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Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2020 The taking of clear sustainability steps can make mining the darling of the investor community once again. Mining cannot participate in anything that leaves the world a worse place and needs to be cognisant of what it takes to have a licence to operate. Mining must have a smaller carbon... 

Hydrogen tops Canadian investors’ clean energy list, HSBC says

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2020 Hydrogen is the clean energy investment that appeals the most to Canadian asset managers, while companies prefer solar, according to a survey carried out for HSBC Holdings. Interestingly, among 17 options for the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions, the most favored by each group, hydrogen and... 

Victorian govt invests in renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2020 The Victorian government has earmarked a A$100-million investment into renewable energy in the state, including hydrogen made from renewable energy, saying the investment could create thousands of jobs. The funding boost is part of a record A$1.6-billion investment in the Victorian Budget... 

Qld signs hydrogen deal with Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2020 The Queensland government has announced a landmark partnership with Japan’s largest hydrogen company Iwatani Corporation, which would see planning progressed on new renewable export facility in Gladstone. Queensland-owned Stanwell Corporation will form a consortium with Iwatani, to build... 

Qld signs hydrogen deal with Japan

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2020 The advancement of the palladium-dominant Waterberg Project to a development and construction decision is the primary business objective of Platinum Group Metals (PTM), for which construction funding and concentrate offtake arrangements are being pursued. The Toronto- and New York-listed company,... 

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM
Platinum Group Metals CEO Michael Jones.

Qld appoints hydrogen champions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th November 2020 Queensland’s Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni has appointed two new Hydrogen Champions to back the state as the national hub for a job-creating hydrogen industry. Member for Mundingburra Les Walker and Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke have been appointed to take over the roles in North and... 

Resources Watch  

26th November 2020 Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining; Chrome producers want ferrochrome solutions that exclude export tax; and, company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Platinum council says hydrogen momentum will continue to bolster PEM demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 This week has seen the launch of the first-ever European Hydrogen Week from November 23 to 27, a series of events showcasing the key role hydrogen is expected to play in reaching the European Union’s (EU) “European Green Deal” objectives. The proposed European Green Deal, announced at the end... 

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2020 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 AS, as part of the joint partnership with ENGIE and Anglo American, announced last year. ENGIE is providing the... 

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Senior Vice President Business Development David Bow interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2020 The establishment of an African hydrogen economy based on renewable energy can provide important impetus in the Southern African region and offer new perspectives, especially to young people. That is the view of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen... 

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Innovation Commissioner ‘Green Hydrogen‘ Dr Stefan Kaufmann: Small bottle, huge effect. Sufficient energy to supply a refrigerator for a day – 48 litres of hydrogen are bound in this 80 ml liquid, referred to as liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC. Dr Kaufmann was in South Africa earlier this month. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

Billionaire miner Forrest aims to be a global clean energy giant

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2020 Billionaire Andrew Forrest broke into the ranks of the world’s top iron-ore exporters, now he’s targeting an entry into renewables in as soon as two years under an ambitious plan to produce more energy than giants like Chevron. Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will begin green fuel production in... 

Billionaire miner Forrest aims to be a global clean energy giant
Andrew Forrest

Saudi Arabia aims next to be largest hydrogen exporter

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The world’s biggest oil exporter has set its sights on also becoming the largest supplier of hydrogen, a fuel seen as pivotal for curbing climate change. Saudi Arabia has “ambitious” plans and “will not be challenged in its record of being the biggest exporter of hydrogen on earth", Energy... 

Green economy faces challenge to replace carbon energy sources

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The march toward a greener global economy is headed into a more difficult second phase that will aim to replace carbon as an energy source, said panelists during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Companies including Honeywell International and Schneider Electricare offering solutions to reduce... 

Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm

By: Mariaan Webb     19th November 2020 With its abundant natural gas for conversion into hydrogen fuel, Canada could be a major player in the burgeoning hydrogen market, says law firm Fasken, which has recently launched a new hydrogen energy advisory team. Canada’s federal government is expected to soon unveil a national plan to ramp... 

Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm

Consortium tapped for hydrogen studies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2020 A consortium led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), advisory firm Deloitte and management consultancy Baringa Partners will undertake a German-Australian supply chain feasibility study of hydrogen produced from renewables’. The government selected the consortium to undertake the... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Anglo American is on track to exceed its original investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid-19 impacts, Mining Weekly can report. At this year’s SA Investment Conference, the London- and Johannesburg-listed diamond, platinum group metals and iron-ore mining company increased its total... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Green hydrogen, exploration offer best opportunities for South Africa’s mining sector 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2020 There are a myriad of opportunities that the mining industry can capitalise on, and the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a major catalyst for the collaboration required to unlock it, speakers said during a mining-focused session at the South African Investment Conference on November 17. Hydrogen... 

