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Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

BHP to receive 3 more LNG-fuelled bulk carriers in next 6-9 mths - exec

By: Reuters     4th October 2022 BHP Group expects to receive three more bulk carriers powered partly by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the next six to nine months, part of the company's plans to cut emissions from shipping, a senior executive said. BHP, which received its first two LNG-fuelled vessels earlier this year, has... 

Anglo American, EDF form new joint renewable energy thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American, in partnership with EDF Renewables, on Tuesday announced an agreement to form a new jointly owned company, Envusa Energy, to develop a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The energy ecosystem is expected to catalyse economic activity in... 

Nolitha Fakude, the chairperson of Anglo American's Management Board in South Africa.
Photo by Creamer Media
Nolitha Fakude, the chairperson of Anglo American's Management Board in South Africa.

BHP banking on ongoing demand for steel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Diversified miner BHP has made the case that steel, and in effect iron-ore, should also be classified as a critical mineral given it was essential for the decarbonation of power. Speaking at an investor day, BHP’s VP for market analysis and economics, Dr Huw McKay noted that power generation... 

Energy and battery minerals driving Australian exports to record levels

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$450-billion in 2022/23, with the export of battery metals, including copper, nickel and lithium, expected to more than double on the 2020/21 earnings. In the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief... 

Image shows operations at Port Hedland

EV demand sparks revival of US manganese mining after decades

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2022 South32 aims to accelerate development of the first new US manganese mine for decades as carmakers rush to secure supply of the metal needed in electric vehicle batteries. Automakers are “super keen” to secure supply from the company’s Clark Deposit in Arizona, which would become the only local... 

South32 CEO Graham Kerr
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

WA miners worried about staff, optimistic on deals - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 A new report by consulting services firm MinterEllison has highlighted the three key issues facing the mining and services sector. Research conducted among Western Australian mining executives has revealed concerns about rising costs, labour shortages, inflationary pressure, supply chain and... 

Rio demands resignation at ERA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 Mining major Rio Tinto has asked for the resignation of Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA’s) chairperson Peter Mansell, a move which ERA on Monday said was already in the works. Rio last week trashed an independent valuation of ERA, saying it failed to recognise opposition to the development... 

Sibanye reaches wage agreement with NUM, UASA, but AMCU holds out

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2022 Diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater says an agreement in respect of wages and benefits has been reached with two of the three recognised unions at its South Africa platinum group metals (PGMs) operations. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and UASA have reached an agreement with Sibanye. 

A photo of Sibanye's Marikana operation

Exploration, fund-raising, offshore green hydrogen make headlines   

30th September 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks to us about Council for Geoscience wanting South Africans to rally around exploration as the country’s ‘Big, Hairy, Audacious goal’; the JSE’s new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies; and the world’s first offshore... 

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Exploration, fund-raising, offshore green hydrogen make headlines

Maelgwyn leveraging South Africa, African growth to expand business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2022 Owing to the considerable organic growth it has achieved in South Africa and Africa, mineral processing technologies and processes provider Maelgwyn has relocated to a new building, in Boundary Park, North Riding, and is aiming to leverage these premises and the enhanced capacity and capabilities... 

Teck eyes spinoff or divestment of Fort Hills oil sands stake

By: Reuters     30th September 2022 Canada's Teck Resources said on Thursday it could pursue a spinoff or divestment of its stake in the Fort Hills oil sands project if the value of the asset is not reflected in Teck's share price. The comments come a day after French company TotalEnergies, another partner in the Fort Hills mine... 

Teck eyes spinoff or divestment of Fort Hills oil sands stake

Rio produces first lithium concentrate in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2022 Major Rio Tinto has started spodumene concentrate production at a demonstration plant at its Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium (RTIT) Quebec Operation, in Canada. The plant will demonstrate at industrial scale a new spodumene concentration process that provides lithium oxide grades and recoveries well... 

An image of the Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium metallurgical complex in Quebec.
Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium metallurgical complex in Quebec.

Qld Super Grid could unlock A$740bn in mining investment

29th September 2022 The Queensland government’s planned electricity Super Grid could deliver a A$740-billion resource boom for the state, by opening up the resource-rich North West minerals province, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. The Super Grid was announced as part of the state government’s A$62-billion... 

Top miners teaming up in bid to wean themselves off dirty trucks

By: Bloomberg     29th September 2022 Members of the International Council on Mining and Metals are planning a joint effort to test hydrogen and other zero-emission technologies in a bid to shift away from diesel-fueled vehicles. Members, which include producers BHP Group and Glencore, are pitching sites to pilot technologies... 

Top miners teaming up in bid to wean themselves off dirty trucks

Resources Watch  

29th September 2022 This week: World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024 And, Women-owned company aims to revive SA’s phosphate industry after securing mining right 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

BHP sees Chile uncertainties easing in investment climate boost

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2022 Chilean regulatory uncertainties that have held up some investments in the biggest copper-producing nation are dissipating, according to top mining company BHP Group. In a referendum earlier this month, Chileans overwhelmingly rejected a proposed new constitution, while authorities are showing... 

BHP wants to expand presence in Peru, says executive

By: Reuters     28th September 2022 Global miner BHP wants to expand its presence in Peru through exploration of new projects, Rag Udd, who heads the company in the Americas, said on Tuesday at the Perumin mining conference. Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer and BHP is a part-owner of one of its largest copper mines,... 

