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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... 

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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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
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Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

Solar and wind generators

Nedbank CIB facilitates R10bn loan to realise Harmony’s renewable energy goal

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 Nedbank, acting through its corporate and investment banking (CIB) division, has coordinated and structured an innovative financing solution for Harmony Gold to enable the miner to refinance and upsize its key corporate debt facilities through a R10-billion package. JSE-listed Harmony formally... 

Firm part of offshore project

10th June 2022 Global leader and reference in heavy lifting and engineered transport Sarens, in a press release released in May, reaffirmed its position as an important partner in large-scale projects, citing its involvement in operations for oil and gas in Mozambique. Sarens was involved, in Maputo, on... 

Hybrid energy system benefits mine, indicates sustainable momentum

By: Cameron Mackay     10th June 2022 The approval of a solar and battery system at miner Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, reflects an ongoing shift in the African mining sector towards sustainability, self-reliance and cost control, states energy investment company CrossBoundary Energy mining business... 

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RENEWABLE MOMENTUM African mines are proving to be leaders in adopting hybrid energy solutions, owing to the high costs, uncertainty, and complex logistics

Here’s one idea for ending load-shedding within two years  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 As Eskom consults a range of experts to assess potential solutions for resolving the load-shedding crisis, independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson has a proposal that he believes will end rotational power cuts in two years without creating stranded assets or increasing tariffs. The proposed... 

Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson
Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper furnace component supply in final stage

By: Halima Frost     3rd June 2022 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has shipped the last of three batches of copper furnace components to a metal smelting and recycling firm, in Germany. The third and final batch was shipped last week and arrived at its destination on time. 

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COPPER CHUTE The copper components for a new German client requires the use of raw, pure copper

Nersa to implement Operation Vulindlela recommendation to drop PPA as 100 MW registration requirement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it will implement the Operation Vulindlela recommendation that power purchase agreements (PPAs) should not be a requirement for registration of embedded generation projects below 100 MW. The regulator tells Engineering News... 

A large-scale solar farm

Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead   

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

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Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Nersa confirms registration of first two 100 MW projects  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the registration of the first two 100 MW projects following the August 2021 amendment of Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act allowing sub-100 MW projects to proceed without a licence. Both solar photovoltaic projects are... 

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IPP Office head says stakeholder alignment key to regular, investment-promoting procurement rhythm 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2022 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office believes that improved stakeholder management and alignment are key to overcoming delays to the introduction of urgently required new electricity capacity and to creating the predictable “procurement rhythm” required to attract... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro

Godongwana says work under way to unblock R54bn embedded generation pipeline  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports that work is under way with the private sector to unblock the remaining obstacles to investment of about R54-billion in embedded generation projects. Speaking during a presentation of Operation Vulindlela’s first quarter progress report, Godongwana said... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Trident’s lithium-powered locomotives engendering benefits for mining operations  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 Original-equipment manufacturer Trident SA has diversified its offering and is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used by global mining operations. During a visit to the company’s site in Germiston, Gauteng, where the locomotives and battery packs are assembled, Trident... 

An image showing a Trident SA lithium battery pack for a mining locomotive
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Trident SA lithium battery pack for locomotive

SRK Consulting assisting clients with technological evolution of mining 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2022 While original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) tend to drive the technological evolution of mining equipment toward lower-carbon options, engineering consultancy SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl says the company assists clients to “understand exactly how these... 

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SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Dirty to clean, USP&E bridges the energy transition gap  

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 The mining industry has always struggled with its image as being a dirty industry, especially considering that it is  responsible for between 4% and 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Renewable Now. In advancing commitments to reducing carbon emissions by 2050, a growing number... 

Dirty to clean, USP&E bridges the energy transition gap
USP&E EMEA MD Johan Helberg talks to Mining Weekly at this year's Mining Indaba 2022. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Wärtsilä tech ensures increased efficiency, reliability 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2022 In leading the transition towards a decarbonized and 100% renewable energy future, innovative technology leader Wärtsilä Energy assists its customers by developing market-leading technologies, which include the likes of future-fuel enabled flexible power plants and hybrid solutions, or even... 

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Wärtsilä Southern Africa business development manager Wallace Manyara talks to Mining Weekly at Mining Indaba. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

IDC eager to finance clean mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2022 As part of its drive to be a key player in South Africa’s just energy transition, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is open for networking at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is a physical event this year, and being held in Cape Town, from May 9 to 12. The... 

Ramaphosa positive about electricity reform progress despite power cuts and procurement delays  

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has attempted to put a positive gloss on the uneven progress being made under Operation Vulindlela to reform South Africa’s load-shedding-prone electricity supply industry. Writing in his weekly newsletter, he said that “a number of important, interconnected reforms are... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2022 The generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

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McCloskey's Southern African Coal Conference panel from left moderator Randy Fabi, Tracey Davies, Steve Nicholls, Jan Oberholzer and David Kawesha.

World Coal Association favours just energy transition to net zero future  

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2022 The World Coal Association, and its member companies, are in favour of a just transition to a net zero future, World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu said on Thursday. In his keynote address to the Southern African Coal Conference, Ndlovu emphasised the sincerity of the association’s... 

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World Coal Association chairperson July Ndlovu

Progress being made to clear way for 4.5 GW of distributed generation, Presidency assures  

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2022 Constraints to implementing a more streamlined registration process for distributed generation power plants below 100 MW have been fully scoped and are being addressed systematically under the aegis of Operation Vulindlela, the head of The Presidency’s project management office has confirmed. In... 

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Indaba allows stakeholders to nail colours to the mast

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 The Investing in African Mining Indaba – hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 9 to 12 – allows companies and regulators to publicly state intentions, and drive stakeholders to action, says engineering solutions provider Zutari client director Dr Eduard Vorster.  “In... 

Power provided for Zim gold mine

22nd April 2022 Gensets manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa was selected to provide a build, own, operate, transfer (BOOT) power solution in the form of 12 MW diesel generator spinning reserve power for fold mining company Delta Gold Zimbabwe’s Eureka mine. 

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EUREKA HIMOINSA Southern Africa was selected as the turnkey supplier to provide 12 MW power to Delta Gold’s Eureka mine. When fully operational, the gold mine will be one of the largest in Zimbabwe

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Coal handling, sales contract signed in Tanzania

15th April 2022 UK-based energy producer Edenville Energy announced in February that its subsidiary Edenville International Tanzania Limited (EITL) has entered into a contract with coal handling services company Nextgen Coal Mine for the operation of the company’s Rukwa coal project in Tanzania. The contract is... 

Eskom aiming to unlock 1 000 MW through Mpumalanga land lease bidding process 

By: Terence Creamer     12th April 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has initiated a bidding process for the leasing of generation land in Mpumalanga to independent power producers (IPPs) and CEO André de Ruyter indicates that there is sufficient grid capacity available to support renewables projects with a combined capacity... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Power provider grows West Africa market share

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an increase in modern solutions being delivered to the region,” USP&E Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Johan... 

The sun setting in Mali behind a large generator installation alongside tanks, storage and other structures that comprise a minerals processing plant
WEST IS BEST USP&E says that the West African region currently represents a growing portion of the company's African portfolio
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