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Environmental News

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future  

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The value opportunity of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources is rapidly transforming in line with the accelerated demand for cleaner and low-carbon resources, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. During a strategy update after the company announced 47%-higher... 

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Nordgold commits to net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 Internationally diversified gold producer Nordgold has committed to achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. To meet this target, Nordgold will further develop its criteria for all new projects, including new requirements for renewable power generation, green mining fleets and... 

Soaring prices spur miners' hunt for growth, fueling indigenous and investor ire

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 Miners from Australia to Canada are expanding operations despite concerns from indigenous groups about damage to wildlife, water supplies and religious sites, rankling investors who are pressuring the industry to improve its environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. Prices for gold,... 

South Africa has opportunity to win back lost share of global vanadium market – Bushveld   

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2021 South Africa has an opportunity to win back its lost share of the global vanadium market, which at one stage stood at 25%-plus, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Mojapelo, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, contends that South Africa has the wherewithal to regain... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo talks on vanadium to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2021 Global industry organisation the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has published three main pathways that the industry can take to reduce its emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet internationally agreed climate goals, supply demand for primary aluminium that will increase by up to 40% and more... 

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

Circular economy to play ‘increasingly larger role’ in copper supply over coming years

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2021 The demand for copper – primarily driven by the transition to low-carbon energy and technologies, electrification and electric vehicles (EVs) – is expected to double to an average of 60-million tonnes a year by 2050, Glencore Recycling global commercial lead Kunal Sinha said during a conference... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko
Thakadu Battery Materials CEO Ruli Diseko

Woodside delivers first carbon offset cargo

15th March 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside and its joint venture (JV) partners in the Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) project have delivered the first cargo of carbon offset condensate to independent commodity trading company Trafigura. Woodside noted that the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions associated... 

Rehab effective at Glencore's Oaky Creek

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 Diversified miner Glencore’s Oaky Creek opencut coal mine, in Queensland, has been transformed into natural and productive land thanks to an impressive rehabilitation program, state Resources Minister Scott Stewart said. “Up to 133 ha of land that was once part of an open cut mine is now verdant... 

Climate change, ESG obligations will make water issues more challenging for miners

By: Nadine James     12th March 2021 “Water isn’t just a technical issue, it is very much a stakeholder issue”, ERM partner Caroline Vail stated during a panel hosted by international law firm Fasken on March 11. The panel, ‘Water: A Critical Resource and Human Right – Mitigating Water Risk in Mining’, discussed the fact that... 

Compressors are worth ‘their weight in gold’

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th March 2021 Rand-Air recently secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining industry; when underground compressors were required, Rand-Air met the customer’s specific requirements, explains Rand-Air sales consultant Marinda Enslin. She adds that Rand-Air was the only company then and now... 

SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis
SUPPLY AND DEMAND Rand-Air is supplying a gold-processing and refinery plant with three electric oil-free compressors on a long-term rental basis

Pandemic highlights new supply chain priorities

12th March 2021 Despite the severe disruption of the global movement of goods during the early stages of Covid-19, most countries and companies were able to introduce mechanisms to allow for activity to resume, notes independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Lisl... 

TEAMWORK 
A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support
TEAMWORK A mine’s supply chain can be a powerful aspect of achieving shared value and community resilience through local procurement, supplier development and enterprise support

Plant installs thickeners to dewater tailings

12th March 2021 Engineering company FLSmidth was chosen as the preferred provider for four large bolted thickeners for a large coal customer in Mozambique. Two of the thickeners are designed to reduce water load on the filters allowing for a drier filter product, while the other two thickeners recover water from... 

QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control
QUICK AND EASY A bolted thickener is quicker and safer to construct on-site, saving on costs and improving quality control

Dividend-paying Gem Diamonds working on technologies to reduce diamond damage  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2021 Diamond mining and marketing company Gem Diamonds is advancing innovative technologies that reduce diamond damage by ejecting rock non-mechanically and being able to see diamonds in a certain size of rock, Gem CEO Clifford Elphick said on Thursday when the London-listed company reported positive... 

Gem CEO Clifford Elphick
Gem Diamonds results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Altus identifies numerous high-priority gold targets at Egyptian properties

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2021 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has identified numerous high-priority gold targets from remote sensing across all four of its projects covering 1 565 km2 in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. The projects were recently awarded to the company's 100%-owned subsidiary Akh Gold as part of a competitive... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company, a Nornickel subsidiary, has made 146.2-billion roubles' (about $2-billion) worth of payments for damage caused to the environment as a result of a May 2020 diesel spill at Norilsk's combined heat and power plant. Nornickel has provided the funds for its... 

Nornickel coughs up $2bn for fuel spill

ESG inherently part of EV evolution – PDAC panel

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 The factors of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG), now more than ever, are critical to move away from fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency, a panel of experts concurred at a major Canadian mining conference on Tuesday. Speaking during the 2021 edition of the Prospectors and... 

E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin
E3 Metals Corp Corporate Affairs & Exploration VP Liz Lappin

South Africa should regulate bus, truck emissions – Royal Bafokeng Platinum   

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 What a wonderful housing job Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has done in building 1 400 impressive family homes for its employees, with another 100 outstanding for occupation. When RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri listed the black-controlled and black-led platinum group metals (PGM) mining company on the... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum provides every employee with an opportunity to own a dignified home.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Aboriginal group to rate miners like Rio, Fortescue on performance

By: Reuters     10th March 2021 An Aboriginal group on Wednesday said it plans a scorecard to rate miners in Western Australia's iron ore heartland on how well they comply with various environmental, social and governance metrics. The Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corp (WGAC), which represents the Eastern Guruma region in the... 

