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Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

FULL OF ZEST
The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

FirstRand shareholders to vote on climate risk resolutions next month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider FirstRand will, next month, vote on whether the company must report on its assessment of its exposure to climate-related risks, and to adopt and publicly disclose a policy on fossil fuel lending. This will require more than 50% of shareholders to vote... 

Fekola mill expansion started

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Canada-headquartered senior gold producer B2Gold has started the mill expansion at the Fekola mine, in south-west Mali. The expansion, which is scheduled for completion early in the fourth quarter of 2020, is expected to significantly increase yearly gold production and enhance the Fekola mine’s... 

CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020
CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020

Queensland sits on $10bn worth of uranium, Macfarlane tells nuclear power inquiry

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Queensland is missing out on a multi-billion dollar addition to its resources and energy industry, owing to bans on uranium mining, Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane told an inquiry on Monday. In a statement issued following public hearings at the House of Representatives... 

Ian Macfarlane
Ian Macfarlane

Amplats continues to see positive demand for 3E PGMs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) continued to see positive demand for platinum, rhodium and palladium (3E) PGMs over the short and medium term, Amplats CEO Chris Griffith noted at the company’s interim results presentation, held in... 

CHRIS GRIFFITH 
Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz
CHRIS GRIFFITH Platinum has been boosted this year by very strong investment demand of more than 700 000 oz

Energy alternatives for mining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th September 2019 The demand for electricity in South Africa continues to increase and there is no certainty that State-owned power utility Eskom will be able to meet that demand at a cost-effective price, says international business law firm Fasken partner and finance and projects head Ashen Jugoo. It is highly... 

ASHEN JUGOO 
We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa
ASHEN JUGOO We expect that there will be a remarkable increase in captive power projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba.
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Fuel cell export figures on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) tells Mining Weekly that the US Department of Energy (DoE) reported a global increase in fuel cell exports, from 650 MW in 2017 to 800 MW in 2018. The information, compiled by international strategic... 

ALL THE HYPE
Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa

20th September 2019 Norwegian energy equipment and solutions company Nel Hydrogen has been pioneering the development of filling stations for vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs). Nel Hydrogen is represented by technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering, a division of the RTS Africa Group,... 

PUMP UP THE ...
RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market
PUMP UP THE ... RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, known as Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), has reached the third phase of its 15-year programme, which comprises three five-year phases. HySA – an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI),... 

CREATIVE AWARENESS
Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp
CREATIVE AWARENESS Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Business development service provider PentaQuark Energy (PQE) technical head Nicola Kotze tells Mining Weekly that the company’s continued involvement in the successful running of Minerals Council South Africa’s installed and fully operational fuel cell is worth celebrating. “PQE is exceptionally... 

FUELING THE CLOUD
Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough
FUELING THE CLOUD Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough

S Africa can lead platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter claims that South Africa should be leading the global drive towards a platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy. “The South African government, at provincial and national level, needs to realise the benefits of a platinum-driven hydrogen economy to become... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building 

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa continues to showcase its natural gas baseload fuel cell, almost five years after it was first commissioned in December 2014 as a means of effective green power generation. Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk tells Mining Weekly that,... 

SPLICE GIRLS
The successful showcasing and maintenance of the Minerals Council South Africa fuel cell has been achieved by two formidable women in the fuel cell industry ~ Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk and Nicola Kotze
Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk discusses the fuel cell at the Minerals council building which it continues to showcase. Camera work and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2019 South Africa boasts a substantial mining industry that is a considerable electricity user, yet the industry is hampered by intermittent supply and the high cost of electricity, as well as considerable waste emissions by operations. A potential solution to this conundrum is being offered by... 

Swedish technology helping smelters lower power use and emissions

Power supply hampering Zimbabwe mining

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th September 2019 Despite experiencing growth last year, intermittent power supply and a lack of new foreign direct investment (FDI) are the main causes of the Zimbabwe mining sector’s declining performance, says specialist strategy and communications consultancy Africa Practice mining sector lead Rishon Chimboza. 

RISHON CHIMBOZA 
Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in
RISHON CHIMBOZA Zimbabwe needs to demonstrate that it is ready for investment when these investments start coming in

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd September 2019 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has warned of an imminent energy crisis in South Africa, if nothing is done, as a matter of urgency, to turn things around. This is after the Central Energy Fund briefed the committee on Friday about the crisis facing national oil company... 

Portfolio Committee warns of imminent energy crisis in South Africa

Australian mine to be powered by renewables

30th August 2019 Sustainable gold miner Gold Fields’ Agnew gold mine, in Western Australia, will become one of Australia’s first mining operations to be predominantly powered by renewable and low-carbon energy. In June Gold Fields and global energy group EDL announced a A$112-million investment in the... 

TRIFECTA
The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine
TRIFECTA The solution at the Agnew gold mine includes solar, wind and battery power which will maintain the mine

Company calls for better motor standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th August 2019 South Africa should join its peers in adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors, says Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn. An MEPS is a specification that effectively limits the maximum amount of energy that may be used by a product in... 

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs

30th August 2019 Submersible motor pump manufacturer Pleuger Industries presented an energy-efficient synchronous motor with permanent magnet drive at this year’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2019 (AIMEX) held in Sydney, Australia, last month. The launch is in addition to highlighting the... 

