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Hydrogen News

Argentina, Fortescue unveil $8.4bn green hydrogen investment plan

By: Reuters     2nd November 2021 Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest is planning what could be up to an $8.4-billion "green hydrogen" investment in Argentina, the South American country's government said on Monday after a meeting between the businessman and President Alberto Fernandez. Forrest, whose Fortescue Metals... 

FFI to become UK's largest hydrogen supplier

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), will become the largest supplier of green hydrogen to the UK after striking a deal with construction giant J C Bamford Excavators (JCB) and Ryze Hydrogen.  Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed prior... 

Anglo to transition to green hydrogen mine fleet over decade – Cutifani 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American, which is piloting the world’s biggest green hydrogen-powered haulage vehicle, is planning to replace its global truck fleet of 400 diesel trucks with hydrogen trucks over a ten-year period from about 2024. Introducing hydrogen mobility on its mines will... 

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Anglo to use underground mine water to generate electricity   

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American is planning to use water in its underground mines as batteries. The water will be pumped up when operations have excess renewable power and allowed to run back down when electricity is needed. 

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From top left clockwise are Mark Cutifani, Jon Samuel, Stephen Pearce and Zahira Quatrocchi.

WA investigates green steel options

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st November 2021 The Western Australian government will investigate the viability of sustainably processing iron-ore to green steel, or the inputs necessary to create green steel. The state government has committed A$1-million to the investigation, with the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia having... 

Anglo American sets ambition to halve Scope 3 emissions by 2040 

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2021 Diversified mining company Anglo American on Friday published its Climate Change Report 2021, ahead of its six-monthly sustainability performance update. The update includes Anglo’s progress towards its target of carbon neutral operations (Scopes 1 & 2) by 2040 and its ambition to reduce its... 

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Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Platinum consolidation, Canada's First Nations, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines   

29th October 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the recent Impala Platinum proposal that seeks to acquire Royal Bafokeng Platinum, as well as African Rainbow Minerals being in talks to acquire the Bokoni Platinum Mine. Further, he notes that while miners are urged to take hydrogen seriously in its... 

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Platinum acquisitions, Canada's First Nations, Sibanye-Stillwater make headlines

FFI and Fortescue sign up for UN environmental drive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals and its green energy arm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) have formally joined the UN Race to Zero Coalition ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. “We are pleased to be joining the UN Race to Zero Coalition as we prepare to head to COP26 where we will... 

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

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World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

GEV hopes for hydrogen production by 2026

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th October 2021 ASX-listed Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has unveiled plans to develop a green hydrogen export project on the Tiwi Islands, in the Northern Territory, with a phased capacity of up to 2.8 GW, producing up to 100 000 t/y of green hydrogen for export. GEV is proposing a staged approach to... 

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

Woodside plans hydrogen facility in Perth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2021 Energy major Woodside on Monday unveiled plans to establish a world-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Perth. The proposed project, named H2Perth, would be built on 130 ha of vacant industrial land to be leased from the state in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area and Rockingham... 

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Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2021 Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity. “They’re going to be local energy systems,” Change Energy principal Rymal Smith said in response to Fasken... 

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Bimaadzwin CEO Isadore Day

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

WA's hydrogen focus switches to transport

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian government has called on transport operators, equipment manufacturers and hydrogen producers to team up and submit an expression of interest (EoI) for its Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program. The program will provide financial support to a project that includes the... 

Consultation open for hydrogen and renewable gases in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The federal government has called for consultation on national reforms that will support the next steps in the roll-out of hydrogen, biomethane and other renewable gases to be used in Australia’s gas networks. Energy Ministers agreed in August to expedite reforms to support investment in... 

Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Pure Hydrogen taps the vehicle market

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen will acquire an initial 24% interest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle company H2X Global and establishing Pure X Mobility as an entity for the development of hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck and buses for use in the Australian market. In return for the 24% interest in H2X,... 

Montem hopes to be Canada's first green hydrogen producer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2021 ASX-listed Montem Resources has unveiled plans to transition its Tent Mountain metallurgical coal project, in Alberta, to become a renewable energy complex. Montem is proposing to build an integrated wind and hydropower complex to produce green hydrogen at Tent Mountain, with the renewable... 

Montem hopes to be Canada's first green hydrogen producer

Hydrogen fuel cell has inexhaustible future, says Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 The hydrogen fuel cell has an inexhaustible future as a means of maintaining the planet’s high standard of living, said Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest during a global online symposium this week. “Our little planet’s cooking, the world’s impatient and there’s any amount of... 

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Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh (left) and Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest (right)

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

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Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

Billionaire miner sees next fortune in rush for clean energy

By: Bloomberg     14th October 2021 It took Andrew Forrest a little over a decade to build an iron-ore empire to challenge the global majors. Now he’s set himself an equally ambitious timeline to create a global powerhouse in clean energy. The Perth-based billionaire, widely known as “Twiggy” in Australia, has been scouring the... 

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Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Netherlands comes knocking for Qld hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 The Queensland government have agreed to terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to potentially export hydrogen. The Port of Rotterdam has an ambition to import up to 20-million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025. 

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

CleanCo joins hydrogen forces in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2021 Queensland-based renewable energy generator CleanCo has joined Sumitomo Corporation and its partners on the development of a hydrogen industry in Gladstone. Sumitomo earlier this year inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partners Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional... 

Electronics company expects strong growth for fuel cell cars

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2021 A report by IDTechEx forecasts that the market value of on-road fuel cell vehicles will reach $160-billion by 2042, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23.9% from 2022 to 2042. The electronics company believes that incorporating a fuel cell into an electric vehicle powertrain, generating... 

Ramaphosa lends his weight to plans for raising concessional funding for ‘just transition’  

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on his argument that South Africa needs to act with “urgency and ambition” in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but stressed that such increased ambition could not be achieved without financial support from developed economies. In his latest weekly... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Incitec Pivot and FFI study green ammonia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Explosives, fertilizer and industrial chemicals manufacturer Incitec Pivot will partner with the green energy arm of miner Fortesuce Metals, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on a feasibility study into industrial-scale production of green ammonia at the company’s existing Gibson Island... 

FFI unveils massive hydrogen project in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Monday announced the construction of the world’s largest electrolyser, renewable industry and equipment manufacturing centre at Gladstone, Queensland. FFI’s Global Green Energy Manufacturing centre (GEM) will... 

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Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa's GDP by 2050 

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 A study of the characteristics, current commercial activity and potential benefits of transitioning various economic activities along the Limpopo to Johannesburg to Durban corridor to use green hydrogen has concluded that domestic demand is critical to accelerate the development and impact of the... 

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Ramaphosa moots possible hydrogen partnership with Namibia as he punts Boegoebaai export hub 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa stands ready to be a major exporter of green hydrogen and has described the special economic zone (SEZ) proposed for development at Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape, as a major step towards realising the country’s potential to be a global leader in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Fortescue buys 60% stake in Dutch-based renewable energy firm

By: Reuters     7th October 2021 Fortescue Metals Group's green energy unit said on Thursday it bought a 60% stake in Dutch-based renewable firm High yield Energy Technologies (HyET) Group in a bid to cut costs and boost green energy production. Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) is part of Fortescue Metals' plan to become the... 

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... 

A photo of Priscillah Mabelane, Sasol energy VP
Sasol energy VP Priscillah Mabelane

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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