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Energy Services News

Decarbonisation underpins RBM’s move to buy solar electricity from 148 MW project

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 46 minutes ago Leading South African mineral sands producer Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with independent power producer Voltalia for the supply of wheeled renewable energy from a 148 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Limpopo to its smelting and... 

Helping world transition to net-zero carbon is mining's biggest opportunity, says Minerals Council president 

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2022 The biggest opportunity mining has as an industry is to help the world to transition to a net-zero carbon world, Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude said on Wednesday. Fakude, who is also chairperson of Anglo American's management board in South Africa, highlighted this during... 

Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.
Minerals Council South Africa president Nolitha Fakude.

Distributed generation investment may ‘grind to halt’ if Eskom's retail tariff reforms are implemented 'overnight' 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2022 Economic and energy advisory company Meridian Economics is warning that the immediate implementation of Eskom’s proposed retail tariff plan could severely disincentivise investment into the large distributed generation plants required to reduce or end load-shedding. The plan, which the utility... 

Power lines

NUM asks that Eskom board restructuring includes public participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th September 2022 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s plan to restructure and reconstitute the board of State-owned power utility Eskom. The Minister announced on September 27 that government would soon start the process of restructuring the board,... 

Miner contributes to achieving net zero economy

23rd September 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) is embedded into gold miner Harmony Gold’s business strategy to earn credibility, remain competitive and contribute to achieving a net-zero economy, says group executive for sustainability Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak. With the urgency of... 

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.

Schneider Electric advancing Electricity 4.0, Industry 4.0 with solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2022 In continuing efforts to digitize its customers, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric’s connected products can communicate well with each other on its digital platforms, as well as those of third parties, says Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin... 

Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin McCutcheon
Schneider Electric global marketing director Quintin McCutcheon speaks to Creamer Media at Electra Mining.

MacLean Engineering advancing fleet electrification in Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2022 Mining equipment provider MacLean Engineering intends to build the next 50 years of Maclean mining vehicle innovation on the three pillars of electrification, automation and digitalisation. The company’s current push, explains Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen, is on expanding the MacLean electric... 

MacLean Engineering Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen
MacLean Engineering Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining.

Ironveld’s Rustenberg smelter to go offgrid with hybrid power plant

By: Darren Parker     12th September 2022 Project development and engineering teams from energy solutions company Enernet Global have been working closely with iron-ore company Ironveld to develop an optimised hybrid power plant that will deliver clean, reliable and low-cost power for the company’s smelter facility in Rustenburg.... 

Firm displays sustainable solution at MINE-ENTRA

9th September 2022 Global technology leader in electrical distribution and management ABB exhibited its safe, smart and sustainable solutions through its channel partner in Zimbabwe at MINE-ENTRA 2022 in Bulawayo from 20 to 22 July. This was the twenty-fifth edition of the largest mining, engineering, and transport... 

Image of ABB product marketing director Ettienne Delport
ETTIENNE DELPORT Plants must also manage vital process and business information if management objectives are to be met

Howden sees steady increase in greenlit projects  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2022 The market has been responding favourably to industrial equipment supplier James Howden Holdings’ integrated solutions, with a steady increase in the number of proposals that have been submitted over the last few months.  Further to this, the company’s MD, Kudzai Nyangoni says the company has won... 

MD Kudzai Nyangoni
Howden MD Kudzai Nyangoni speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa expo.

Trafo’s flexibility on show at Electra Mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 Owing to the individual nature of mines, a one-size-fits-all solution is often unfeasible. With that in mind, dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions will use Electra Mining Africa 2022 to showcase its ability to customise its solutions for mine-specific conditions. 

A photo of Trafo's equipment
Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen and Trafo national sales and marketing manager Andrea Ghidini speak to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Draft regulations removing licensing cap for distributed generators released for comment 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has published for public comment proposed changes to South Africa’s electricity regulations, exempting distributed generation facilities of any size from applying to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a licence. The... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sasol, Itochu sign MoU to develop green ammonia industry

By: Darren Parker     2nd September 2022 Global chemicals and energy company Sasol and Japanese trading group Itochu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly study and develop the market and supply chain for green ammonia, with a focus on its use as a bunkering fuel and for power generation. The parties will also... 

Sasol building

Motor manufacturer helping to reduce load on grid 

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2022 In focusing on energy efficiency, Zest WEG, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is helping the South African mining industry reduce its load on the country’s fragile energy generation system through the uptake of its products. For example, the company started... 

CONSIDERED CAPACITY
Before developing manufacturing capacity locally, Zest WEG endeavours to understand the end-users’ needs first
Mining Weekly talks to newly appointed Zest WEG CEO Eduardo Werninghaus, who gives his first media interview in South Africa

Transformers to be installed at local gold mine

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2022 Gauteng dry-type transformer specialist Trafo Power Solutions is on track to supply three transformers to a local underground gold mining operation for commissioning this month, despite the challenges manufacturers have been facing globally. While there is a global shortage of raw materials, from... 

TAKE THE HEAT
Dry-type transformers comply with class F1 fire certification, meaning that, in the case of a fire, they do not exacerbate the fire or release harmful emissions
TAKE THE HEAT Dry-type transformers comply with class F1 fire certification, meaning that, in the case of a fire, they do not exacerbate the fire or release harmful emissions

South African energy issues need joint effort - Minerals Council  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 South Africa’s energy conundrum will require a concerted effort by both industry and government, the Minerals Council South Africa said. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter said that the solution... 

