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Environmental News

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Gas industry to help with green plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 A new report developed by Australia’s gas industry bodies has demonstrated the pivotal role that gas and gas infrastructure would play in Australia’s low carbon energy future. The Gas Vision 2050 report outlines a roadmap to decarbonising the natural gas sector to help meet Australia’s emissions... 

80 000 Australian mines need rehabilitation – Monash

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th September 2020 New research by Monash University has identified more than 80 000 inactive and unused mine sites, which could have the potential to be transformed into valuable assets. The University on Friday said that the abandoned mines pose extreme environmental, public health and safety risks. However,... 

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

New manganese mine edges closer to opening

25th September 2020 East Manganese, diversified miner Menar’s first manganese asset, located near the Northern Cape town of Hotazel, was recently granted Amendment to Environmental Authorisation, along with plant and tree removal permits – which are the latest statutory approvals. The R250-million project holds... 

Pebble Partnership CEO resigns after secret tapes released

By: Reuters     24th September 2020 The chief executive of Pebble Limited Partnership, the company trying to develop Alaska's Pebble Mine project, resigned on Wednesday after his comments on elected and regulatory officials in the U.S. state were covertly videotaped and released by an environmental activist group, its Canadian... 

Pebble Partnership CEO resigns after secret tapes released

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2020 The authorities have been laudably supportive of the R150-million grid-tied photovoltaic solar project that is to be built to supply electricity to Pan African Resources’ highly successful Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in Evander, Mpumalanga. The nigh-10 MW solar plant, which is expected to... 

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.

Australia's Whitehaven Coal calls to reject investor resolution on climate change

By: Reuters     18th September 2020 Whitehaven Coal on Friday urged its shareholders to vote against a resolution at its annual general meeting that pushed for disclosing a plan annually on how it would meet certain goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Australia's biggest independent coal miner called the resolution,... 

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

Coal remains dominant despite Paris Agreement

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Coal still remains the biggest source of power generation globally, despite the omnipresent notion of a coal-free world, driven by the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to petrochemicals company BP’s ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ report, released in June.   While the report highlights the... 

Coal remains  dominant despite Paris Agreement
NOT GREEN YET Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world

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

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials

18th September 2020 The World Coal Association (WCA), having recognised the challenges in developing recovery pathways post Covid-19, welcomed the emphasis in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Special Report on Sustainable Recovery’, which looks at boosting economic growth, creating new jobs, and building... 

WCA considers post-Covid-19 trials
JULY NDLOVU & MICHELLE MANOOK Coal has been an essential resource for multiple economies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Egoli likely to be S Africa’s least complicated underground gold mine – Pan African  

By: Martin Creamer     17th September 2020 What is expected to be South Africa’s least complicated underground gold mine is on the way at Evander, Mpumalanga, in the form of the Egoli gold project. Planning to bring the low-capital quick-return project to life is Pan African Resources, the London-, Johannesburg- and New York-listed... 

Egoli likely to be S Africa’s least complicated underground gold mine – Pan African
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviews Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Report says mining industry has ‘huge SDG potential’, but laments lack of action 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2020 The mining industry, which has a significant role to play in contributing to and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is falling short, according to a new report by the Responsible Mining Foundation and Columbia Centeron Sustainable Investment, titled 'Mining and the... 

Energy transition to have transformative effect on mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Climate change and environmental and social governance (ESG) will transform the energy industry risk landscape, said global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson at the launch of its yearly Mining Risk Review on September 17. It noted that this transformation was taking... 

Platinum group metals patenting their way into battery EV space 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2020 Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones does not let grass grow under his feet. His parting shot to moderator Bernard Swanepoel at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day last Wednesday was that platinum was on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. “If you're a great EV... 

Platinum group metals patenting their way into battery EV space
Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 London-headquartered AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund focussed on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals (PGMs), has established a presence in South Africa. AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers told this week’s virtual 2020 PGMs... 

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest
Photo by Creamer Media
Top from left, Anton Berlin, Tim Schlick, Kevin Eggers. Bottom from left Benny Oeyen, Matthias Dohrn, Trevor Raymond.

Watch out lithium, platinum's eyeing your battery space, says PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2020 Electric vehicles (EVs) are synonymous with lithium and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are synonymous with platinum group metals (PGMs), but will the twain meet? They certainly will if Toronto- and New York-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) CEO R Michael Jones has anything to do with it.... 

Watch out lithium, platinum's eyeing your battery space, says PTM
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandra du Toit and R Michael Jones (top) and Bernard Swanepoel (below).

