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Mining can be a catalyst for growth in 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Global commodity prices and economies have rebounded strongly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, which left many companies facing mammoth financial challenges to sustain themselves. This resurgence in the mining sector is closely connected to the rollout of vaccinations, which was... 

Mining mobility market ideal for hydrogen uptake

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Emerging mobility applications for hydrogen, such as heavy-duty mobility and materials handling equipment used in mining, provide an ideal market for the increased uptake of green hydrogen technology in South Africa, states hydrogen technology provider Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Division SVP Filip... 

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MOGALAKWENA MINE the electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser

SA’s green energy outlook for 2022

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 With a background in electrical engineering, “a knack for business, and a passion for sustainability”, Norwegian global renewables company Scatec Southern Africa GM Jan Fourie has specialised in renewable energy projects for over a decade. He says his love for South Africa and the natural... 

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RENEWABLE UPTAKE Scatec’s new project, which falls under the RMIPPPP, includes a 150 MW flagship twin hybrid PV-and-storage site in the Northern Cape

Miner’s transition plan to benefit all stakeholders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As part of diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s development of renewable-energy projects, the miner has created an Infrastructure for Impact programme to benefit all its relevant stakeholders while executing these energy infrastructure projects, explains Sibanye-Stillwater energy and... 

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JAMES WELLSTED Our broader strategy is aligned with the just transition, and over time we’re going to evolve as a company to produce materials used for improving the environment

Miner to build climate-change-resilient businesses

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Environmental, social and corporate governance is central to diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater’s strategy, and guides the company in how it operates and generates shared value for its stakeholders. Core to this strategy is building “climate-change-resilient businesses”, states... 

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JEVON MARTIN These energy projects will improve the ESG credentials of South African mining houses and help close the national electricity supply deficit and allow Eskom to do maintenance

Prepared to support energy transition

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 As South Africa prepares to transition to renewable sources of energy, carbon-intensive companies such as coal exporter Thungela can assist in this energy transition by ensuring delivery of higher quality, responsibly-mined coal, states Thungela CEO July Ndlovu. “This transition is going to... 

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STAKEHOLDER BENEFITS The eMalahleni Water Reclamation Plant is an example of how mine water can be transformed into an asset with benefits for the local community

Sustainability, majority shareholder driving miner’s strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Local gold producer DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius says the market response to the global transition to clean energy, as well as the strategy and energy plans of the company’s majority shareholder, diversified miner Sibanye-Stillwater, are important considerations in shaping DRDGold’s strategy for... 

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NIËL PRETORIUS our strategy remains to deliver economic value by applying our technology, management system and skillset to reclaim and treat material at a rate and level of efficiency

How we can advance SA’s just transition in 2022

28th January 2022 The transition to a low or net-zero carbon economy is here. The United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow last November called for rapid action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This means substantially reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the... 

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PAUL O’FLAHERTY This energy transition must start by exponentially increasing generation from South Africa’s renewable sources of energy

Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton   

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2022 A speeded up solar, wind and storage (SWS) approach is needed to advance South Africa’s decarbonised energy situation and take the country into a cleaner, greener future. Also, steps need to be taken to allow the delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to go ahead as an independent power producer... 

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Retired civil engineering construction cost consultant David Easton interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Chile's Constitution drafters want to annul mining concessions in indigenous lands

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 A proposal to suspend mining and forestry concessions that infringe on indigenous territories in Chile was approved in the first instance by an environmental committee as part of the drafting of a new constitution. The motion is shaping as the first flash-point between a society looking to... 

Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told  

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2022 In terms of high-level outcomes, the vision of South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap is to create an inclusive, sustainable and competitive hydrogen economy to support net-zero carbon economic growth and societal well-being, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) chief director hydrogen and... 

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North West Mining and Energy Conference covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa's RBCT exports lowest coal tonnage since 1996  

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2022 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year exported its lowest volume of coal since 1996. In exporting 58.72-million tons of coal, RBCT was 11-milion tons down on what it achieved in 2020 and 18-million tons down on its 77-million-ton budget for the 2021 year. 

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Richards Bay Coal Terminal media brief covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mantashe: SA must oppose 'investment killing' foreign-funded lobby  

By: News24Wire      25th January 2022 South Africa must oppose a foreign-funded anti-development agenda if it has any chance at growing its extractive industries for the benefit of the economy, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has said. Speaking at the North West provincial mining and energy investment conference... 

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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South African pure copper play to list in the first half of 2022 

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Premium grade copper producer Big Tree Copper plans to list on the JSE and/or the Cape Town Stock Exchange (CTSE) in the first half of 2022 as it marches towards full production. The company’s business centres on recycling previously dumped mining waste through above ground processing at the... 

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Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

CoE to vote against mining company chairs over dam safety

By: Reuters     25th January 2022 The Church of England (CoE) Pensions Board said on Tuesday it planned to vote against the re-election of company chairs of 183 mining companies unless they sign up to a new global standard on managing mine waste. Created by a 100-strong group of investors representing $20-trillion in assets in... 

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

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WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fortescue turns to F1 engineering

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th January 2022 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has struck a £164-million deal to acquire UK-based technology and engineering services business Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). WAE is an offshoot of the Williams F1 team and is renowned for its ground-breaking projects in high performance battery systems... 

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Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest

New methods ad to ERF effectiveness

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th January 2022 The Australian government has finalised new methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that would make it easier for industry and farmers to take part in developing high-integrity carbon offset and take part in the ERF. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor... 

