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Hydrogen News

Sasol takes lead role in feasibility study for Boegoebaai green hydrogen project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Promotion Agency to lead the feasibility study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as an export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia. The Boegoebaai green... 

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

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Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pele Green-EDF SA consortium to build 100 MW solar PV plant at Mogalakwena 

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 JSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has selected the Pele Green Energy – EDF Renewables South Africa consortium as the preferred supplier to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Pele Green Energy develops,... 

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Fortescue sets Scope 3 targets, hopes green hydrogen will help

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals this week announced a target to achieve net zero Scope 3 emissions by 2040, addressing emissions across its entire global value chain, including crude steel manufacturing which accounts for 98% of the company’s Scope 3 emissions. The company told shareholders... 

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Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

Creamer Media screenshots and design of elements presented at PwC SA Mine 2021
PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World must target absolute zero emissions, Australian iron-ore mogul says

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 The world needs to focus on absolute zero emissions, rather than a net zero target, and use clean hydrogen to get there rather than relying on unproven technologies such as carbon capture and storage, Australian iron-ore titan Andrew Forrest said on Monday. Forrest, who grew Fortescue Metals... 

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Andrew Forrest believes the world needs to focus on green hydrogen, rather than carbon capture and storage technologies.

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

Screenshot of Paul Dunne taken during Northam presentation early 2021
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Alet Coetzee, CFO of Northam Platinum, during presentation of annual results on 30 Sept 2021
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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

UHURU urges South Africa to consider biohydrogen options 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2021 The hype around hydrogen is being driven by agendas and not facts in South Africa, says biomass-focused energy company UHURU Energy, which is urging the country to consider biohydrogen options. UHURU biohydrogen lead Philip Riekert says the company believes that hydrogen is being promoted as a... 

UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock

Forces combine to study CCUS opportunities in the NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 The Northern Territory government has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a number of oil and gas companies to develop a path towards rapid emissions reduction across the energy sector in Northern Australia. The partnership will assess... 

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Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

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IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Hydrogen Council calls for A$10bn net zero fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 The Australian Hydrogen Council has urged action on the part of the federal government in order to achieve net zero emissions with the assistance of the hydrogen industry. In a white paper released this week, the Council has advocated for the development of a new hydrogen planning body and the... 

Long-term supply contracts shielding Sibanye-Stillwater from PGMs price swing 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater has emphasised its strong long-term supply contract positions in the face of the current spot price pendulum swinging away from the sky-high price levels of earlier this year. Most of the sales of the Johannesburg- and... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater PGM Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fortescue makes new appointment as focus shifts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals on Thursday announced a number of executive appointments as the company started its transition from a pure play iron-ore producer to a green renewables and resources company. Dino Otranto has been appointed COO of iron-ore at Fortescue, joining the company from... 

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sasol triples 2030 decarbonisation target, makes net-zero by 2050 pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a material acceleration of its decarbonisation plans, confirming that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 rather than by the much-criticised 10% level to which it initially committed. CEO Fleetwood Grobler has also pledged... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
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Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Hydrogen Society Roadmap focus to shift from research to commercialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2021 Cabinet has approved an extension of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) to 2030, with the aim of shifting its focus from research to commercialisation. “The HSRM builds on what has been achieved in the past 10 years to prepare South Africa to move from research and development to manufacturing... 

Hydrogen Society Roadmap focus to shift from research to commercialisation

Gates raises $1bn as corporate CEOs join race to scale clean tech

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2021 Bill Gates raised more than $1-billion in corporate funding for Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, drawing on BlackRock’s Larry Fink and Microsoft's Satya Nadella to rally support for some of the world’s most demanding clean-energy projects. BlackRock is making a five-year, $100-million grant from... 

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Bill Gates

Australian govt invests more into hydrogen hubs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th September 2021 The federal government has added a further A$150-million in funding to the A$1.2-billion hydrogen investment, adding two locations under the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program to enable the rollout of hydrogen hubs across seven priority regional sites. Hubs will consolidate Australia’s... 

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Sasol, NRF call for energy transition and green economy solution proposals 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are requesting research proposals on science and engineering projects that can enable Sasol’s and South Africa’s energy transition, as well as the development of the country’s green economy. Of interest to... 

S Africa steps into its global hydrogen potential

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     17th September 2021 With moderate estimates suggesting that South Africa could secure 10% of the global export market share in the green hydrogen economy (GHE), the local industry will undoubtably experience a boom, says engineering consultancy WSP. The country will be exposed to opportunities in the green hydrogen... 

