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Minerals Council members could deliver up to 3 900 MW of supplementary electricity supply  

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies could deliver up to 3 900 MW of renewable energy projects worth an estimated R60-billion, which, if built, would relieve pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom and go a long way towards meeting the industry’s commitment to achieve net-zero... 

China withdraws funding from Limpopo 3 GW SEZ power project

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2021 The Chinese government has confirmed that the country will no longer be funding a new 3 GW coal-fired power plant in the planned Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (MM-SEZ) in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announced China’s end to funding of overseas coal projects... 

Mining sector looking toward hydrogen, battery storage to decarbonise 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2021 The global energy landscape is changing amid a rush to net-zero emissions by 2050, and renewable energy is going from strength to strength, with these projects having captured nearly 50% of all new generation build capital in 2020. Energy services company Wärtsilä Canada business development... 

A graphic depicting green hydrogen generation

Procurement rules and liquidity constraints hold back Eskom’s maintenance roll-out  

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2021 Liquidity constraints and procurement problems continue to impede Eskom’s reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) programme, with CEO Andre de Ruyter reporting that South Africa’s public procurement rules have undercut the utility’s efforts to swiftly appoint the competent contractors needed to... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Nersa to oppose Eskom’s move to have MYPD5 rejection set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has notified the Gauteng division of the High Court that it will oppose Eskom’s application to have the regulator’s decision to reject the utility’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. Eskom... 

A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing
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A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing

Diesel and load-shedding feature in summer outlook as Eskom's maintenance recovery takes longer than envisaged  

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says its reliability maintenance recovery (RMR) interventions have not yet succeeded in stabilising the performance of its unpredictable coal fleet and that more than year of ongoing maintenance is needed to address the poor performance of its generation... 

From left to right: Jan Oberholzer, Segomoco Scheppers, Phillip Dukashe and Monde Bala at the Eskom State of the System briefing. CEO Andre de Ruyter was not present as he was travelling to the COP26 climate talks
Eskom's Segomoco Scheppers, Jan Oberholzer and Phillip Dukashe on the outlook for the system this summer and the status of the reliability maintenance recovery programme. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. 25.10.2021

Eskom to jointly develop solar projects with Exxaro, Seriti  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th October 2021 Coal miners Exxaro and Seriti Resources are joining forces with State-owned power utility Eskom to jointly develop renewable energy projects. The landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the parties on October 25 spells out the companies’ development plan to lower their carbon... 

Matla coal mine surrounds
Matla coal mine surrounds

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

Bushveld Minerals enters fourth quarter on solid footing

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2021 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved a 19% quarter-on-quarter increase in production for the third quarter, which the company said was underpinned by operational stability at Vametco. Bushveld, which is also an energy storage solutions provider with ownership... 

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Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Eskom seeks urgent court order to have 2022/23 tariff application adjudicated by Nersa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approached the Gauteng High Court to have the regulator’s recent decision to reject its revenue application for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 set aside for being “patently irrational and unlawful”. Eskom approached the court this week for a review of the... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the  founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim, who deposed the founding affidavit, speaking at a previous Nersa hearing

Electricity wheeling can reduce load-shedding risk if legal, technical uncertainties are addressed

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 Tariffs and the legal framework governing the wheeling of electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), which are taking advantage of the recently declared 100 MW licence threshold, will be key factors in IPPs’ ability and willingness to feed surplus power into regional and national power... 

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Innovation brings benefits and poses challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2021 Integrating technological innovation into mining industry practices can result in reduced costs, increased productivity and improved worker safety. However, it also presents an unexpected challenge, as replacement motors, in particular, are now bought as smaller iterations, and often do not fit... 

Pic of one of WEG's state-of-the-art facilities that manufactures large motors
Zest WEG’s Floris Erasmus provides more insight into the challenges technological innovations can create and alleviate

Cooperation crucial to West African development – law firm

By: Cameron Mackay     8th October 2021 Amid opportunities for mining and the availability of substantial human resources in West Africa, cooperation between the public and private sectors can help grow mining in the region. This cooperation can contribute to the development of industries, such as the energy sector, as well as the... 

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EMPOWERED DEVELOPMENT Minerals mined from West Africa, aside from the fiscal revenue they bring in, should be used to develop the country in which they were extracted

Anglo progressing with decarbonisation, sustainability endeavours – Cutifani

By: Donna Slater     7th October 2021 Diversified major Anglo American continues to take steps to usher in hydrogen-powered machinery, as well as to roll out renewable energy at its global operations as a means of improving its sustainability, CE Mark Cutifani said during a Financial Times Mining Summit on October 7. He pointed out... 

an image of Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Holistic approach needed to achieve a just transition, says panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2021 With environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects often related to solving issues in an area or country, thinking is starting to shift away from managing the Covid-19 crisis and vaccine delivery to the just energy transition. A panel discussion on ESG hosted during the first day of the... 

Thyssenkrupp, Wismut to study potential to repurpose old South African gold mines for energy storage 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 Diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa and German uranium mining company Wismut have been appointed to execute a prefeasibility study for a renewable underground pumped hydroelectric energy storage (Ruphes) project on a specific but undisclosed site owned by a South African... 

Global metals, mining demand ‘tepid at best’ – WoodMac

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2021 With the global metals and mining markets having faltered under the weight of Covid-19 pandemic-driven lockdowns, demand outside of China was “tepid at best and in freefall at worst”, says global research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). From a mined commodities perspective,... 

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ABB secures integrated automation, power system order for Gold Fields' Salares Norte mine

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2021 Industrial technologies multinational ABB will provide six electrical rooms and an integrated digital system solution based on the ABB Ability 800xA distributed control system (DCS) to  gold miner Gold Fields’ Salares Norte operation, in a remote region of northern Chile. The digital solution... 

