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Environmental News

BHP and Rio join forces on Green Corridor for iron-ore

7th April 2022 Diversified miner BHP joined a consortium, led by the Global Maritime Forum, in signing a letter of intent to assess the development of an iron-ore Green Corridor between Australia and East Asia. The consortium also includes fellow major Rio Tinto, Oldendorff Carriers and Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 

Glencore highlights emissions reduction in inaugural ethics, compliance report

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore has published its inaugural Ethics and Compliance Report, with key findings including the group’s 5% reduction in total emissions in 2021 and payments to governments totalling $7.6-billion. The report states the company’s commitment to deliver value for its 135 000... 

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Nickel West fully powered by renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2022 Major BHP has struck a renewable energy agreement with Enel Green Power to underpin construction of Stage 1 of the Flat Rocks wind farm near the Great Southern town of Kojonup. The agreement with Enel meant that BHP had secured sufficient renewable energy to cover all of the power requirements... 

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Patrick Heron (left) and Joon Chong.

Metals, new mine investment required now to support future energy transition 

By: Donna Slater     5th April 2022 Despite the significant energy intensity required to mine metals, the commodities are still “essential for the energy transition to succeed”, says BHP market analysis and economics VP Dr Huw McKay. He says that, although having a common goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C of... 

BHP's Spence mine

Zambia’s copper potential coming to fore again as Castillo survey shows upside 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 London- and Sydney-listed base metal explorer Castillo Copper has identified multiple copper-potential drill-testing targets at its Mkushi project in Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer. Castillo stated in a release to Mining Weekly on Tuesday that the formulation of a drilling... 

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Castillo Copper MD Dr Dennis Jensen.

Shanta benchmarks sustainability efforts with inaugural sustainability report

By: Donna Slater     4th April 2022 East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer Shanta Gold achieved several sustainability and health and safety milestones in 2021, such as a lost time injury frequency rate of zero and a total recordable injury frequency rate of 0.67. According to its first sustainability report –... 

Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Sibanye-Stillwater highlights battery grade nickel sulphate fetching price premium 

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday highlighted the quality elevation of its price-discounted nickel sulphate crystals to price-premium battery grade through the introduction of the Thakadu Battery Materials operation into the Base Metal Refinery in North West province.... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater operation highlighted during Bank of America conference virtual site visit.

PGMs, Anglo American, Vedanta make headlines   

1st April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses PGMs supply on a hiding to nothing; Anglo American touting the idea of providing green hydrogen energy to local communities; and Vedanta's R7-billion investment into the Gamsberg expansion.   

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PGMs, Anglo American, Vedanta make headlines

Company develops dust suppressants to assist miners

1st April 2022 Leading fine particle specialist Reynolds Soil Technologies (RST Solutions) is assisting mine site operators to comply with tougher workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants. 

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DUST SUPPRESSION METHODS Dust suppression methods involve a surface-active agent added to water that is applied to the bulk material through spray or foaming systems to lift the dust extinction moisture levels

Growing uncertainty around local coal industry’s future

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 While the decision to phase out coal in the global economy has put a damper on the South African local coal industry, geological consultants Gemecs MD Nico Denner says all is not lost for the Southern Africa coal industry. 

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DEAD END? A lot of uncertainty persists, with no clear direction on the road ahead, especially for junior and midtier coal mining companies, many of which are Gemecs clients

Mining conference to highlight key coal research topics

By: Anna Moross     1st April 2022 Research institute Coaltech’s Colloquium – to be held on May 27, 2022, at the Ridge Hotel and Casino in Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga – will showcase the most recent research topics and projects that the institute has been pursuing. 

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COAL RESEARCH The colloquium presentations are all current research projects, and the completed project reports are accessible on the Coaltech website

Platinum supply on downhill slope – Northam  

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum displayed graphs during Thursday’s presentation of half year results, which indicate that PGMs supply is on a hiding to nothing on the way to 2040. “There’s a systematic global primary supply problem and the scarcity of both new PGM... 

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Northam Platinum half-year results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sibanye observes water month with groundwater initiatives

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2022 Mining group Sibanye-Stillwater continues to drive the effective and efficient use of water with a proactive approach to reduce its reliance on potable water systems across mining operations and in the communities where it operates. In March, Sibanye united with End Water Poverty and the United... 

Growth outcomes inform approach to dividends ­as Northam digs in on RBPlat deal

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2022 Growth outcomes will inform Northam Platinum’s approach to dividends, the platinum group metals (PGMs) company stated in reporting 60%-higher half-year headline earnings a share. Northam highlighted that it still had an option to acquire a further 3.29% in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), which... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

NMP moves ahead with Sandpiper environmental application

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 Phosphate mining company Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP) is progressing the application for an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) for its mining licence (ML170) for the Sandpiper marine phosphate project, in Namibia. The company has appointed an environmental assessment practitioner (EAP)... 

Vedanta investing R7bn in Gamsberg 'green' zinc expansion  

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2022 The board of directors of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has approved a R7-billion investment into Gamsberg Phase 2 expansion project in the Northern Cape, which will double the mine and plant capacity from four-million tons to eight-million tons a year. In metal terms, will increase output... 

