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Kibo one step closer to finalising Baobab PPA

By: Donna Slater     1st October 2020 Multi-asset, Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has proceeded with several steps to progress ongoing negotiations regarding a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Baobab Resources to supply about 200 MW of energy to Baobab’s Tete steel and vanadium project, in Mozambique. The Baobab power... 

RWE's giant coal-era excavator draws high demand

By: Reuters     1st October 2020 RWE has received 45 bids for one of its giant bucket-wheel excavators used in mining that it put up for sale in an online auction earlier this year, Germany's largest power producer has said. The 3 500-tonne "Bagger 275" is the smallest of RWE's 22-strong excavator fleet and has a capacity of 60... 

RWE's giant coal-era excavator draws high demand

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

Sandvik intelligent drill series continues to meet evolving customer demands

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 As rotary blasthole drill technology continues to advance, Sandvik’s iSeries family of intelligent drills continues to grow to meet evolving customer demands – as can be seen with the Sandvik DR410i drill rig. Considered a “compact, powerful, technologically advanced rig designed to produce the... 

MC Mining reports solid full-year result despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 Despite the adverse impact of Covid-19 and the related lockdown in South Africa, coal miner MC Mining narrowed its loss for the financial year ended June 30. Acting CEO Brenda Berlin noted on September 30 that the company had made considerable progress on its strategy prior to the lockdown. This... 

MC Mining reports solid full-year result despite Covid-19 impact
MC Mining acting CEO Brenda Berlin

Bowen completes Broadmeadow East buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2020 ASX-listed Bowen Coking Coal has completed the acquisition of the Broadmeadow East coking coal project from US major Peabody. The two companies in June this year struck an agreement allowing Bowen to acquire the Broadmeadow East project for a A$1-million cash consideration. Bowen would also pay... 

Court blocks Arch, Peabody thermal coal venture

By: Mariaan Webb     30th September 2020 Coal miners Peabody Energy and Arch Resources have terminated their proposed thermal asset joint venture (JV), after the US District Court’s ruling to block the transaction. In separate statements, the companies said on Tuesday that they were disappointed and disagreed with the verdict, arguing... 

Court blocks Arch, Peabody thermal coal venture

ARM appoints new FD, board executives

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2020 Diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has appointed CFO Tsundzukani Mhlanga as FD, following the resignation of outgoing FD Abigail Mukhuba who will step down from the board, effective September 30. ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe expresses his gratitude to Mukhuba for... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

29th September 2020 As mining firms around the world cut back supply, Glencore has announced even further production cuts at its Australian operations. These cuts, alongside nuclear outages caused by typhoon activity, have helped South Korean import coal prices remain firm. However, the imminent return of nuclear... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

Olive Downs coking coal mine gets final approvals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2020 The Queensland government has granted a mining lease for the A$1-billion Olive Downs coal mine being developed by Pembroke Resources. The project is forecast to produce 15-million tonnes a year of saleable coal over a 79-year mine life, and would create over 1 000 jobs in the region. 

Olive Downs coking coal mine gets final approvals

Zambia's Maamba Collieries unveils state-of-the-art coal mining equipment

By: African News Agency      28th September 2020 Zambian Mines and Minerals Development Minister Richard Musukwa this weekend officially inaugurated Maamba Collieries’ (MCL's) most recent acquisition, a state-of-the-art, high technology surface miner, the company said on Saturday.  MCL thus became the first mining firm in Zambia to operate this... 

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has issued a no-obligation request for information (RFI) in a bid to gain insight into what flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technologies are currently available and to assess their potential suitability for deployment at the Medupi power station, in Limpopo.... 

