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Renewables associations call for green hydrogen focus in upcoming EU plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 Ten solar and wind associations, along with industry leaders, have launched a joint initiative − Choose Renewable Hydrogen − and are calling for the European Commission to prioritise renewable green hydrogen in its upcoming recovery and strategy decisions. The initiative aims to highlight the... 

Kibo increases Mozambique land holding to expand energy projects

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has acquired 345 ha of land adjacent to its Benga power plant project, in Mozambique's Tete province. Alongside hosting a 150 MW to 300 MW thermal power plant, which is being developed as part of a joint venture agreement with local energy company... 

CEF fills all vacant CEO positions for group companies

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2020 Having not had permanent CEOs since 2014, the Central Energy Fund (CEF) has now filled the position of group CEO, as well as all vacant CEO positions at its group companies, in particular at the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (Pasa) and national oil company... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore recently completed an electrification project where it assisted South African power utility Eskom to provide electricity access to 300 households in the Ga-Masha and Ga-Rantho communities, in Limpopo. Glencore aims to assist government in its... 

Glencore provides electricity for 300 households

Company provides flexible power for Tanzanian mines

By: Cameron Mackay     10th April 2020 Mining companies in Tanzania continue face the challenge of ensuring continuous and stable power to their operations, and that their carbon footprint is reduced. Global energy services provider Aggreko, a company specialising in temporary power solutions, aims to support its mining clients in... 

Company provides flexible  power for Tanzanian mines
CONNECTING THE WATTS The current energy situation in Tanzania has ensured that renting solutions from Aggreko is beneficial

Wärtsilä to help deliver hybrid power solution for Saudi Arabia gold mine

By: Donna Slater     8th April 2020 Energy technology group Wärtsilä will supply the equipment, as well as engineering and technical advisory services for a 44 MW hybrid power plant to be installed at the Mansourah & Massarah gold mine, in Saudi Arabia. It will be the first newbuild power project in the country to use a hybrid... 

Wärtsilä to help deliver hybrid power solution for Saudi Arabia gold mine
Wärtsilä 32TS generating set

Coal remains vital to energy mix

By: Cameron Mackay     27th March 2020 Despite increased regulatory pressure regarding the environmental impacts of its mining, storage and use in power generation, coal is still essential to the local energy mix, says engineering consultancy WSP power generation consultant Wayne Lindecke. “We are not naïve to the negative... 

Coal remains  vital to energy mix
WAYNE LINDECKE As a country, we’re evolving and trying to get our energy mix right, so we are dependent on coal and will still be for a while

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Coal supplier receives UPS systems
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

Sector rich in opportunities, despite recent trends

27th March 2020 In South Africa, as well as globally, there has been a trend towards renewable energy sources and away from thermal coal. Empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke states that, as the company aims to become State-owned power utility Eskom’s largest coal supplier and also has hopes to... 

Sector rich in opportunities,  despite recent trends
AT BECK AND COAL Coal-fired power will continue to fundamentally underpin of the growth of the local economy for the foreseeable future

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels of clean-coal investment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 There is much scepticism domestically and internationally about the potential for clean-coal technology (CCT). In South Africa, however, there has been an amplification in recent months of calls for accelerated efforts to be made to finding innovative solutions to the serious environmental and... 

Industry reaction to Minister’s call for higher levels  of clean-coal investment
Photo by GE
POWER PLANT OPTIMISATION Eskom’s Kusile power station’s use of the wet flue gas desulphurisation technology ensures lower emissions

Resgen shareholders advised to vote by proxy on Boikarabelo coal project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2020 Energy resources company Resource Generation (Resgen) is considering alternative arrangements for its extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which had been scheduled for April 7, in Australia. The EGM will be used to seek shareholder approval for the mine funding package for the construction of the... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

By: Reuters     25th March 2020 South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that coal stocks at its power stations were healthy, with at least 20 days of supplies at all stations, before a nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak starting at midnight on Thursday. Eskom said all its activities were considered... 

South Africa's Eskom says coal stocks healthy ahead of lockdown

Kibo puts ‘business continuity programme’ in place amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2020 Africa-focussed Kibo Energy has put a business continuity programme in place to protect its employees while ensuring the safe operation of the company amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This has resulted in all non-essential travel being cancelled and all employees at head office being asked to work... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation

By: Cameron Mackay     20th March 2020 The local mining industry, while dealing with challenges stemming from production decline over the past few years, is witnessing an evolving regulatory landscape, particularly with the development of an integrated carbon and air-quality regulatory framework. According to the Intergovernmental... 

Policy crucial to decarbonisation
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES The industry faces challenges to reduce emissions given associated financial implications, including the impact on capital and operational efficiency

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows 

12th March 2020 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks details about the production base for South Africa’s high-flying platinum group metals (PGMs), PGMs mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum's double processing setback and growth in the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles in... 

Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows
Amplats suffers processing setback; China's appetite for FCEVs grows

Minister skates over issues in speech

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 The various proverbial “elephants in the room” of the South African mining sector were not addressed by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe when he delivered his speech at the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba earlier this month, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills... 

Minister skates over issues in speech
GWEDE MANTASHE The Draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill has received positive comments

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     28th February 2020 As the mining industry is continuously striving for sustainable extraction – and with high electricity costs and environmental impact as key factors – power provider Aggreko has seen increased interest in its hybrid energy microgrids, says Aggreko Africa MD John Lewis. Since launching the... 

Mines’ demand for hybrid energy increases
LIGHT IT UP The Aggreko power project at Banro Resources

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st February 2020 Glencore Operations South Africa (GOSA) on Tuesday signed an energy conversion service agreement with clean-tech company Swedish Stirling. Swedish Stirling will install, operate and maintain an estimated 9.9 MW facility at GOSA’s Lydenburg ferrochrome smelter.  