BHP redeems notes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2022 Diversified giant BHP has announced the early redemption of £600-million Sterling hybrid notes, which were issued in October 2015. The notes were issued by BHP Billiton Finance and due in 2077, however, the miner on Wednesday said that in accordance with its group strategy and strong liquidity... 

WMI, Sibanye stress importance of innovation in a changing mining industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2022 Opening the annual University of the Witwatersrand Mining Institute (WMI) seminar on September 27, the Engineering and the Built Environment faculty Dean Professor Thokozani Majozi said diversity and transformation, as well as full digital migration, was a necessity for sustainability and growth.... 

Rio approves underground mining at Kennecott

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has approved a $55-million investment to start underground mining at the Kennecott copper operations, in Utah. The miner said on Tuesday that underground mining will initially focus on an area known as the Lower Commercial Skarn (LCS), which will deliver a total of... 

Rio approves underground mining at Kennecott

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Glencore buys Newmont’s stake in Argentina copper/gold project

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2022 Diversified mining company and commodity trader Glencore on Friday announced that it would buy gold miner Newmont’s 18.75% shareholding in the MARA project, in Argentina. Following completion of the transaction, Glencore would own 43.75% of MARA, which is a brownfield project located in the... 

Glencore buys Newmont’s stake in Argentina copper/gold project

Anglo American commits $15m to the Global Fund to tackle diseases

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2022 Global miner Anglo American, together with the Anglo American Foundation, have pledged $15-million to support the Global Fund, aimed at ending HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, and building resilient systems for health and pandemic preparedness. The pledge was delivered in New York, during... 

Elisabeth Brinton steps down as Anglo director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2022 Elisabeth Brinton has decided to step down as director of Anglo American for personal reasons, with immediate effect. “We thank Elisabeth for her contribution to our board discussions and wish her well for the future,” comments chairperson Stuart Chambers. 

Rio funds Mongolian forrest fight

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has announced $2.3-million in funding to help protect forests in Mongolia. The company signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia (MET) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), which aims to... 

Glencore proposes loans to ensure production at Zambia's Mopani copper mine - letter

By: Reuters     23rd September 2022 Glencore and Zambia's State-owned mining company ZCCM-IH could jointly lend Mopani Copper Mines $200-million to help cover running costs under a proposal made by the global miner last week, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Glencore, which owned Mopani until March 2021, is prepared to lend up to... 

Conference to evaluate status quo of mining sector

23rd September 2022 The Joburg Indaba, hosted by mineral resources, energy and mining conference specialists Resources 4 Africa, draws together captains of the industry, government officials and investors to present their strategic thoughts on the current state of the mining sector. During the event – to be held on... 

An image of Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke
MIKE TEKE The Seriti CEO will discuss the relevancy of coal and its prospects at this year's Joburg Indaba

Producing a carbon-neutral economy

23rd September 2022 Addressing the nation on the ongoing energy crisis on July 25, 2022, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reinforced the direction in which the country’s energy-generation market is moving, which has created various opportunities to secure a reduction in South Africa’s carbon footprint, says mining... 

Energy: Private sector participation, regional collaboration, investment   

22nd September 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Minerals Council South Africa urging more rapid private sector energy participation; Southern Africa needing a collaborative energy approach, much like that of the EU's; and the World Platinum Investment Council’s new CEO seeing much opportunity for... 

Martin Creamer photo
Energy: Private sector participation, regional collaboration, investment

SAIMM appoints Zelmia Botha as president

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2022 The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has appointed coal and heavy minerals miner Exxaro Resources commissioning manager Zelmia Botha as president of the institute. She is the fourth woman to head the 125-year-old organisation since its inception in 1894. The SAIMM has... 

Resources Watch 

21st September 2022 This week: PGMs hotter than ever amid upcoming SAIMM greener world collaboration event; Pan African effectively building new underground gold mine at Evander and, Menar says anthracite prospects looking very good 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Rio Tinto CEO says copper outlook 'challenged' in near term

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2022 Copper’s short-term outlook faces pressures from supply-chain obstructions and decades-high inflation, impacting demand for the metal critical in everything from buildings to automobiles to mobile phones, according to the head of the world’s second-largest mining company. “The short-term outlook... 

An image of Jakob Stausholm, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Group, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, US, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm

Rio joins global zero-carbon coalition

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto will join global initiative, the First Movers Coalition, to help commercialise zero-carbon technologies by harnessing purchasing power and supply chains. More than 50 companies with a collective market value of about $8.5-trillion across five continents now make up... 

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Sibanye sees possible further opportunities in growing battery metals sector 

By: Darren Parker     16th September 2022 The global forecast for battery electric vehicle (BEV) production has risen by 120% over the past two years, according to research carried out by research and consulting firm SFA (Oxford). SFA (Oxford) senior battery markets analyst Lakshya Gupta, who presented the research findings during a... 

lithium ion batteries

Pan African, Menar, SAIMM conference make headlines   

16th September 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Pan African Resources effectively building an underground gold mine at Evander; Menar seeing good prospects for anthracite; and the upcoming Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy conference, which will have a large focus on platinum... 

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Pan African, Menar, SAIMM conference make headlines

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 Diversified miner BHP’s Leister nickel operations, in Western Australia, has marked a momentous occasion this week, with the underground mine playing host to a wedding. Dressed in their bright orange high visibility shirts, and with a specially made jacket and veil adorned helmet, Aleese [last... 

Miners marry at BHP's Leinster mine
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