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Environmental News

NMP completes final ESIA after years of battling for Sandpiper project approval  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) says it has completed a final environmental- and social-impact assessment (ESIA), which includes the current and best available scientific data for the area in the ocean where it intends to mine phosphate. The company has since 2012 struggled to get through the... 

Woodside brings Traditional Owners in on power project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside has entered into a bilateral Indigenous Land Use Agreement and a modern benefits-sharing and relationship agreement with the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) over the proposed Woodside power project in the Pilbara. Woodside is currently investigating the supply of... 

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
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Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

Rio invests further in renewable energy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2022 Diversified major Rio Tinto will invest a further A$600-million million in renewable energy assets in the Pilbara as part of its efforts to decarbonise its Western Australian iron-ore operations. The investment will fund the construction of two 100 MW solar power facilities as well as 200 MWh... 

Image shows solar panels

Australia’s platinum pioneer highlighting greenness, mulling smelterless tech  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2022 Australia’s platinum group metals (PGMs) pioneer, Podium Minerals, is evaluating the cleanest and greenest mining and processing options that include the possibility of circumventing the need for smelting. The Australian Stock Exchange-listed exploration and resources development company, which... 

Podium Minerals MD and CEO Sam Rodda.
Podium CEO Sam Rodda interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
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Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

BHP working towards GHG targets at Olympic Dam

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th November 2022 Mining major BHP has unveiled a fully electric Jumbo at its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia, to support the company’s target to reduce operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including by minimising reliance on diesel. The 28.7 t, 14.5-m long battery-electric Epiroc Boomer M2... 

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Gold miner releases tailings policy

25th November 2022 Global gold miner DRDGold released its tailings management policy, earlier this month. The aim of the new policy is to ensure that the interests of all relevant stakeholders – including shareholders, board members, executive and operational management, operating personnel, regulators and... 

Tailings being washed down for processing at one of DRD Golds tailing facilities in Johannesburg
RESPONSIBLE ACTOR The tailings management policy set out by DRD Gold will ensure the interests of all stakeholders are attended to adequately

Global organisation publishes tailings reduction roadmap

25th November 2022 Global CEO-led organisation International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in September published its tailings reduction roadmap as part of a broader innovation initiative to develop solutions that significantly reduce tailings waste from mining and metals processing. The roadmap lays out... 

TELLING TIMES
The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations
TELLING TIMES The tailings roadmap released by global organization International Council on Mining and Metals aims to help significantly reduce taiings waste form mining and metals processing operations

Tailings critical liability in mining – consultancy

25th November 2022 Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) represent one of the most critical liabilities associated with the mining industry, says engineering and scientific consultancy SRK Consulting tailings engineering corporate consultant Pepe Moreno. With the spotlight focused on environmental, social and... 

A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting
DAM DRY A dry tailings dam which has been inspected by SRK Consulting

Water stewardship key to sustaining mining sector

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Mines must use water stewardship to improve water conservation and water saving, thereby enhancing perception of the industry in the twenty-first century, says innovative solutions developer Xylem South Africa African strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry. The benefits of becoming water... 

A computer screen showing readings attained form a pipe or pump
CLEAR VIEW The Xylem Vue collection of software is a prime water-management solution for mines and tailings storage facilities

New implements to complement tailings testing portfolio  

By: Halima Frost     25th November 2022 Civil and mining geotechnical service provider GeoGroup has received the first of three new geotechnical surveying implements, which the company has commissioned to complement its range of tailings monitoring equipment. GeoGroup operations director Grant Rijsmus points out that, of the projects... 

A sonic cone penetration testing unit drill rig onthe floor of a factory after being unpacked at the Geogroup offices in gauteng south africa
Grant Rijsmus and Meldt van der Spuy from Geogroup discuss the new surveying implements to complement its tailings storage facilities testing portfolio. Camerawork: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded: 04.11.2022

Platinum’s hydrogen economy role is just transition enabler, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2022 The strategic role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the creation of a hydrogen economy is the key supporting element of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Mapungubwe Institute for... 

Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.

New laws on the cards to protect heritage sites

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2022 The federal government has signed a partnership agreement with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance to co-design stronger laws to give better protection to Aboriginal cultural heritage, following the 2019 destruction of the Juukan Gorge rockshelters in the Pilbara by major Rio Tinto.... 

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South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Fortescue's green energy group CFO to step down for health reasons

By: Reuters     23rd November 2022 Australia's Fortescue Metals Group FMG.AX said on Wednesday that Guy Debelle will step down as chief financial officer of Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), its green energy group. The former Reserve Bank of Australia deputy governor will transition to the board of FFI Australia to focus on his... 

Gov establishes A$500m renewable technology fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2022 The federal government this week announced a A$500-million investment in the Powering Australia Technology Fund to help Australian businesses progress innovative projects and technologies to reduce emissions. This funding will be provided to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to... 

Rio proves low-carbon iron-making process

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd November 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto this week said that it has proven the effectiveness of its low-carbon iron-making process using ores from its mines in Australia in a small-scale pilot plant in Germany. The company is now planning the development of a larger-scale pilot plant to further assess its... 

Arena releases roadmap for decarbonising alumina refining

23rd November 2022 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released a Roadmap for Decarbonising Australian Alumina Refining, paving the way for the country’s alumina refining industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The Roadmap was commissioned by ARENA and prepared by advisory firm Deloitte in... 

