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Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Govt awards energy saving grants

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2021 The federal government on Wednesday launched A$14-million worth of grants under its broader A$3.5-billion Climate Solutions Package to help lower power bills for high energy-using businesses. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced that 48 businesses that consume more... 

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

By: Reuters     31st March 2021 Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI are the first global companies to have signed up to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, the WWF said on Wednesday. In backing the call, the companies commit not to source any minerals from the seabed, to exclude such... 

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

Armadale gets enviro go-ahead

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2021 The National Environment Management Council of Tanzania has approved Aim-listed Armadale Capital’s environmental- and social-impact assessment for the production of natural flake graphite from the Mahenge Liandu graphite project. The company has now submitted its mining licence application to the... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

Nordgold inks $100m ESG-linked credit facility

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2021 Wholly-owned subsidiary of diversified gold producer Nordgold, Celtic Resources, has entered into a two-year $100-million environment, social and corporate governance- (ESG-) linked revolving credit facility with a group of international banks. Nordgold intends to use the proceeds of the... 

Glencore shareholders to vote on climate action plan at upcoming AGM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2021 Shareholders of diversified miner Glencore will on April 29, during the group’s annual general meeting (AGM), be given the opportunity to vote on the approval of the ‘Climate Action Plan: Pathway to Net Zero’ report published by Glencore on December 4, 2020. The company’s climate action plan sets... 

Glencore shareholders to vote on climate action plan at upcoming AGM
Glencore chairperson Tony Hayward

Australian Aboriginal group opposes billionaire miner's plan to build dams

By: Reuters     29th March 2021 The Australian Aboriginal group whose sacred rock shelters Rio Tinto destroyed last year rejected a plan by mining company Fortescue's founder Andrew Forrest to build dams along a river in the same region, citing the cultural damage it would cause. Australia is considering new legislation to... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the country’s updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution in response to climate change, which will be released for public consultation next week. The updated NDC outlines South Africa’s target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions as required in line with... 

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio Tinto looks at solar for US Boron

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2021 Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced an agreement with renewable energy technology company Heliogen to explore solar technology at Rio’s borates mine, in California. Under a memorandum of understanding, Heliogen will deploy its proprietary, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology at the... 

Rio Tinto looks at solar for US Boron

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio unveils Traditional Owner engagement plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2021 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has revealed how it would work in partnership with Traditional Owners, host communities and independent groups to strengthen and improve its approach to cultural heritage and community relations, following the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters in the... 

Rio unveils Traditional Owner engagement plans

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 LSE-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey and JSE- and NYSE-listed gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Sibanye-Stillwater have formed a strategic partnership to secure critical metals and accelerate new battery technologies for a low-carbon future. The collaboration will... 

Sibanye, Johnson Matthey partner to boost battery technology, low-carbon development

ESG investment opportunities provided

By: Cameron Mackay     19th March 2021 Law firm ENSafrica executive Lloyd Christie says the Financial Provisions Regulations, which came into effect in 2015, have presented significant opportunities for sustainable finance, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment in the local mining industry. He highlights... 

ESG investment opportunities provided
LLOYD CHRISTIE Mobilising capital for a sustainable economy will require shifting the current capital allocation from an unsustainable pathway to a sustainable one

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future  

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The value opportunity of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources is rapidly transforming in line with the accelerated demand for cleaner and low-carbon resources, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. During a strategy update after the company announced 47%-higher... 

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future
Exxaro strategy update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Nordgold commits to net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 Internationally diversified gold producer Nordgold has committed to achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. To meet this target, Nordgold will further develop its criteria for all new projects, including new requirements for renewable power generation, green mining fleets and... 

Soaring prices spur miners' hunt for growth, fueling indigenous and investor ire

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 Miners from Australia to Canada are expanding operations despite concerns from indigenous groups about damage to wildlife, water supplies and religious sites, rankling investors who are pressuring the industry to improve its environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Prices for gold,... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 Global industry organisation the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has published three main pathways that the industry can take to reduce its emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet internationally agreed climate goals, supply demand for primary aluminium that will increase by up to 40% and more... 

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

Circular economy to play ‘increasingly larger role’ in copper supply over coming years

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2021 The demand for copper – primarily driven by the transition to low-carbon energy and technologies, electrification and electric vehicles (EVs) – is expected to double to an average of 60-million tonnes a year by 2050, Glencore Recycling global commercial lead Kunal Sinha said during a conference... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Woodside delivers first carbon offset cargo

15th March 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside and its joint venture (JV) partners in the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project have delivered the first cargo of carbon offset condensate to independent commodity trading company Trafigura. Woodside noted that the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions associated... 

Rehab effective at Glencore's Oaky Creek

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 Diversified miner Glencore’s Oaky Creek opencut coal mine, in Queensland, has been transformed into natural and productive land thanks to an impressive rehabilitation program, state Resources Minister Scott Stewart said. “Up to 133 ha of land that was once part of an open cut mine is now verdant... 

Climate change, ESG obligations will make water issues more challenging for miners

By: Nadine James     12th March 2021 “Water isn’t just a technical issue, it is very much a stakeholder issue”, ERM partner Caroline Vail stated during a panel hosted by international law firm Fasken on March 11. The panel, ‘Water: A Critical Resource and Human Right – Mitigating Water Risk in Mining’, discussed the fact that... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’
SUPPLY AND DEMAND Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings

12th March 2021 Engineering company FLSmidth was chosen as the preferred provider for four large bolted thickeners for a large coal customer in Mozambique. Two of the thickeners are designed to reduce water load on the filters allowing for a drier filter product, while the other two thickeners recover water from... 

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings
QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2021 Diamond mining and marketing company Gem Diamonds is advancing innovative technologies that reduce diamond damage by ejecting rock non-mechanically and being able to see diamonds in a certain size of rock, Gem CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday when the London-listed company reported positive... 

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage
Gem Diamonds results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Altus identifies numerous high-priority gold targets at Egyptian properties

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2021 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has identified numerous high-priority gold targets from remote sensing across all four of its projects covering 1 565 km2 in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. The projects were recently awarded to the company's 100%-owned subsidiary Akh Gold as part of a competitive... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company, a Nornickel subsidiary, has made 146.2-billion roubles' (about $2-billion) worth of payments for damage caused to the environment as a result of a May 2020 diesel spill at Norilsk's combined heat and power plant. Nornickel has provided the funds for its... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin
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