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Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

VRX clears first EPA hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2022 Junior VRX Silica has marked a significant milestone in the development of its Arrowsmith North silica sands project, in Western Australia, with the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approving the project’s environmental scoping documents (ESD). The ESD is a precursor to the... 

Australia's carbon market breaks new record

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2022 Australia’s carbon markets broke new records in growth in renewables and carbon offsets in 2021, with the Clean Energy Regulator’s quarterly Carbon Market Report showing that on average, almost one-third of all electricity generated in the National Electricity Market in 2021 came from renewable... 

Glencore says world has to adapt to shift in commodity trade flows

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2022 Global commodity trade flows will have to adapt to some, or all, of Russia and Ukraine’s supply being unavailable, whether owing to infrastructure damage, sanctions or ethical concerns, says global diversified miner Glencore. Unpacking the main risks to its business in its 2021 annual report,... 

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16th March 2022 This week: South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s 30 MW solar power study close to completion; and, Platinum surplus forecast to reduce significantly 

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Resources Watch

Rio welcomes Aboriginal Heritage discussion paper

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto has welcomed the release of a discussion paper by a joint Commonwealth government and First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, which is aimed at strengthening cultural heritage protection. The discussion paper was part of the first stage of a national engagement... 

Govt commits funding to modernise environmental protection

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2022 The resources sector has welcomed a A$128.5-million funding package from the federal government to modernise the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley on Tuesday said that the measures, to be included in this... 

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Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study, Eskom's battery storage make headlines  

11th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for mining to seize the many obvious lucrative opportunities that are available; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s renewable energy study on an embedded 30MW solar plant that is close to completion; and Eskom's battery storage system.   

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Martin Creamer unpacks mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study & Eskom's battery storage (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Environment Minister to investigate urea plant concerns

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2022 Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has reportedly requested privately-held Perdaman to temporarily cease works on it’s A$4.5-billion Karratha urea project, in Western Australia, while the government considers concerns raised by Traditional Owners around potential damage to World... 

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Strong interest in offshore CCS opportunities - Appea

11th March 2022 Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) said this week that there has been strong interest in acreage releases for new carbon capture and storage (CCS) opportunities off Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Appea welcomed the opportunity for member companies to... 

Resource firms join CERT pilot

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2022 Resources firms Woodside, Santos, Fortescue and South32 were only a few of the companies that have signed up to the new Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency (CERT) report pilot. The 25 signatories to CERT account for almost 26% of Australia’s Scope 1 annual greenhouse gas emissions... 

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Suvo's kaolin could answer green cement question

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2022 Kaolin producer Suvo Strategic Minerals has inked an agreement with Curtin University to investigate the application of high reactivity metakaolin (HRM) as a sustainable solution in decarbonising cement. Research from Curtin University will compare carbon dioxide (CO2) emission properties of... 

WA to draw up carbon legislation for resources sector

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th March 2022 The Western Australian government will draft a Bill that will provide Western Australia's resources sector with further investment and regulatory certainty as it transitions to a low-carbon future. The Greenhouse Gas Storage and Transport Bill aims to provide Western Australia's mining,... 

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East Coast gas demand to fall - Woodmac

9th March 2022 The uptake in renewable energy could see gas demand from Australia’s East Coast decline by some 60% in 2050, depending on the pace of the energy transition, said advisory firm Wood Makenzie (Woodmac) this week. Woodmac noted that Eastern Australia’s gas demand has dropped in recent years, partly... 

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Zenith secures new renewable option for mine sites

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2022 Independent power producer Zenith Energy has inked an ecosystem framework agreement-deployment (ESAD) with Sydney-based clean technology innovator 5B, that could result in renewable energy penetration increasing on mine sites in the Goldfields and the Pilbara. The ESAD would permit Zenith to... 

FFI and Airbus take on the skies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and aeronautics major Airbus have joined forces to enable the aviation industry to decarbonise through zero-emissions green hydrogen. FFI and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would allow both companies to... 

Santos starts FEED at new CCS project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2022 Oil and gas major Santos on Wednesday announced that it had entered the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for the proposed Bayu-Undan carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, in Timor-Leste. The Bayu-Undan CCS project could potentially safely and permanently store up to 10-million... 

