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Hydrogen News

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

UK funding demonstrator for a new hydrogen storage technology, conceived in Australia

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2022 The UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has awarded funding for a safe hydrogen storage and transport technology demonstrator. The technology was developed by an Australian company, Carbon280. The technology was proposed to the UK authorities by a consortium led... 

FFI signs power deal for hydrogen projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th February 2022 ASX-listed Fortescue Metal’s green energy arm, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), has signed agreements with publicly-owned Powerlink and Economic Development Queensland to connect sites at Gibson Island and Aldoga near Gladstone to Powerlink’s transmission network to allow renewable electricity... 

Platinum-containing fuel cell bus developments on the rise – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     25th February 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that markets for hydrogen fuel cell-powered busses are developing rapidly. Hydrogen fuel cell buses are equipped with fuel cells that use proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, which relies on a platinum catalyst. 

DSI’s Maserumule reiterates South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2022 South Africa is looking to build out funding opportunities and partnerships with international donors and countries that are aiming to decarbonise their own economies through the use of green hydrogen, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) hydrogen and energy chief director Rebecca... 

Hydrogen plant planned for Dalrymple Bay

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th February 2022 ASX-listed Dalrymple Bay Infrastructure has inked a funding agreement with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, Brookfield Infrastructure Group and international trading company ITOCHU Corporation to complete detailed feasibility studies associated with the development of the Dalrymple Bay... 

Platinum group metals may also play role in batteries – Anglo American Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd February 2022 The unique properties of platinum group metals (PGMs) may also play a role in batteries, says Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Natascha Viljoen. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Viljoen highlighted how PGMs are poised to play a role, no matter the direction in which the energy... 

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

African miners aggressively pursuing decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2022 Mining companies are aggressively pursuing decarbonisation at their operations, with a myriad of different strategies, and varying timelines across the spectrum of miners, but with the same end-goal of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately achieving net-zero operations. This was indicated by... 

The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine
The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine

Kumba fast-tracking solar, customising green hydrogen, sees good lump premium prospects 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2022 South Africa’s major iron-ore producer and marketer Kumba Iron Ore is fast-tracking solar power permitting and looking to wind energy, it is discussing the use of green hydrogen with particularly European customers, and it foresees relatively strong iron-ore prices continuing in the short term as... 

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Kumba Iron Ore marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.

Multiple renewable energy forms being evaluated across South Africa – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner and marketer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), which on Monday reported a record 2021 financial performance, is collectively evaluating options to access multiple forms of renewable energy across South Africa, including hydro pump power and wheeling renewable... 

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Anglo American Platinum’s record financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sasolburg electrolyser to be repurposed to produce green hydrogen within 24 months 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Green-hydrogen aspirant Sasol has set aside R350-million to repurpose an operational electrolyser at Sasolburg, in the Free State, to produce green hydrogen. CEO Fleetwood Grobler tells Engineering News that the “proof-of-concept project” is likely to be fully operational within 18 to 24 months,... 

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Rio commits to a future at Tasmanian aluminium smelter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st February 2022 Diversified miner Rio Tinto will partner with the Tasmanian government to jointly investigate how the Bell Bay aluminium smelter’s manufacturing capability and electricity demand could support the development of new industries and renewable industry in the region. Under a memorandum of... 

Platinum industry sees value in offshore wind-to-hydrogen technology

By: Darren Parker     18th February 2022 Sustainable offshore energy production could help deliver cost-competitive green hydrogen, which the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says could play a significant role in the transition away from fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, which is, in turn,... 

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Global installed wind-generation capacity was at 564 GW in 2018

Nzimande outlines key role for green hydrogen in recovery as he launches Hydrogen Society Road Map   

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande made a direct link between the country’s plans to produce green hydrogen for export and domestic markets and the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) when officially unveiling the Hydrogen Society Road Map (HSRM) on... 

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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande speaks during the virtual launch of the Hydrogen Society Road Map. Production: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd.

Germany to transfer hydrogen technology to Africa -govt official

By: Reuters     17th February 2022 The German government is planning to transfer hydrogen production technology to African countries amid its efforts to quit coal and nuclear energy, a German government official said on Wednesday. Germany will have to import 40% to 60% of the hydrogen it needs for its energy transformation plans,... 

