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Environmental News

Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2022 The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo. “The trials all went well,” Anglo American group technical director Tony... 

Anglo updates on decarbonisation, biodiversity, responsible mining  

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 Decarbonisation, net positive biodiversity, and progress towards assuring all operations against recognised responsible mining standards are addressed in Anglo American’s twice-yearly sustainability performance update, which was presented on Monday. Recognising that many of the metals and... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American sustainability report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum group metals gaining ground in Australia where PGMs have critical status

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 Exploration and resources development company Podium Minerals is continuing to blaze a trail in platinum group metals (PGMs) in Australia, where PGMs have been classified as critical minerals, which is also the case the US, Japan, India and the Eurozone. ASX-listed Podium on Monday announced a... 

PGMs supply.
PGMs supply.

Baxter to step down as Minerals Council CEO in April 2023

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2022 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter will step down as CEO of the entity when his contract expires in April 2023. Baxter has led the organisation for nine years through various changes and challenging times, bringing much positive and transformative change, says Minerals Council... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

IDC increases stake in green aluminum producer 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2022 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has increased its shareholding in Mozambique’s Mozal Aluminium to 32.45%. Prior to this transaction, State-owned IDC held 24% equity in the hydropowered aluminium smelter, which is located 20 km west of Maputo, in Beluluane industrial park. 

Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.
Mozal Aluminium in Mozambique.

Glencore responds to climate suggestions, provides production update 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore, in response to recommendations received, will take four steps to advance its  climate reporting amid the world facing a rapidly closing window to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. The London- and Johannesburg-listed Glencore... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Private sector investments key for JET

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 As keynote speaker at the 2022 Joburg Indaba – held at the Inanda Club, in Sandton, on October 5 and 6 – Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter highlighted the mining industry’s decarbonisation drive towards a Just Energy Transition (JET) and how it could be achieved. He noted that,... 

A South African flag overlapping a solar field being manned by two men in yellow overalls
TREMENDOUS TRANSITION The Just Energy Transition must be driven by mines decarbonistaion

Council pushes for continued best practice

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 For South Africa to remain competitive amid the global drive to a greener economy, its mining sector must continue its efforts to decarbonise and respond better to shifting value pools. “It must also adapt and build resilience to local climate change impacts while ensuring a just transition,”... 

I light bulb with a plant inside being held by a hand with fields behind in the sunset
POWERING THE FUTURE Decarbonising our energy sources is vital to the global move to a greener economy

Trust must be gained in communities – Minerals Council

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 South African mining companies need to redouble engagement efforts and ultimately narrow the trust deficit that has for too long characterised most mine-community relations, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo. Communities and... 

mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa social performance head Alex Khumalo
ALEX KHUMALO There is an opportunity to repurpose existing “future forums” and ensure that agendas include ESG performance

Hydrogen instrumental to decarbonisation

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 The need to decarbonise has put pressure on governments globally to move away from fossil fuels and use renewable sources of energy, says mining employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa senior economist Bongani Motsa. Through global research it has been established that hydrogen is... 

Renewables implemented at mines show promise

By: Halima Frost     28th October 2022 Mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa says that, by the end of this year, mines in the country will have established the capacity and infrastructure to generate about 100 MW of power from renewable-energy installations. This includes installations by gold mining... 

Wind turbines solar panels and hydrogen cells all in  one picture with a clear blue sky and green grass
RENEWED ZEEL The drive towards a green economy has seen renewable energy technologies grow exponentially

New start-up intent on improving pit-to-port turnaround times  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2022 Three women who have been in logistics collectively for more than 30 years have formed a company intent on helping to smooth out rail and port logistics in the Southern African region. The three are Nosipho Damasane, Nyameka Madikizela and Ncumisa Dube, who have formed Indlela Connections. (Also... 

Indlela Connections chairperson Nosipho Damasane.
Indlela chairperson Nosipho Damasane and CEO Nyameka Madikizela talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Brownfields, byproducts and tailings are South Africa’s biggest growth opportunity

By: Nadine James     27th October 2022 Mining stakeholders ought to do more to capitalise on existing resources, such as available geological and mining data, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart noted at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit, on Wednesday. He explained that he felt that brownfield exploration, based historical data... 

Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

ArcelorMittal, BHP and Mitsubishi partner on green steel

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th October 2022 Diversified giant BHP has joined forces with steel major ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHIENG) to collaborate on a multi-year trial of MHIENG’s carbon capture technology with ArcelorMittal, following the signing of a funding agreement between the parties. The... 

ArcelorMittal, BHP and Mitsubishi partner on green steel

Energy crisis sparked by Ukraine war to speed up green transition – IEA

By: Reuters     27th October 2022 The drop in Russian fossil fuel exports after its Ukraine invasion this year will transform the global energy landscape for decades and can help to hasten a green energy transition, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The IEA's annual World Energy Outlook acknowledges the... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Brics cooperation raised at CGS Summit

By: Nadine James     27th October 2022 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) countries are “richly endowed in mineral resources” and as such, are in a relatively good position to cater for the demands of the global economy, Russia’s Federal Agency of Minerals Resources head Dr Evgenii Petrov told delegates at the... 

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Geoscientists should play a more active role in crafting public discourse, policy  

By: Nadine James     26th October 2022 Geoscientists could have a hand in shaping the geopolitical future of African countries, said Tullow Oil and The Metals Company nonexecutive director Sheila Khama, who is also a former CEO of De Beers Botswana, and a former policy extractives adviser at the World Bank. During her keynote address... 

Sheila Khama
Sheila Khama

AMD treatment could start transitioning from expensive, energy-intensive treatments to natural attenuation 

By: Nadine James     26th October 2022 The quality of mine water discharge has improved significantly over the last decade, and research suggests that government could consider a transition away from current, active acid mine drainage (AMD) treatments, to a more passive approach. Council for Geoscience (CGS) environmental geosciences... 

A photo of acid mine drainage

Komati turnaround will cost close to R8bn, and the World Bank may foot most of the bill

By: News24Wire      26th October 2022 Repurposing Eskom's coal-fired power station, Komati, would cost around R7.9-billion, project documents from the World Bank show. Eskom has been engaging with the World Bank in providing funding for the re-powering and repurposing of Komati. The power station's first unit was commissioned in... 

The Komati power station
The Komati power station

Phytoremediation, a plausible option for tailings rehabilitation

By: Nadine James     26th October 2022 Certain native plant and grass species can uptake or retain high concentrations of metals, including those toxic to the soil and general environment, Phumudzo Munyai, of the University of Venda, said on October 25, at the 2022 Council for Geoscience Summit in Durban. She described... 

Miners welcome Budget outcomes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2022 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, but has warned that policy changes could have a negative impact on future investments. The Budget papers point out that higher commodity prices are expected to drive near-term tax receive forecasts on the back of stronger... 

Jubilee sees ‘tremendous’ growth potential after completing expansion programme

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th October 2022 London- and Johannesburg-listed Jubilee Metals Group has met its production targets for the financial year ended June 30, after having completed its capitalisation and expansion programme. Over the past 18 months, the company implemented a £58-million capital expansion (capex_ project to acquire... 

ESG perspective change urgently required to ensure sustainability

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2022 South African companies need to change how they view the factors of the environment, social impact and corporate governance, otherwise known as ESG, from that of a toxic external threat and to a measure that will contribute towards a business’s long-term sustainability, nonprofit shareholder... 

Coal can ‘reinvent itself’, CGS must play role in the energy transition – Mantashe   

By: Nadine James     25th October 2022 During his keynote address at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) Summit, held at the Durban International Convention Centre from October 25 to 27, Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe expressed his belief that coal could “reinvent itself”, given sufficient investment. Mantashe cited the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Woodside partners with US firm for CCUS

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2022 Energy major Woodside has announced a strategic collaboration with US-based carbon capture and transformation company LanzaTech. Under the terms of a strategic framework agreement signed this week, and subject to a positive final investment decision, Woodside will collaborate with LanzaTech on... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy has $10-trillion-a-year opportunity tag  

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2022 The three letters PEM, which flag platinum-using green hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, are written all over the American green hydrogen company Plug, which is advancing into a potential $10-trillion-a-year sector. Plug’s PEM electrolyser solutions produce carbon-free green hydrogen using... 

