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Hydrogen News

Hydrogen, coal exports make headlines   

28th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses South Africa’s hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being; South Africa offsetting losses from the eventual decline in coal export by using hydrogen direct reduced iron technology; and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal's lowest volume of coal exports... 

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

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.

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.

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.

Jogmec signs contribution deal with Victoria's CarbonNet

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Victorian government this week inked a contribution agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) which will see the resources company provide funding support to the government’s CarbonNet project. The CarbonNet project will underpin commercial hydrogen production by... 

Australia poised for hydrogen world-first

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project, in Victoria, will start hydrogen shipments to Japan shortly, marking the world’s first shipment of liquefied hydrogen. HESC’s vision is to produce carbon neutral hydrogen through extraction from a mix of Latrobe Valley coal and biomass,... 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

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 team aims for bankable project proposal within 18 months  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 Since announcing plans to build a green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, the partners behind the project Hive Hydrogen, Built Africa and Afrox subsidiary Linde have witnessed a great deal of interest in this first-of-its-kind undertaking. The R75-billion project heralds a new area for... 

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Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Woodside advances US hydrogen project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th January 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside Energy has entered front-end engineering design (FEED) on a hydrogen project, awarding a FEED engineering services contract to Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC (KBR) in December, for its proposed H2OK project in Oklahoma. H2OK is a liquid hydrogen production facility proposed... 

Green hydrogen best long-term opportunity to decarbonise hard-to-abate carbon emitters – Gungubele 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Hard-to-abate carbon emissions-intensive sectors – such as heavy-duty transport, aviation, maritime and heavy industries – may be able to reduce their emissions through the use of green hydrogen produced at a deep-water harbour facility in Boegoebaai, 60 km north of Port Nolloth. The Boegoebaai... 

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Hydrogen economy can support new manufacturing, energy security for developing economies

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Green hydrogen could disrupt global trade and bilateral energy relations, reshaping the positioning of States, with new hydrogen exporters and users emerging, says renewable energy intergovernmental organisation the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). “It is green hydrogen that will... 

FFI signs MoU with Germany's Covestro

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2022 The green energy arm of iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has flagged a long-term green hydrogen supply agreement with German high-tech polymer materials supplier, Covestro. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two companies will formalise an agreement... 

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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Thyssenkrupp to keep control in $5.7bn hydrogen IPO

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Thyssenkrupp plans to hold a majority stake in its rebranded electrolysis unit after its initial public offering to tap into the growing market for green hydrogen to fight climate change. The engineering conglomerate is preparing to list its electrolysis plant business this year, renaming it... 

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Korea's POSCO, Indian conglomerate Adani Group to develop steel mill

By: Reuters     13th January 2022 India's Adani Group and South Korean steel major POSCO have signed an agreement to explore opportunities, including setting up of an integrated steel mill at the western state of Gujarat, the companies said in a statement on Thursday. The investment is estimated to be of about $5-billion, the... 

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

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.

A$150m hydrogen trade programme launched in Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th January 2022 The Australian government has unveiled a A$150-million Australian Clean Hydrogen Trade Program (ACHTP) aimed at attracting overseas investment into hydrogen supply chains originating in Australia. The ACHTP will support Australian-based hydrogen supply chain projects that secure overseas public... 

EU carbon levy should cover hydrogen, lead lawmaker says

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 The European Union’s proposal to start charging importers for bringing emissions into the region should be expanded to cover hydrogen, organic chemicals and polymers, according to proposed amendments seen by Bloomberg News. The 27-nation bloc plans to introduce a new levy, called the Carbon... 

Australian exports flourish as project pipeline grows

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Australia’s resource and energy export earnings are forecast to reach A$379-billion in 2021–22 as demand for coal and gas surges in the face of a global energy shortage, the December edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly (REQ) found. The 2021-22 prediction was up from the A$310-billion... 

FFI continues with hydrogen inroads

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) in December reached another target; producing hydrogen by using an electrolyser designed and built by the company’s in-house team. The company reported that a small team from its manufacturing arm had developed the innovative electrolyser... 