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8th March 2022 This week: Implats allays fears that Russia/Ukraine conflict may impact PGMs supply; ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable; and, Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime 

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Landowner consent requirement withdrawn for mining-related enviro applications

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2022 The “contentious” landowner consent requirement for mining-related environmental authorisation (EA) or waste management licence (WML) applications has been withdrawn, law firm Webber Wentzel senior associate Tendai Bonga and partner Garyn Rapson report. With effect from March 3, consent is no... 

Appea backs CCS study in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) is backing a new study by the Western Australian LNG Jobs Taskforce into opportunities for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) development in the state. The study will help... 

Microgrid planned for Far North Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 A 1 MW clean hydrogen plant will form part of renewable microgrid planned for the Diantree community, in Far North Queensland. The federal government this week announced that it had awarded Volt Advisory Group A$18.75-million over three years to develop a highly innovative renewable energy... 

Commitment to green economy is crucial, says ARM’s Patrice Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2022 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) has reiterated its commitment to transitioning from coal to renewable energy, with its executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe describing the global commitment to the green economy as being not only important but crucial. Motsepe was... 

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African Rainbow Minerals executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe.

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Decarbonisation, Zimplats, PGM supply make headlines   

4th March 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation; Zimplat’s 185 MW solar approval; and whether the supply of platinum group metals could be impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?   

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Decarbonization, Zimplats, PGM supply make headlines

Filter press installation nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Local anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) is installing a filter press at its coal washing plant, in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal. The filter press will remove slurry from the water used in the coal washing process and prevent incidents such as the 1 500 m3 coal slurry spill,... 

Three slurry dams next to each other at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery owned by Menar that shows an embankment and berm which were constructed hours after a wall failure
DAMAGE CONTROL The spill area at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery was sealed off with an earth embankment and a berm

Kimberlite research could help reverse emissions

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 Global diamond corporation Alrosa Group is working with Russia’s leading research centres to study the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption capabilities of kimberlite to determine whether it could eventually be used to completely offset the company’s greenhouse-gas emissions. The results from the... 

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ABSORBING RESEARCH Alrosa's Research has shown that kimberlite ore absorbs emissions when subject to standard mining operations which use water in the processes

Designs evolving to meet new outcomes

4th March 2022 Owing to the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, a growing interest in design philosophies that incorporate shapes and processes as they exist in nature has been experienced, says SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine... 

SRK Consulting principal civil engineer in mine closure Justin Walls in portrait image
JUSTIN WALLS Engineers are increasingly looking to learn from natural analogues, so that they can better emulate these more sustainable designs and structures

Solar plant to be commissioned by May

By: Halima Frost     4th March 2022 The first photovoltaic (PV) solar plant to be completed and commissioned by a mining company in South Africa is on track to produce 100% steady-state power generation by May, says midtier gold producer Pan African Resources investor relations head Hethen Hira. The PV plant is being built by Pan... 

A large solar plant at the Evander mine, which should be extended even further, subject to regulatory approval
GAINING GROUND One of the first solar plants to be commissioned by a mining house will be expanded to produce more renewable energy

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

ESG class action lawsuits are a growing trend in mining, oil and gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd March 2022 There is a growing global trend in terms of class action lawsuits surrounding the production of misleading information or fraudulent information in securities disclosures, which law firm Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson said was dominating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) class... 

Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson
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Webber Wentzel partner Garyn Rapson

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Fortescue settles WAE buy, starts on new train

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue this week settled its £164-million purchase of UK-based technology and engineering services business Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), marking its transition to a global green renewables and resources company. To mark the occasion, WAE and Fortescue announced the... 

US official says South Africa aid aimed at coal plants not EVs

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations that pledged $8.5-billion in climate finance to South Africa wants the money to be used to retire coal-fired power plants, according to a senior US official involved in the talks, damping suggestions some could be channelled to producing electric vehicles... 

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

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Resources Watch  

2nd March 2022 This week: Platinum group metals may also play role in batteries; Kumba CEO gives firm thumbs up to continued exploration in prospective Northern Cape; and, De Beers Group posts stunning financial results 

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Resources Watch

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

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Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni
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