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South Africa helping hydrogen down cost curve, giving it greater zip 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 South Africa is part of a crucial international project aimed at taking key hydrogen technology down the cost curve and lowering the energy it requires to facilitate catalytic reactions. The focus of the SherLOHCk project, which is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 framework, is... 

Hydrogen-focused AP Ventures fund balloons to fourfold-bigger close 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2021 AP Ventures Fund II, with its strategy of investing along the hydrogen value chain, has closed at four times the size of Fund I. The far-seeing AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013. 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly

Australia on target with emission reductions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th June 2021 Australia’s emissions are expected to decrease by as much as 57-million tonnes in 2021, the Clean Energy Regulator’s latest Quarterly Carbon Market Report noted. This would represent a 7% increase on 2020, demonstrating the ongoing success of the government’s initiatives, including the Emissions... 

Resources Watch 

23rd June 2021 This week: Sasol able to produce green hydrogen within 24 months And, ICMM’s 300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Carbon capture helpful decarbonisation tool – investment professionals  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2021 Carbon capture and storage is one of the tools in the toolkit that needs to be included in the decarbonisation mix if the world is to reduce emissions  effectively over a reasonable time horizon. That is the view of Carbon Infrastructure Partners president and managing partner Craig Golinowski,... 

Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski
Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer

Miners urge EPBC reforms

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 The Australian resources sector has called on federal Parliament to support pragmatic, targeted and reasonable amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act which the government will bring forward for debate this week. The Australian government has introduced... 

Miners urge EPBC reforms

Sibanye-Stillwater gives updated guidance on climate policy, other ESG matters

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2021 Dual-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s sustainability strategy outlines a vision of superior value creation for all of its stakeholders through the responsible mining of its mineral resources. In this regard, the group has published updated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines  

18th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks how Sasol could be ready to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months; the White House document that is focusing on manganese as a preferred battery element contender; and the International Council on Mining and Metals assessing over 300 vehicle... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines
Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines

Aboriginal groups reject bill to protect cultural heritage in Western Australia mining state

By: Reuters     18th June 2021 Indigenous Australians say a bill to protect cultural heritage in the mining state of Western Australia is flawed and should not be presented to parliament, as the state reviews laws that allowed Rio Tinto to destroy a 46 000-year-old rock shelter. Five Indigenous groups on Thursday said they... 

Surface miners developing remote environmental audits - Aspasa

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Planning is under way for members of surface mining industry association THE Aggregates and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) to deliver detailed environmental audits remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic that may be extended beyond the lockdown if required. “Covid-19 and... 

Pumps must ‘push limits’ to meet demands

By: Anna Moross     18th June 2021 Mining companies require deeper exploration to find economically viable ore and the further a mining company wants to explore, the more mining pump vendors need to “push the envelope” to ensure that pumps are flexible and can accommodate these depths. 

HIGHER-PRESSURE PUMPS
These high-pressure pumps include three 850 kW Cornell 810 26 MX high-pressure pumps, and four 810 22 mining pumps with 650 kW motors
HIGHER-PRESSURE PUMPS These high-pressure pumps include three 850 kW Cornell 810 26 MX high-pressure pumps, and four 810 22 mining pumps with 650 kW motors

Flameproof pump sets delivered to local colliery

18th June 2021 Pretoria-based pump supplier and services company, Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), delivered six flameproof mobile pump sets to a colliery in Mpumalanga in May. 

FLAMEPROOF PUMP SET
The Tsurumi KTX series is an explosion-proof model of the general KTZ series of dewatering pumps.
FLAMEPROOF PUMP SET The Tsurumi KTX series is an explosion-proof model of the general KTZ series of dewatering pumps.

Sasol able to produce green hydrogen within 24 months – CEO   

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2021 Synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol is in a position to be able to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler said on Thursday. Grobler was responding to Absa group industrials research head Christina Steyn, who moderated an SA Tomorrow panel discussion... 

From top left, clockwise, Christina Steyn, Natascha Viljoen, Dmitri Bessarabov and Fleetwood Grobler
JSE hydrogen panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Deep-South’s prospecting renewal application denied

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 TSX-V-listed Deep-South Resources’ application for the renewal of its exclusive prospecting licence 3140, in Namibia, has been denied. The miner received a notice from the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia on June 16, citing the reason for the decision as the company’s inability to advance... 

Resources Watch  

17th June 2021 This week: Top explorer advises SA to allow geologists from surrounding African countries to boost SA's exploration rebirth; Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market; and, Major joint effort needed to meet host community challenge 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

LNG producers urged to go green

17th June 2021 Advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) has urged Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers to focus on carbon neutral production in order to remain competitive in the international markets. Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) conference,... 

Govt releases greenhouse gas storage acreage

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2021 The federal government has called for the nominations of areas for the 2021 Greenhouse Gas Storage Acreage release, covering Commonwealth waters across Australia. The release will provide companies the opportunity to explore for offshore greenhouse gas injection and storage locations. 

