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Energy Regulator approves 40 MW solar licence for Gold Fields' South Deep 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced on Thursday that the Energy Regulator, at its meeting held on February 25, approved the issuance of a generation licence for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to be developed at the South Deep gold mine, in Gauteng. The licence... 

PIC now owns 15% of Exxaro’s shares

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2021 The State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in coal and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources to just over 15.13%, the company announced on February 22. Exxaro is headed by Mxolisi Mgojo and is the only producing mine in the coal-rich Waterberg region... 

Resources Watch  

17th February 2021 This week: Vision Blue helping world to achieve green dream with high-return prospects for investors; Alluvial diamond miners outline way to save fast-shrinking industry; And, Generator supplier completing two orders 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom is preparing a pioneering request for proposals (RFP) for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, which is among the first four coal plants scheduled for decommissioning in the coming few years. Eskom just energy transition office... 

Eskom could launch bidding for repurposing and repowering of Komati within two months
The Komati power station

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining

12th February 2021 Africa’s minerals sector should “seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy”, experts noted during a virtual webinar on the future of mining in Africa, post-Covid-19. One opportunity lies in growing global demand for lithium, which is used in batteries for... 

‘Green’ trend an opportunity for mining
LIKING LITHIUM Lithium holds great potential for Africa's mineral sector and the global energy sector

Company delivers solar mounting structures to mine

12th February 2021 Solar equipment supplier Valsa Trading announced that it supplied its locally designed and manufactured solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mounting structures to a large mine in the Northern Cape in December. The mounting structures are designed and manufactured to provide a “quick-install, secure... 

Company delivers  solar mounting structures to mine
SOLID START The mounting structures supplied by Valso allow for a quick and secure installation

Positive progress at ‘mine of the future’

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 Global automation company ABB says operators at the Sustainable Underground Mining (SUM) future mine project, have been able to make use of new remote technological systems implemented by the company since September 2020. The SUM project aims to establish a new world standard for sustainable... 

Positive progress at  ‘mine of the future’
SUM IT UP The Sustainable Underground Mining future mine project sums up the aspirations of the mining sector in regards to sustainable mining

Generator supplier completing two orders 

By: Halima Frost     12th February 2021 International power generator supplier Cummins has recently commissioned one mining site and is in the process of commissioning a further site where both system monitoring and control philosophies, were upgraded. The mining sites operate and supply 18 MVA and 5 MVA of prime rated generator power... 

Generator supplier completing two orders
Cummins Southern Africa power generation leader Warrick Gibbens discusses the energy solutions Cummins offers to the South African Mining sector.

Leon calls on Ramaphosa to announce key changes for mining, energy sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     11th February 2021 Following the Covid-19 pandemic’s “devastating impact” on the South African economy, it is “critical” that President Cyril Ramaphosa identifies what measures the South African government will implement to affect the country’s economic recovery, says Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Group global... 

Leon calls on Ramaphosa to announce key changes for mining, energy sectors
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) Africa Group global co-chairperson Peter Leon

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has recommended that the Energy Regulator approves Gold Fields’ high-profile licence application for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed at its South Deep mine, in Gauteng. Nersa has confirmed... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence
South Deep

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter says the State-owned utility is fully supportive of moves by large customers to develop distributed generation plants to power their operations, as well as growing calls to lift the licensing threshold from 1 MW to 50 MW so as to accelerate these investments. South... 

De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2021 Market dynamics for embedded generation projects in South Africa have shifted materially over the past 12 months as an increasing number of mines and power-heavy industrial firms moved to install renewable-energy facilities at a time when government is also starting to resume utility scale... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped
SIMON ANDREWS The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2021 The evaluation of the 28 bids received under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) is anticipated to be concluded by February 2021, the IPP Office has confirmed with Engineering News. The preferred bidders, it adds, will be announced as soon as... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’

Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows  

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2021 Lifting the licensing threshold for distributed-generation projects to 50 MW or higher could unlock an estimated 5 000 MW of additional capacity in five years and go a long way to rapidly easing South Africa’s debilitating power supply constraints. This is the conclusion of a Meridian Economics... 

Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows

Exxaro appoints independent nonexecutive director

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro’s board of directors has approved the appointment of independent nonexecutive director Chanda Nxumalo, effective February 1. She has 15 years of experience in the renewable energy and power sector, having worked across North America and Europe gaining experience in... 

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Net-zero emissions commitments hold benefits, but also downsides, for miners 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 Miners are targeting massive carbon reductions over the next 10 to 15 years on the path to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with equity research company Jefferies warning that this implies higher costs and capital expenditure (capex), but also a trend of less supply, higher commodity prices,... 

Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy 

By: Donna Slater     10th December 2020 Financial services company Standard Bank Group has published its Fossil Fuels Financing Policy (FFFP) as part of its efforts to improve its management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and contribute to the sustainable development of Africa.   This follows the 2019 adoption of... 

Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy

Report highlights gold mining’s opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon targets 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2020 More action is needed over the next decade if net-zero carbon targets are to be feasible, the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest report, titled ‘Gold and Climate Change: The Energy Transition’, highlights. The report, released on December 9, builds on the council’s initial work of the last two... 

