banks nervous over sanctions

By: Bloomberg     2nd March 2022 Chinese power plants and steelmakers are looking for alternatives to Russian coal after some domestic banks suggested they avoid purchases due to the mounting sanctions being imposed on Moscow. Some state-own firms were sent private client notes by the lenders advising them to halt buying... 

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