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Environmental News

Creecy extends deadline for registration of EAPs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has extended the public consultation period for comment on the proposed amendment to the Section 24H Registration Authority Regulations to February 21. She has also granted a six-month extension to the compulsory deadline for the... 

New training material to support continual improvement in tailings management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2022 International organisation the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published training material based on the ICMM Tailings Management: Good Practice Guide, designed to be used by tailings professionals to educate wider site-based staff and executives to improve awareness of the... 

Glencore’s earnings rocket 84% to $21.3bn

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Tuesday announced 84% higher financial results for the year, with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rising to $21.3-billion. Looking forward, Glencore CEO Gary Nagle said the company remained focused on its... 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle

Coal is still raising trillions of dollars despite green shift 

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2022 The dirtiest fossil fuel is still raising-trillions of dollars of funding, despite finance industry pledges to back net zero carbon targets by the middle of the century. Commercial banks have channeled more than $1.5-trillion across the coal supply chain since the start of 2019, according to a... 

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Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

New jobs, Glencore, climate change liability make headlines   

11th February 2022 This week Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer talks about the just energy transition providing South Africa with significant opportunities for new jobs; Glencore’s new global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals; and Webber Wentzel's warning that mining and energy directors... 

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New jobs, Glencore, climate change liability make headlines

ESG risks deter investments, says consultancy

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The elevated levels of environmental, social and governmental (ESG) risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) make many western mining companies reluctant to invest, as they are unable to obtain the required financing, explains energy research and consultancy company Wood Mackenzie senior... 

Ying Lu, senior analyst for Wood Mackenzie
YING LU With investors reluctant to invest, Lu expects that the electric vehicle and automotive sectors will create growth in the cobalt industry, which can heighten ESG concerns

Law firm optimistic about DRC mining in 2022

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted on the mining and natural resources sectors of most African countries, as well as the artisanal and small mining (ASM) subsector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite the drastic changes in the country’s political landscape, says law... 

Warren Beech, CEO of Beech Veltman
WARREN BEECH Given the mineral wealth in the DRC, the DRC government should focus on local beneficiation

DRC gov makes progress in ASM industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th February 2022 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government faces challenges regarding the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry but has begun to create positive changes in the industry, says law firm Beech Veltman CEO Warren Beech. “The DRC government has made good strides in transforming... 

Artisanal miners at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, DRC
DRC GOVERNMENT MAKES PROGRESS Despite challenges, the DRC government has been making positive changes regarding the ASM industry

Caracal board appoints nonexec director with ESG experience

By: Darren Parker     10th February 2022 London-listed gold producer Caracal Gold has announced the appointment of Rachel Johnston as nonexecutive director, effective March 1. "We . . . welcome [Johnston] to our board of directors. Her . . . experience across Africa . . . and her skills in environmental, social and governance (ESG) will... 

Early close for two AGL coal-fired power stations

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th February 2022 The Australian government has expressed concern about energy generator AGL’s decision to exit coal, with the company announcing on Thursday that it would bring forward the closure of its Bayswater and Loy Yang A power stations in New South Wales and Victoria. During its first half results... 

Fortescue planning renewables hub for the Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th February 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue has unveiled plans for a renewable energy hub to power its mining operations in the Pilbara. In a proposal document submitted to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority, Fortescue outlines plans for the energy hub, which will consist of up to 340 wind... 

Glencore clinches marketing relationship with US metals business 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a strategic global marketing relationship with United States Strategic Metals, formerly Missouri Cobalt. Involved is a long-term offtake agreement for 100% of the US company’s products, which include cobalt and nickel sulphates,... 

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Cobalt processing plant.

Anglo starts up new metallurgical coal mine 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American announced on Wednesday that its new Aquila mine has achieved its first longwall shear of steelmaking metallurgical coal on schedule and on budget, marking the project’s final stages of construction and commissioning. The new mine, which will have a total... 

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Anglo American Bulk Commodities CEO Themba Mkhwanazi

ACCIONA Energia joins Qld decarbonisation efforts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2022 Renewable energy producer ACCIONA Energía has become the fourth signatory to sign the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation, joining major Rio Tinto, Alpha HPA and Orica. The Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation would see the signatories to work with the state government to ensure... 

Fifteen banks now steering clear of East African oil project, says Just Share

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Four out of five of South Africa’s largest lenders have confirmed that they will not be involved in the financing of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, taking the total number of non-participating commercial banks globally to 15. Shareholder activism organisation Just Share stated in a... 

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Marine phosphate project being progressed in line with court ruling 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Steps are being taken to progress the Sandpiper marine phosphate project offshore of Namibia in compliance with last year’s High Court ruling, Namibian Marine Phosphate stated on Tuesday. The High Court confirmed the ongoing validity of Namibia Marine’s mining licence on June 30, 2021, and an... 

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Project development phases to be completed.