Report highlights gold mining’s opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon targets
WGC climate change director John Mulligan

Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2020 Since the 2008 energy crisis, mines have responded by implementing energy reduction tactics such as shifting loads to off peak periods, switching to more efficient equipment and implementing better maintenance programmes. While mines are better prepared to operate on reduced power than they... 

Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets

Public hearing participant questions Nersa mandate in evolving electricity market 

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa was outdated, and regulation changes were needed to bring it in line with current trends, the only respondent to public hearings into gold miner Gold Fields' application to build a 40 MW solar plant near its mine in Westonaria said on Thursday. Brian... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields’ South Deep mining operation has lodged an application with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for an electricity generation licence for a proposed 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the mine, in Westonaria. Nersa has advised that a public... 

Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application
South Deep mine

Amplats’ Viljoen, Harmony’s Lekubo listed among world’s top 100 women in mining 

By: Donna Slater     19th November 2020 Volunteer nonprofit organisation Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) on November 19 released its biennial 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100) edition, which features a number of South Africa nominees. The WIM100, which was launched by WIM UK in 2013, highlights the wealth of female talent... 

Amplats’ Viljoen, Harmony’s Lekubo listed among world’s top 100 women in mining
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Anglo American business improvement projects head and Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) incoming chairperson Petro du Pisani

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew Copeland. This increase in demand for tailings dam-related consulting can be attributed to several... 

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity
SWIMMING WITH THE CURRENT Owing to Knight Piésold’s dam engineering experience, the company can work with mines in remote areas, particularly in the DRC, to provide hydropower

Gold mining has near-term risk opportunity through delivering decarbonisation objectives

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 The gold mining industry has a near-term opportunity in terms of climate change mitigation and adaption, simultaneously contributing to decarbonisation, World Gold Council (WGC) market relations head John Mulligan said during a climate change and mining-focused Web discussion on November 10. He... 

Renewable energy reinforces case to restart domestic beneficiation − Smart

By: Donna Slater     6th November 2020 With energy security being a significant impediment to unlocking greater investment in the resources sector of South Africa, panellists and guests heard during the Africa Down Under conference on November 6 that energy is critical for the resources sector. Orion Minerals CEO and MD Errol Smart... 

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2020 There is “enormous potential” for South Africa, should the country pursue green industrialisation and its manufacturing sector invest in the beneficiation of battery metals and the manufacture of various green products, such as electric vehicles (EVs), Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Dealer maintains Northern Cape stronghold

23rd October 2020 Atlas Copco dealer Zenith Mining and Industrial Supplies recently secured an order from one of their longstanding key mining customers in the Northern Cape for the supply of five Atlas Copco HiLight light-emitting-diode (LED) H5+ light towers mounted on double axles. 

Dealer maintains Northern Cape stronghold
AHEAD OF THE CURVE By ensuring that the dealership keeps up to date with the latest technology from Atlas Copco, Zenith now supplies the mine with the “cutting-edge” compact and efficient HiLight LED units

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda
Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Kibo appoints new executive director

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Aim-listed Kibo Energy has appointed Christiaan Schutte executive director, with responsibility for capital projects. Schutte has extensive and varied experience in the energy development field. He worked for South African State-owned power utility Eskom for almost three decades, with the last... 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery

9th October 2020 The mining industry must forgo its traditional energy consumption patterns to ensure that it decarbonises toward a greener and sustainable method of exploration, says mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss Drives Turkey Middle East and Africa business development manager Stephen... 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery
STEPHEN BROWN Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies

Caledonia appoints Voltalia to build Blanket mine’s solar plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining has appointed Voltalia to build a 12 MW solar power plant at the Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe. This follows after the company last month secured the $13-million in required funds to invest in the construction of the project.  

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... 

Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 Mining companies are increasingly considering hydropower as a power source for their mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Hydropower, whether pumped storage or run-of-river, is a low-cost, clean form of energy in areas with rivers or dams.  

Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC
Photo by Reuters
Inga Dam, in DRC

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions

25th September 2020 The discovery and development of natural gas projects in northern Mozambique over the past decade could have a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa, says analytical services provider Deloitte. The group has released a series of reports to examine the different sectors... 

LNG can help reduce costs, emissions
Photo by Reuters
STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE LNG requires specialised infrastructure to manage. It is vital that southern Africa has the capability to move LNG from ship-based transport to land-based storage

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery

By: Cameron Mackay     25th September 2020 Multinational professional services network Deloitte senior partner Andrew Lane emphasises the importance of the private sector, particularly the local mining sector, in addressing socioeconomic challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. "The private sector needs to take a proactive role in... 

Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery
PROACTIVE SUPPORT Reliance on the mining industry in assistance in Covid-19 relief has been prevalent in mine-effected communities, where miners are vital to communities

Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has welcomed the Australian federal government’s decision to invest A$1.9-billion in a suite of new and emerging energy technology to position the country for a low-emission future. To this end, metals and minerals will play a key role in the global transition to a... 

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