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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... 

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.

Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines  

11th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the backlog of mineral licences being cut by almost 45%; the recent Mistra policy paper which argues that as South Africa moves away from coal, investment will be needed, not only for renewables, but also for coal communities; and Namibia's green... 

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Mineral licences, coal transition, Namibia's EIB funding make headlines

Lighting vital in unsafe areas

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2022 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder provides the right lighting solutions by optimising the electrical, optical and mechanical design of luminaires using contemporary technology, while also ensuring intelligent and sustainable lighting solutions for improved safety, reduced energy consumption,... 

BEKA PRODUCTS 
BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments
BEKA PRODUCTS BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments

Independents bullish on oil and gas outlook in Nigeria

By: Cameron Mackay     11th November 2022 The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) – implemented in Nigeria last August – provides an ideal regulatory framework for the industry, as well as opportunities for smaller oil and gas companies, such as Nigerian oil and gas company Zigma, to become more involved in the industry, says Zigma founder and... 

Picture of Zigma MD & Founder Funmi Ogbue
FUNMI OGBUE There have been many discoveries in Africa, and Nigeria has not benefited significantly from these investments

Petra says it may take three months before mining can resume at Williamson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th November 2022 A technical team from Tanzanian diamond mining company Williamson Diamonds (WDL) is working with a South African technical team from its parent company, London-listed Petra Diamonds, to safely resume production at the Williamson mine, where a tailings storage facility (TSF) breach occurred... 

BHP shareholders vote against resolution to lobby Australian government on climate

By: Reuters     10th November 2022 BHP Group shareholders voted against a resolution calling on the mining giant to lobby the Australian government on its climate change policy at its annual general meeting on Thursday. Only 13% of shareholders voted in favour of the resolution, which was opposed by BHP's board, according to... 

FFI making waves at COP27

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th November 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has reached an agreement with the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to explore the potential delivery of renewable energy projects and green hydrogen production in the region. Fortescue founder and chairperson Dr Andrew Forrest met... 

Climate projections again point to dangerous 2.7 °C rise by 2100

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2022 The research partnership Climate Action Tracker (CAT) on Thursday released its latest projections of how greenhouse gas emissions may dangerously raise the global average temperature. The result is similar to last year’s – a troubling 2.7 °C increase above preindustrial levels if policies don’t... 

Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.
Photo by Bloomberg/Climate Action Tracker
Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.

Mining Indaba to welcome more delegates, new features in 2023

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th November 2022 Next year’s Investing in Africa Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – will operate at full capacity, as all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. During a media briefing on November 9, portfolio director for the Indaba Simon Ford said... 

Simon Ford
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Simon Ford

World’s carbon dioxide hotspots pinpointed by Al Gore-backed climate project

By: Bloomberg     9th November 2022 A consortium of dozens of research nonprofits on Wednesday launched a free online platform that details greenhouse gas emissions around the world across 20 economic sectors. Climate Trace, which can be viewed on a web browser, includes a zoomable world map that displays and ranks the dirtiest 72... 

Al Gore addressing delegates at COP27
Photo by Bloomberg
Al Gore addressing delegates at COP27

France, Germany extend €600m to support South Africa’s transition from coal

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2022 South Africa, France and Germany have signed loan agreements for the two European nations to each extend €300-million in concessional financing to South Africa to support this country’s efforts to reduce its reliance on coal through a just transition to cleaner energy sources. Mining Weekly can... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Council urges gold miners to plan further for climate change risks

By: Donna Slater     8th November 2022 A report by the World Gold Council (WGC) into climate change and gold finds that the gold sector will likely require more consistent and systematic planning and wider collaboration, including closer engagement on climate-related risks with local communities, to deal with climate change risks. The... 

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

Resources Watch  

8th November 2022 This week: Anglo updates on decarbonisation, biodiversity, responsible mining; and, new Jupiter CEO says Northern Cape’s manganese mine ‘up there with best of them’ 

Resources Watch image
Resources Watch

FFI partners on green ammonia in Kenya

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th November 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has signed a binding framework agreement with the government of Kenya on the sidelines of COP27 to fast track Kenya’s development of an affordable green fertiliser supply chain and other green hydrogen-based industries and its derivatives.... 

