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Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern African Development Community SADC Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Inquiry to hear from PKKP, Rio

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2020 The Parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of 46 000 year old caves at the Juukan Gorge, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is expected to hear from the Puutu Kunti Kurama and Pinikura (PKKP) this week. Mining giant Rio Tinto and the Western Australian government are also expected... 

GPS-denied drone trialled in South Africa, with keen eye on underground mine mapping 

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2020 Melrose Arch-based mining technology company Dwyka Mining has conducted what it believes is the first Autonomy Level 2 (AL2) flight in South Africa, using a new drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) technology payload − Hovermap. The Hovermap payload is developed by Brisbane,... 

Dwyka Mining Services trials a DJI drone fitted with the Hovermap lidar payload in a GPS-denied environment
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dwyka Mining Services trials a DJI drone fitted with the Hovermap lidar payload in a GPS-denied environment

Chile lithium miner SQM says to slash water, brine use at Atacama

By: Reuters     9th October 2020 Chilean miner SQM said late Thursday it would immediately slash its use of both fresh water and lithium-rich brine from Chile's Atacama salt flat in a push to reduce the overall impact of its operations. The announcement comes two months after SQM lost a high profile legal battle that forced it... 

Nigeria incentivises new mining investment

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Nigerian Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adagbite highlighted the incentives being offered to investors in Nigeria’s mining sector during a webinar on Driving Investment in the Nigerian Mining Industry in a Pandemic Situation, held in August. Government intends to reignite... 

GOING FOR GOLD
Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources
GOING FOR GOLD Nigeria's government looks to reignite flames under the mining investment banner to draw attention to its vast mineral and metal resources

Study paves way for engaging artisanal miners

By: Halima Frost     9th October 2020 Environmental consulting firm Digby Wells Environmental Mali country manager Mamadou Dembele says a dearth of opportunities drives the artisanal mining sector in Mali, and in West Africa. He tells Mining Weekly that a study conducted in June 2019 in the region by Digby Wells Environmental, which... 

LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY 
While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful
LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY While considered illegitimate trade, artisanal mining space is well organised and financially fruitful

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amazon mining overlaps 20% of indigenous land, worsening deforestation - report

By: Reuters     8th October 2020 Mining concessions and illegal mining operations overlap more than a fifth of indigenous land in the Amazon, causing higher deforestation rates, said a report published on Wednesday. Some 1.5-million indigenous people live in the Amazon, where mining activities affect some 445 000 km2 of their... 

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Mark Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Regulations tailored to alluvial diamonds will reward S Africa with jobs – Sadpo  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 South Africa’s one-size-fits-all mining legislation is losing vital jobs for the country in the job-intensive alluvial diamonds space that requires regulations tailored to junior mining to survive, South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) reiterated on Monday. Because there are so... 

South African Diamond Producers Organisation chairperson Gert van Niekerk
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer speaks to the South African Diamond Producers Organisation’s Gert van Niekerk and Lyndon de Meillon. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally   

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2020 Doing the ordinary tasks extraordinarily well is the current short-term tactic of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) under new CEO Natascha Viljoen, who is intent on stretching the company’s existing assets to their full capacity. “We don’t deserve... 

Natascha Viljoen (right) responding to Coronation's Pallavi Ambekar.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Coronation Fund Managers webinar. Video: Darlene Creamer

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

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... 

Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

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... 

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
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 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch
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... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.

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... 

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
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)... 

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
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... 

DMITRI BESSARABOV
Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors
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... 

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
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... 

NOT GREEN YET
Although pressures to eliminate coal fired power stations remain strong coal still powers the majority of the world
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... 

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
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... 

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

Cobus Loots
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 CEO R Michael Jones
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... 

Top from left, Anton Berlin, Tim Schlick, Kevin Eggers. Bottom from left Benny Oeyen, Matthias Dohrn, Trevor Raymond.
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.... 

Sandra du Toit and R Michael Jones (top) and Bernard Swanepoel (below).
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 CEO Mike Henry
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
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