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Hydrogen News

Senex to build hydrogen demonstration plant in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th May 2022 ASX-listed Senex Energy and Queensland-based CS Energy will jointly produce green energy, developing the Kogan renewable hydrogen demonstration plant near Chinchilla. The Kogan renewable hydrogen demonstration plant is a green hydrogen production facility that will be built next to CS Energy’s... 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

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SFA Oxford CEO Henk de Hoop interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

FFI moves to power New Zealand

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and New Zealand’s largest gas network, Firstgas Group will the development of green hydrogen projects, with the aim of continuing to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy system, and to help improve energy security. FFI and Firstgas have... 

WPIC encourages investment in platinum in Earth Day message

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Industry organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is encouraging investment in and use of platinum-based technologies that are helping to support greener operations, industries and economies. In a short video marking Earth Day, WPIC chief administrative officer David Badham says... 

Morrison makes hydrogen promises in the Hunter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th April 2022 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised A$82-million in funding towards hydrogen projects in the Hunter region as New South Wales, as his election trail continues. Through the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program, Morrison has promised A$41-million in project support for the... 

Wimbledon opts for platinum to mark Queen’s jubilee, centre court centenary 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 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 will be made of platinum for the first time in the championships’ history. This follows last month’s unveiling by the UK Royal Mint of its largest ever... 

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Platinum coin to be tossed at Wimbledon.

Europe’s energy rush spurs Sasol to quicken green hydrogen plan 

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2022 Europe’s scramble to find new sources of energy to reduce its reliance on Russia has given Sasol, South Africa’s biggest fuel producer, a new purpose to accelerate its green hydrogen plans. Sasol is focusing on green hydrogen -- made by machines called electrolyzers that are powered by the wind... 

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NT promised A$300m investment in green energy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged a A$300-million funding package to the Northern Territory, to grow export opportunities and boost employment, ahead of a federal election in May. The A$300-million package will fund a new hydrogen hub in Darwin and multiple carbon capture... 

Morrison promises green future in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th April 2022 Diversified miner Glencore on Tuesday welcomed the promise of federal funding of up to A$35-million to its CTSCo carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) project. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on the campaign trail in Queensland, has promised funding of over A$275-million to the Queensland energy... 

Miners gather amid surging demand for critical minerals and fiercely rising ESG demands

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd April 2022 Amid the global transition to renewable energies and the effects of strong commodity prices and supply crunches, there is a scramble to ensure security of supply of critical and battery minerals in Africa. These factors heighten the importance of African mining and the role of the Investing in... 

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Hydrogen options for Cockburn prove positive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st April 2022 An independent feasibility study into the Cockburn green hydrogen plant, in Western Australia, has proven positive. The City of Cockburn Council is aiming to develop the Henderson waste recovery park into a renewable energy park through the installation of on-site renewable power and production... 

President Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba 2022

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which takes place in Cape Town from May 9 to 12. The attendance of Ramaphosa, who will speak on Tuesday, May 10, signals the continued importance of mining to the South African economy as a... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Qld backs hydrogen transport

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2022 The Queensland government on Wednesday announced a A$2.7-million funding support to bus company Emerald Coaches to trial buses powered with renewable hydrogen to transport mine workers and students in the Bowen Basin. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Emerald... 

Saldanha Bay ideal for green hydrogen production

By: Donna Slater     19th April 2022 The Saldanha Bay region has “excellent” solar and wind resources that have the potential for large renewable energy electricity at competitive costs, making it an ideal location to produce green hydrogen – hydrogen made using renewable energy as a source of electricity – Council for Scientific... 

Geopolitical support for hydrogen evolution positive for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2022 The overall geopolitical situation is lending strong support to the hydrogen evolution, which in turn continues to drive the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs). Hydrogen Europe and the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are now calculating that 2030 will see the generation of 320 GW to 400 GW... 

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Heraeus Precious Metals Executive VP New Business Development Dr Philipp Walter

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is upending the global transition away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. In some ways, the war is slowing the shift and giving old energy new life. In others, it’s bolstering the argument that adding more electric vehicles to roads and installing... 

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

Miners welcome Morrison's election promises

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th April 2022 The resources sector has been quick to welcome election promises from the Coalition government, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised a A$50-million investment to boost the critical minerals supply chain in Western Australia, along with a host of energy-related investments. The Prime... 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Anglo positioning itself as favoured iron-ore supplier to green steelmakers  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American is taking steps to position itself as a favoured iron-ore supplier to green steel producers. 

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Anglo American sustainability presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pilot projects can launch hydrogen economy locally

By: Sabrina Jardim     14th April 2022 South Africa should move forward with pilot projects to enable the green hydrogen economy to grow on a larger scale, says project integrator and technology provider Green Hydrogen Solutions founder and CEO Ebrahim Takolia. “As more renewable energy comes online from Eskom and distributed energy... 

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EBRAHIM TAKOLIA The company has been Beta testing its application – Green Hydrogen App Ecosystem - to facilitate the integration of variable renewable electricity into a green hydrogen ecosystem

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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PGMs Industry Day webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Desert Bloom attracts Japanese investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Japanese energy giant Osaka Gas has entered into a joint development agreement at the $10.75-billion Desert Bloom hydrogen project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement will see Osaka Gas and Desert Bloom proponent, Aqua Aerem, jointly develop the project, which will produce some 410 000 t/y... 