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MARTIN MKHABELA Even though there is significant potential for hydrogen in South Africa, the country is not there yet

Hydrogen at forefront of SA’s RDI horizon

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     17th September 2021 Given the commercial potential of hydride-based hydrogen solutions, research development and innovation (RDI) programme Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems tells Mining Weekly that, within the next five to seven years, it will be feasible for South Africa to realistically develop the necessary... 

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HIGH TECH Fuel cells can be applied wherever electricity is required

First hydrogen station commissioned in Chile

17th September 2021 Diversified major Anglo American last month announced its Chilean copper business making history by commissioning the country’s first green hydrogen station for zero carbon vehicles. This is another step towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 as a part of Anglo’s Sustainable Mining Plan... 

An image of a hydrogen forklift outside Anglo American’s Chilean copper business
HYDROGEN STATIONS Using a hydrogen generator module, a fuel cell is fed to provide clean energy to a forklift crane

Roundtable hears views on South Africa’s hydrogen progress, JSE mulls metals exchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2021 Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on September 15 hosted its sixth annual platinum group metals (PGMs) roundtable, placing emphasis on the progress achieved thus far in developing hydrogen opportunities in South Africa. Political strategist Joel Netshitenzhe, as the first... 

Hydrogen fuel cell truck

Funding provided to Stanewell's hydrogen study in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 The Australian government is providing up to $2.17 million through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support the A$10.5-million into the study for a large-scale hydrogen electrolyser and liquefaction facility in Gladstone, Queensland. Energy infrastructure business APA Group this... 

WA joins Future Fuels CRC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2021 The Western Australian government has joined the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), as part of its efforts to becoming an industry leader in hydrogen. The Future Fuels CRC is an industry focused research, development and demonstration partnership supporting the decarbonisation of... 

Resources Watch  

15th September 2021 This week: Platinum demand strengthening; Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential; and, Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining 

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Resources Watch

Hydrogenious raises €50m to scale, commercialise hydrogen storage tech

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2021 Cleantech company Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies has raised a further €50-million to scale and commercialise its technology. The oversubscribed funding round was led by JERA Americas, alongside Temasek, with Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital investing for the first time. 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media during debate on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Broadening ESG has provided clear paths to economic benefit – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2021 Sustainability is not a function of compliance but rather a strategic imperative to change the role that mining plays in society and in economies, says Sibanye-Stillwater senior vice-president and head of sustainability Loyiso Ndlovu. “We do this by sticking to the knitting in being miners, and... 

Sibanye Investor Day 2021
Sibanye-Stillwater Investor Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines   

10th September 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks African Rainbow Minerals touting the possibility of an opportunity for manganese alloy production locally; the Nkomati Nickel mine could hold underground opportunity; and the three structural characteristics that South Africa has to possibly become a... 

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Manganese, Nkomati Mine, green-hydrogen make headlines

Woodside signs hydrogen partnership agreement in South Korea

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2021 Oil and gas major Woodside will be the only foreign direct investor participating in the  establishment of the HyStation company, which aims to construct and operate hydrogen refuelling stations to service public transport bus fleets in South Korea. Woodside will be joining South Korean... 

Hydrogen uptake to lag for the next decade - consultancy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th September 2021 Global hydrogen adoption in new sectors is expected to be modest over the next ten years, global consultancy Partners in Performance said on Thursday. Speaking at the Hydrogen and Mines virtual summit, Australia and New Zealand regional energy transition lead, Peter Mann, said, the uptake of... 

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

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Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2021 South Africa has three favourable structural characteristics that potentially give it a “first mover advantage” to become a global green-hydrogen leader, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler argued in his address during a ‘Hydrogen Economy Discussion’ facilitated by well-known mining personality Bernard... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Fuel cell maker says China is an increasingly promising market for hydrogen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2021 Hydrogen fuel cell maker Refire sees strong potential for fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) growth in China, particularly as the new energy vehicle (NEV) industry will expand under the country’s 2060 carbon neutral directive. According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)... 

Fuel cell maker says China is an increasingly promising market for hydrogen

Australia and Canada to benefit from green steel revolution - Fitch

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Australia, Canada and Brazil all stood to benefit from the emergence of a green steel market, researcher Fitch Solutions said. Speaking at the Hydrogen in Mining virtual conference, Fitch Solutions head of commodities analysis, Aurelia Britsch said on Wednesday that not only would low carbon... 

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