Glencore to harness heat energy from residual flare gas to generate electricity at Lydenburg smelter
Glencore's ferrochrome smelter, in Lydenburg

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs  

By: Simone Liedtke     17th February 2020 While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. He tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly that there is still a lack of... 

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo chats to Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the energy transition, how vanadium plays a role in this as well as how this fits into the company's growth plans. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New focus implies decarbonisation assent

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 In its seventh year, the 2019 Energy and Mines World Congress marked a “historic shift in conversations about energy in mining”, says Energy and Mines director Adrienne Baker. 

New focus implies decarbonisation assent
NICK HOLLAND The Gold Fields CEO and congress keynote speaker committed to reducing emissions by 800 000 t from 2017 to 2020

Mines need energy alternatives

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although South African mines are not yet ready to fully adopt renewable energy, they are desperate for a reliable and cost-effective alternative to State-owned power utility Eskom’s monopoly, says energy equipment and solutions provider Vuselela Energy co-founder and director Jacques Malan. 

Mines need energy alternatives
WINNING STREAK In 2015, the Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting energy recovery plant was inducted into the South African Innovation Awards' Hall of Fame

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th February 2020 Although renewables were perceived as expensive a decade ago, the same cannot be said today, says energy company Abengoa. The sentiment that renewable energy is unreliable and provides power only intermittently – when the sun shines or when the wind blows – has also since changed, says Abengoa... 

Solar price signifies renewables’ viability
DOMINIC JOSÉ GONCALVES With solar, you are able to create resilient plans because the sun will be highly predictable over the next 20 to 25 years

Integrated approach can ease load-shedding risks

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2020 As South Africa’s industry bears the brunt of devastating power cuts, Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, is encouraging mining companies to start adopting integrated, holistic solutions that will reduce energy consumption while diversifying... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining  

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2020 Despite mining’s contribution to almost every aspect of modern life, the industry is still seen as an industry “that takes more than it gives”, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani lamented in his keynote address at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is taking place in Cape Town,... 

Anglo’s Cutifani stresses the need for sustainable mining
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani delivers his keynote address to delegates attending this year's Investing in Africa Mining Indaba. Source: Anglo American.

Policy certainty, load-shedding and illegal mining top of mind ahead of the Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     30th January 2020 With mining considered to be in an endless state of uncertainty in South Africa, EY Africa director and partner Khethiwe Cebekulu has named four key areas that need to be addressed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at the Investing in African Mining Indaba next week.... 

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The establishment of motor and controls manufacturer WEG in a remote area of southern Brazil in 1961 prepared its South African subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, for its localisation journey. WEG has a history of benefiting from available local resources, developing local capacity and supply chains to... 

Celebrating 40 years of building local capacity
LOCAL INVESTMENT Zest WEG has spent R25-million on skills development over the past three years

Efficiency focus can ease demand on Eskom

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Zest WEG, the South African subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has engaged local entities as well as the Embassy of Brazil to hold a roundtable in South Africa on energy efficiency early this year to encourage industry to use and promote energy-efficient products. “We... 

Efficiency focus can  ease demand on Eskom
REDUCE DEMAND South Africa needs to address its power supply crisis by implementing more energy efficient solutions on an industrial level

Edenville raises £700 000

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has completed its fundraising, securing the necessary working capital to meet the current contracted production demands of up to 12 000 t of washed coal a month from its flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. Edenville has raised £700 000, before expenses, by way of... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2020 Power outages implemented by State-owned power utility Eskom continued to negatively impact on precious metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) platinum-group metals (PGMs) production for 2019, resulting in an overall unrecoverable loss of 38 000 oz of PGMs for the year. In the first... 

Power cuts take their toll on Amplats’ output
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Lithium interest skyrockets, but battery advancements could leave mineral behind

By: Simone Liedtke     20th January 2020 Lithium interest has skyrocketed on the back of demand created by the battery industry, and while the mineral “shows no signs of slowing down”, analytics and consultant company GlobalData says that battery technology “is changing at an enormous pace” and the lithium market behind may be left... 

DRC President to attend Mining Indaba

By: Simone Liedtke     17th January 2020 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi will be attending this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held in Cape Town next month. He will be accompanied by a large delegation from the DRC, including two newly appointed Cabinet Ministers, namely Energy... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2020 The Minerals Council South Africa has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa and other government leaders to “salvage and revive” South Africa’s economy after noting the “increasing urgency of a range of critical steps needed”. In a statement released ahead of the Business Economic Indaba (BEI), which... 

Minerals Council calls for intervention to ‘salvage and revive’ South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Vanadium can boost South African mining, says GlobalData 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 New deposits are needed to promote the image of South Africa’s mining sector as that of a “sunrise industry”, despite years of falling production, strikes and upheaval, data analytics and consulting company GlobalData mining technology writer Scarlett Evans says. She notes, however, that surveys... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 Initiatives to drive growth and stabilise the economy will continue to be a focus in the coming year, especially as efforts to root out corruption and State capture progress, law firm Webber Wentzel says. Robust corporate governance for listed companies will also remain a focus area for the JSE,... 

Growth initiatives to continue in 2020 as new laws come into effect

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 International project developer Juwi has successfully completed the first stage of the development of one of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable micro-grid projects. Juwi’s Australian subsidiary, Juwi Renewable Energy, had installed a 4 MW single axis tracking photovoltaic system at Gold... 

Juwi completes first stage of Agnew hybrid mini-grid
Gold Fields' hybrid renewable energy project at Agnew gold mine

Afarak warns of retrenchments at South African subsidiaries 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2019 Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its South African subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, to start to a 90-day period of consultations with workers... 

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