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Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

Above-inflation Eskom tariff increases will have negative impact on mining industry – Minerals Council

By: Simone Liedtke     8th March 2019 The higher-than-inflation tariff increases granted to State-owned Eskom by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will have a major impact on the South African mining industry’s cost structure, Minerals Council South Africa chief economist Henk Langenhoven said on Thursday. The... 

Sanderson increases its shareholding in Kibo to 23.3%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2019 Africa-focused Kibo Energy on Tuesday signed a binding term sheet with Sanderson Capital Partners for the conversion of the latter’s 2.5% equity interest in Kibo’s 100%-owned Tanzanian subsidiary, Mbeya Development, to ordinary shares in Kibo. Kibo will issue just over 126.4-million new ordinary... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 ASX-listed Orion Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had signed a renewable energy generation collaboration agreement with Juwi Renewable Energies South Africa to investigate the renewable energy generation potential at the Prieska zinc/copper project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.... 

Orion mulls solar, wind energy generation options for Prieska project
Photo by Creamer Media
Orion Minerals Errol Smart

Energy solutions crucial to the future of mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st March 2019 Renewable energy has become a very important part of the conversation in mining, says energy solutions provider MD for Africa John Lewis who attended the 2019 Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town, last month. 

Energy solutions crucial to the  future of mining
ENERGY SOLUTIONS Power is central to an effective mining operation and constitutes a key investment decision for management teams, governments and investors

Kibo to potentially acquire five peaking power sites totalling 25.85 MW

By: Simone Liedtke     27th February 2019 MAST Energy Developments (MED), Kibo Energy’s 60%-owned subsidiary, has signed a binding conditional agreement for the exclusive right to undertake due diligence and negotiate the potential acquisition of five peaking power sites totalling 25.85 MW. Under the terms of the agreement, MED has... 

Cogeneration projects a viable option for mines

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Having completed a cogeneration project with diversified miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan says the company looks forward to working on similar projects for more mining companies. Cogeneration, in the context of the South... 

Energy solutions provide power security for mining industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With existing and new mines in remote areas requiring electricity, power generation equipment manufacturer and energy service company Himoinsa’s bespoke and integrated solutions can support mines with a prime or a back-up power system, should there be a electricity outage. “We understand the... 

Energy solutions  provide power security  for mining industry
SOLUTIONS Himoinsa optimises a power solution that meets the requirements of the application by integrating different brands in its technology.

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark interest from mining companies

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 Although the development of microgrid hybrid power solutions in South African mines is still in its infancy, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm WSP Africa director Dinesh Buldoo says there is growing interest from mining companies to offset the risks to their business that power supply... 

Microgrid hybrid solutions spark  interest from mining companies
IMPACT OF MINES Mines should create projects that are designed and constructed to feed into the surrounding areas and communities and that reduce the impact of their operations on the natural environment

Waste-to-energy viable option for mining operations

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd February 2019 With the Germiston-based facility of waste management company Interwaste benchmarked to provide a consistent supply of up to 1 000 tons a month of waste-derived fuel, Interwaste CFO Jason McNeil says there is opportunity to develop such projects and supply alternative fuel to mines. “The facility... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids

By: Nadine James     22nd February 2019 As various projects have demonstrated the value of renewables for reducing diesel, heavy fuel oil (HFO) and gas consumption, mining companies could now benefit from a significant cost reduction potential, said renewables research organisation ThEnergy MD Dr Thomas Hillig. “In the last few years,... 

Cost benefits to boost mines' adoption of renewable hybrids
Photo by THEnergy
UPWARD TRAJECTORY Mining companies are expected to leverage increased competition between independent power producers for more cost-effective hybrid solutions

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd February 2019 Amid rising electricity costs and flailing power supplies across the East Coast of Australia, the country’s government is standing firm on its decision to keep coal as one of its main sources of electricity generation. Australia’s East Coast is facing a plethora of electricity issues, with... 

Australia nailing its colours to coal mast, despite call to halt its use for power generation by 2050

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Gra-Tech to add value in PGMs industry

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Precious metals recovery company Gra-Tech is aiming to assist companies that are active in the platinum group metals (PGMs) industry, particularly mines and Nitric Acid plants, as it looks to expand into other emerging markets. “Industry has not realised the massive value contained in old and... 

Gra-Tech to add value  in PGMs industry
CLEANING FOR METALS RECOVERY PGMs are absorbed into the surfaces of the equipment and we complete a destructive or nondestructive clean to remove these precious deposits for recovery

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Aside from the relative lag in demand and price for platinum, the other platinum group metals (PGMs) – osmium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium and particularly palladium – are expected to develop a stronger presence in the markets after a strong 2018, says global precious metals mining company... 

Platinum odd one out in expected PGMs growth – analyst
PLATINUM OVERSUPPLY At 2018 basket prices we saw anywhere between 500 000 oz and 800 000 oz of PGMs coming out of the primary supply side, mostly from South Africa, when the prices just were not sustainable

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Despite the turbulent political landscape in Zimbabwe currently, low-cost platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa Minerals remains fully committed to its Investment Project Framework Agreement with the Zimbabwe government. The agreement involves the establishment of a... 

Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment
THARISA PLANT We remain optimistic about PGMs and will continue to invest in the locations we operate in, while looking for new opportunities

Energy security in Africa remains a concern

By: Paige Müller     25th January 2019 Amid a continued lack of access to stable and reliable energy sources in Africa – which are critical in supporting energy intensive mining operations – Zest WEG Group, subsidiary of leading equipment manufacturer WEG, expects the provision of secure energy for the African mining industry to be a... 

