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Environmental News

Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition  

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set aside for economic stimulus, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) new Sustainable Recovery... 

Seismic surveys safe for the environment - study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th July 2021 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed research by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), which showed that marine seismic surveys used in oil and gas exploration are not affecting the abundance or behaviour of commercially valuable... 

Schneider Electric, AVEVA partner to help customers improve their sustainability

By: Donna Slater     19th July 2021 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric and industrial software developer AVEVA report that their combined technology offerings are supporting the sustainability initiatives of mining companies. The partner companies aim to decarbonise the mining, minerals and metals value... 

Chevron's CCS plans at Gorgon falter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2021 US energy major Chevron on Monday conceded that it had failed to capture sufficient greenhouse gas emissions at its Gorgon oil and gas project, and was now working with the Western Australian regulator to make-up the shortfall. Under the terms of the project’s approval, the Gorgon liquefied... 

Image shows the Gorgon plant infrastructure

Clean, green copper to be produced at Kamoa’s hydropowered DRC operation 

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2021 Clean, green copper is to be the order of the day at the Kamoa Copper operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Ivanhoe Mines-Zijin operation has secured clean, renewable hydro-generated electricity. “The upgrade of the Mwadingusha hydropower plant has been very successful. The... 

A picture of the Mwadingusha hydropower plant on the Lufira river in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Mwadingusha hydropower plant on the Lufira river.

MCA questions EU's new carbon tax

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th July 2021 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has cautioned on the use of a carbon tariff on imported materials, as the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The CBAM will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products so that... 

Pandemic approach ensures future prospects

By: Anna Moross     16th July 2021 Construction and mining service group Teichmann’s Covid-19 approach enabled it to not only create new opportunities in mining construction but also ensured work was completed on schedule.  

TEICHMANN CONTRACT 
By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project
TEICHMANN CONTRACT By mobilising before the border closures and other Covid-19 restrictions were imposed by governments, the company was well prepared to complete the Moma project

Queensland miners going green - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th July 2021 The Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) latest State of the Sector report shows more than 70% of CEOs surveyed were now investing in low emission technology (LET) research compared to 40% in 2019, and that nearly 22% were using renewable energy to power parts of their operations. QRC CEO Ian... 

Image of large mining trucks

Hydrogen economy can create 30-million jobs, Japanese professor calculates  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Thirty-million jobs can be created through the introduction of the hydrogen economy to decarbonise the world, HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose said on Wednesday. While hydrogen is currently more expensive than fossil fuel, green hydrogen will be the cheapest solution by 2050,... 

An image of HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose
Nedbank CIB’s green economy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

BHP's Cerro Colorado to start from scratch on environmental plan, court rules

By: Reuters     14th July 2021 BHP's Cerro Colorado copper mine must start again from scratch on an environmental plan for a key mine maintenance project, a Chilean court ruled on Tuesday, though the company said the decision would not impact operations. The Antofagasta Environmental Tribunal annulled the 2019 approval for... 

Major green energy hub tipped in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2021 The Western Australian government has welcomed the proposal for a major hydrogen hub in the state, which could scale-up to become one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects. An international consortium comprised of InterContinental Energy, CWP Global and Mirning Green Energy has... 

Image of hydrogen tanks and wind turbines

Funding release to boost low emission technology uptake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2021 The federal government has announced a A$2-million investment to support the adoption of low emissions technology in Australia. The funding will be provided through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to ClimateWorks Australia to assist in the next phase of the Australian Industry... 

A$100m resource infrastructure fund opens for applications

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2021 Resources communities in Queensland could now apply for state government funding for infrastructure projects that would benefit regional communities. Applications have opened to the state government’s A$100-million Resources Community Infrastructure Fund, which is aimed at delivering... 

A$100m resource infrastructure fund opens for applications

Social impact underestimated

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 Many mines in Africa have underestimated their social impact and often struggle to manage this constructively, consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting partner and principal scientist Wouter Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He says an added complication is the shift in corporate culture... 

DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital
DARRYLL KILIAN The timeous resolution of all substantive ESG issues is vital

ESG implementation improves in African mining

By: Darren Parker     9th July 2021 As environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) reporting improves, so does the implementation of the resulting policies across the African mining industry,  consulting engineer and scientist firm SRK Consulting director and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl tells Mining Weekly. He says... 

ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change
ANDREW VAN ZYL There is growing pressure from investors for mines to contribute to broad imperatives such as climate change

Rio and POSCO join forces on low-carbon options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2021 Major Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korean steel major POSCO to jointly explore, develop and demonstrate technologies to transition to a low-carbon emission steel value chain. The partnership will explore a range of technologies for decarbonisation across... 

Rio and POSCO join forces on low-carbon options

Resources Watch  

7th July 2021 Cash-pumping but lossmaking Wescoal to broaden from coal to energy; and, Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa 

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Resources Watch

Gold heading towards ‘refuge of choice’ status, says incoming AngloGold CEO  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 Gold is poised to be a "refuge of choice" in the years ahead owing to the extent to which money is being printed and world debt is rising, AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Microsoft Teams interview ahead of taking office on September... 

Newly appointed AngloGold CEO
AngloGold Ashanti CEO-designate Alberto Calderon interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

FFI flies through June targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th July 2021 The energy arm of iron-ore major Fortescue, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Tuesday announced that it had completed all of its key projects targeted for June 30, as part of its initial decarbonisation target. FFI in March this year announced several key projects, including developing a ship... 

Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest
Photo by Bloomberg
Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest

Alberto Calderon is new AngloGold CEO

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2021 The board of AngloGold Ashanti on Tuesday announced the appointment of Alberto Calderon as the new CEO of the gold-mining company, effective September 1. Mining Weekly can report that Calderon has more than two decades of executive leadership experience in the global mining sector. 

Alberto Calderon
Alberto Calderon

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Decarbonisation, hydrogen, mine dump value make headlines   

2nd July 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Anglo American partnership that has seen the use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa as part of a decarbonisation initiative; hydrogen being touted as a huge moment of opportunity... 

Decarbonisation, hydrogen, mine dump value make headlines
Decarbonisation, hydrogen, mine dump value make headlines

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Brazil reduces reliance on foreign potash

By: Claire O'Reilly     2nd July 2021 Brazil is the fourth-largest agricultural producer globally and, consequently, has become the second-largest consumer of potash. As such, fertiliser company Brazil Potash launched the Autazes project, in northern Brazil, to decrease the country’s reliance on foreign potash.  

LOCAL POTASH STASH
The Autazes project’s aim is to extract potash, from the local Autazes, Itacoatiara and Itapiranga mineral deposits in Brazil
LOCAL POTASH STASH The Autazes project’s aim is to extract potash, from the local Autazes, Itacoatiara and Itapiranga mineral deposits in Brazil

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step towards battery-grade lithium goal 

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2021 Finnish lithium project developer Keliber, in which South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant shareholder, this week took a new step towards its goal of becoming the first European company to start producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide in 2024. Construction of the infrastructure and... 

The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.
The initlally opencast Rapasaari mine will eventually go underground.

Africa's top emitter seeks $10bn for shift from coal

By: Reuters     30th June 2021 South African State power utility Eskom, Africa's biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, is pitching a $10-billion plan to global lenders that would see it shut the vast majority of its coal-fired plants by 2050 and embrace renewable energy. Discussions have already started with development finance... 

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths worth $4.7bn, says London junior 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 “We have high value rare earth elements totalling $123/t in our gypsum stacks and multiply that by 38-million tonnes and that can give you an idea of the value of these stacks,” Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett has told Flagstaff TV. The gypsum dumps – built up from half a century of hard... 

Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett
Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett

Biggest China bank walks away from $3bn Zimbabwe coal plan 

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2021 China’s biggest bank has dumped plans to fund a $3-billion coal-fired power plant in Zimbabwe, in a blow to a two-decade effort to develop the project, according to a coalition of 32 environmental groups. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China told Go Clean ICBC, which includes environmental... 

Resources Watch  

30th June 2021 This week: Carbon capture a helpful decarbonisation tool; and, Black-women-owned platinum fuel cell group working on 15 deployment projects 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Rio starts ELYSIS construction

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th June 2021 Miner Rio Tinto has started construction on the first construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at its Alma smelter in Quebec. ELYSIS is a joint venture (JV) led by Rio and aluminium major Alcoa, that is working to commercialise a new... 

Waste cooking oil powers ship from Singapore to South Africa for Anglo  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2021 The use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa has been successfully trialled as part of a decarbonisation initiative, Anglo American said on Tuesday. The biodiesel blend was produced by converting waste cooking oil from... 

The trial was conducted onboard the Frontier Jacaranda.
The trial was conducted onboard the Frontier Jacaranda.

Commonwealth launches draft CCS method for ERF

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th June 2021 The Commonwealth government has invited public consultation on a draft carbon capture and storage (CCS) method for the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Accelerating the commercial deployment and uptake of CCS will help to significantly reduce Australia’s emissions while protecting industries and... 

Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 Hydrogen represents a huge moment of opportunity for South Africa, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013 and the $320-million committed in AP... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sunday Times gives Glasenberg splash send-off  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 The latest edition of the Sunday Times gives outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg a splash ST Insight send-off story ahead of his retirement on Wednesday. Topped by a large all-column picture of a broadly smiling Glasenberg, the broadsheet two-page story carried large twin bold headlines, the... 

Ivan Glasenberg
Ivan Glasenberg

Cash-pumping but lossmaking Wescoal to broaden from coal to energy  

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2021 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed coal-mining company Wescoal, which narrowed its losses in the 12 months to the end of March, is transitioning from being a coal miner to a broader energy company. “Towards the end of the new financial year, we will come back to the market in terms of our overall... 

Wescoal CFO Jubilant Speckman with Wescoal CEO Mining Thivha Tshitavane
Wescoal’s Jubilant Speckman and Thivha Tshitavane interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

LBMA calls on industry to boost ESG value of latest Responsible Gold Guidance report

By: Donna Slater     25th June 2021 In drawing up its ninth version of the Responsible Gold Guidance (RGG) report, independent precious metals authority the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) is calling for public stakeholder consultation to focus on the environment, social and governance (ESG) factors of the new report.... 

Miner investing in operational improvements

By: Cameron Mackay     25th June 2021 Gold miner Pan African Resources is continuing to invest in its assets locally and improve its operations, including its Barberton Mines Complex, in Mpumalanga; its Evander mine, in Gauteng; and its acquired Mintails’ gold tailings deposit, states Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots. Production... 

COBUS LOOTS
Pan African is leveraging the existing underground and surface infrastructure at Evander to access new areas of the underground orebodies
COBUS LOOTS Pan African is leveraging the existing underground and surface infrastructure at Evander to access new areas of the underground orebodies
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