Eskom tests market for Medupi flue gas desulphurisation solutions

China to phase out coal power around 2050

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2020 One of China’s top climate research institutes says the country will phase out coal power around 2050 on its path toward meeting President Xi Jinping’s new climate targets. Carbon emissions will peak sometime between 2025 and 2030, and total energy demand will start to decline around 2035,... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Gazetting of a Ministerial determination enabling the development of more than 11 800 MW of new electricity capacity by independent power producers signals government’s intention to move ahead with one of the key reforms needed to unlock growth and investment in... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Australia trims resources revenue outlook on weaker coal, LNG exports

By: Reuters     28th September 2020 Australia has pared its forecasts for mining and energy export revenue this year, as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and metallurgical coal earnings are forecast to be slightly weaker than earlier expected. Total earnings from mining and energy exports are forecast to fall 12% in the year to June... 

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on September 25 gazetted a Section 34 Determination to procure energy from independent power producers. This paves the way for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.  

DMRE confirms Eskom as buyer of renewable energy under REIPPPP Bid Window 5

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2020 Coal mining and trading company Minergy recorded considerable achievements and milestones during the financial year ended June 30, despite a significant part of the year being impacted by Covid-19. “Despite border restrictions between South Africa and Botswana (a minimum of 15 weeks), Minergy, in... 

Minergy achieves milestones despite Covid-19 impact
Morné du Plessis

Thiess wins contract extension at Mt Owen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has awarded mining services provider Thiess with a contract extension to provide mining services at the Mount Owen coal mine, in the Hunter Valley. The 18-month contract extension will generate revenue of A$340-million to Thiess, and would see the company continue to... 

Poland nears accord to close its coal mines

By: Bloomberg     25th September 2020 Poland may finally be on the path to set the end-date for its unprofitable coal industry as an agreement with mining unions is within sight. Both the government and the unions said they are are ready to adopt the German model for coal-industry restructuring, which would require drafting the... 

Poland nears accord to close its coal mines

Worley assists surface miners’ transition to underground operations

25th September 2020 As openpit mines reach their economic end of life, mine owners are considering the viability of transitioning their opencast mining operations to underground, says global engineering firm Worley. Using its deep-level mining expertise in South Africa, Worley assists mine owners around the world in... 

Worley assists surface miners’ transition to underground operations
ROBERT HULL Worley's South African operation is recognised for its deep-level shaft experience, and has experience across most commodities

Online format expands global presence of Joburg Indaba

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Owing to the impact of Covid-19 and the subsequent physical distancing regulations, yearly mining conference the Joburg Indaba will be hosted as an online discussion on October 7 and 8. Event organisers Resources 4 Africa CEO Paula Munsie states that this will enable industry players, who were... 

Online format expands global presence of Joburg Indaba
MAKING UP LOST GROUND Many of the Joburg Indaba’s presentations, panels and discussions will focus on how the mining industry can be revitalised after the Covid-19

Buffalo Coal subsidiary granted 30-year mining right

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2020 TSX-V- and AltX-listed Buffalo Coal's 70%-owned subsidiary, Zinoju Coal, has been granted a 30-year mining right to mine coal primarily from the Aviemore North Adit reserves, in Dundee, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. Zinoju holds a 100% interest in the Aviemore anthracite mine. 

Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2020 A new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes ten lessons for South Africa to consider as the country prepares to navigate what it hopes will be a just transition, over the coming decades, from an electricity sector based on coal to one based... 

Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables

China wants to be carbon neutral by 2060. Is that possible?

By: Bloomberg     23rd September 2020 President Xi Jinping’s surprise announcement that China plans to go carbon-neutral by 2060 has left many questions, none more important than: “How?” China is the world’s largest energy user and greenhouse gas emitter, mines and burns half the world’s coal, and is the top importer of oil and... 

China wants to be carbon neutral by 2060. Is that possible?
Photovoltaic panels at the Golmud Solar Park in Qinghai province, China.