Santos 'books' first carbon storage

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th February 2022 Oil and gas major Santos has booked 100-million tonnes of carbon storage resources in the Cooper Basin, in South Australia, marking what the company believed to be the first booking globally in accordance with the CO2 Storage Resource Management System (SRMS). MD and CEO Kevin Gallagher said on... 

BHP welcomes LNG-driven carriers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th February 2022 Mining major BHP has welcomed the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier, which will transport iron-ore between Western Australia and Asia from 2022. The miner previously chartered five LNG-fuelled bulk carriers from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for a... 

Renewables, Ubuntu, GreenCape make headlines   

4th February 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American's low-cost renewables; Ubuntu principles in going green; and clean energy opportunities in Mpumalanga for the GreenCape organisation.   

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Renewables, Ubuntu, GreenCape make headlines

CCUS not viable for S Africa yet

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th February 2022 Despite North America and the UK being the global frontrunners in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), with more than 40 new related projects announced last year, society body the National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa president Mdu Mlaba says the organisation does not... 

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MDU MLABA To reduce South Africa’s carbon footprint, the country should focus on rolling out renewable energy projects like wind, solar and green hydrogen

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Leigh Creek marks carbon milestone

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd February 2022 The Leigh Creek urea project, in South Australia, has become the world’s first large scale fertiliser project to achieve a carbon neutral status. ASX-listed Leigh Creek Energy on Thursday told shareholders that from the first year of operations, the emissions generated at Leigh Creek will be... 

Glencore enters battery recycling JV, targeting renewable-powered facility 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has entered a battery recycling joint venture (JV) with strategic partner and battery pioneer Britishvolt, a UK battery cell technologies and research and development investor.   

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Britannia Refined Metals operation in Northfleet, UK.

NUM backs Mantashe in call to sustain coal mining, use

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2022 Following Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe voicing his concern, on February 1, that South Africa’s coal mining sector cannot diminish and fade away, trade union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has added its support for efforts to sustain the industry. Currently,... 

Resources Watch  

2nd February 2022 This week: South Africa's RBCT exports lowest coal tonnage since 1996; Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told; And, Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton 

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Resources Watch

Sibanye stresses importance of healthy wetlands

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2022 Precious and battery metals producer Sibanye-Stillwater acknowledges that wetlands are critical ecosystems that support its business, communities and ensure all are resilient to the impacts of climate change through greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, buffering the impacts of changes in the... 

Glencore reports 43% higher ferrochrome production  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday reported 43% higher ferrochrome production in its full year 2021 production report.   

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Ranger's rehab costing and time blown out of the water

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2022 Uranium producer Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has revealed the anticipated rehabilitation costs for its Ranger project area, in the Northern Territory, after last year warning of "material" cost and schedule overruns. ERA on Wednesday announced that an independent review of the Ranger... 

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Construction starts at Nickel West's solar plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2022 Construction has started on one of the world’s largest off-grid mining solar and battery energy storage systems at mining major BHP’s Nickel West Mt Keith and Leinster operations. The Northern Goldfields solar project, being built by TransAlta, includes a 27.4 MW solar farm at Mt Keith, a 10.7 MW... 

Mpumalanga just transition being investigated by Ubuntu-hearted solar masterminds  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2022 An organisation which is providing un-electrified informal settlements with clean, green solar power in the Western Cape – in Ubuntu-hearted fashion – has begun to investigate just energy transition opportunities in Mpumalanga, where South Africa’s coal-mining and coal-fired power is facing... 

Green power project manager to un-electrified informal settlements Reshmi Wolvers
GreenCape project manager Reshmi Wolvers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

Green energy transition will help South Africa become more resilient, competitive   

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 South Africa needs more power generation to overcome the supply gap and underpin economic growth, and investments by private companies, including mining houses, are essential to close that gap. Renewable energy projects provide good economic prospects, help to decarbonise the mining sector and... 

Solar panels installed by Cennergi
Creamer Media on January 28 hosted a webinar on decarbonisation and going green in the mining sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Zenith and IGO partner on renewables at Nova

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th January 2022 Independent power producer Zenith Energy is partnering with ASX-listed IGO at its Nova nickel/copper/cobalt operation, in Western Australia, to trial running the mine site of 100% renewable energy continuously for up to nine hours a day. The mine site is currently powered by a hybrid solar and... 

JSE has role to play in sustainable energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 The JSE has a role to play in creating an enabling environment for more sustainable practices, particularly in terms of South Africa’s transition to using renewable energies, JSE chief sustainability officer Shameela Soobramoney stated at the Southern Africa-Europe CEO Dialogue event hosted in... 

Solving transmission bottlenecks vital for unlocking supply

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Overcoming energy transmission congestion is vital to stabilise energy supply in South Africa and, to ensure that energy supply meets demand, transmission assessments and upgrades need to be conducted to allow for energy access from resource-rich solar and wind areas, states renewable-energy... 

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WILLIAM PRICE Many of the country’s load centres are situated in coal production areas, where the transmission grid has been designed to deliver energy to large populations
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