Woodside studies hydrogen links with Singapore and Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th January 2022 Oil and gas major Woodside in December announced a collaboration with a number of partners to study the feasibility of a long-term, stable supply chain of sustainable Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) from Western Australia to Singapore and potentially Japan. The company inked a memorandum of understanding... 

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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FFI makes progress at Incitec Pivot plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2021 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and ASX-listed Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) have completed initial studies to convert IPL’s Gibson Island ammonia-production facility to run on zero carbon green hydrogen, instead of fossil fuel gas. The Gibson Island plant currently uses... 

Desert Bloom gets priority status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The Northern Territory government has awarded Major Project status to the $10.75-billion Desert Bloom hydrogen project, being developed by technology company Aqua Aerem. The 10 GW Desert Bloom project will start construction in 2022, and would produce commercial quantities of green hydrogen from... 

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Hydrogen among solutions needed to drive green industry

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 The production and export of green hydrogen is one means for countries to contribute to the global energy transition, with other elements being renewables, energy-efficient design principles and behavioural changes. “There is significant potential for South Africa to create a whole new industry... 

Anglo American and Aurizon study hydrogen trains

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th December 2021 Freight operator Aurizon and mining major Anglo American will undertake a joint feasibility study to assess the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains for bulk freight. Aurizon and Anglo American have entered into an agreement to conduct the feasibility study that will explore the application... 

Fortescue CEO steps aside as company transitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Friday announced that CEO Elizabeth Gaines would be stepping aside as the company transitions from a pure resources company to a vertically-integrated green energy and resources group. Gaines will assist with the selection of a new CEO to lead the development... 

Australian hydrogen on track - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 Australia was on track to become a world leader in hydrogen production by 2030, a new report has found. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources this week released the inaugural State of Hydrogen report provides a snapshot of Australia’s progress against global developments... 

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GO scheme to start trial phase

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 The federal government is taking the next steps to develop and implement a world-leading hydrogen Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme through the commencement of a trial phase with industry. The government will work with hydrogen players to test the design of a scheme that aims to assure the source... 

FFI firms up plans in Indonesia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th December 2021 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and the North Kalimantan provincial government of the Republic of Indonesia have signed a cooperation agreement to explore the potential for renewable energy and green hydrogen projects. The agreement follows on from a memorandum of... 

As global steel industry mulls sustainable solutions, SA urged to ‘green’ iron-ore

By: Nadine James     10th December 2021 Producing ‘green steel’ in South Africa might be a distant dream, but exporting ‘green iron-ore’ is achievable in the medium term, says Afriforesight materials engineer and project innovation manager Dr Brandon Davoren. Amid the global trend towards sustainability and in the wake of the... 

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Hydrogen study under way for Port Pirie smelter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th December 2021 The Nyrstar Port Pirie multi-metals smelter, in South Australia, could soon be powered by hydrogen, as the South Australian government and physical commodities trader Trafigura unveiled a landmark A$750-million hydrogen project to be integrated with the smelter. The two parties have each... 

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Resources Watch 

8th December 2021 Sable to undertake rights issue at R1 a share followed by transaction at R5 a share; and, Anglo American suggests the use of renewables to cut carbon and create hydrogen 

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Just transition energy projects needed now – Shell Foundation 

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2021 Real projects on the ground, that can transition developing countries to renewable solutions justly, are what is needed now, along with the correct use of blended finance to create sustainable entrepreneurship as asset bases are repurposed, a global webinar has heard. Without a just energy... 

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Woodside sets $5bn budget for new energy projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside on Wednesday announced that it would invest some $5-billion in emerging new energy markets by 2030. Speaking to investors, CEO Meg O’Neill said liquefied natural gas (LNG) will remain an important part of the energy mix in the region for decades to come, both as a... 

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FFI and AGL move into the Hunter Valley

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th December 2021 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and energy provider AGL Energy will undertake a feasibility study to repurpose infrastructure at the Hunter Valley’s Liddell and Bayswater coal-fired power stations to generate green hydrogen from water, using renewable energy. The Liddell... 

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