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Environmental News

Morrison promises green future in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore on Tuesday welcomed the promise of federal funding of up to A$35-million to its CTSCo carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) project. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on the campaign trail in Queensland, has promised funding of over A$275-million to the Queensland energy... 

New fund approved by Sibanye to foster R&D 

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 The board of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater has approved a new fund called the BioniCCubE to foster research and development of new innovations and technologies, as well as market development, by investing in and leveraging strategic partnerships. “This will support the company on our path... 

Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman

De Beers invests $2m in Kelp Blue to explore marine carbon reduction solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2022 Diamonds multinational De Beers Group is investing $2-million in Kelp Blue, a start-up focused on growing and managing large-scale giant kelp forests, initially off the Namibian coast. These underwater forests have the potential to safely and permanently lock away vast amounts of carbon dioxide... 

Miner’s results reflect commitment to host communities

22nd April 2022 By investing in the people who live in its host communities, energy company Exxaro states that it is investing in the future of South Africa. “Our company depends on communities and our success is intrinsically linked to their sustainability. Without them we would not be where we are today,” said... 

Consultancy bolsters leadership team

22nd April 2022 Mining industry consultancy CSA Global – a subsidiary of multinational consultancy ERM Group – last month announced the appointment of Africa manager Sifiso Siwela, who joined its regional team based in Johannesburg, South Africa. CSA Global partner and Africa director Brendan Clarke stated: “I... 

An image of Sifiso Siwela
SIFISO SIWELA The new manager is keen to progress with aligning the combined offerings of CSA Global and ERM to the emerging green economy

Inability to attract youth among challenges facing mining

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 Global research indicates that mining, as an industry, has the greatest potential to contribute toward a greener future, and yet it is facing unprecedented recruitment pressures, with advisory services provider BDO stating that new entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of... 

An image of three trainees and their instructor at the Murry & Roberts Training Academy, with the instructor pointing out how the Booyco Electronic CSX proximity  detection system works
Photo by Murray & Roberts Training Academy
SERVING THE YOUTH? New entrants into the workforce are questioning the attractiveness of a career in the industry, as there is a distinct gap between what Gen Zs want and what the industry currently offers

Indaba’s ESG focus resonates with tyre recycler

22nd April 2022 The main theme of the Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 9 to 12 – is environmental, social and governance (ESG), which resonates with the services and support mining tyre supplier Kal Tire provides to customers. The company... 

Image of Kal Tire’s recycling facility
RECYCLING FACILITY The facility puts stockpiles of end-of-life mining tyres through Kal Tire’s thermal conversion process, and returns the resulting products back into the global economy

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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Glencore believes ESG responsibilities for coal assets should remain in-house

By: Darren Parker     21st April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore’s board believes the environment, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities related to its coal assets are best managed by the company as a responsible operator, rather than leaving those responsibilities to become someone else’s problem, Glencore chairperson Kalidas... 

Glencore CEO Gary Nagle
Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Chaarat Gold looking forward to ‘very green’ production out of Kyrgyz Republic  

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2022 London Aim-quoted gold mining company Chaarat Gold is looking forward to “very green and sustainable gold production” coming out of the Kyrgyz Republic, where it is developing two gold projects. The of these first is Tulkubash, a near-term opencast heap leach project, and the second a far larger,... 

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Chaarat Gold CEO Mike Fraser interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

WA appoints Indigenous group for mine rehab work

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2022 The Western Australian government has appointed Indigenous professional services company Gee Gie to work on the first stage of a new project under the Abandoned Mines Programme. Gee Gie will work with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to identify, document and prioritise... 

Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution positive for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2022 The overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are now calculating that 2030 will see the generation of 320 GW to 400 GW... 

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Heraeus Precious Metals Executive VP New Business Development Dr Philipp Walter

Miners welcome Morrison's election promises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2022 The resources sector has been quick to welcome election promises from the Coalition government, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a A$50-million investment to boost the critical minerals supply chain in Western Australia, along with a host of energy-related investments. The Prime... 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Greenpeace takes a swipe at Burrup Hub investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2022 Environmental group Greenpeace Australia Pacific has slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcement of a A$40-million investment into energy major Woodside’s Burrup Hub gas project. As part of a A$250-million investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS), on his election trail, Morrison... 

Coal handling, sales contract signed in Tanzania

15th April 2022 UK-based energy producer Edenville Energy announced in February that its subsidiary Edenville International Tanzania Limited (EITL) has entered into a contract with coal handling services company Nextgen Coal Mine for the operation of the company’s Rukwa coal project in Tanzania. The contract is... 

Tanzanian project continues to develop

15th April 2022 Aim-quoted investment company Armadale Capital announced in February that it had made further progress in developing its mining lease at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania, as part of ongoing plans to hasten commercial operations. It announced that the board had applied for three incremental... 

Men standing around a core drilling machine which is taking geotechnical samples to be evaluated elsewhere, at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania
GRAPHITE GRADING The testing at the Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania continues as Armadale Capital have applied for additional exploration licenses

Investor announces sell down of equity position

15th April 2022 Investment adviser Appian in February announced a strategic sell-down of its equity position to global rare earths company Shenghe Resources. At the time, Appian noted it had substantially exited its position in ASX-listed Peak Rare Earths, generating strong risk adjusted returns for its investors. 

A group of men stood at a sign which says Peak Rare Earths at Ngualla rare earths project in Tanzanid
AT THE PEAK Tanzania's Ngualla rare earths project owned by Peak Rare Earths shows great promise

Anglo positioning itself as favoured iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to position itself as a favoured iron-ore supplier to green steel producers. 

