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Environmental News

Mine water, waste skills deficit amid green mining transition

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 The global green mining transition, which is driving a significant increase in demand for effective water and waste management in the African mining market, has highlighted a skills shortage, says WSP in Africa Earth and Environment MD Ralph Heath. “We can’t hire enough people and we are not... 

Lining installation under way

By: Tracy Hancock     15th July 2022 Civil engineering construction services provider ICON Group is currently progressing with work at a gold mine in Burkino Faso, where it is installing 200 000 m2, 1.5 mm high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lining as part of the construction of a greenfield tailings dam. The country is the... 

DAM DESIGN The tailings facility is designed to stack tailings 15 m high with an inward angle of not more than 20°
DAM DESIGN The tailings facility is designed to stack tailings 15 m high with an inward angle of not more than 20°

Perpetua begins work on cleaning up historic Stibnite mining area

By: Darren Parker     13th July 2022 Nasdaq-listed Perpetua Resources hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the beginning of early clean-up activities and water quality improvements at the historic Stibnite mining district in Idaho. The ceremony was attended by community members, government officials and local... 

CSIRO joins forces with TMC to develop underwater monitoring plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2022 Battery metals explorer The Metals Company (TMC), through its Australian subsidiary, The Metals Company Australia, has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to potentially develop an ecosystem-based management and monitoring plan (EMMP) for its... 

Hydrogen highlighted as ‘slam dunk’ of heavy haul 

By: Martin Creamer     13th July 2022 What will be Australia’s biggest electrolyser – a platinum-using proton exchange membrane or PEM electrolyser – is on order to provide green hydrogen Down Under at a time when the planet’s lightest molecule is being highlighted as the ‘slam dunk’ of heavy-haul transport in a decarbonising world.... 

Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.
Renewables, green hydrogen, and platinum group metals are needed to decarbonise.

Harmony to deliver green gold with help of green loan 

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2022 Harmony Gold, which met its annual production guidance in the 12 months to end June against strong odds, is continuing to “mine with purpose”, which includes leaving a cleaner and healthier planet. Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp said headwinds had again been turned into opportunities, with the... 

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Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp

Worley to start FEED work at Bayu-Undan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2022 Oil and gas major Santos has awarded ASX0listed Worley a services contract to support its Bayu-Undan carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, in Timor-Leste. Under the contract, Worley will provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the Bayu- Undan offshore facilities and... 

Renewable energy the cheaper option for Aus - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2022 A new report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has shown that renewable energy options would remain the cheapest new-build electricity generation option in Australia, although inflation and supply chain disruptions will likely put cost reductions on hold... 

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Woodside invests in biotech

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside Energy has unveiled a $9.9-million equity investment in biotechnology company String Bio Private, which has developed a patented process that can recycle greenhouse gases into value-added products such as feed for livestock. Woodside said on Monday that the company is... 

TCTA, Gold One partner to solve Eastern Basin AMD pumping crisis 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2022 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and Gold One Group subsidiary Newshelf have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to improve the availability and reliability of the Eastern Basin Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) plant. Under the MoA, the Gold One subsidiary will procure and deliver the... 

Bushveld positioned to generate decent cash flows on back of unit cost improvement   

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo on Friday described the London Aim-listed company that he leads as heading into a future that will be requiring a lot more vanadium for steel and energy. To meet emerging demand, Bushveld has positioned itself for broad-based involvement through its... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Look out for the platinum coin toss at Wimbledon 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 In the year of the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, the coins to be used in the Wimbledon ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals coin toss this weekend will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. As Mining Weekly reported earlier this year, the coins are being... 

Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.
Heads and tails of the platinum toss coin.

Green electrons and green molecules can be South Africa’s just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2022 A green electron and green molecule energy transition is tailor made for South Africa, an increasing number of observers are concluding. Superior sun, prime wind, land, favourable storage potential, know-how and metals put this country in pole position for green electricity and green mobility. 

Green electrons and molecules hold solution.
Green electrons and molecules hold solution.

Tailings closure standard required to fast-track sustainable tailings landscapes, a rehabilitation expert suggests

By: Darren Parker     7th July 2022 A tailings closure standard is urgently needed for the tailings industry to outline criteria that will ensure a closure certificate. This according to Agreenco CEO Fanus van Wyk, a specialist mine rehabilitation services contractor, who discussed the topic during a recent Southern African... 

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Good-to-do R2.5bn Mogale Gold project an all-round win-win – Pan African  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2022 If Pan African Resources is able to work with all stakeholders to get the long-life, high-margin, safe and sustainable R2.5-billion Mogale Gold surface tailings project going, it will be to the benefit of its business, local communities and the entire Mogale area. “It’s the sort of project that's... 

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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Worley acquires Australian sustainable mining solutions company

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2022 Global engineering, procurement and construction provider Worley has acquired technical solutions provider Minera Mining Technology. The two companies have a long-standing relationship in having worked together several times in the last 16 years.  

