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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... 

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... 

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe

18th September 2020 It is projected that green hydrogen could be produced at the same cost as fossil, or blue, hydrogen in the next two or three years, says German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen Technologies Division head Dr Christoph Roevekamp.  One of the world’s... 

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe
DEVELOPMENTAL DRIVER The development of a hydrogen economy in the Southern Africa region will expand Africa’s activity in the international energy market and facilitate its sustainable economic development

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 There should be a clear distinction between renewable-energy projects for the grid under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and renewable-energy projects for the production of green hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)... 

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Renewable projects built for hydrogen production might even be a way for South Africa to subsidise the strengthening of its physical transmission grid

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production

18th September 2020 Electrolytic hydrogen production is a promising option when relatively small or medium flows of hydrogen are required. It is also often useful when high purity hydrogen is required for a variety of niche applications. However, recent advances have now made it possible to design, build and... 

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production
DMITRI BESSARABOV Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway
PROOF OF CONCEPT HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 Pressure equipment specialist Superior Pressure Solutions (Spress) has introduced hydrogen technology from German high-pressure systems supplier Maximator to the African market, offering local service and maintenance support by its technicians. Maximator is one of the world leaders in hydrogen... 

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market
FILL HER UP FAST The dispenser built in the Maximator hydrogen filling station design enables cars and trucks to be refuelled in the shortest possible time

Medupi conveyor belt failure raises risk of load-shedding

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom on September 10 warned of an increased risk of load-shedding following the failure of a conveyor belt feeding coal into the Medupi generation units on September 9. This means the four generation units in service are not able to take in the requisite amount of coal... 

Medupi conveyor belt failure raises risk of load-shedding

Caledonia raises $13m for solar project to supply the Blanket mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 Aim-listed Caledonia Mining Corporation has raised $13-million for the construction of a solar power plant to supply electricity to the Blanket gold mine, in Zimbabwe, through the sale and issue of about 600 000 shares in the company, pursuant to an “at the market” (ATM) sales agreement with... 

Coal to remain relevant despite growing shift to renewable energy, says consultancy 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 The use of coal is enabling the energy transition, owing to its provision of a basis for the economy to develop, drive wealth and enable economic progress, which then, in turn, creates and enables the funds for stronger and further investment into renewable energy, says Boston Consulting Group MD... 

Coal to remain relevant despite growing shift to renewable energy, says consultancy
Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Tycho Möncks gives Engineering News and Mining Weekly some insight into how coal is enabling the energy transition. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Company to provide energy storage for local mines

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 The local mining sector is becoming more open to implementing new technologies in terms of energy solutions, as they can make mining operations more efficient, productive and cost effective, states microgrid and energy solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids MD Malvin Naicker. Hitachi ABB... 

Company to provide energy storage for local mines
CHANGING STATUS QUO The company is beginning to interact more with the mining industry to provide flexible, resilient and smart microgrid and energy storage solutions

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local energy organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp states that South Africa’s mining sector can continue to explore cost-saving measures through increased energy efficiency. Local miners face many challenges, including rising energy... 

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners
ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions

Logistics company branches out

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add renewables-related logistical services to its offering. Mixcorp special scientific adviser Dr Godfrey Gandawa... 

Logistics company  branches out
DR GODFREY GANDAWA We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Certain wastes in the mining sector present an opportunity to create alternative fuels, which can alleviate the energy supply challenges in the local industry, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste. Repurposing waste for energy purposes can also reduce the reliance on landfills and... 

Mining waste can boost alternative-fuels prospects
REFUSE-DERIVED FUEL RDF is a solid fuel source recovered through the shredding and bailing of certain presorted dry industrial nonrecyclable waste

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms  

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2020 An initiative is under way to accelerate the adoption by South African industrial firms of the international energy management standard ISO 50001, which is designed to help improve the performance of a company’s energy-intensive assets to support cost savings and emission reductions. Although ISO... 

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms
The NCPC-SA’s Alf Hartzenburg, who heads up the IEE Project in South Africa, on the benefits of the international energy management standard ISO 50001. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.
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