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Platinum investment demand rockets on risk and hydrogen – WPIC

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Platinum investment demand rocketed 291% in the three months to September 30, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reported on Wednesday, when it forecast a third consecutive annual platinum deficit next year on an initial projected 2021 deficit of 224 000 oz. The high third-quarter (Q3)... 

Africa has opportunity in battery metals space, says panel

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2020 Despite analyst fears at the start of this year that countries could shift their focus away from reducing carbon emissions, business intelligence firm CRU senior analyst George Heppel says much of the year has been focused on green recovery concepts. Speaking during this year’s virtual Africa... 

Trump rushes environmental regulations that could handcuff Biden

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2020 The Trump administration is rushing to issue permits, finalise major environmental regulations and even sell the rights to drill for oil in Alaskan wilderness before Inauguration Day in a push that could complicate Joe Biden’s climate and conservation agenda. The 11th-hour regulatory race... 

Trump rushes environmental regulations that could handcuff Biden

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2020 The amount of iridium required to electrolyse green hydrogen has been drastically reduced, a breakthrough that is a significant boost for the upcoming green hydrogen economy as well as South African platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Heraeus Precious Metals has achieved a material thrifting... 

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining
Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice President Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines  

13th November 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the ferrochrome industry committing to solar generation; the green hydrogen economy and its benefits for Africa; and Kore Potash expecting to complete the first phase of its starter project in May.   

Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines
Ferrochrome, green hydrogen, potash make headlines

WA Upper House passes EPA Bill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2020 The Western Australian Upper House has passed a raft of amendments to modernise the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), paving the way for increased environmental protection while stimulating the economy and creating jobs. Reforms in the Amendment Act include streamlining the environmental... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 A number of automation projects are being considered at Gold Fields’ South Deep, the bulk mechanised underground gold mine in Gauteng, south-west of Johannesburg. After reporting 7% higher overall year-on-year group production of 557 000 oz for the three months to September 30, Gold Fields CEO... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     13th November 2020 Engineering consultant Knight Piésold is focused on providing technical advice for many local tailings dam facilities, says Knight Piésold technical director for mining services Africa Andrew Copeland. This increase in demand for tailings dam-related consulting can be attributed to several... 

High demand for tailings consulting exceeds local capacity
SWIMMING WITH THE CURRENT Owing to Knight Piésold’s dam engineering experience, the company can work with mines in remote areas, particularly in the DRC, to provide hydropower

Newmont leads ESG ranking of mining companies with Rio last

By: Bloomberg     12th November 2020 With heavy industries in a race to prove their environmental and social credentials to increasingly demanding investors, mining took a small step backward last quarter. ESG perceptions of mining deteriorated slightly, with the most negativity coming from community relations and human rights,... 

Newmont leads ESG ranking of mining companies with Rio last

New report punts 'green' WA

12th November 2020 A new report has found that the Western Australian government could add a further A$16-billion to the state’s economy and deliver an additional 55 000 jobs by creating a more sustainable, or ‘green’, state. The report by the Bankwest Curtin Economic Center suggested that diversifying into more... 

Supporting sustainable development places focus on climate change, risks for mining

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2020 While the primary extraction of certain raw materials remains necessary to support economic development, the achievement of the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as in meeting industrial and consumer demand, a focus on how changes in climate exacerbate existing... 

WEF seeks to start a multistakeholder dialogue on deep-sea mining

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2020 A new way to meet the growing demand for minerals critical to electric vehicle, electronics and battery manufacturers could become commercially available within this decade, says the World Economic Forum (WEF). It notes that significant public and private investment have gone into investigating... 

WEF seeks to start a multistakeholder dialogue on deep-sea mining

Cerrejon says it has initial deal with indigenous Wayuu, leaders disagree

By: Reuters     11th November 2020 Colombian coal mine Cerrejon has reached a preliminary agreement with a Wayuu indigenous community to comply with environmental and health requirements in its operations, the company said on Tuesday, which community leaders denied. The Provincial community in La Guajira has argued with Cerrejon,... 

NGOs call on global investor climate initiative to intervene in Sasol shareholder issue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2020 Nongovernmental organisation Just Share, supported by shareholder activist organisations ShareAction (UK), Majority Action (USA), Follow This (Netherlands) and the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR), has written to Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) − the world’s largest investor... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chilean mine group warns pending glacier bill could shut down deposits

By: Reuters     9th November 2020 Chile's world-leading copper industry could see some of its mines put out of business if an early stage bill to protect glaciers continues its march through Congress, Chilean mining trade group Sonami said on Monday. Diego Hernández, president of Sonami, which represents mining firms including... 