Resources Watch 

6th July 2022 This week: Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption; and, Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90% 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Exciting listing on JSE’s AltX poised to give investors pure copper play  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2022 The reverse listing of Big Tree Copper into SHiP Copper Company on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in October is expected to raise between R60-million to R250-million for the ramping up of combined production to 10 000 t of copper a year in the next three years. SHiP, run by Shirley... 

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Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Study finds six potentially harmful elements in Krugersdorp game reserve water

By: Schalk Burger     5th July 2022 The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) academics and their counterparts from the Council for Geosciences have discovered high concentrations of six potentially harmful elements (PHE) in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. The academics conducted a study to determine the levels of various... 

South Africa’s 400 abandoned coal mines pose deadly, toxic risk

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2022 South Africa has failed to clean up and secure hundreds of abandoned coal mines that now pose a deadly threat to nearby communities, according to Human Rights Watch. There are more than 400 empty coal mines across the nation, which exports the fossil fuel and uses it to generate about 80% of its... 

Billionaire Oppenheimer wins ban on mining at Zimbabwe farm

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2022 Billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer, South Africa’s second-richest man, won a court order to temporarily halt mineral exploration on his private family ranch in Zimbabwe. Pearline Mineral Exploration must cease any mining activities on the 65,000-hectare (251-square mile) Shangani Ranch, according to a... 

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Spanish Parliament rejects motion to make mining approvals more difficult

By: Darren Parker     1st July 2022 The Spanish Parliament has rejected a motion by democratic socialist electoral alliance Unidas Podemos that would have made it more difficult to secure approvals for new mining projects and would have also increased taxes on existing mineral producers. On June 23, the motion was outvoted by an... 

Anglo enters deal to accelerate rollout of nuGen zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations with specialist engineering technology company First Mode Holding and has agreed nonbinding terms to establish a combined business to accelerate the rollout of Anglo's nuGen hydrogen-powered Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS). The... 

Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck
Anglo American's nuGen haulage truck

Pan African study highlights Mogale Gold's fast payback, low costs, output uplift, ungeared return 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2022 Fast payback, low costs, big production uplift, long life, high ungeared return and a lot more is contained in the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Mogale Gold tailings storage facilities published by gold mining company Pan African on Thursday. The Mogale Gold tailings storage... 

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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots.

South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Anglo investing in expansion of organic waste upcycling company Sanergy

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Diversified mining multinational Anglo American is leading the latest investment round of organic waste upcycling business Sanergy, which has operations in Kenya. Sanergy's solutions are helping to transform how fast-growing cities in the developing world manage waste by upcycling it into... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

High-purity manganese facing phenomenal demand growth, PDAC hears 

By: Martin Creamer     24th June 2022 The commitment of at least six major motor companies to manganese-based batteries for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is elevating the demand outlook for high-purity manganese phenomenally, a Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference has been told. CPM Group lead manganese... 

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CPM Group lead manganese analyst Andrew Zemek.

ERA seeks urgent interim funding solution for Ranger rehabilitation

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 Owing to Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA’s) current unfavourable cash-on-hand position, the ASX-listed company has stated that it is urgently seeking an interim funding solution to pay for ongoing rehabilitation efforts at its Ranger project, in the Northern Territory. The mine project area,... 

NSDV, Harmony Gold, Sadpo make headlines  

24th June 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks NSDV's deeming provision suggestion for minerals investment; Harmony Gold's renewables plan; and small diamond miners wanting to work with big licence holders to create more jobs in the industry. 

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NSDV, Harmony Gold, Sadpo make headlines

Mining transformation pivotal for sector

By: Sabrina Jardim     24th June 2022 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba was an important opportunity for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources (MIM) to share its mining transformation experience, says Saudi Arabia’s Mining Affairs Vice Minister in the MIM Khalid Al-Mudaifer. “This... 

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KHALID AL-MUDAIFER Saudi Arabia has, over the past several years, been dedicated to increasing financial and human resources to rapidly transform Saudi Arabia’s mining sector

Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms?

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

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Sustainability taking front seat at Harmony Gold  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd June 2022 Large South African gold miner Harmony Gold sees R500m/y savings from Phase 2 on-balance-sheet renewables projects. This means the estimated R1.5-billion cost of the planned 137 MW second phase solar power projects will be covered in three years. 

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Harmony Gold investor relations head interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Woodside to face environmental group in court

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside will be facing the Federal Court of Australia in relation to the environmental assessment of its Scarborough project, in Western Australia, after the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) commenced proceedings. The ACF said on Wednesday that its case in the Federal... 

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Small diamond miners want big licence holders built in so they can grow sector together  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2022 Small diamond miners want to lock arms with all stakeholders through the South African Diamond Producers’ Organisation (Sadpo) to recover a large number of lost jobs and to realise the full potential value alluvial diamonds. “The role of Sadpo is to take on those big conversations and make sure... 

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Sadpo CEO Yamkela Makupula interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Building Forever has become core business at De Beers, it's in the business plan  

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2022 It is a full year since the De Beers Group set itself a dozen far-reaching 2030 ‘Building Forever’ sustainability goals, which have as their four focus areas leading ethical practices, protecting the natural world, partnering for thriving communities and accelerating equal opportunity. In... 

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De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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