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Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence
8th February 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has recommended that the Energy Regulator approves Gold Fields’ high-profile licence application for a 40 MW solar... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
De Ruyter backs call for lifting of licensing cap on distributed generators to 50 MW
2nd February 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter says the State-owned utility is fully supportive of moves by large customers to develop distributed generation plants to power their operations, as well as growing calls... 

Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’
Embedded generation dynamics shifting from ‘buyer’s to seller’s market’
2nd February 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Market dynamics for embedded generation projects in South Africa have shifted materially over the past 12 months as an increasing number of mines and power-heavy industrial firms moved to install... 

The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe
Africa’s battery potential remains untapped
29th January 2021 By: Darren Parker

Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’
Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’
25th January 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 

Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows
Raising distributed-generation licensing threshold to 50 MW would unlock at least 5 000 MW in five years, survey shows
20th January 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 

Exxaro appoints independent nonexecutive director
15th January 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract
11th January 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 

Net-zero emissions commitments hold benefits, but also downsides, for miners
6th January 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy
Standard Bank publishes climate-change-mitigating fossil fuels financing policy
10th December 2020 By: Donna Slater

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)... 

WGC climate change director John Mulligan
Report highlights gold mining’s opportunity to achieve net-zero carbon targets
9th December 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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’,... 

Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets
Inframid says mines’ energy liabilities can be transformed into assets
7th December 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

Public hearing participant questions Nersa mandate in evolving electricity market
4th December 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 

South Deep mine
Nersa to host public hearing on Gold Fields' South Deep solar plant application
25th November 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

Anglo American business improvement projects head and Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) incoming chairperson Petro du Pisani
Amplats’ Viljoen, Harmony’s Lekubo listed among world’s top 100 women in mining
19th November 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 

Owing to Knight Piésold’s dam engineering experience, the company can work with mines in remote areas, particularly in the DRC, to provide hydropower
High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity
13th November 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

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... 

Gold mining has near-term risk opportunity through delivering decarbonisation objectives
11th November 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

Renewable energy reinforces case to restart domestic beneficiation − Smart
6th November 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 

Battery metals beneficiation holds ‘enormous potential’ for South Africa
6th November 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

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
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... 

Deloitte Africa energy, resources and industrials leader Andrew Lane
Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda
16th October 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

Kibo appoints new executive director
15th October 2020 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 

Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies
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... 

Caledonia appoints Voltalia to build Blanket mine’s solar plant
7th October 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

Kibo one step closer to finalising Baobab PPA
1st October 2020 By: Donna Slater

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... 

Inga Dam, in DRC
Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC
1st October 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

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
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... 

Reliance on the mining industry in assistance in Covid-19 relief has been prevalent in mine-effected communities, where miners are vital to communities
Mining can play active role in Covid-19 recovery
25th September 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Multinational professional services network Deloitte senior partner Andrew Lane emphasises the importance of the private sector, particularly the local mining sector, in addressing socioeconomic... 

Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future
18th September 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 

Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors
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... 

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