Energy security in Africa remains a concern
FULL ENERGY LINE SOLUTIONS Zest WEG Group can provide a reliable source of energy to miners and develop energy efficient process lines

Company expansion and rebranding

25th January 2019 Global provider of temporary power services Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power has recently announced a major rebranding. The company will from now be known as Altaaqa Global Energy Services. Altaaqa Global Energy Services CEO James Shepherd tells Mining Weekly that, “the global energy... 

Company expansion and rebranding
JAMES SHEPHERD Altaaqa Global Energy Services aims to be more than just a technology provider

Battery drive system provided for underground mining

18th January 2019 Battery driven mining vehicle specialists Battery Power Industries (BPI) provided the battery drive system for rough-terrain machinery manufacturer Manitou Southern Africa’s first electric telehandler. Manitou’s battery driven telehandler, the first of its kind, was unveiled at Electra Mining... 

Battery drive  system provided for  underground mining
TURNKEY SOLUTION An electrical system designed to eliminate fatigue in mines associated with diesel

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th January 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and Koornfontein Mines (KFT) expect to convene meetings with creditors within the next few weeks to vote on the proposed business rescue plans for the mines. The meetings will take place once the BRPs have resolved... 

BRPs to meet with Optimum, Koornfontein creditors to vote on proposed business rescue plans

Lack of capital and incentives hinders coal production

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 Owing to the lack of incentives and capital to implement new coal projects, coal production has remained stagnant, and some of the reserves of the older mines are nearing depletion, which means production will soon drop significantly, says coal industry and consulting firm XMP Consulting senior... 

Lack of capital and  incentives hinders  coal production
XAVIER PREVOST South African coal mining production contracted 0.9% year-on-year in September and 7.1% month-to-month, which resulted in coal production falling by 2%

Domestic coal supply faces difficulties

By: Thabi Madiba     14th December 2018 While coal exports generate valuable export earnings, the competition between exports and domestic coal poses a major challenge for the security of domestic coal supply, says the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The demand for coal has increased in countries such as India, which had used... 

Global warming management central to coal’s future

14th December 2018 Emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) during coal-based power generation is generally acknowledged as one of the major contributions to global warming and its management has become central to coal’s future, says technology and project management company Mitsibushi Hitachi Power consultant and... 

Global warming  management central  to coal’s future
UPGRADING THE COAL The processing of raw coal involves crushing of the coal, screening the coal into specific size ranges

Kibo, Edenville resubmit tender qualification documents to Tanesco

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2018 Aim-listed companies Kibo Energy and Edenville Energy on Friday both announced that they had resubmitted their respective tender qualification documents to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco). Kibo is developing the Mbeya coal-to-power project (MCPP) and Edenville the Rukwa... 

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2018 Energy efficiency in the mining and minerals processing sector continues to be a hot topic, especially in South Africa, where increases in the cost of energy sources – namely electricity, diesel and coal – along with that of labour, exceed inflation.   

Process that will ‘drastically’ cut the power needed to  reprocess mining waste edging closer to commercialisation

EVs to become main driver of battery storage deployment over next decade, says Fitch Solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2018 The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to become the main driver of surging battery storage deployment over the next decade, following increasing ambitions by developed and emerging markets to decarbonise their transport sectors, and will have a substantial disruptive effect on how energy is... 

Kibo to consider further deadline extension for Sepco III

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd December 2018 China-based Sepco III has requested a further extension on the Strategic Development Agreement with dual-listed Kibo Energy at the Mbeya coal-to-power project, in Tanzania. Kibo on Monday said the request would be considered by Kibo’s board this week. 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry

By: Cameron Mackay     30th November 2018 With the now confirmed separation of oil and gas legislation from that of mining in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Niall Kramer says the prospects of South Africa entering the liquefied natural gas and indigenous shale gas market... 

Attractive and certain policy presents positive prospects for industry
NIALL KRAMER The separation of oil and gas legislation from mining legislation is something that the industry has been asking for and policy makers are heading the country in the right direction

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 As more renewable energy capacity is added globally, thermal coal-fired power stations are likely to, in future, operate only for short periods of time to balance the shortfall in electricity when renewable capacity is not available, University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien said at... 

Study under way to help shape policy needed to transition from coal-based to renewable energy systems
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of Johannesburg professor Bilainu Oboirien

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix  

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Notwithstanding recent and continued advances in the roll-out of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge expects coal will continue to form a significant component of South... 

Coal to remain significant part of South Africa’s energy generation mix
South African National Energy Development Institute GM for cleaner fossil fuel use Professor Tony Surridge speaks to Mining Weekly Online about South Africa's status quo surrounding carbon dioxide storage and utilisation. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications 

14th November 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the possible implications for South Africa of a global underinvestment in oil production, as well as the growing need to introduce flexibility in power markets. 

SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications
SA needs to consider oil underinvestment, variable renewables implications, says Terence Creamer

Hydrogen economy, PGM-based tech offers decarbonised alternative for energy system – Amplats 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th November 2018 With the world’s current energy system reliant on carbon-intensive fossil and other fuels, with the associated negative impact on climate change and global warming, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) believes there is a decarbonised alternative in the form of the hydrogen economy and platinum... 

Kibo submits mining right application for Mabesekwa project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2018 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has submitted its application for a full mining right for the Mabesekwa coal independent power producer project, in Botswana. This follows the company’s formal presentation to Botswana’s Department of Mines, which outlined the project’s envisaged development plan.  

Amplats hoping to advance fuel cell ambitions with China visit

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) will be hosting an investor and analyst visit to China on November 12, during which the platinum miner intends to showcase the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). The visit will focus on the growth of fuel cell vehicle production in China and on gaining an... 

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