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Investment required to meet mining’s decarbonisation, power challenges – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2022 South Africa’s mining sector will be required to make major investments into alternative and renewable energy sources and energy planning to address the dual challenges of decarbonisation and reliable power supply, PwC said on Tuesday when it launched its SA Mine report, which highlights mining’s... 

Kenmare buys back more than 90 000 shares

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2022 London-listed Kenmare Resources announces that, following the closure of the odd-lot offer on September 30, the company has bought back 92 419 of its ordinary shares at £4.82 each. The odd-lot offer was announced on August 24 to reduce Kenmare’s shareholder base. As a result of its restructuring... 

Energy and battery minerals driving Australian exports to record levels

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2022 Australia’s resources and energy exports are forecast to reach a record A$450-billion in 2022/23, with the export of battery metals, including copper, nickel and lithium, expected to more than double on the 2020/21 earnings. In the latest Resources and Energy Quarterly, the Office of the Chief... 

Image shows operations at Port Hedland

WA Kaolin completes commissioning

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 Junior WA Kaolin has completed commissioning of the processing plant at its Wickepin project, in Western Australia, and has started ore processing. The ASX-listed company on Monday said that it was already approach nameplate capacity of 25 t/h of high purity kaolin, and has completed the first... 

Thunderbird financing slots into place

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources on Monday announced that its subsidiary Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) had secured a $110-million production-linked facility with Orion Mineral Royalty Fund. In conjunction with the A$160-million debt financing package from the North Australian... 

Minerals Council ‘absolutely adamant’ about need for commercially available cadastre  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2022 The key objective of transparency in applying for prospecting rights and mining rights – and openly managing them – can be enabled by a commercially available cadastre system. While South Africa does not have such a cadastre, fellow African countries that are already thriving on it include... 

Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk head Grant Mitchell.
Grant Mitchell: Minerals Councll Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Dr David Hart, E4tech.
E4tech’s Dr David Hart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Thunderbird project secures LNG supply

By: Darren Parker     26th September 2022 ASX-listed Sheffield Resources’ 50%-owned Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) has secured liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in northern Western Australia. KMS executed a binding five-year agreement – with the ability for the parties to extend for a further five... 

South Africans urged to turn exploration into Big Hairy Audacious Goal  

By: Martin Creamer     24th September 2022 South Africans have been urged to rally around exploration as this country's Big Hairy Audacious Goal – a BHAG – so that what is described as "our lowest hanging economic fruit" can be turned to positive account. Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, who was speaking in support of the junior... 

Council of Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza.
Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza, covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

New fund-raising product appropriate for junior miners, says JSE  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2022 The JSE has a new product that is appropriate for fund-raising by junior mining companies, JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi said on Friday. Mokorosi, who was speaking at Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior and Emerging Miners Desk webinar, highlighted the new product against the... 

JSE origination and deals head Sam Mokorosi.
Minerals Council South Africa’s Junior Miner Webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Minerals Council urges faster inclusion of private electricity suppliers 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2022 The Minerals Council South Africa supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s electricity recovery plan and urges more rapid private sector participation in resolving the country’s deepening electricity crisis. Minerals Council members have 6 500 MW of embedded energy projects in the pipeline which will... 

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

Sheffield secures power supply for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2022 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has secured a binding 15-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Energy for electricity supply to its Thunderbird project, in Western Australia. Under the terms of the agreement, Pacific Energy will build, own and operate the power generation,... 

Offtake and funding deal helps drive MRC strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th September 2022 ASX-listed Mineral Commodities (MRC) has struck a non-binding offtake and funding agreement with industrial garnet provider GMA Group. Under the terms of the agreement, MRC has agreed to supply GMA Group with 80 000 t/y of finished garnet product between 2024 to 2025, 105 000 t/y between 2026... 

Absa funds South Africa’s first utility-scale renewable energy captive power project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2022 Financial services provider Absa acted as joint mandated lead arranger and lender for South Africa’s first utility-scale renewable energy captive power project, which will be built in the North West at an estimated cost of about R4.1-billion. The project – comprising of two projects of 100 MW... 

SOLA, African Rainbow Energy reach financial close on two 100 MW solar projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th September 2022 Following the regulatory change in August 2021 to raise the licensing limit for distributed generation projects from 1 MW to 100 MW, the first two registered 100 MW energy projects have reached financial close. The financial close of the projects happened less than six months after the power... 

A photo of SOLA's Aries project
SOLA has a number of solar projects, including the 10 MW Aries project in the Northern Cape

Thunderbird construction on track - Sheffield

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th September 2022 First mineral sands product from the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia, is on track for the first quarter of 2024, ASX-listed Sheffield Resources said on Monday. Construction work at the project is some 38% complete, with civil earthworks, including the construction of the... 

Ministers follow President in visiting Jagersfontein diamond disaster area

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2022 Following the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Jagersfontein-Charlesville area in the Free State, Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantsashe will today visit the diamond tailings deposition dam that burst its banks, killing at least one person and destroying homes. Mineral... 

Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.
Photo by Google Maps
Google map of the Jagersgontein tailings dam, which has burst its banks.

Strandline nearing wet commissioning at Coburn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2022 Mineral sands miner Strandline Resources is preparing for the wet commissioning of its concentrator plant at the Coburn project, in Western Australia, as project construction was more than 90% complete. The ASX-listed company on Thursday said it would make its first concentrate shipment in the... 

Kazera granted a mining permit for Walviskop mineral sands project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2022 Investment company Kazera Global’s 60%-owned subsidiary Whale Head Minerals has been granted a mining permit for the Walviskop heavy mineral sands (HMS) project, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The five-year permit covers a 5 ha beach sand deposit, with the possibility of further... 