Image shows smelter

Groundbreaking for R1bn fuel cell factory set for first quarter of 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 A bankable feasibility study has opened the way for the building of a factory for the local manufacture of fuel cells that are designed to provide low-carbon electricity to decentralised users at affordable prices throughout the African continent. Innovative South African Mitochondria Energy... 

Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).
Photo by Creamer Media
Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).

Bill Gates-Led fund backs pulsed-power technology to clean up mining

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2022 A climate fund founded by Bill Gates is investing in technology that uses surges of electricity to shatter rocks and mineral ores in a bid to reduce energy use and carbon emissions at mines. A European fund tied to Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures invested €12-million ($12.3-million) in the... 

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cambi to supply Sasol with thermal hydrolysis process systems

By: Darren Parker     21st November 2022 Thermal hydrolysis company Cambi has signed a large contract with consulting engineering firm Wood to supply energy company Sasol with two full-scale thermal hydrolysis process (THP) systems for treating industrial biological sludge at Sasol’s Secunda operations, in Mpumalanga. Sasol and Cambi... 

The Impact Catalyst launches in Mpumalanga

By: Donna Slater     21st November 2022 Large-scale, socioeconomic development initiative driver The Impact Catalyst was launched in Mpumalanga on November 21 to promote initiatives designed to leverage collaboration to deliver a collective, cross-sectoral impact. The Impact Catalyst – founded by Anglo American, the Council for... 

Perenti/ABB partner to decarbonise mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st November 2022 ASX-listed mining services group Perenti has struck a collaboration agreement with global technology company ABB to explore solutions to decarbonise customer’s mining operations. Experts from the two companies will work together to address electrification in mine hauling operations, power... 

Green energy, Venetia's underground project make headlines   

18th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the Motsepe Foundation's $2-million Green Energy competition; Palabora’s partnership with Mzansi energy to develop a solar PV plant with an energy storage system; and Venetia's underground project which is hoping for first production next year.   

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Green energy, Venetia's underground project make headlines

Roan’s success to be duplicated in north

By: Tracy Hancock     18th November 2022 With diversified metal recovery business Jubilee Metals Group’s flagship copper processing project, Project Roan, in Zambia, reaching nameplate throughput last month, the company is aiming to replicate a similar model at a larger scale at its northern refinery. Roan is part of Jubilee’s southern... 

PROJECT ROAN
Roan is entering a ‘critical phase’, as Zambia enters its rainy season
PROJECT ROAN Roan is entering a ‘critical phase’, as Zambia enters its rainy season

Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy launched

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2022 The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation have launched the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy, a $2-million prize competition to reward entrepreneurs and innovators working to address accessibility to green and renewable energy. The winning individual or team will be awarded $1-million,... 

Milken Institute senior director Emily Musil Church
Milken Institute senior director Emily Musil Church

Palabora Mining going ‘green’ with independent power producer appointment 

By: Martin Creamer     17th November 2022 In the light of clean, cost-efficient, stable electricity supply being critical, Palabora Mining Company is partnering with Mzansi Energy to develop a 132 MWp solar photovoltaic plant and battery energy storage system capable of storing 310 MWh of electricity. Mining Weekly can report that the... 

Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.
Photo by Creamer Media
Renewable energy planned for Palabora Mining.

FFI cements Egyptian relationship

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has signed a major Framework Agreement with Egypt at COP27, to collaborate on studying and developing green hydrogen and renewable energy projects in Egypt. FFI said this week that the agreement was another milestone in the strong... 

Renewable microgrid tech underpinning Gold Fields’ decarbonisation in Australia

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 Renewable microgrid technology is underpinning the delivery of the decarbonisation targets of Gold Fields in Australia, Mining Weekly can report. From a 2016 baseline, the Johannesburg- and New York-listed gold mining company is targeting halving of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. 

Analysts, investors at Gold Fields site visit.
Analysts, investors at Gold Fields site visit.

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

Anglo American finds renewable sources for coal ops

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2022 Mining major Anglo American has struck a deal with Queensland-owned energy generator Stanwell to power its steelmaking coal business solely through the use of renewable energy from 2025 onward, as part of a ten-year power supply deal. In what will be Stanwell’s biggest ever retail deal, the... 

Image shows solar panels

Japan's JOGMEC renamed in shift to national decarbonisation role

By: Reuters     14th November 2022 State-owned Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp (JOGMEC) said on Monday it has been renamed Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security and will provide equity investment to back the production and storage of hydrogen and ammonia. The change for the organization in charge of providing... 

FFI partners with Windlab on Super Hub in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th November 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will partner with global green energy company Windlab on a Super Hub in North Queensland. The Super Hub could generate more than 10GW of wind and solar power and underpin the industrial-scale production of green hydrogen from... 

Philanthropies collectively show support for South Africa’s JET-IP

By: Darren Parker     11th November 2022 Several major nonprofit organisations have pledged their support for South Africa’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) for 2023 to 2027. South Africa has committed to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, subject to appropriate financial support and premised on... 

It’s been a great year for Menar, says chair Mpumelelo Mkhabela  

By: Martin Creamer     11th November 2022 Despite its many challenges, 2022 has been a very successful year for the Menar group of companies. “We increased production at our operations, maintained our solid safety record, and made good headway in the development of our new projects,” Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela told Mining... 

Menar chairperson Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Menar chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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