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Hydrogen News

TNG eyes hydrogen collaboration

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 ASX-listed TNG has inked a heads of agreement (HoA) with Malaysian-based green energy company AGV Energy & Technology to collaborate on the proposed integration of vanadium redox flow batteries with green hydrogen production technology. AGV Energy and its partners are developing a technology to... 

Aus mulls hydrogen certification

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st June 2021 The federal government has released a discussion paper on the design of an Australian hydrogen Guarantee of Origin (GO) certification scheme for consultation. Energy and Emissions Minister Angus Taylor said that the establishment of a hydrogen GO certification scheme is a priority under... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines  

18th June 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks how Sasol could be ready to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months; the White House document that is focusing on manganese as a preferred battery element contender; and the International Council on Mining and Metals assessing over 300 vehicle... 

Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines
Sasol, manganese, ICMM make headlines

Blackstone investigates hydrogen in Vietnam

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th June 2021 ASX-listed Blackstone Minerals has started studies into the potential application of green hydrogen at its proposed Ta Koha nickel/copper/platinum project, in Vietnam. The current feasibility for the Ta Khoa project requires the use of oxygen in the downstream processing plant, which is... 

CEFC makes first hydrogen investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th June 2021 The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has made its first hydrogen-related investment in a new venture that aims to help commercialise innovative electrolyser production technology to further accelerate Australia’s clean hydrogen industry by bringing down production costs. Electrolysis is a... 

CEFC makes first hydrogen investment

Sasol able to produce green hydrogen within 24 months – CEO   

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2021 Synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol is in a position to be able to produce green hydrogen within the next 24 months, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler said on Thursday. Grobler was responding to Absa group industrials research head Christina Steyn, who moderated an SA Tomorrow panel discussion... 

From top left, clockwise, Christina Steyn, Natascha Viljoen, Dmitri Bessarabov and Fleetwood Grobler
JSE hydrogen panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hydrogen a massive opportunity for Aus - Woodmac

17th June 2021 New data by advisory firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) has shown that low-carbon hydrogen could become a $50-billion to $90-billion export industry for Australia in 2050. Australia rates consistently in the top echelons for solar irradiance and has vast potential for large-scale carbon capture and... 

Australian energy powering the world - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th June 2021 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Geoscience Australia’s snapshot of the nation's energy resources has reaffirmed Australia’s abundance of world class energy resources and role as a globally significant energy commodity producer, with energy export earnings contributing more than A$130-billion to the... 

Australian energy powering the world - report

Govt pours funding into Rio's alumina study

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2021 The federal government will provide more than A$500 000 in funding a study investigating the feasibility of using renewable hydrogen instead of natural gas to process alumina, helping to reduce emissions across the aluminium supply chain. Mining giant Rio Tinto will conduct a A$1.2-million... 

Govt pours funding into Rio's alumina study

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Amogy closes funding round for zero-emission mobility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Ammonia-based emission-free, high energy-density power solutions developer Amogy has announced the close of a major funding round. Led by AP Ventures, a significant investor in breakthrough hydrogen technologies, the round included San Francisco-based funds DCVC and Collaborative Fund, and... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

Aus and Germany sign hydrogen agreement

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th June 2021 The Australian government has announced a partnership with Germany that will invest in a series of new initiatives to accelerate the development of a hydrogen industry, creating new economic opportunities and jobs while reducing emissions. The Australia-Germany Hydrogen Accord built on the... 

Qld govt to expand renewables fund to include hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2021 The Queensland government will expand its A$500-million Queensland Renewable Energy Fund into a A$2-billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund as part of its Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan. The A$2-billion investment will provide cheaper, cleaner energy to power more industries and create... 

Qld govt to expand renewables fund to include hydrogen

Aus, Singapore sign A$30m partnership on hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2021 The Australian government has announced a A$30-million partnership with Singapore to accelerate the deployment of low emissions fuels and technologies, such as clean hydrogen, to reduce emissions in maritime and port operations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was driving practical... 

Regenerative coal mining crucial part of just transition to green economy – Bevan Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2021 A shift to “regenerative mining” of coal reserves is a crucial part of a solution to a greener, cleaner future, said African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones on Wednesday. Jones, a former commodity trader at Macquarie and Rand Merchant Bank, who cofounded the global coal market in London in the... 

African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

Stanwell secures land for hydrogen project

8th June 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced that publicly-owned generator Stanwell and its Japanese partner Iwatani Corporation have secured land west of Gladstone for a 3 GW renewable hydrogen facility. Stanwell and Iwatani Corporation are hoping to develop the export-scale facility,... 