Vedenta Zinc International executive director and CFO Pushpender Singla.
Vedanta Zinc International’s Pushpender Singla interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Darlene Creamer

Santos reaffirms climate targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 Oil and gas major Santos has set a target of reducing its absolute emissions by 30% by 2030, with a 40% reduction in emissions intensity and a Scope 3 target to reduce customer emissions by 1.5-million tonnes of carbon equivalent per year. The company has previously set a target of becoming a... 

National oil companies lag on decarbonisation, but efforts are increasing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2022 Despite their scale, national oil companies (NOCs) have until now largely escaped the heavy scrutiny experienced by international oil companies (IOCs) around emissions, and partly as a consequence, the energy transition strategies of most NOCs significantly lag those of their IOC peers, says... 

Gas and clean energy gets federal funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 The federal government has set aside some A$1.3-billion of new investment in the 2022/23 Budget to maintain energy security, keep downward pressure on energy prices while reducing emissions. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the measures would further... 

China’s imports have shifted platinum into global deficit, says independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2022 China’s importation of platinum has shifted platinum’s supply balance into deficit, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis. Supply-and-demand forecasts presented to the market are not giving the complete picture, Davis contends in a 17-page analysis published by Singapore-based... 

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Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Woodside advances solar ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside has struck a deal with NYSE-listed Haliogen Inc for a commercial-scale demonstration project of Heliogen’s artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled concentrated solar energy technology, which will be built in Mojave, California. Woodside in October announced a... 

Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Pilot's hydrogen studies prove successful

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2022 Feasibility studies by ASX-listed Pilot Energy has confirmed the viability of developing a large-scale clean hydrogen production project in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Pilot Energy last year announced key studies to assess the feasibility and economics of, and to recommend the... 

Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines   

25th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the potential for 60 000 new jobs through green hydrogen development; Merafe Resources putting focus on renewable energy; and World Parliaments being urged to use their constitutional powers to tackle climate change.   

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Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines

Platinum group metals miner Implats commits R50bn to five-year capital programme 

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats affirmed at the South African Investment Conference on Thursday that it would commit close to R50-billion to its Southern African capital investment programme over the next five years. The investment capital would be targeted at... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference
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Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference

Battery electric mining vehicles can boost efficiencies, sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will play a role in improving health and safety, boosting efficiencies and achieving sustainability goals, including by combining on-mine renewable energy generation with BEVs, says mining equipment company Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “In countries where... 

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' 18 t LH5188 loader

Hydrogen development expected to create up to 60 000 new jobs – Mjwara 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2022 Green hydrogen development in South Africa has the potential to generate up to 60 000 new jobs in the next ten to 15 years, said Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara during a televised interview on SABC News. Mjwara expressed confidence that the R15-million... 

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Science and Innovation Department DG Dr Phil Mjwara

Tronox signs PPA for 200 MW of solar power for its South African operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2022 NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with independent power producer SOLA Group to provide 200 MW of solar power to Tronox's mines and smelters in South Africa. The renewable energy project is expected to be... 

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Renewable-energy projects Merafe’s 2022 focus, says CEO Zanele Matlala   

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 The focus of ferrochrome company Merafe Resources in 2022 will be on renewable energy projects, along with efficient operations, cash management and well-ordered capital allocations, CEO Zanele Matlala said on Tuesday. The year 2021 has been one of spectacular recovery for the Glencore Merafe... 

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Merafe Resources presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Court orders government to clean up air in coal belt

By: Reuters     18th March 2022 A South African court on Friday upheld a complaint by activists that poor air quality in the coal belt is a breach of constitutional rights, giving the environment minister a year to enforce a clean air plan. South Africa's coal belt, east of the capital Pretoria and main city Johannesburg is... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Eskom's Duvha power station

EIA for Black Mountain Mining’s new zinc smelter project gets under way

By: Darren Parker     18th March 2022 Zinc miner Black Mountain Mining (BMM), a subsidiary of Vedanta Zinc International, has proposed the construction of a new zinc smelter and associated infrastructure at its Gamsberg zinc mine, near Aggeneys, in the Northern Cape. On March 18, BMM revealed that the new smelter would produce 300... 

Anglo partnership secures 100% renewable energy supply for South Africa operations 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with global renewable energy company EDF Renewables to work together towards developing a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The regional renewable energy ecosystem is expected to be... 

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Anglo American management board chairperson in South Africa Nolitha Fakude.

Energy sovereignty, Steel Master Plan, Solar PV projects make headlines   

18th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest's call for energy sovereignty; Seifsa  urging the metals sector to take advantage of the Steel Master Plan opportunities; and the comparison of mine-linked Solar PV power projects with the Koeberg nuclear power... 

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Energy sovereignty, Steel Master Plan, Solar PV projects make headlines

Coffee and hydrogen the key to green steel - UNSW

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2022 The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has released three research papers showcasing that waste coffee grounds and hydrogen could be used in the fabrication of green steel. Under its Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Center, the UNSW published the three papers on its Green... 

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