MAGNETIC
The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient
MAGNETIC The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient

Hybrid energy project achieves targets ahead of schedule

By: Halima Frost     30th August 2019 One of the largest solar-battery-diesel hybrid systems globally – Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa hybrid project, in Western Australia - has achieved its yearly generation targets one month ahead of schedule. The project, at copper miner Sandfire’s DeGrussa copper mine, is wind and solar energy... 

POWER RANGER
The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements
POWER RANGER The concentrator at the DeGrussa mine provides 20% of the mine’s energy requirements

Partnership facilitates fossil-fuel-free future

30th August 2019 State-owned Swedish power utility Vattenfall and base metals mining company Boliden AB have signed a partnership agreement relating to technical development in the field of the electrification of mines and smelters, the circular economy and a fossil-fuel-free future. The agreement, which covers a... 

SUN BAKED
Vattenfall used not only solar but also wind and battery power too decrease mines reliance on fossil fuels
SUN BAKED Vattenfall used not only solar but also wind and battery power too decrease mines reliance on fossil fuels

Bushveld receives approval to acquire Vanchem assets

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals says it has received approval from the Competition Commission of South Africa to acquire the Vanchem assets, without conditions. The transaction currently remains on track to be completed by October 31, and the company is progressing the negotiations with local banks... 

Shumba, CoPet establish joint venture

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 Energy development company Shumba Energy has concluded a joint venture (JV) partnership, which has resulted in it holding an 80% interest in energy company Coal Petroleum (CoPet). Based in Botswana, CoPet is developing a commercial-scale liquid fuels production facility, called Project Tsosoloso,... 

Electrification of RHA mine to be completed by November

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2019 The electrification of London-listed Premier African Minerals’ 49%-owned RHA tungsten mine, in Zimbabwe, is expected to be concluded by the end of November. The miner on Monday noted that it had received confirmation of this from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa). 

Australian presence in Africa allows company to strengthen footprint

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 The strong presence of Australian mining companies active in Africa has enabled power generation equipment manufacturer and energy services provider HIMOINSA to strengthen its focus on the African mining sector. “Australian companies have been active on the continent, but we’re seeing a strong... 

 HYBRID GRIDS

Hybrid off-grid systems are becoming more common in Australia, particularly in the mining sector, which HIMOINSA aims to replicate in Africa
HYBRID GRIDS Hybrid off-grid systems are becoming more common in Australia, particularly in the mining sector, which HIMOINSA aims to replicate in Africa

Eskom asks prospective CEOs to apply by August 2  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 State-owned Eskom is continuing its search for a group CE, following Phakamani Hadebe’s resignation in May, which becomes effective at the end of this month. Hadebe, at the time, said he was stepping down for health reasons after leading efforts to stabilise the highly indebted State firm since... 

Eskom head office, Megawatt Park
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom head office, Megawatt Park

Edenville expects to be cash positive within next nine months

By: Simone Liedtke     18th July 2019 Coal mining has now started in the new northern mining area of Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in Tanzania. CEO Rufus Short on Thursday said that, as the project was developed further, the company expected significant quantities of coal could be extracted from the area. 

PIC’s shareholding in Resgen decreases to 15.42%

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2019 Energy resources firm Resource Generation (Resgen) on Friday reported that the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) interest in the company had decreased to 15.42% of its total shares. According to Resgen’s website, the PIC had previously held a 19.9% interest in the company. 

Fuel analysis kit can reduce costs for mines

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th June 2019 Filtration designer and manufacturer Cummins Filtration’s new Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit can reduce mining companies’ total cost of ownership for equipment using modern diesel engines, says Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. Clean, uncontaminated fuel is... 

FUEL CLEANLINESS
Cummins Filtration launched the Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit earlier this year
FUEL CLEANLINESS Cummins Filtration launched the Fleetguard portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit earlier this year

Industry generally welcomes Gwede Mantashe as Minerals and Energy Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 In a move that has, so far, generally been welcomed by the mining industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Gwede Mantashe as the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister. This, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills director Patrick Leyden says, follows on the back of Mantashe having made... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Standby power in demand for off-grid juniors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Junior miners create demand for generators and standby power, as they are often off-grid in the project startup phase yet aim to start generating revenue from their mine resource as soon as possible, says generator manufacturer HIMOINSA Southern Africa. It is imperative that juniors should have... 

Menar looking for more opportunities in South African coal mining sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th May 2019 Mining investment company Menar, as a part of recently formed coal mining investment company Sibambene Coal, a 51% black-owned company, is looking for opportunities in the South African coal sector. 

Oracle’s Chinese partners commit to changing equity holdings in Pakistan project

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 As part of the China Belt and Road Summit, held in Beijing on April 27 and 28, Beijing Jingneng Power Company (BJPC) and PowerChina International, have ceremonially signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in a change in the equity shareholding in the Thar Block V1 lignite coal mine... 

Ncondezi receives shareholder loan conversion notice

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2019 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a shareholder loan conversion notice for 764 165 shares from lenders to be converted at a conversion price of 10p a share. Admission of these shares on Aim is expected to take place on April 26. 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL
Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities
ANDREW VAN ZYL Energy and power solutions in mining must also facilitate support from local communities

Kibo provides update on four key projects

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy on Monday confirmed that it is developing four key projects – two thermal coal power projects, in Botswana and Mozambique; a UK-focused flexible energy portfolio; and an advanced coal-to-power project, in Tanzania – in parallel. The projects fall in line with the... 

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