Chilean mine group warns pending glacier bill could shut down deposits

Ferrochrome commits to 750 MW self-generation, junior mining support

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2020 South Africa’s struggling ferrochrome industry has committed itself to far-reaching efficiencies and competitiveness initiatives, including the self-generation of 750 MW of wind, solar and cogenerated power, support of junior mining development and the encouragement of local coking coal... 

Ferrochrome commits to 750 MW self-generation, junior mining support
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Struggling South African ferrochrome industry commits to competitiveness programme.

Orion Minerals receives Australian ESG award 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2020 Australian junior miner Orion Minerals, which is accelerating the development of its Prieska copper/zinc project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has received the inaugural Australian-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (Aameg) environment, social and governance (ESG) leader award.   

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 The clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo American CEO says not responsible for lead poisoning in Zambia

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani said on Friday it was not responsible for lead poisoning at a Zambian lead mine it part-owned nearly 50 years ago and planned to defend itself after a class action was filed against the miner. The class action suit was filed last week by South African law firm... 

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines  

30th October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the Ferrochrome industry's need for an interim measure to be competitive, the flow-through share model that has been drawn up for exploration and Sumitomo becoming the latest investor in partnership with AP Ventures.   

Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines
Ferrochrome, flow-through scheme, Sumitomo make headlines

Brazil prosecutors file appeal against BHP, Vale dam compensation deal

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Brazilian federal prosecutors on Thursday filed a lawsuit contesting a compensation package for victims from a 2015 collapsed dam jointly owned by mining giants BHP and Vale, arguing that the package is far too low. The move comes after prosecutors earlier this month accused the two companies of... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners  

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2020 Coal mining companies need to start looking at creating their own profitable circular economies around existing coal assets because it is possible, says African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. While still responsibly mining coal, coal-mining companies have an opportunity to look at creating a... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2020 Oil drilling in the Arctic and the Pebble gold mine in Alaska aren’t actually on the ballot -- but they might as well be. The controversial projects are hanging in the balance of the presidential election, with Joe Biden’s vow to scuttle them. And dozens of other oil, gas and mining ventures... 

Election will decide fate of Alaska gold mine, shift to e-cars

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements. The corals were discovered on deep... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 A flow-through share model has been drawn up with the help of top firms to stimulate badly neglected mining exploration in South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa junior and emerging miners leadership forum chairperson Errol Smart said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Hopes rise as top firms arrive at potential flow-through share model to stimulate mining exploration
Minerals Council South Africa Junior Miners’ Forum Chairperson Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company Sumitomo Corporation, which has a strong focus on the hydrogen economy, has become the latest investor in partnership with venture capital company AP Ventures Fund II. Sumitomo joins cornerstone investors such as South Africa’s... 

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor
Photo by Creamer Media
Andrew Hinkly

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Implats reports significant ESG progress for this year 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Platinum group metals miner Impala Platinum (Implats) made significant progress on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals during this year, as highlighted in its ESG report released on October 26. Referring to the miner’s workforce specifically, a statement by social, transformation... 

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines  

23rd October 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Gold Fields' application for a 40MW solar power plant at South Deep, the export tax on chrome ore and coal mine disposal exacerbating CO2 emissions.   

Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines
Gold Fields, export tax, coal mine disposal make headlines

Resources Watch  

22nd October 2020 This week: Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations; New venture capital incubation fund targeting small-scale mining space; And, environmental under-investment comes back to bite 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

40 MW solar power application making good progress ­– Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2020 The application for the establishment of a 40 MW solar power plant at the South Deep gold mine in western Gauteng is in process and making good progress, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly during the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s virtual... 

40 MW solar power application making good progress ­– Gold Fields
Gold Fields ESG presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

MCA paying attention to Juukan Gorge inquiry

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th October 2020 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has refuted claims by Western Australia senator Pat Dodson, who accused diversified miner Rio Tinto of ‘incremental genocide’ during a Parliamentary Inquiry into the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves. Speaking at the Inquiry, Dodson was quoted by the... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 The disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande
Photo by Creamer Media
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande
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