Toliara fiscal agreement close - Base Resources

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2022 Mineral sands miner Base Resources is “achingly close” to a fiscal agreement with the Madagascar government over the Toliara project, MD Tim Carstens said on Wednesday. Speaking at the first day of Paydirt’s Africa Downunder conference, in Perth, Carstens said that the company was hoping to have... 

Kenmare appoints Tom Hickey as FD

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2022 London-listed Kenmare Resources has appointed Tom Hickey FD, with effect from September 26. He will also be appointed as an executive director to the board on the same date. 

Kenmare launches odd-lot offer to shareholders

By: Darren Parker     24th August 2022 LSE-listed mineral sands producer Kenmare Resources has launched an odd-lot offer pursuant to which shareholders holding fewer than 200 ordinary shares in Kenmare will be offered the opportunity to sell their shares at a 5% premium to the market price. At the company’s annual general meeting held... 

Iluka profit surges

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2022 Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a 30% increase in revenue for the half-year to June, compared with the previous corresponding period, with underlying group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increasing by 70.5%. Iluka on Wednesday reported that mineral... 

Port agreement reached for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2022 Joint venture vehicle (JV) Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) has inked a port access agreement for the Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources, which holds a 50% interest in the JV alongside partner Yansteel, said on Tuesday that the agreement would... 

South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy 

By: Martin Creamer     19th August 2022 A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). The call is for funding applications to be... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.

Strong market conditions underpin Kenmare’s solid interim performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2022 Global titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources increased its interim dividend for the six months ended June 30 to just under $0.11 apiece, on the back of strong market conditions for all of its products, MD Michael Carvill tells Mining Weekly. This was a 51% increase compared with... 

Environmental, social and governance elevating to safety-equalling status, mining webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2022 The shift from linear to circular value chains has the potential to impact all aspects of mining and requires a rethink, Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock has told a Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) webinar. In a presentation on the... 

Anglo American Platinum sustainable impact head Stephen Bullock.
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sheffield secures A$110m more in Thunderbird funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th August 2022 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has secured a $110-million project finance facility to fund its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company on Monday announced that Orion Resource Partners and Kimberley Mineral Sands (KMS) had agreed upon a... 

New records set for Aus resource exports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th August 2022 New trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that Australia’s resources sector had posted another record year of exports, with total resources and energy exports were worth a record A$414-billion, in seasonally adjusted terms, in the 2021-22 financial year. This meant... 

Image shows operations at the port of Port Hedland

President Ramaphosa’s got it right, says ex-Eskom CEO on new energy plan  

By: Martin Creamer     1st August 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power CEO and former Eskom CEO Brian Dames concurs fully with the energy plan unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “I think he’s got it right,” was Dames's summing up of the President's energy initiative during a discussion at the Coal & Energy Transition Day, covered... 

Creamer Media screenshot image.
Coal & Energy Transition Day covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Orion capital raise progressing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th July 2022 JSE- and ASX-listed Orion Minerals has received firm commitments for the first two tranches of about $6-million of a placement targeting up to $20-million, while discussions with potential participants for the third tranche are continuing. On June 22, Orion announced that it was undertaking a... 

Third-party appeal against Walviskop mineral sands project dismissed

By: Darren Parker     28th July 2022 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has dismissed a third party's appeal against the granting of a mining permit for Aim-listed investment company Kazera Global’s 60%-owned subsidiary Whale Head Minerals (WHM).  WHM now expects to shortly receive final documentation allowing... 

Thunderbird's A$160m NAIF funding proceeds

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th July 2022 Deputy Premier of Western Australia Roger Cook has ratified a A$160-million Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan facility for the development of the Thunderbird mineral sands project. ASX-listed Sheffield Resources said on Thursday that the loan facility documentation has... 

Radical renewables, hydrogen ramp-up needed, coal energy transition day hears 

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 A radical ramp-up of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity will be needed by 2040 to take South Africa towards a net-zero climate change commitment, the Coal & Energy Transition Day heard on Wednesday. On the coal-fired power front, South Africa would from the 2040s/2045s need to have... 

Creamer Media screenshot.
Photo by Creamer Media
Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

Iluka shareholders approve demerger

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd July 2022 The overwhelming majority of shareholders in Iluka Resources have approved the demerger of the company’s Sierre Rutile business, in Sierrea Leone, into a separately listed entity. Iluka on Friday said that 99.95% of the company’s shareholders had voted in favour of the spin-out under which Iluka... 

Kazera ready for first commercial export of tantalum

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th July 2022 Aim-listed Kazera Global says it is ready to export its first commercial delivery of tantalum to its Chinese partner from its wholly owned mine at Tantalite Valley, Namibia. Kazera says considerable work has been undertaken in recent months to improve tantalum grades to commercially acceptable... 

Basing analysis solely on data can result in treasure being mistaken for trash  

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2022 Applying subject matter expertise to process data streams for accuracy is a necessary part of mining’s new digital age, according to SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen. Olsen, the leader of SRK’s data engineering team, spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview from Canada.... 

How to avert the risk of valuable information being disregarded.
SRK Consulting Global chief technology officer Mike Olsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Kenmare’s second-quarter heavy mineral concentrate output down 19% y/y

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2022 LSE- and ISE-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources recorded a 19% year-on-year decrease in heavy mineral concentrate (HMC) production in the second quarter of this year as a result of a 10% decrease in ore grades to 4.23% and an 8% decrease in excavated ore volumes to... 

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