Hillside Aluminium could get green $0.03c/kWh lifeline by 2030 – Mallinson  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2022 It’s all about South Africa focusing attention on the generation and storage of its wonderful African sunshine and prime African wind. It’s all about going hammer and tongs for these three letters, SWS, which stand for solar, wind and storage ­– and eight hours of storage is all we need, which is... 

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Energy consultant Clyde Mallinson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green ammonia, FDI, SA's COP26 funds   

14th January 2022 This week, Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks South Africa’s first green ammonia project, which launches next week; foreign direct investment for countries transitioning to clean energy; and whether South Africa has effectively deployed funds secured at COP26.   

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Green ammonia, FDI, SA's COP26 funds

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

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Formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project on Tuesday  

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2022 The formal launch of South Africa’s first green ammonia project takes place on Tuesday, against the background of the initiative having already secured an in-principle offtake agreement from a global player – a clear indication of the world’s ‘go green’ momentum. Hive Energy and BuiltAfrica –... 

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BuiltAfrica chairperson Thulani Gcabashe interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Rio purchases battery-electric trains for the Pilbara

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th January 2022 Mining major Rio Tinto will buy four battery-electric trains to use in the Pilbara as part of its strategy to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Rio on Tuesday announced that it had purchased the four 7MWh FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives from Wabtec Corporation with production... 

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Pumped storage has potential to throw Hillside Aluminium green lifeline 

By: Martin Creamer     10th January 2022 Power utility Eskom should link its delayed Tubatse pumped storage scheme to the need for Hillside Aluminium to go green. This could be done, a close observer of the intensive electricity user sector of the South African economy contends, through Eskom enabling an independent power producer (IPP)... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay.

Working on options to secure green energy for Hillside Aluminium ­– South32 

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is working on options to secure green electricity at Hillside Aluminium smelter in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province. If South32 is unable to secure an affordable source of low-carbon electricity for Hillside, this key KZN operation risks becoming... 

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South32's Hillside Aluminium in Richards Bay that is working on green energy options.

ZAC instructed to expand water sampling following slurry material spill into river

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th January 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, EDTEA, has instructed Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), to expand its water monitoring sampling points beyond the initial four areas that it had identified. EDTEA MEC Ravi Pillay on January 6 said this was... 

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

Pensana becomes signatory of UN Global Compact

By: Donna Slater     6th January 2022 LSE-listed magnet metal supply chain developer Pensana has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact – a voluntary initiative to encourage CEOs to implement universal sustainable principles and to take steps to support the UN’s sustainable development goals. As such, Pensana joins over 13... 

Thirsty copper mines turn to sea as Chile water debate rages

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 There’s a big silver lining in a new report predicting a surge in water use by Chile’s massive copper industry: most of it will come from the sea rather than shrinking continental supplies. While mines in the top copper nation are seeking ways to use less water, there’s only so much they can do.... 

BHP to adapt Chile copper mine after court ruling on water usage

By: Reuters     5th January 2022 BHP said it will adapt its Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile to lessen the impact of a recent court ruling that prevents it from drawing water for its operations, while it waits for the decision to be reconsidered. BHP said last week it had approval from a committee to keep operating the mine,... 

Ecuador Constitutional Court rules against Cornerstone enviro permit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th January 2022 The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has reaffirmed the revocation of the environmental permit for TSX-V-listed Cornerstone Capital Resources’ Rio Magdalena project. The court is upholding a lower court ruling that invalidated the environmental registration granted by the country’s Ministry of... 

Keliber secures €7m grant for sustainable solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd January 2022 Finnish investor Business Finland has granted mining and battery chemical company Keliber Technology Oy investment funding of €7-million.  The funds are intended for the acquisition of technology that significantly improves environmental protection in lithium hydroxide production and also enables... 

Energy transitioning countries stand to attract major FDI investment, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Countries that choose to transition into clean energy stand to attract major foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, as do companies that follow a clear pathway towards decarbonisation responsibly, a global webinar event has emphasised. The timing of the clean energy leapfrog by transitioning... 

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Wood Mackenzie Metals and Mining webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Keliber drilling contractor using biofuel to cut drilling emissions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Drilling contractor Kati has started using biofuel in the drill rig at Finnish miner Keliber’s exploration site in Central Ostrobothnia, a measure that will reduce the emissions caused by drilling by more than 50%. “Taking the environment into consideration and minimising the negative impacts is... 

ABB, AWS collaborate on digitally integrated all-electric operations for net-zero emissions mining

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2021 Global technology group ABB is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate the adoption of new and sustainable technologies in mining. The two companies are now creating solutions for digitally integrated all-electric operations to help meet industry goals on net-zero emissions. In a... 

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Exciting green ammonia export plan for Nelson Mandela Bay 

By: Martin Creamer     15th December 2021 Hive Hydrogen and Built Africa – together as Hive Hydrogen – as well as Linde plc, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary Afrox, have teamed up to establish a huge green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape. The first phase is planned to go live in 2025, with... 

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Thulani Gcabashe (left) and Schalk Venter

Pilbara solar farm powers up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2021 Energy supplier Alinta Energy on Wednesday reported that Western Australia’s largest solar farm has begun production, and would power up to 100% of the daytime operations of iron-ore major Fortescue’s Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines, in the Pilbara. The solar farm will displace around... 

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