Hunter-Central REZ draws a crowd

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th February 2022 More than A$100-billion of potential energy investments have emerged for the Hunter-Central Coast Renewable Energy Zone (REZ). New South Wales Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean on Wednesday reported that the state government had received commercial interest from 24 solar energy projects,... 

Red tape delaying R90bn investment in ready-to-go projects – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2022 Red tape is delaying investment worth R90-billion in ready-to-go mining-related projects, at a time when the South African economy is in desperate need of such projects proceeding, to create jobs and to stimulate economic growth. Projects worth R30-billion would be able to proceed if the 4... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen strategy supporting development of R270bn Northern Cape pipeline 

By: Martin Creamer     11th February 2022 Over the past year, the South African government has built on its successful hydrogen strategy to make major strides in positioning the country as a global leader in the green hydrogen market, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated during his State of the Nation Address. This positioning included the... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Hazer signs hydrogen MoU in Canada

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th February 2022 ASX-listed Hazer Group has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canadian integrated energy company Suncor Energy and energy provider FortisBC Energy to develop a 2 500 t/y low-carbon emission hydrogen production facility based on the Hazer Technology. The proposed hydrogen project will... 

Foreseen renewables demand providing opportunity for job creation, just energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     10th February 2022 Demand already foreseen is providing South Africa with the far-reaching and very welcome opportunity to create sufficient new jobs – “and then some” – to ensure a just energy transition away from the country’s current climate-threatening carbon intensity, Mining Weekly can report. South Africa’s... 

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From left, clockwise, Paul O’Flaherty, Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Hein Reyneke, and Andre de Ruyter

ACCIONA Energia joins Qld decarbonisation efforts

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th February 2022 Renewable energy producer ACCIONA Energía has become the fourth signatory to sign the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation, joining major Rio Tinto, Alpha HPA and Orica. The Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation would see the signatories to work with the state government to ensure... 

Fifteen banks now steering clear of East African oil project, says Just Share

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Four out of five of South Africa’s largest lenders have confirmed that they will not be involved in the financing of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project, taking the total number of non-participating commercial banks globally to 15. Shareholder activism organisation Just Share stated in a... 

Directors face potential liability for climate change risks – Webber Wentzel 

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2022 Directors face potential liability if they fail to carry out their fiduciary duties to curb climate change risks and do not make complete disclosures about climate-related risks, Webber Wentzel partner Merlita Kennedy and associate Tobia Serongoane stated on Tuesday. In a release to Mining... 

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Webber Wentzel associate Tobia Serongoane (left) and partner Merlita Kennedy.

Renewables come in at less than half of what we’re paying for energy – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2022 Failure to wholeheartedly embrace the generation of renewable energy is out-and-out business folly. Anglo American and Engie made this perfectly clear on Thursday when they revealed that renewables come in at less than half the price of South Africa’s currently high-priced carbon-intensive power... 

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From left, Natascha Viljoen, Jonathan Debasc and Fahmida Smith.

Resources Watch  

2nd February 2022 This week: South Africa's RBCT exports lowest coal tonnage since 1996; Hydrogen roadmap targeting societal well-being, North West conference told; And, Speed up solar, wind and storage developments – Easton 

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Resources Watch

FFI takes a stake in Sparc Hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) will joint venture (JV) with technology solutions provider Sparc Technologies to develop green hydrogen technology. The JV between FFI, Sparc and the University of Adelaide, will be known as Sparc Hydrogen, with the company having an... 

Project Haber given major project status

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2022 The federal government has awarded Major Project status to ASX-listed Strike Energy’s Project Haber urea fertiliser project, in Western Australia. The A$3-billion urea manufacturing facility in the Narngulu Industrial Area, near Geraldton, will produce up to 1.4-million tonnes a year of urea... 

South Africa needs to embrace Ubuntu principles in going green, webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2022 In decarbonising and going green, South Africa needs to embrace the principles of Ubuntu and show humanity towards others. That view was expressed by Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Martin Preece during the 'Decarbonisation & Going Green in the Mining Sector' webinar hosted by Creamer Media... 

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From top left, clockwise, are Abel Sakhau, Martin Preece, Jevon Martin, Nikisi Lesufi and James Mackay.

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... 

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Hydrogen, coal exports make headlines

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... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
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... 

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