Water, offtake markets core focus areas for green hydrogen project developers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 While renewable energy prices are tracking lower and electrolyser technology is evolving, the availability of water as an input for the production of green hydrogen, sustainably generated from renewable power sources, and the specific markets for green hydrogen products are important focus areas... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market, CRU tells Junior Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2021 Price hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Commodity prices soaring above cost levels shown in this CRU chart.
CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna at Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 On behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June. The funding,... 

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top clockwise, ENSafrica COO Otsile Matlou, Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart, DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena and AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.

Tender for new modern cadastre system to be invited next week   

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2021 A tender for a new modern cadastre system to provide exploration information will be invited by the end of next week, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Tuesday. In his opening keynote address on initiatives to ignite the exploration... 

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Director-General Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Macarthur investigates hydrogen option for Lake Giles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st June 2021 ASX-listed Macarthur Minerals will trial the integration of hydrogen power at its flagship Lake Giles iron project, in Western Australia. The company on Tuesday announced that it had inked a strategic partnership and collaboration agreement with Lavo Hydrogen Technology Holding to investigate the... 

Battery material value-add consolidation in South Africa under consideration by Mick Davis-linked NextSource  

By: Martin Creamer     31st May 2021 South Africa, which has the wherewithal to provide the value-add consolidation advantage to battery materials that the world’s electric vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) want, is being seriously considered for the role, NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba said on Monday.... 

NextSource president and CEO Craig Scherba
NextSource President and CEO Craig Scherba interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Serowe spuds on the horizon

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen Corporation and its joint venture (JV) partner BotsGas are readying to spud the first of six wells at the Serowe coal seam gas project, in Botswana. The campaign will consist of two separate stage of three appraisal wells each, and is designed to confirm the geological... 

Hydrogen 'a huge opportunity' to replace fossil fuels, says US energy secretary

By: Reuters     31st May 2021 US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday called hydrogen "a huge opportunity" for the oil and gas sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Granholm visited an Air Liquide facility in Texas that produces hydrogen, a clean-burning gas that environmentalists say could replace fossil fuels... 

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

Govt-Minerals Council team established to promote exploration – Mgojo  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE) and Minerals Council South Africa have established a task team to promote exploration, outgoing Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Wednesday. The exploration task team, Mgojo said during his address to the council’s 131st annual general... 

Progress on raising the embedded generation cap to 50MW
Minerals Council South Africa AGM covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nolitha Fakude first woman mining industry president in 131 years 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2021 The board members of Minerals Council South Africa on Wednesday elected the first female president in 131 years. New president Nolitha Fakude, a former Minerals Council VP who is the chairperson of Anglo American South Africa, said she would be focusing on ensuring that mining contributes... 

Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.
Top right, clockwise are Nolitha Fakude, Paul Dunne, Peter Steenkamp and Themba Mkhwanazi.

CSIRO unveils hydrogen plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2021 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on Wednesday launched a Hydrogen Industry Mission to accelerate key projects and boost research collaborations to help grow the sector. Through the mission, CSIRO, government and partners in research and industry are... 

CSIRO unveils hydrogen plans

More hydrogen clusters planned for Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th May 2021 Queensland has flagged the creation of two additional hydrogen clusters in Gladstone and Toowoomba, building on a A$100 000 commitment from the state government through a partnership with National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) to establish the new clusters which will now work alongside the... 

EWSETA planning to bolster domestic hydrogen development readiness, capabilities

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2021 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is planning to work closely with hydrogen sector role-players in South Africa in an effort to ensure that as the uptake of this technology grows, young people are being capacitated with the knowledge and skills needed to see... 

Pure Hydrogen secures transport solution

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th May 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen has signed a term sheet with transporter Pure Haul to transport hydrogen to potential customers. Pure Hydrogen said on Tuesday that the transport and logistic services provided by Pure Haul would form part of the company’s total supply chain, which will encompass... 

Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday  

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 Arne Frandsen’s great green graphite offering debuts Monday when trading of the shares of Nouveau Monde Graphite begin on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no half measure with Nouveau Monde Graphite chairperson and Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Frandsen when it comes to... 

Arne Frandsen
Pallinghurst Group managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines   

21st May 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses Anglo American calling the global climate crisis "something that exceeds anything seen in centuries"; a call for unemployed geology graduates to capture historic exploration data; and the PGMs opportunities coming out of the hydrogen economy being... 

Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines
Climate change, geology graduates, PGMs make headlines

FFI investigates green ammonia link with Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st May 2021 The energy subsidiary of iron-ore miner Fortescue, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese major IHI Corporation and its Australian arm IHI Engineering Australia to investigate the potential of establishing green ammonia supply chains between... 

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
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