A photo of the integrated automation and power system being installed at the Salares Norte mine in Chile

Kibo progresses funding for UK waste gasification, power plant acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2021 Renewable energy focused developer Kibo Energy is now in receipt of formal term sheets for the funding required to buy a 54.54% interest in the MWe Billingham waste gasification and power plant in the UK. The aggregate amount of funding offered to the company under the term sheets exceed the... 

Exxaro, Cennergi developing 70 MW solar project in Lephalale

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources’ renewable energy subsidiary, Cennergi, will develop the 70 MW Lephalale solar project to supply the Grootegeluk coal mine, near Lephalale, Limpopo. The group announced on Wednesday that Exxaro Coal and Cennergi had concluded a term sheet, setting out material... 

Pic/Image of Exxaro's Tshikondeni Microgrid
Exxaro's Tshikondeni Microgrid

Coal industry needs to acknowledge ‘just transition’, says Exxaro CEO-designate

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2021 Considering the polarising views on the coal industry’s importance, diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources CEO-designate Dr Nombasa Tsengwa believes the industry must acknowledge the “just transition” from coal to renewables as both a manner of going green, and a chance for mining... 

Sasol, NRF call for energy transition and green economy solution proposals 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are requesting research proposals on science and engineering projects that can enable Sasol’s and South Africa’s energy transition, as well as the development of the country’s green economy. Of interest to... 

Engie partners with Scatec for PV support at mine-based hydrogen plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has signed a two-year lease agreement with Engie to provide a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its hydrogen production plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Scatec launched its Release by Scatec service in September... 

DBSA expects strong demand for $200m embedded-generation scheme amid regulatory reform tail wind 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2021 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is optimistic that there will be a significant uptake of its $200-million Embedded Generation Investment Programme (EGIP) in light of recent regulatory changes exempting sub-100 MW facilities from licensing and enabling distributed plants to both... 

Photo of DBSA project finance head Mpho Mokwele
DBSA project finance head Mpho Mokwele

Microgeneration, the future of green stable power

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 Amid growing interest in the adoption of hybrid energy solutions and South African mines’ aiming to invest in on-site standalone or microgrid hybrid solutions, engineering services consulting firm WSP suggests that microgeneration and hybrid solutions are the future for local industries and mines.  

Overlapping image of wind power and solar panels to symbolize the hybridization of some micro-grids
TAKING THE POWER BACK African mines are investing in on-site standalone or microgrid hybrid solutions

Generators necessary despite new legislation

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 With load-shedding a reoccurring problem for mines and businesses in Southern Africa, standby power generation company Generator and Plant Hire South Africa (GPHSA) suggests that mines will still need to rent generators for a while, even with the introduction of the new electricity regulations. 

An image of a 500 KVA generator used to power mines during load shedding
500KVA DIESAL GENERATOR Generators deployed on mines as standby power to give uninterrupted power where load shedding is expected.

Waste to power, a double opportunity

By: Claire O'Reilly     27th August 2021 Waste management is not only fundamental to the sustainability and legal compliance of a mine but it also has larger-scale, industry symbiotic economic benefits through enforcing and contributing to a circular economy-based business model.  

Kamoa Copper extends power financing agreement with DRC utility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2021 Kamoa Copper and its sister company, Ivanhoe Mines Energy, has extended its financing agreement with the State-owned power utility in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), La Société Nationale d' Électricité (SNEL), for the upgrade of a major turbine at the Inga II hydropower plant. The... 

DMRE outlines timetable for electricity procurement programmes  

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has provided an updated timetable for the implementation of its long-term electricity procurement programmes, which are being pursued in line with a Section 34 Ministerial determination, published in September 2020, and catering for the... 

Photo of workers installing solar panels at a project in South Africa
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Workers installing solar panels at a project in South Africa

Ability to sell electricity to multiple customers made explicit in updated 100-MW reform amendment  

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has gazetted an updated version of the amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act that he first gazetted on August 12. The update, which is dated August 19, makes it clear that electricity sales from sub-100 MW projects, which... 

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

DMRE confirms 102 solar and wind bids as renewables procurement resumes  

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2021 The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has released the project names and technologies bid in response to Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the bid deadline for which was August 16. The list released shows that 63 solar... 

A photo of a utility scale solar farm

Emissions ‘unavoidable’ even if cleanest coal generation technology is used – report

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2021 Dr Ranajit Sahu, an engineer with more than three decades of experience in power plant design, has found that large quantities of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are “unavoidable”, even if the cleanest available technology is used for new coal-fired power generation. South Africa’s Integrated... 

Nersa signals intent to treat sub-100 MW registration as ‘administrative’ process 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is still analysing the implications that a recent amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, exempting grid-tied generation facilities below 100 MW from licensing, will have on its processes, rules and guidelines. However,... 

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Ivanhoe Mines Energy tasked with delivering renewable hydropower for Kamoa-Kakula 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2021 Ivanhoe Mines Energy, a subsidiary of TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines and sister company of Kamoa Copper, has been tasked with delivering reliable, clean, renewable hydropower to the Kamoa-Kakula copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ivanhoe Mines has also extended its existing... 

Green hydrogen has significant growth potential as a zero-carbon fuel, says the WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2021 Energy company Siemens Gas and Power estimates that, by 2050, hydrogen demand will have risen to over 450 megatons a year, be dominated by green hydrogen and be essential to achieving global decarbonisation. Hydrogen demand is currently at between 70 and 80 megatons a year and over 90% of... 

Disused coal mines have potential to heat homes with lower-carbon energy

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 The UK Coal Authority posits that water from flooded coal mines has the potential to be used in the heating of UK homes and industry as a source of lower-carbon energy. In a December 2020 report, the authority states that mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and, where the mines are... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa
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