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

KonNx portfolio ensures constant connection, safety

By: Simone Liedtke     26th August 2022 In an effort to ensure constant connection between power cables, the relevant equipment and electricity, high voltage cable coupler manufacturer KonNx designs, manufactures and distributes high and low voltage cable couplers and connectors for use in heavy industrial applications (such as... 

Pic of KonNx product with South African flag overlay

Plans progressing for 744 MW energy for alloys business – Merafe 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2022 Construction of the Swedish Stirling plant that converts off-gas to electricity will take place at the Lion ferrochrome smelter near Steelport starting in the second half of this year, Merafe Resources CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday, when the ferrochrome company announced a dividend-yielding... 

Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala and Merafe FD Ditabe Chocho.

Sosimple Energy provides cheap, clean energy that reduces electricity costs

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2022 Clean energy provider Sosimple Energy is protecting businesses in South Africa against rising electricity prices, helping them to save money through its solar installation offerings. The offering, which requires no investment and no costs for maintenance or insurance, provides businesses with an... 

Sosimple Energy provides cheap, clean energy that reduces electricity costs

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renergen, CEF one step further in advancing agreement for Virginia gas project 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2022 South Africa’s Central Energy Fund (CEF) has completed its due diligence on its R1-billion investment in emerging integrated energy producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project. Marking a major step towards finalising the agreement between Renergen and the CEF, both parties have now started engaging... 

Eskom makes case for major overhaul of retail tariff structure in submission to regulator 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 Eskom has submitted a tariff restructuring application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in which the utility is proposing a major overhaul of the prevailing retail tariff structure, including a separation of energy, network and service charges and the introduction of... 

Eskom head office at Megawatt Park
Eskom head office at Megawatt Park

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
Photo by Creamer Media
Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Scrap catalytic converters an important source of investment, company says

By: Simone Liedtke     19th July 2022 Although scrap catalytic converter prices vary according to the brand and model, refining systems provider Proses Makina notes that the precious metals contained in the catalytic converter influence the price and monetary value, meaning that the price of a catalytic converter could vary from... 

Graph of battery metals in the circular economy

Eskom confirms strong flow of grid-connection applications for Bid Window 6 of renewables programme 

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2022 Eskom’s Grid Access Unit reports that it has received payments for 179 cost estimate letters, or CELs, and has issued 53 such letters, following the April 6 issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference

Pensana to use offshore wind to produce ‘ultra-low carbon’ magnet metal 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2022 London-listed Pensana has signed a letter of intent with Yorkshire Energy Park (Yep) which ensures access to between 4 MW and 10 MW of low-carbon electricity. Pensana will use the low-cost and resilient supply of low-carbon electricity to power the Saltend rare earth separation facility and... 

Wind turbines

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Energy transition highlighted at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 With the energy transition in mining having been topical at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, advisory firm Deloitte participated in discussions such as self-generation opportunities available for mining companies amid issues of local energy supply. “The ability to self-generate up... 

An image depicting a hand changing the term fossil energy into green energy written on dice
Photo by Adobe Stock
ENERGISING DISCUSSIONS Deloitte was a silver partner at the Indaba, participating in topics related to the energy transition in mining

Decarbonisation strategies necessary for mining

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 Global climate consultancy the Carbon Trust attended this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, and supported a World Bank Climate-Smart Mining Initiative round table event. Carbon Trust director Christelle van Vuuren, manager Renata Lawton-Misra, and senior analyst Reinhardt Arp attended as... 

An image depicting a hand holding an Eco-friendly lightbulb, with a plant growing inside, towards the sun
Photo by Adobe
THE TIME IS NOW The Carbon Trust discussed decarbonisation strategies at this year’s Indaba, highlighting the importance of mining companies embarking on net zero targets

Eskom signs battery contracts with Pinggao and Hyosung as part of R11bn roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that it has awarded battery energy storage system (BESS) contracts to two suppliers for projects with a combined capacity of 199 MW/833 MWh. CEO André de Ruyter confirmed on Wednesday that the BESS programme, which is being funded through a... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

African diamond sector set for strong growth

17th June 2022 With China being Africa’s, and South Africa’s, most important trading partner, the Asian superpower’s expected economic slowdown in coming years is a cause for concern, unless these economies can find alternative drivers of growth from other emerging markets, says Standard Bank mining head Mark... 

A Bloomberg image of rough diamonds
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING GROWTH Standard Bank’s mining team anticipates that the sector will continue showing resilience and growth, remaining financially sound in 2022

Venetia aims to address shortages

17th June 2022 Following the protests over water shortages in Musina last month, a meeting was convened between the Musina local municipality, the Vhembe district municipality and diamond miner De Beers’ Venetia mine to find ways to assist the municipalities in efficiently and safely resolving the issue. 

An image of Venetia mine's building
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR While the provision of water is the responsibility of the municipality, Venetia mine commits to working with the municipalities and host communities to address concerns in a responsible and consultative manner

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Exxaro secures Nersa registration for 80 MW solar project at its Grootegeluk coal mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2022 Diversified mining and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cennergi has confirmed the successful registration of the 80 MW Lephalale Solar Project (LSP) by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the regulator’s executive committee. The project... 

Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant
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