Global atlas of freshwater life will use eDNA to tackle extinction crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 A global atlas of freshwater life will use environmental DNA, or eDNA, to tackle the extinction crisis through the eBioAtlas programme, which will gather data at scale to support conservation, unlock investment and inform world biodiversity policy. The International Union for Conservation of... 

ARENA opens initial round of Industrial Energy Transformation funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2021 The the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced the launch of the A$43-million Industrial Energy Transformation Studies program, to identify opportunities to reduce energy costs and emissions in the industrial sector. The first round of the program will see up to A$25-million of... 

Govt pours funding into Rio's alumina study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2021 The federal government will provide more than A$500 000 in funding a study investigating the feasibility of using renewable hydrogen instead of natural gas to process alumina, helping to reduce emissions across the aluminium supply chain. Mining giant Rio Tinto will conduct a A$1.2-million... 

Govt pours funding into Rio's alumina study

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project

By: Reuters     15th June 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers. Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Aus firms up zero-carbon partnership with Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th June 2021 Australia and Japan have jointly committed to support initiatives to help drive a transition to net zero emissions, Australian Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor announced this week. “Japan and Australia consider a technology-led response is critical to reducing greenhouse gas... 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

Coal stockpiling at Mpumalanga coal mine.
Coal stockpiling at Mpumalanga coal mine.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender  

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

The White House on building supply chains.
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines   

11th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses why exploration geologists in Africa need to be allowed to help find new metals and minerals; an opportunity to create new jobs by mining coal reserves in an environmentally correct manner; and mining companies that do their best for the environment... 

Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines
Exploration geologists, coal reserves, outperforming companies make headlines

Investors with $41tr ask G7 to stop subsidising fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     10th June 2021 A coalition of investors overseeing a combined $41-trillion of assets have called on world leaders to set more ambitious greenhouse-gas emissions targets and end support for fossil fuels. DWS Group, Legal and General Investment Management and Pacific Investment Management Co were among 457... 

Student research helps improve biodiversity at Rio’s Bingham mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2021 A partnership between Rio Tinto Kennecott and the Brigham Young University (BYU) has started bearing fruit for improved reclamation at the Bingham Canyon mine, in Utah, in the US. The mine is one of the largest man-made openpit excavations in the world, having produced more than 20-million tons... 

Santos one of govt's CCS fund winners

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2021 The federal government has announced the six new carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects that would share A$50-million in funding. Oil and gas major Santos has been awarded up to A$15-million in funding towards the low-cost capture and storage of carbon emitted from its Moomba liquefied... 

Santos one of govt's CCS fund winners

New Moody’s scores to reflect ESG risks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Ratings agency Moody’s has published environmental, social and governance (ESG) issuer profile and credit impact scores for various rated issuers in the global metals and mining sector. This follows on the agency’s publication of ESG scores for a range of corporate issuers, utilities and US... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Woodside sets new carbon targets for Pluto

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside has set new emission reduction targets at its Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Woodside on Tuesday revealed that under its Wood contemporized Pluto Greenhouse Gas Abatement program (GGAP), the company has set an interim target to abate 30% of emissions by... 

Anglo responds to dossier on coal demerging, Thungela shares fall 

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2021 The provision of R6.45-billion on the balance sheet of the demerged Thungela thermal coal company is over and above the regulatory guidance for miners in South Africa, is in accordance with IFRS and audited, and consistent with the provisioning norms within the industry. This was stated to Mining... 

Clouds over environmental liabilities.
Clouds over environmental liabilities.

Air classifiers replacing wet classification in quarries

By: Claire O'Reilly     4th June 2021 Pressure on the quarrying industry and mining sector to reduce water consumption is at an all-time high, resulting in an increased shift towards quarries’ moving away from wet classification technology towards dry classification technology, such as the Fisher Air Separator (FAS), this is... 

PORTABLE FISHER AIR SEPARATOR UNIT
Waterless classification system used on quarries
PORTABLE FISHER AIR SEPARATOR UNIT Waterless classification system used on quarries

NMP hosts informative workshops as court case is again postponed

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2021 While it awaits the outcome of a once again postponed court case, Namibia Marine Phosphate (NMP) has completed a series of online information workshops that sought to inform potential future employees and members of the community about progress being made into its intended Sandpiper marine... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 Renewables projects are expected to account for 70% of a record $820-billion in new power generation investment in 2021, as global electricity deployments exceed those of oil and gas for the sixth year in a row. Nevertheless, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns that energy... 

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

Miners doing their part for climate change - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd June 2021 The first progress report from the Minerals Council of Australia’s (MCA’s) Climate Action Plan has shown that the mining industry’s current emission reduction actions had the potential to reduce annual emissions by some 30%. The progress report details the status of measures developed in the... 

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