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First hydrogen station commissioned in Chile

Updated 5 hours ago Diversified major Anglo American last month announced its Chilean copper business making history by commissioning the country’s first green hydrogen station for zero carbon vehicles. This is another step towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 as a part of Anglo’s Sustainable Mining Plan... 

Operating in remote regions presents ‘golden opportunity’ for miners to improve lives – Barrick

By: Donna Slater     16th September 2021 Implementing its environment, social and governance (ESG) policies in remote regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has presented Barrick Gold with a “golden opportunity” to improve people’s lives in a challenging region, says Barrick Gold DRC country director Cyrille Mutombo. He spoke... 

Nuclear subs could be pathway to decarbonising - MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 Australia would need to consider the next generation of nuclear technologies as part of its efforts to reduce emissions, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said this week. MCA CEO Tania Constable on Thursday pointed out that while Australia has one third of the world’s uranium supplies,... 

Solar power set to reduce Pan African’s reliance on Eskom by 30%  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 The generation of solar power by top-performing gold mining company Pan African Resources is expected to lower reliance on power utility Eskom by 30%, Pan African CEO Cobus Loots said on Wednesday, when the London Aim- and JSE-listed company reported record profit after tax and proposed its... 

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The generation of solar power by top-performing gold mining company Pan African Resources is expected to lower reliance on power utility Eskom by 30%

Pan African reports record profit, proposes highest ever dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest ever dividend. In the 12 months to June 30, the company, headed by CEO Cobus Loots, recorded a 12.4% increase in group gold production to 201 777 oz, a 36%... 

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Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest-ever dividend.

Govt calls for comment on GHG storage

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2021 The federal government has called for public input on the five potential areas for the 2021 offshore greenhouse gas (GHG) storage acreage release. Minister for Resources and Water Keith Pitt said the acreage release provides opportunities for companies to explore for sites which have the... 

Net-zero goal could be new ‘shared vision that binds’ South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2021 A just transition towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 offers significant opportunities for a new growth path built on green industrialisation and could provide the anchor for a new “shared vision that binds us”, former Deputy Finance Minister and State Capture whistle-blower Mcebisi Jonas... 

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Mcebisi Jonas

BHP releases climate action plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2021 Diversified miner BHP on Tuesday released its Climate Transition Action Plan, outlining the company’s updated approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and managing climate risks across its global value chain. “The Climate Transition Action Plan outlines BHP’s role and actions in... 

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BHP CEO Mike Henry

Santos signs up for CCS in the Timor Sea

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2021 Oil and gas major Santos has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU), as operator of the Bayu-Undan joint venture (JV), with the Timor-Leste regulator Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) to progress carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Timor Sea. The MoU details the areas the... 

ChromeSA says imposition of export tax would be high risk  

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2021 The imposition of a tax on the export of chrome ore would be high risk and the gain from such an intervention would likely be eroded fairly quickly by the high cost of electricity, which is the real problem. Chrome SA’s Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson of Genesis Analytics highlighted this... 

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ChromeSA representatives Alistair McAdam and Paul Anderson on chrome export tax. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Colombia not liable to pay $736m to miner Eco Oro - govt

By: Reuters     13th September 2021 Colombia's government said on Friday a World Bank tribunal has ruled it is currently not liable to pay $736-million in damages to Eco Oro Minerals after the Canadian mining company alleged that the Andean nation's prohibition on mining in high-altitude wetlands constituted an indirect... 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

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Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ABB, MEDATech to jointly explore decarbonisation solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2021 Automation company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canadian engineering consultancy MEDATech to jointly explore solutions to decarbonise mining operations through charging solutions and optimised electric drive systems in battery electric vehicles (BEVs) for heavy-duty... 

Broadening ESG has provided clear paths to economic benefit – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 Sustainability is not a function of compliance but rather a strategic imperative to change the role that mining plays in society and in economies, says Sibanye-Stillwater senior vice-president and head of sustainability Loyiso Ndlovu. “We do this by sticking to the knitting in being miners, and... 

Sibanye Investor Day 2021
Sibanye-Stillwater Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Qld taps first mine rehab Commissioner

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2021 The Queensland government has appointed its first miner rehabilitation commissioner. A highly-regarded director-general with extensive experience in environmental rehabilitation, James Purtill will take up the role next month after significant legislation to improve rehabilitation regulation was... 

Water Tribunal dismisses appeal against granting of Elandsfontein water-use licence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th September 2021 Emerging African phosphate explorer and developer Kropz says the Water Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against the granting of an integrated water-use licence (WUL) for the Elandsfontein project. Following the granting of the WUL by the Department of Water and Sanitation in April 2017, an appeal... 