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Anglo American sustainability presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Desert Bloom attracts Japanese investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Japanese energy giant Osaka Gas has entered into a joint development agreement at the $10.75-billion Desert Bloom hydrogen project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement will see Osaka Gas and Desert Bloom proponent, Aqua Aerem, jointly develop the project, which will produce some 410 000 t/y... 

Glencore, GM enter multi-year cobalt supply agreement 

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore and General Motors (GM) on Tuesday announced a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia. The agreement represents initial strategic collaboration between the two... 

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The Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.

Mining Indaba to explore ESG practices, opportunities for Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) imperatives play a prominent role in decision-making across the African mining sector, with intensified awareness from all stakeholders. It is for this reason that this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will explore what ESG means in practice for... 

Alcoa secures more funding for renewable efforts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th April 2022 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Western Australian Clean Energy Future Fund (CEFF) have provided aluminium major with $7.7-million of funding to conduct pilot trials on a new carbon reduction technology that supports Alcoa’s Refinery of the Future initiative. ARENA has... 

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Creecy insists move to appeal Highveld air pollution judgment is not designed to delay regulations 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has moved to appeal parts of a landmark High Court judgment recognising air pollution as a violation of the Constitutional rights of citizens living in the Highveld Priority Area – a 31 000 km2 region that includes parts of... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Chilean State sues BHP, Antofagasta mines over Atacama water use

By: Reuters     11th April 2022 Chile is suing mines operated by BHP, Antofagasta and Albemarle over alleged environmental damage caused by their operations in the northern Salar de Atacama salt flats, a court said late on Thursday. The State Defense Council (CDE) launched its legal action in the environmental court over the... 

Hydrogen economy ‘incredibly exciting opportunity’, says Minerals Council’s Baxter 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2022 Mobility in mining is perfectly suited to kickstarting the domestic hydrogen adoption process, according to Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who drew attention during the PGMs Industry Day conference to several mining companies that had already played a leadership role in the... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Investors urge Rio Tinto to cut indirect emissions

By: Reuters     8th April 2022 Rio Tinto on Friday said climate change was at the heart of its new strategy, as shareholders at its first in-person annual general meeting (AGM) in two years in London demanded the miner set clear targets to cut indirect emissions. Rio Tinto recorded its best ever annual profit in 2021 and gave... 

Automated mining vehicles at Rio Tinto's mines

Fortescue finds funding for growth projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th April 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has completed a $1.5-billion senior note offering to fund its growth and green energy aspirations. The miner said that $800-million of the proceeds from green senior notes would be applied to a number of decarbonisation initiatives, including the 150 MW solar... 

New lithium technology can help the world go green, if it works

By: Reuters     8th April 2022 Rio Tinto, General Motors and even the US Energy Department are investing heavily in a crop of newer technologies that could revolutionize the way lithium is produced for electric vehicle batteries. Now those technologies just have to prove they work on a commercial scale. 

Firm looks to support mining entrants

8th April 2022 West Africa is now attracting attention for battery minerals mining with a renewed interest likely to draw in explorers and miners of various sizes and capabilities, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting Ghana country manager and principal resource geologist Ivan Doku. He adds... 

Modular treatment plant ideal for African mines

8th April 2022 Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider WEC Projects, in conjunction with its partner, minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec, has designed and custom engineered a wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali. The plant incorporates a modular design which simplified... 

A wastewater treatment plant for a gold mine in Mali, with large blue water tanks and pipe reticulation for the gold mine that uses the water
MODULAR MALI A modular wastewater treatment plant has been designed and commissioned for a gold mine in Mali

Power provider grows West Africa market share

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Power plant designer and manufacturer USP&E Global says the West Africa region currently contributes about 20% to 30% of its yearly revenue. “This figure should continue to grow, owing to an increase in modern solutions being delivered to the region,” USP&E Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Johan... 

The sun setting in Mali behind a large generator installation alongside tanks, storage and other structures that comprise a minerals processing plant
WEST IS BEST USP&E says that the West African region currently represents a growing portion of the company's African portfolio

Developer acquires Burkina Faso projects

8th April 2022 UK-based natural resource developer Red Rock Resources in January announced the acquisition of two prospective exploration projects by the Red Rock Group in the prolific Boromo and Banfora greenstone belts of Burkina Faso. The assets are held by Faso Greenstone Resources (FGR), a wholly-owned... 

Burkina Faso landscape with many small artisanal holes dug into the ground with artisinal miners milling around
GOING FOR GOLD The prolific presence of artisanal miners in Boulon, Burkina Faso clearly indicates the presence of gold

Canada offers carbon capture tax credit to help cut emissions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2022 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rolling out one of Canada’s largest single industrial tax incentives to fund carbon capture projects as his government tries to deliver on ambitious climate goals by offsetting emissions from the country’s energy sector. In a federal budget unveiled on Thursday,... 

Canada PM Justin Trudeau
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Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Training provider opening centre in Ghana 

By: Halima Frost     8th April 2022 Specialist mining training provider Prisma Training Solutions is finalising its applications to open a formal training centre in Accra, Ghana together with a local partner. Prisma offers customised and sustainable education, training and organisational development solutions to the African mining... 

A picture fo Prisma Training MD Jacques Farmer Looking out onto an Open cast mine wearing PPE
Prisma Training Solutions MD Jacques Farmer discusses its plans to offer training and upskilling services to the West Africa mining sector. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Mining Indaba welcomes back in-person event with a focus on ESG

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2022 After two years, the African Mining Indaba will once again be held in-person at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, albeit in May, rather than its conventional February placing. This change of date will be a one off, with the change made to cater to Covid-19 restrictions to allow the... 

Mining Indaba advisory board co-chairperson and head of content Tom Quinn
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Mining Indaba advisory board co-chairperson and head of content Tom Quinn
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