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Environmental News

Stillwater repositioned for delivery through commodity cycle 

By: Martin Creamer     12th August 2022 Prevailing macro-environment challenges and changing palladium market conditions have prompted a strategic revision of Sibanye-Stillwater’s United States platinum group metal (PGM) operations, which in June suffered a one-in-200-year flood at Stillwater, in the Montana region. These challenges... 

Renewables gains momentum in mining   

12th August 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the news of Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s R1.6-billion 98 MW solar power plant; Barrick's renewable energy benefits; and the growing renewables momentum.   

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Renewables gains momentum in mining

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP hoping to harness the wind

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2022 Diversified miner BHP has announced a partnership to undertake a technical assessment of wind-assisted propulsion to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The miner has partnered with Pan Pacific Copper (PPC), a member of JX Nippon Mining & Metals group, and auxiliary wind propulsion systems... 

Resources Watch  

10th August 2022 This week: Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar; Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen; and, High-flying Glencore locks in renewable power, prioritises future-facing metals  

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Resources Watch

Royal Bafokeng looking to R1.6bn off-balance-sheet spend on 98 MW solar plant  

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is looking to off-balance-sheet capital expenditure of R1.6-billion for a 98 MW solar power plant. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will further buffer RBPlat and the region from load-shedding into the future should it prove... 

RBPlat's Rotshidzwa Manenzhe.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President’s new energy plan opens way for Glencore Alloys to target bigger projects 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard has hailed the new energy plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as opening the way for the company to target bigger power projects. “I must say that the President’s energy presentation is definitely something that is appealing to us,” said Fullard, who... 

Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.
Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.

Climate Change Bill passes first hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2022 The federal government’s Climate Change Bill 2022 has passed through the House of Representatives. The Bill will enshrine into law an emissions reduction target of 43% from 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. 

New Bill pressures mines to comply with water regulations

5th August 2022 In a release published in May by law firm Webber Wentzel partner Kirsty Kilner and senior associate Tendai Bonga it is said that the pressure on South African mining companies to raise their standards of environmental, social and corporate governance behaviour is expected to gain momentum this... 

A body of polluted or waste water in the foreground of a mine
WATER AT THE FORE Water and environment issues are being highlighted by the new environmental bill signed earlier this year

Diamond mine sewage plant near completion

5th August 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects announced in June that it would soon complete the installation of a new WEC Model B packaged sewage treatment plant at the Mothae Diamond Mine, located in the Maluti mountains 214 km from Maseru, in Lesotho. The mine is 70% owned by... 

a Model B conventional activated sludge treatment plant designed and supplied by WEC Projects to a diamond mine in Lesotho
MODEL PRODUCT The Model B conventional activated sludge treatment plant was selected as the solution of choice for a diamond mine in Lesotho

Sensible water management more evident at mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Professional services provider WSP Earth and Environment in Africa, previously Golder Associates, water treatment lead Peter Wille says there has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives and local pressure from... 

A river being affected by mine water seepage with brown and orange tinges
SOLVING SEEPAGE There has been a noticeable uptick in South African and African mines treating and reusing water, owing to global green initiatives

New telemetry product effective for mines

By: Halima Frost     5th August 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric software leader Johan Potgieter says the company’s telemetry systems can be “highly effective” in mines’ water treatment and purification systems, owing to their meeting the rigours and demands of the mining sector. Mines are constantly... 

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TELLING TELEMETRY The new EcoStruxure Geo Scada Expert system offered by Schneider Electric is perfect for mine water treatment and purification applications

High-flying Glencore locks in renewable power, prioritises future-facing metals  

By: Martin Creamer     4th August 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, which delivered exceptionally strong financial results in the six months to June30, is taking steps to progress its decarbonisation pathway, CEO Gary Nagle said on Thursday. The steps include locking in a number of renewable purchase power... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA's energy plan, Queensland royalty rates, Anglo's green hydrogen production plan make headlines   

4th August 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses former Eskom CEO Brian Dames's support for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy plan; Australia’s Queensland government increasing its royalty rates significantly without consultation; and Anglo’s plan for green hydrogen production with on-site solar... 

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SA's energy plan, Queensland royalty rates, Anglo's green hydrogen production plan make headlines

Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2022 The planned construction by Anglo American of on-site solar plants and off-site regional wind farms is designed to create a renewable energy ecosystem that reduces Scope 2 emissions and lays the foundation for green hydrogen production – “a hugely ambitious piece of work, and not one that is... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2022 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy plan, which involves the introduction of new generation capacity to the grid as quickly as possible to give Eskom the required headroom to carry out much-needed maintenance on its ageing coal fleet.... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

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Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

ERA up to A$1.6bn short for Ranger rehabilitation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th July 2022 ASX-listed Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) will require a further A$1.06-billion to A$1.65-billion in capital expenditure to complete rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium project, in the Northern Territory. The miner earlier this year flagged that an independent review of the Ranger... 