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

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ARM Ferrous CE Andre Joubert

Australian emissions set to reduce further - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2021 Australia’s emissions reduction schemes are on track to reduce emissions by 57-million tonnes, thanks to new projects registered under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said. This reduction is a 6.5% improvement on emissions reduction... 

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

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Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

Resources Watch  

8th September 2021 This week: Unique refinery concept enters first phase; Harmony planning further 73 MW of green electricity generation; And, Implats contributes R13bn in taxes, royalties to South African government 

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Resources Watch

World's largest plant capturing carbon from air starts in Iceland

By: Reuters     8th September 2021 The world's largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground is due to start operating on Wednesday, the company behind the nascent green technology said. Swiss start-up Climeworks, which specialises in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air, has... 

Australia and Canada to benefit from green steel revolution - Fitch

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Australia, Canada and Brazil all stood to benefit from the emergence of a green steel market, researcher Fitch Solutions said. Speaking at the Hydrogen in Mining virtual conference, Fitch Solutions head of commodities analysis, Aurelia Britsch said on Wednesday that not only would low carbon... 

Anglo American looking at a range of decarbonising technologies 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American will be making use of a range of technologies to reach its target of zero emissions by 2040. Speaking at the Hydrogen and Mining virtual conference, Anglo America’s head of technology development, mining and sustainability, Julian Soles said that there would be a... 

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Anglo American and partners are developing a hydrogen-powered mine truck

Fortescue's FFI working to lower the cost of its hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals is working to reduce the cost of its green hydrogen, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) hydrogen technology lead, Rachelle Doyle said. Speaking at the Hydrogen and Mines virtual summit, Doyle noted that in line with Fortescue’s core values and stretch targets,... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining  

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

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Cupric Canyon Capital CEO Johan Ferreira interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Beetaloo exploration to continue - Minister

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th September 2021 Federal Resources and Water Minister Keith Pitt on Tuesday said that exploration on the Beetaloo basin would continue, despite a looming Federal Court case. The Environment Centre of the Northern Territory lodged an application to the Federal Court on July 28 to have the Beetaloo Coopeative... 

ABB partners with Stäubli to develop all-electric mining vehicle solutions 

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 Engineering company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with industrial electrical connectors provider Stäubli Electrical Connectors to collaborate on developing solutions to reduce the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining. The agreement between... 

Implats studying three new projects as three approved projects get under way  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is studying three new projects at the same time as three already approved projects get under way at a combined capital expenditure of close to R12-billion, Implats CEO Nico Muller has announced. During this week’s presentation of record... 

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Implats record financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats, Harmony Gold make headlines   

3rd September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Implats' contribution of about R13-billion in taxes and royalties to government; Harmony Gold tackling decarbonization with a renewable rollout plan; and Harmony pushing forward with its Zaaiplaats project.   

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Implats, Harmony Gold make headlines

Congo says Angola tailings pollution kills 12, to seek compensation

By: Reuters     3rd September 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo will seek compensation from the owners of an Angolan diamond mine after a tailings dam leak polluted drinking water, causing 12 deaths and making thousands of people ill, the country's environment minister said on Thursday. The late-July leak from Angola's biggest... 

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

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PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

Implats reports record financial results

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) company Implats on Thursday reported record financial results for the 12 months to June 30, driven by higher volumes sold into a strong PGMs pricing environment. A final dividend of R12 a share was declared, bringing the total dividend for the full year ended June 30... 

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Implats CEO Nico Muller

Australian emissions hit lowest levels on record

31st August 2021 Australia’s emissions have fallen to the lowest levels on record, according to the federal government’s March quarterly update of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor on Tuesday noted that emissions had continued to fall over the last year... 

BHP and Caterpillar join forces on net zero ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2021 Mining major BHP has announced a partnership with heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar to develop and deploy zero-emissions mining trucks at BHP sites to reduce operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. BHP said on Tuesday said that to support its long-term goal of achieving net zero... 

New industries fund unveiled in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2021 The Western Australian government on Monday announced a A$100-million Investment Attraction and New Industries Fund (IANIF) to support the state's economic diversification and find new opportunities in industries that are only just emerging. The fund will support industry assistance, attraction... 

De Beers, National Geographic launch landmark partnership to protect Okavango Delta

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2021 International diamond miner De Beers and magazine National Geographic have launched the Okavango Eternal, a landmark partnership to protect the source waters of the Okavango Delta and the lives and livelihoods they support. The five-year commitment represents critical inward investment in... 

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