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says that Eskom should remain the buyer of the electricity produced by independent power producers (IPPs) and procured by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in line with a new Section 34 Ministerial determination for 11 813... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination

Another 175 redundancies at New Acland

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd September 2020 Coal miner New Hope has announced that another 175 people are to be made redundant at its New Acland coal mine, as it continues to wait for final approvals to expand the Queensland mine. The company last month announced 23 redundancies at the corporate office and the Brisbane port facility. 

Weekly Coal Index Report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2020 The energy complex had a mixed week, with oil prices recovering and natural gas and emissions prices mixed. Australian coal prices have been catching up to SA prices as Chinese domestic coal prices (based on the Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index) have proved more robust, with several mines... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

Nersa to learn next week if tariff-raising Eskom judgment can be appealed 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2020 High Court Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane will decide next week whether to grant the National Energy Regulator of South Africa leave to appeal her July 28 judgment, which found the regulator’s decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period... 

Nersa to learn next week if tariff-raising Eskom judgment can be appealed

Carmichael delivers on jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th September 2020 The Carmichael coal mine, in Queensland, is on track to produce its first coal in 2021, with Indian major Adani revealing that employment numbers at the project have reached more than 1 500. Adani Mining CEO David Boshoff said the Covid-19 recession meant Adani’s investment was needed more than... 

Coal giant empowers through education

18th September 2020 In 2019, JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro invested a total of R224-million in job-related bursaries and scholarships.  As a company that has “empowerment at its core”, Exxaro’s purpose, values and investment are geared toward youth development with the aim of nurturing future leaders. 

Coal giant empowers through education
EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT Exxaro strives too empower its workers through education opportunities

Coal remains dominant despite Paris Agreement

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Coal still remains the biggest source of power generation globally, despite the omnipresent notion of a coal-free world, driven by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to petrochemicals company BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ report, released in June.   While the report highlights the... 

Coal remains  dominant despite Paris Agreement
NOT GREEN YET Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Construction engineering company Basil Read Mining has launched a new autonomous drill that could offer an increase of about 30% in productivity, compared to manual drilling, contracts director Nqobile Khumalo tells Mining Weekly. The first C650 drill is to be delivered to a mine in Botswana... 

New rig offers autonomous capabilities on smaller blast holes
NQOBILE KHUMALO the automated C650 offers two distinct benefits when drilling coal deposits

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Eickhoff South Africa has introduced new software packages, which help clients to manage and analyse continuous miners’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Some of these KPIs include data pertaining to shift advances, first coal, last coal, shuttle car counts and... 

New software offers greater continuous-miner business support
KEEPING TRACK Being able to track key performance indicators allows for optimal operation and output

Coal can reignite SA economy

18th September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, which already had record high unemployment prior to the pandemic; however, the coal-mining sector, could aid the revival of the economy, investment company Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu stated last month. He was speaking... 

Coal can reignite  SA economy
CANYON OF COAL The Phalanndwa mine is part of Canyon Coal's operations which is a subsidiary of Menar

Banks reluctant to fund coal in Africa

18th September 2020 Despite huge advances in clean coal technologies, an abundance of coal in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and Southern Africa’s vast energy needs, most of South Africa’s major banks, in step with those in the developed West, are assessing their willingness to fund future... 

Banks reluctant to  fund coal in Africa
AUBREY CHAUKE It is a credit to both inclusion and transformation that today 53 fully-operational coal mines exist outside the mining majors in South Africa

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials

18th September 2020 The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’, which looks at boosting economic growth, creating new jobs, and building... 

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials
JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Despite the challenges wrought by lockdown restrictions, mining and engineering consulting firm Mindset Mining Consultants has successfully completed a comprehensive longwall mining feasibility study for chemicals and energy company Sasol Mining. Sasol Mining sought ways of optimising its coal... 

Study demonstrates longwall viability for Sasol
Mindset Mining Consultants MD Alan Gissing and senior mining engineer Ronnie van Eeden discuss a recently completed longwall mining feasibility study conducted for energy and chemicals company Sasol. Camerawork: Darlene Creamer. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 30.07.2020
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