BHP links bonuses to climate plan, sets medium-term targets

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2020 Diversified major BHP has set medium-term targets for reducing greenhouse emissions, announcing on Thursday that it would reduce emissions by at least 30% from adjusted 2020 levels by the end of this decade. The group has already established its long-term goal of achieving net zero operational... 

BHP links bonuses to climate plan, sets medium-term targets
BHP CEO Mike Henry

Blue states sue to stop Trump’s Arctic refuge drilling plan

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2020 A group of 15 Democrat-led states sued to block the Trump administration’s decision to sell drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, alleging the plan fails to account for the danger to wildlife and climate-change impacts. The plan to open drilling in the 1.56 million-acre coastal... 

Blue states sue to stop Trump’s Arctic refuge drilling plan

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Instead of being the $11-billion-a -year type industry that it is today, the platinum business has the potential to be a $35-billion-a-year industry by 2050, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Baxter made this statement in response to a question put to him during a... 

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter address to PGM Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Promoting the hydrogen economy should be South Africa’s number one priority, Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri said on Wednesday. Speaking during a panel discussion on the current state of the platinum group metals industry at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day, Phiri said that this... 

Promoting hydrogen economy should be No1 priority – RBPlat’s Phiri
Photo by Creamer Media
Steve Phiri, Andries Rossouw (from left top) and Natascha Viljoen, Nico Muller (from left bottom)

Prize potentially large in platinum fuel cell and hydrogen growth – prof   

By: Martin Creamer     8th September 2020 Significant growth in fuel cells and hydrogen is now almost certain and the prize for South Africa remains potentially large. That is the view of E4tech director Professor Dr David Hart of Switzerland, expressed in an address to a fuel cell webinar hosted by Nedbank CIB on Tuesday. (Also watch... 

Prize potentially large in platinum fuel cell and hydrogen growth – prof
Nedbank CIB fuel cell webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Possible special dividend on high-flying rhodium, palladium prices – Sylvania 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2020 High-flying rhodium and palladium prices are giving rise to a possible special dividend being paid to the shareholders of cash-flush Sylvania Platinum, the London Aim-quoted company that recovers platinum group metals from chrome tailings. The board of the company, which benefits from sizeable... 

Possible special dividend on high-flying rhodium, palladium prices – Sylvania
Sylvania Platinum CEO Jaco Prinsloo

Underwater: Australia's oil industry faces new indigenous heritage test

By: Reuters     7th September 2020 A discovery of ancient artefacts on the seabed off Australia's west coast has opened up a new frontier for resource companies to watch out for in conserving indigenous heritage. Archaeologists in July reported they had found hundreds of stone tools submerged off the Dampier Archipelago in... 

Court finds in favour of PolyMet’s permit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2020 A Ramsey county District Court judge has found that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) did not engage in any procedural irregularities in connection with the processing of the national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit for the NorthMet copper/nickel/precious metals... 

Court finds in favour of PolyMet’s permit

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

Lagging platinum being actively promoted – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2020 Demand for platinum, the price laggard of the high-flying platinum group metals basket, is being actively promoted on several fronts, Implats reported on Thursday. Following the company’s presentation of stellar cash-generating and dividend-yielding financial results, which featured a gross... 

Lagging platinum being actively promoted – Implats
Implats virtual results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kelly Creamer and Darlene Creamer.

Brazil Senate passes bill to limit, fine upstream mining dams

By: Reuters     3rd September 2020 Brazil's Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that tightens the safety rules and inspection for dams in the mining industry, setting fines of up to one-billion reais ($187-million) for failure to comply. The legislation reinforces the prohibition of the use of upstream dams for tailings ponds, like... 

Brazil Senate passes bill to limit, fine upstream mining dams
President Jair Bolsonaro

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2020 London-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider, Bushveld Minerals, the owner of assets in South Africa, on Wednesday reported progress with the group’s electrolyte plant, solar and mini-grid power project. Bushveld Energy intends devising self-generation options... 

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2020 South Africa Inc should be doing much more to incentivise the recovery of precious metals from tailings dams for sound societal and environmental reasons that could free Johannesburg of its artificial ‘Berlin Wall’-type political legacy barriers that tilt commute times unfairly and block new-era... 

Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time – DRDGold
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Analysts raise precious metals expansion opportunities for cash-flush Sibanye  

By: Martin Creamer     30th August 2020 Mining analysts last week raised local platinum and gold expansion opportunities for cash-flush precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater, but Neal Froneman, the CEO of the superbly performing Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, expressed concern that South Africa’s current... 

Analysts raise precious metals expansion opportunities for cash-flush Sibanye
Sibanye-Stillwater half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Audio: Darlene Creamer.

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.
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