Plug CEO Andy Marsh.
Andy Marsh: Green Hydrogen At Work covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

LME adds artisanal mining to green register, sets 2040 net-zero goal

By: Reuters     24th October 2022 The London Metal Exchange (LME) has added standards for small-scale mining to its digital sustainability register and pledged to achieve net-zero emissions for its own operations by 2040, it said on Monday. The 145-year-old exchange launched LMEpassport last year so miners could store... 

Gold Fields board recommends Yamana transaction 

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2022 The board and management team of Gold Fields have unanimously recommended the implementation of the Yamana Gold transaction, Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman stated in a letter to shareholders on Monday. An independent evaluation has estimated Yamana's mineral asset value at between... 

Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman.
Gold Fields chairperson Yunus Suleman.

Aus takes the methane pledge

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2022 Australia has joined over 120 countries committed to collectively reduce global methane emissions across energy and resources, agriculture and waste sectors. The Global Methane Pledge is a voluntary commitment with 122 signatories including the US, UK and the European Union working collectively... 

PGMs demand may taper off despite robust automotive demand forecast 

By: Darren Parker     21st October 2022 Global demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is forecast to taper off beyond 2030, despite a robust outlook for increasing automotive sales, according to platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) corporate affairs executive Emma Townshend, who addressed a PGMs students colloquium... 

Impala Platinum ingot

Billionaire Adani to target Europe with huge Morocco clean energy project

By: Reuters     21st October 2022 Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest person, is in exploratory talks for a giant renewables project in Morocco, which would aim to supply electricity and emissions-free fuel to Europe. Adani’s coal-to-ports conglomerate is considering building wind and solar generation plants in the North African nation... 

Fuel cell electric vehicles and MoUs make headlines   

21st October 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses China becoming the largest market for platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles, which could spell good news for South Africa; Anglo American and Thyssenkrupp’s memorandum of understanding to decarbonize steelmaking; and Sasol and Freeport... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Fuel cell electric vehicles and MoUs make headlines

Broken Hill mine flipped into renewable energy storage

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2022 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) has unveiled the re-purposing of the defunct mine in Broken Hill, in New South Wales, for renewable energy storage, using compressed air. Arena has conditionally approved A$45-million in funding to construct a 200 MW / 1600 MWh fuel-free energy... 

Blast tools aid sustainability

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     21st October 2022 Building on the flexibility and accuracy of electronic detonation, digital blasting tools can assist in enhancing mines’ efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, says blasting and explosives solutions provider BME MD Ralf Hennecke. He emphasises that software platform integration is key to... 

an image of one of BME’s blasts
IMPROVED BLAST QUALITY AXXIS Titanium has improved overall blast quality, which ensures better rock fragmentation, thereby reducing energy consumption in downstream stages of blastin

Safer blasts shield communities

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     21st October 2022 Explosives and blasting contractor Master Blasters uses only the safest primary and secondary explosives – resulting in the least damage to the environment and impact on surrounding communities – for blasts. Explosives can produce toxic gasses after detonation; therefore, the company uses... 

An image of mine blast
DETONATE IN 3, 2, 1 Master Blasters blast volumes range from 10 000 m3 of rock to 300 000 m3 of rock a month

Anglo, Thyssenkrupp join forces to make steel greener 

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2022 Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with longstanding customer Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG to collaborate on developing new pathways for the decarbonisation of steelmaking. This follows Anglo signing of a memorandum of understanding with Japan-headquartered Nippon Steel in... 

Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.
Iron-ore operations at Anglo American's Kumba Iron Ore.

Congolese NGOs decry mining in main refuge of 'Africa's unicorn'

By: Reuters     19th October 2022 Illegal gold-mining is destroying tracts of pristine rainforest in Congo's Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site meant to be a haven for the endangered mammal nicknamed Africa's unicorn, environmental organisations warned on Tuesday. Industrial activities are supposed to be banned... 

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