Eskom, Sasol face government ultimatum to meet emission limits 

By: Bloomberg     10th March 2021 Eskom Holdings and Sasol, South Africa’s two biggest polluters, must comply with emission limits even if it costs them tens of billions of rand, Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said. The companies, which use coal to produce electricity and gasoline respectively, have sought to avoid... 

Eskom, Sasol face government ultimatum to meet emission limits

Royal Bafokeng Platinum engaged in tailings, concentrator, conveyor projects  

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 Platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has tailings, concentrator and overland conveyor projects under way, which are aimed at achieving organic growth as well as long-term sustainability. RBPlat executive head of operations Neil Carr reported at the company's... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum executive head of operations Neil Carr.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s project pipelined covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Strong investment demand sustained platinum in the fourth quarter of 2020  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2021 For the third consecutive quarter, platinum remained in a deficit, at 170 000 oz, in the fourth quarter of 2020 as strong demand in the automotive, industrial and jewellery sectors and sustained strong investment demand for platinum outstripped constrained supply, the World Platinum Investment... 

Strong investment demand sustained platinum in the fourth quarter of 2020
WPIC research director Trevor Raymond speaks to Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke, and discusses platinum and related movements during the last quarter of 2020. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Concentrator at RBPlat's BRPM mine for which 30 MW of solar power is being studied.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Report finds majority of extractive commodity traders lack ESG disclosure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2021 Swiss research organisation RMF finds in a new report that companies involved in oil, gas, metals or minerals trading score on average only 23% on environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence. The report, titled 'ESG Due Diligence and Transparency Report on Extractive Commodity... 

BHP expands on greenhouse gas plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2021 Mining major BHP has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese steelmaker and customer, HBIS Group to jointly study and explore greenhouse gas emissions reduction technologies and pathways. The two companies will invest up to $15-million over the next three years over this joint study. 

BHP expands on greenhouse gas plans

Mines anywhere, everywhere can go green – Hydrogen Optimized 

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2021 Owing to the ubiquity of the world’s sun and the wind, all mines have the opportunity to generate their own green electricity no matter where they are located in the world, Hydrogen Optimized CEO Andrew T Stuart emphasised during last week’s Fasken online panel discussion on hydrogen. In this... 

Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.
Photo by Creamer Media
Fasken panel that discussed hydrogen.

Upstream tailings dams pose much higher stability risks, study finds

By: Reuters     5th March 2021 The most widespread type of dam used to store mine waste is nearly twice as unstable as the average tailings facility, a global study showed on Friday, highlighting the risk of so-called "upstream" construction techniques that some countries have banned. Concern over tailings dams intensified... 

Finkel appointed as Special Advisor

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th March 2021 Former Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has been appointed to serve in the newly created role of Special Adviser to the Australian government for Low Emissions Technology. As Special Adviser, Finkel will conduct strategic engagement in support of the government’s technology-led approach to... 

Improved valve design, helps mine save water

By: Cameron Mackay     5th March 2021 Local valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) is manufacturing a valve based on the Valvtron Titan design and has incorporated improvements to make “one of the most abrasive-resistant valves currently available”, says UCV managing member Peter Telle. He explains that local valves company Natal... 

GOING WITH THE FLOW
UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures
GOING WITH THE FLOW UCV supplies a range of ratio-reducing valves, which reduce pressure in a ratio between upstream and downstream pressures

South32, Gold Fields and 12 others form consortium to decarbonise mining  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th March 2021 Fourteen mining and mining services companies, including South32, Oz Minerals, Independence Group, Gold Fields, Barminco Sandvik and Epiroc have come together to form the Electric Mine Consortium aimed at decarbonising the mining industry. The Consortium was built on a 2020 report from State of... 

South32, Gold Fields and 12 others form consortium to decarbonise mining

Canadian system to help Aussie miners' environmental performance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd March 2021 Members of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) will systematically introduce the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) system to further improve site-level performance through regular and transparent reporting on safety, environmental and social indicators, including partnerships with First... 

Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector

By: Donna Slater     2nd March 2021 The future of sustainable mining, and by association the continuing drive towards greener forms of energy production, in an ever eco-conscious environment, will be driven by the “true” environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) components of critical minerals, law firm Fasken partner... 

Major questions hang over true ESG impact of commodities used in clean energy sector

CCS fund open for application

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2021 The federal government’s A$50-million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Development Fund has officially been launched. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are one of five priority areas for investment under the government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, said Minister for Energy and... 

Super-cycling PGMs being shielded from demand-hit repeat of 2000s – Froneman  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are moving into a super cycle and producers are working with end-users to prevent the metals going through a repeat of the demand-destruction phase that took place in the early 2000s, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman told the BMO conference on Monday. Speaking on... 

Outlook for platinum group metals positive as they enter super cycle, says Sibanye-Stillwater.
Outlook for platinum group metals positive as they enter super cycle, says Sibanye-Stillwater.

Anglo CEO talks hydrogen, recycling, Scope 3, material solutions provision  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2021 The surge of the hydrogen economy, the need to recycle, halving Scope 3 emissions through iron-ore-linked green steelmaking, assisting South Africa to create new industries, and becoming a one-stop material solutions provider, were among the issues discussed by Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani in... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Aus emissions below Paris Agreement target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th February 2021 Australia has recorded a 4.4%, or 23.3-million tonne decline in emissions in the year to September 2020, with emissions reaching 510.1-million tonnes, the federal government’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory has shown. Australia’s emissions are now 19% below 2005 levels, which is the baseline... 

Company reduces environmental risk through greener blasts

26th February 2021 For over three decades, chemicals manufacturer Omnia Holdings’ subsidiary Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has been incorporating used oil in its emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. Consequently, the company is the leading consumer of used oil in the... 

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