Platinum investment demand rockets on risk and hydrogen – WPIC

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Platinum investment demand rocketed 291% in the three months to September 30, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reported on Wednesday, when it forecast a third consecutive annual platinum deficit next year on an initial projected 2021 deficit of 224 000 oz. The high third-quarter (Q3)... 

Platinum investment demand rockets on risk and hydrogen – WPIC
Paul Wilson

Eskom moves to finalise just energy transition framework as shutdown of Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina draws near 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom expects to complete its socioeconomic impact studies by the end of March for the planned shutdown of the Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina power stations, in Mpumalanga, which are the first of ten coal plants scheduled for decommissioning by 2040. The decommissioning... 

Eskom moves to finalise just energy transition framework as shutdown of Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina draws near

Tasmania steps into hydrogen territory

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2020 The Tasmanian government on Tuesday announced a A$2.6-million investment to investigate the feasibility of three large-scale renewable hydrogen projects in the region, with iron-ore miner Fortescue also unveiling plans for hydrogen in the region. ASX-listed Origin Energy’s export-scale green... 

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2020 The amount of iridium required to electrolyse green hydrogen has been drastically reduced, a breakthrough that is a significant boost for the upcoming green hydrogen economy as well as South African platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Heraeus Precious Metals has achieved a material thrifting... 

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining
Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice President Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen worth billions to Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2020 Australia’s hydrogen industry could generate some A$11-billion a year in gross domestic product by 2050, and could create some 8 000 new jobs in that timeframe, federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said on Monday. Speaking at the Australian Hydrogen conference, Taylor... 

Australia's gas-recovery questioned

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2020 New research by independent researcher Grattan Institute has questioned whether the Australian government’s push for a gas-led recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic was feasible, arguing that gas would become an increasingly expensive energy source. “The Prime Minister has talked up a gas-fired... 

Australia's gas-recovery questioned

Port Kembla lease secured

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2020 Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy has taken another step in the development of the Port Kembla gas terminal (PKGT) after inking a 25-year lease with New South Wales Port. Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), which is part of Squadron Energy, will immediately start a site handover process, paving... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 A number of automation projects are being considered at Gold Fields’ South Deep, the bulk mechanised underground gold mine in Gauteng, south-west of Johannesburg. After reporting 7% higher overall year-on-year group production of 557 000 oz for the three months to September 30, Gold Fields CEO... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Australian Vanadium unveils hydrogen plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2020 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has launched a green hydrogen strategy that will include the use of hydrogen in the ore reduction process at its Western Australian project, and introducing hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The company was also aiming to use hydrogen in its transportation... 

Fortescue plans global green energy drive

By: Reuters     11th November 2020 Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest outlined ambitious plans on Wednesday to build a renewable energy business, aiming to compete with oil giants to provide low-cost green energy globally. Billionaire Forrest, who turned Fortescue Metals Group over two decades into the world's... 

Fortescue plans global green energy drive
Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest

Sasol pins low-carbon ‘reset’ hopes on gas, renewables and green hydrogen  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is coming under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, reports that climate change is now “front and centre” in its unfolding ‘strategic reset’, which will involve a transition away from coal to gas, renewable energy and green hydrogen. In... 

Sasol pins low-carbon ‘reset’ hopes on gas, renewables and green hydrogen
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP probing hydrogen steelmaking

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th November 2020 Major BHP will be investigating the use of hydrogen in the steelmaking process, having inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with steel producer, China Baowu. The two companies intend to invest up to $35-million and share technical knowledge to help address the challenge of reducing... 

BHP probing hydrogen steelmaking

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

By: Bloomberg     5th November 2020 Germany is looking at using ammonia and methanol as ways to deliver hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel for industry, part of its effort to make Europe’s biggest economy climate-neutral by 2050. The government is financing a feasibility study to evaluate ways of transporting hydrogen and is focusing... 

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 The clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

‘Hydrogen wars’ pit Europe vs China for $700bn business

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2020 Niels-Arne Baden has a problem: the factory he’s building for Green Hydrogen Systems is too small. Plans for the Denmark site to be one of the largest for assembling the machines that make hydrogen from electricity were finalized about a year ago. But demand for those electrolyzers is growing so... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners  

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2020 Coal mining companies need to start looking at creating their own profitable circular economies around existing coal assets because it is possible, says African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. While still responsibly mining coal, coal-mining companies have an opportunity to look at creating a... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Fortescue spending big on fleet

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2020 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has signed up for a A$32-million renewable hydrogen supply product that would enable ten of its coaches at its Christmas Creek mine, in the Pilbara region, to be fuelled with renewable hydrogen. The Christmas Creek operation would be the first mine in Australia... 

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company Sumitomo Corporation, which has a strong focus on the hydrogen economy, has become the latest investor in partnership with venture capital company AP Ventures Fund II. Sumitomo joins cornerstone investors such as South Africa’s... 

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor
Photo by Creamer Media
Andrew Hinkly

Decision soon on platinum process that can save a Medupi power station worth of power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Decision soon on platinum process that can save a Medupi power station worth of power
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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