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Environmental News

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... 

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... 

Positive results after gold remains resilient

By: Halima Frost     26th February 2021 The worth and resilience of gold has been proven, yet again, with midtier gold producer Pan African Resources reporting very strong results for the financial year ended in June 30, 2020 (FY20), and reasserting its aim to be debt free during 2021. Pan African Resources investor relations head... 

Association develops new audit programme

26th February 2021 Industry association the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) is in the process of completely redeveloping its renowned environmental audit system, creating a robust new system that is more user friendly and better aligned with the requirements of smaller-scale... 

Colliery installs filter press systems at processing plants

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th February 2021 Mining investment firm Menar will implement a programme comprising the installation of filter press systems at both of its Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) processing plants to maximise water reuse and recycling. The commissioning of the first filter press system is planned for next month, with... 

FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution
FRESH AND CLEAN All the water management measures implemented by ZAC will also ensure the protection of freshwater resources against pollution

Environmental trend spurs green financing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th February 2021 The green financing market is gaining traction in South Africa, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. Green financing promotes the funding of projects that contribute to sustainable development by requiring the integration of social, economic... 

AngloGold shares strategic growth plan to unlock value across the group’s portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     25th February 2021 JSE-listed gold miner AngloGold Ashanti continues to deliver on its strategy, with interim CEO Christine Ramon saying the company expects to achieve continued progress guided by a “rigorous capital allocation framework and buoyed by strong momentum from ore reserve conversion”. Speaking during a... 

Impact investing principles could solve ESG challenge – Wallington

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2021 The mining sector is well positioned to apply impact investment principles to achieve environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets and shareholders increasingly expect large JSE-listed mining companies to move beyond compliance and demonstrate their sustainable ESG impacts throughout their... 

Impact Capital Africa founder and CEO Brett Wallington
Impact Capital Africa founder and CEO Brett Wallington

Implats pursuing renewables, green hydrogen, exploration, carbon neutrality  

By: Martin Creamer     25th February 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats is pursuing green hydrogen, greenfield exploration and carbon neutrality, the company made clear during question time after presenting a stellar set of high-dividend-yielding interim financial results on Thursday, which cut debt by... 

Impala Platinum's Shaft 16 in Rustenburg
Impala Platinum's Shaft 16 in Rustenburg

Harmony starts on first 10 MW of own solar, keen to pursue next 20 MW 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2021 Gold mining company Harmony Gold, which is in the process of introducing 30 MW of own-generation solar power into its electricity mix, has begun the phasing in of the first 10 MW of renewable energy generation. “Generating our own power from solar power is the way to go,” Harmony Gold CEO Peter... 

Harmony Gold mineworkers underground at Masimong gold mine.
Harmony Gold mineworkers underground at Masimong gold mine.

Green hydrogen to be produced from solar power at platinum mine  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2021 Although platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum will be starting with a 75 MW solar photovoltaic powered plant at its Mogalakwena mine, planned is an eventual 320 MW of solar power generation, the excess from which will be used to produce green hydrogen.... 

Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Global decarbonisation rapidly upping demand for Anglo Platinum products 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum said on Monday that it was poised to deliver next phase of value for its stakeholders as decarbonisation efforts increase the long-term demand for its metals. “We are grounded in our purpose to re-imagine mining to improve... 

Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo.
Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum mine in Limpopo.

Uranium industry awaits price increase

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Despite the prolonged period of low uranium prices, wrought by the Fukushima tsunami and the subsequent oversupply caused by the shutdowns of nuclear power plants, the Namibian uranium sector, unlike those in other countries, has not stagnated, states Namibian Uranium Institute executive director... 

SAFETY FIRST
Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine
SAFETY FIRST Radiation Safety Working Group inspecting final product transport at the Husab Mine

Improved tailings disposal could reduce water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th February 2021 Namibia is a water-scarce country in most areas; therefore, minimising water consumption in ore processing is a focus area, especially for tailings disposal, which can account for over 50% of all new/fresh water used in processing, states engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight... 

FOR THE BETTER OF IT
The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines
FOR THE BETTER OF IT The company assist several mining clients with water and waste management design for greenfield operations, as well as expansion plans for existing mines
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