Arena backs Calix's green steel play

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th November 2022 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has announced A$947 035 in funding to ASX-listed Calix to evaluate the feasibility of a low emissions method for reducing iron. A A$1.96-million pre-front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) and FEED study will scope the design for a proposed... 

Countries set to bolster global methane pledge at climate summit

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2022 The European Union (EU) and US put methane on the map at COP26 in Glasgow — declaring the potent greenhouse gas a threat to Paris Agreement temperature goals and insisting emissions of it must be slashed 30% by 2030. In the year since, European countries and the US have successfully encouraged... 

Banks fall dangerously short on pledges in new net-zero study

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2022 Most banks that have published net-zero emissions targets are failing to live up to those commitments, according to a fresh study by ShareAction. The majority of the 43 largest financiers of fossil fuels in the Net Zero Banking Alliance “have climate targets that fall short of what’s needed to... 

At COP27, climate change framed as battle for survival

By: Reuters     8th November 2022 World leaders and diplomats framed the fight against global warming as a battle for human survival during opening speeches at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt on Monday, with the head of the United Nations declaring a lack of progress so far had the world speeding down a “highway to hell”. The... 

Petra says eastern wall of Williamson tailings dam breaches, teams on site

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Diamond miner Petra Diamonds reports that an eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at its Williamson mine, in Tanzania, was breached earlier on November 7, resulting in flooding away from the pit and extending into areas outside of the mine lease area. Emergency response teams from... 

The Williamson mine in Tanzania

World Bank’s Malpass visits Komati power station after approving JET loan 

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan welcomed World Bank president David Malpass to State power utility Eskom’s Komati power station following the bank’s approval of a R9-billion ($497-million) concessional loan to repurpose and repower the coal-fired power station into one which uses... 

Inflation denies AngloGold spectacular showing that higher grade normally assures 

By: Martin Creamer     4th November 2022 Higher grade ore mined by AngloGold Ashanti in the third quarter should have meant more gold at unchanged cost – more bang for the same buck, as it were. But the current abnormally high level of inflation knocked back the potential benefits of 17% higher underground grades and 21% higher opencast... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.
AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.

Hydrogen economy, green electron and molecule energy transition make headlines   

4th November 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American Platinum's maiden climate change report; Anglo’s green hydrogen truck trials; and consensus that a green electron and green molecule energy transition is tailor-made for South Africa.   

Photo of Martin Creamer
Hydrogen economy, green electron and molecule energy transition make headlines

TECH gets EPBC tick

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2022 The Department of Climate Change, Energy and the Environment and Water (DCCEW) has approved ASX-listed Queensland Pacific Metals’ plans to develop its Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) base metals project. The approval, under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act,... 

Rum Jungle rehab progresses

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th November 2022 Stage 3 of the Rum Jungle rehabilitation project has started after the federal government signed a funding agreement for the project. The Northern Territory government this week said that this funding was a significant milestone in the project, which seeks to improve the environmental condition... 

Criminal case to be opened against Jagersfontein Developments

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2022 In the wake of a devastating tailings dam wall collapse in the Free State, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), David Mahlobo, will open a criminal case against Jagersfontein Developments on Friday.  The department said the criminal case pertains to contraventions... 

BHP adds more renewables to its grid

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd November 2022 Diversified major BHP has signed a renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) with independent power producer Neoen, in South Australia. The PPA is expected to meet half of Olympic Dam’s electricity needs from 2026, based on current forecast demand, and allow Olympic Dam to record a net zero... 

Hydrogen economy support highlighted in maiden Anglo Platinum climate report 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy in South Africa and globally, along with the firm underpinning of a ‘just energy transition’, are highlighted in Anglo American Platinum maiden climate change report. The report sets out the role the JSE-listed mining and... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
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