Glencore’s ferrochrome production up on consistent smelter performance 

By: Martin Creamer     29th July 2022 Ferrochrome production, which is South Africa-based, rose 2% in the six months to June 30, reflecting consistent smelter performance, Glencore reported on Friday. Attributable ferrochrome production of 786 000 t was 13 000 t higher than in the first half of last year amid overall production being... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Renewables take center stage in the wake of Ramaphosa’s energy plan announcement 

29th July 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer says that Anglo American sees massive opportunities for energy; South Africa needs a radical boost of renewables and green hydrogen capacity by 2040; and as the world turns to renewable energy, Kumba Iron Ore sees itself in a good position. 

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Renewables take center stage in the wake of Ramaphosa’s energy plan announcement

Green electron/hydrogen advance set to move much faster – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2022 Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad on Thursday expressed delight at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Drizit Environmental creating cleaner environment through pollution control products, services

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2022 Environmental pollution clean-up company Drizit Environmental has, following customer demand, expanded its operations to include a spill clean-up service to the manufacturing and transport industries. While established in 1976 already, Drizit explains that with its products being used in any type... 

Drizit Environmental creating cleaner environment through pollution control products, services

EPA calls for input on GHG guidelines

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2022 The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has called for feedback on its greenhouse gas (GHG) guidelines. The EPA this week said that it is reviewing its Environmental Factor Guideline – Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which was introduced in April 2020, and aimed at... 

Resources Watch  

27th July 2022 This week: Logistics solutions needed quickly to avoid lost commodity price opportunity; Canada’s Tantalex on way to becoming African lithium producer; and, South Africa’s 5 000 MW energy storage need can be used to create new industry 

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Resources Watch

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

Anglo American's nuGen truck.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Steel market embracing need for decarbonisation, says Kumba Iron Ore  

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2022 At a time when steelmakers the world over are taking strong steps to decarbonise steelmaking, Kumba Iron Ore’s high-quality, high-lump iron-ore is highly sought after, which positions the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed mining and marketing company well in the global fight against climate... 

Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala.
Kumba Iron Ore results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kumba Iron Ore excited by President’s energy plan, working earnestly on carbon reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2022 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala on Tuesday expressed excitement at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.
Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.

BHP starts erecting solar panels in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2022 The first solar panels at mining major BHP’s Leinster nickel operations, in the Northern Goldfields, are being installed. The Northern Goldfields solar project, to be constructed and owned by one of BHP Nickel West’s renewable energy partners TransAlta, includes a 27.4 MW solar farm at Mt Keith... 

Gov introduces climate Bill to Parliament

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2022 The federal government will introduce the Climate Change Bill 2022 into Parliament to enshrine the nation’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero by 2050, into law. Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said that legislating... 

Decarbonisation, renewables can create new economic sectors in SA – Anglo Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     25th July 2022 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen on Monday expressed the firm belief that decarbonisation and renewable energy have the potential to create new economic sectors in South Africa. On the renewable energy front, Viljoen also revealed that Anglo Platinum... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen

Arena's mandate expanded

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2022 The Australian government has unveiled new regulations to empower the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) with a broader mandate to allow the agency to support energy efficiency and electrification technologies that can reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Arena noted that the... 

Ford, Rio Tinto sign MoU for battery, low-carbon materials supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2022 Automaker Ford Motor Company and global mining and metals company Rio Tinto have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop more sustainable and secure supply chains for battery and low-carbon materials to be used in Ford’s vehicles. The multi-materials partnership... 

Anglo progresses sustainability as Chile drought hits copper output 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is progressing towards its stretching sustainability targets on all fronts while partnering to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen-powered haul truck technology across the mining industry and other transport applications. This was... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
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Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

Anglo Platinum maintains 2022 guidance as half-year earnings head for fall 

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2022 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum has maintained its metal-in-concentrate PGM guidance, while also advising of a potential halving of half-year earnings in the six months to June 30. Guided for 2022 is 3.9-million... 

Hydrogen-powered truck launch highlights sustainability progress.
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Hydrogen-powered truck launch highlights sustainability progress.

Plibersek reportedly halts Karratha urea project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st July 2022 Newly appointed federal Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek has reported reached an agreement with privately-held Perdaman to stop work on its A$4.5-billion Karratha urea project, in Western Australia, for a 30-day period. Plibersek was approached by the members of the Murujuga... 

Greenpeace to appeal North West Shelf approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st July 2022 Environmental group Greenpeace Australia Pacific is appealing the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA’s) decision to extend the life of North West Shelf (NWS) gas processing facility. The EPA at the end of July approved the extension of the NWS joint venture, which is... 

Greenpeace to appeal North West Shelf approval

Use South Africa’s 5 000 MW energy storage need to create new industry – Bushveld  

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2022 South Africa’s 5 000 MW renewable energy storage requirement is seen as providing the critical mass for the creation of new local energy storage industry that will have the potential to export into the growing global market for energy storage solutions. A new own-value-chain local industry is... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo.
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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