Many hydrogen opportunities in S Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     13th April 2022 The export of green hydrogen is an opportunity South Africa should capitalise on, as are a number of other hydrogen opportunities that are available, says hydrogen-focused company Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) CEO Niels Luchters. “Hydrogen and fuel cells provide a reliable energy source,... 

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DR JACK FLETCHER & NIELS LUCHTERS HYENA’s POWER POD is a diesel generator replacement and is currently being developed as a prototype

Orica partners in new hydrogen project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th April 2022 Mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica has teamed up with pure play green hydrogen developer H2U Group on a strategic partnership agreement to initiate the first phase of the proposed H2-Hub Gladstone project, in Queensland. The H2-Hub Gladstone is a multi-billion industrial-scale... 

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Green hydrogen economy to bring opportunities for South Africa 

By: Sabrina Jardim     12th April 2022 Government needs to hasten implementation of policies and execute its investment commitments to enable a local hydrogen economy, says National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba. “This is crucial to unlock the green hydrogen economy and the opportunities it presents.” 

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HYDROGEN OUTLOOK National Society of Black Engineers president Mdu Mlaba says a local green hydrogen economy presents new opportunities

Clients planning to close many renewable energy project deals this year – Nedbank CIB  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2022 While Africa is blessed with great natural sun and wind resources, it has about 600-million people living without access to electricity, which is one of the biggest impediments to the continent’s economic growth. Renewable energy is available to put an end to this impediment, as it can provide... 

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Nedbank CIB Group Managing Executive Anél Bosman interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy 

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 Energy and chemicals company Sasol senior sustainability manager Viran Pillay has reiterated that the group already has the technology to produce green hydrogen, which will form a key part of its strategy to transitioning from being the second-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in South Africa to... 

Green hydrogen production a key part of Sasol’s net-zero strategy

Hydrogen economy ‘incredibly exciting opportunity’, says Minerals Council’s Baxter 

By: Martin Creamer     8th April 2022 Mobility in mining is perfectly suited to kickstarting the domestic hydrogen adoption process, according to Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who drew attention during the PGMs Industry Day conference to several mining companies that had already played a leadership role in the... 

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Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Hydrogen, public-service reform, Zambian copper make headlines   

8th April 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks SFA Oxford’s Stephen Forrest's belief that hydrogen is the key to long-term use of platinum; former President Kgalema Motlanthe's statement that the process to appoint public-service managers should be reformed; and Castillo Copper's argument for copper... 

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Hydrogen, public-service reform, Zambian copper make headlines

Baxter says hydrogen sector could be 25 times larger than the iron-ore industry 

By: Darren Parker     7th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter has said South Africa’s hydrogen sector has the potential to be 25 times larger than the country’s iron-ore industry. Speaking at the 2022 PGMs Industry Day, in Johannesburg, on April 6, he said this would only be achievable if the country were to... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Hydrogen key to long-term use of platinum, says SFA Oxford’s Forrest   

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2022 Coordinated industry intervention is required to create sustainable platinum group metals (PGM) markets, with hydrogen the key to the long-term use of platinum, said outgoing SFA Oxford head Stephen Forrest in a swansong address. “Promote PGMs heavily as platinum’s structural surplus helps... 

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Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer Media

Green finance taxonomy to help investors make green project decisions – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     5th April 2022 South Africa’s first green finance taxonomy will help investors and financial institutions make more informed decisions on ‘green’ projects, say Webber Wentzel’s Patrick Heron and Joon Chong. Heron and Chong describe the taxonomy, launched by National Treasury last Friday, as an official... 

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Minerals Council ending century-long relationship with Johannesburg CBD

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2022 Minerals Council South Africa has begun a new era by moving into modern premises in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and closing a century-long chapter in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD). The historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street– which was constructed in 1921 – will be sold. 

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Historic Minerals Council building, on Hollard Street.

Gas and clean energy gets federal funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 The federal government has set aside some A$1.3-billion of new investment in the 2022/23 Budget to maintain energy security, keep downward pressure on energy prices while reducing emissions. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the measures would further... 

FFI unveils hydrogen plans for Europe

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th March 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and European energy network operator E.ON will partner to become Europe’s largest green renewable hydrogen supplier and distributor. The two companies are hoping to deliver up to five-million tonnes a year of green, renewable hydrogen... 

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FFI chairperson and founder Andrew Forrest

China’s imports have shifted platinum into global deficit, says independent consultant 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2022 China’s importation of platinum has shifted platinum’s supply balance into deficit, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis. Supply-and-demand forecasts presented to the market are not giving the complete picture, Davis contends in a 17-page analysis published by Singapore-based... 

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Independent precious metals consultant Dr David Davis.

Stanwell signs up for Queensland's hydrogen future

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2022 Queensland government-owned energy company Stanwell Corporation has joined Rio Tinto Australia, Alpha HPA and Orica and Spanish multinational ACCIONA, in joining the Queensland government to unlock renewable opportunities in the state. Stanwell has signed up for the Central Queensland Statement... 

Green hydrogen energy supply to local communities envisaged by Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2022 The green hydrogen footprint being developed by Anglo American could be extended to provide low-cost and efficient energy to local communities. Anglo, which is advancing towards using green hydrogen to replace diesel in the huge haul truck it is building at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena... 

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Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani.

Pilot's hydrogen studies prove successful

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2022 Feasibility studies by ASX-listed Pilot Energy has confirmed the viability of developing a large-scale clean hydrogen production project in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Pilot Energy last year announced key studies to assess the feasibility and economics of, and to recommend the... 

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