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Hurricane Ian affects Mosaic phosphate production

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 7 hours ago NYSE-listed Mosaic expects its full-year production to fall by between 200 000 t and 250 000 t, after Hurricane Ian caused modest damage to its facilities and supporting infrastructure in Florida. Repairs will be completed over the next one to two weeks, the company said on Monday. 

Brazil Potash seals agreements with soyabean producer Amaggi

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2022 Potash development company Brazil Potash has signed several agreements with Amaggi, one of the world’s biggest privately held soyabean producers, for the offtake, marketing and barge transportation of its production from the Phase 1 Autazes mine. The contracts are for 2.4-million tonnes a year... 

Brazil Potash seals agreements with soyabean producer Amaggi

Danakali to sell its stake in Eritrea potash project

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd October 2022 Fertiliser exploration company Danakali on Monday announced the potential sale of its 50% interest in the Colluli sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Eritrea, for $166-million before tax, sending the Australia-listed company’s stock surging 25%. Danakali, which owns the project in a 50:50... 

Resources Watch  

29th September 2022 This week: World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024 And, Women-owned company aims to revive SA’s phosphate industry after securing mining right 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

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.

Nutrien sees supply chaos adding to world’s food security woes

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2022 The world’s top fertiliser maker says Russia’s war in Ukraine is driving supply disruptions in nitrogen and potash markets and exacerbating concerns of global food shortages. Challenges of shipping food and fertilizer from Russia are expected to persist, Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz said in an... 

An image of Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz
Nutrien CEO Ken Seitz

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.

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.

Arianne to trade on OTCQX

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd September 2022 Development-stage phosphate mining company Arianne Phosphate will begin trading on the OTCQX market on Thursday, providing US-based investors easier access to investing in the company. President CEO Brian Ostroff said recent Western jurisdictions were showing increased interest in Arianne, which... 

World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024  

By: Martin Creamer     21st September 2022 The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, along with heat and noise. 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
Sandvik VP Jakob Rutqvist interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Australian Potash improves Lake Wells economics

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2022 An economic analysis of higher output at the Lake Wells sulphate of potash (SOP) project, in Western Australia, has improved the project’s economics. ASX-listed Australian Potash on Wednesday told shareholders that by increasing production from the planned 170 000 t/y of SOP to 205 000 t/y, the... 

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.

Kropz appoints Duminy as nonexec director

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2022 London-listed Kropz says nonexecutive director Machiel Reyneke has retired effectively immediately. He represented the African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Fund on the Kropz board since 2018.  

Kore narrows interim loss, projects unaffected by major global detractors

By: Donna Slater     13th September 2022 LSE-listed potash developer Kore Potash posted an interim loss of $903 210 for the six months ended June 30, an improvement on the loss of $1.29-million for the six months ended June 30, 2021. This represents a loss of $0.03 a share for the interim period.  

Kalium Lakes restarts Beyondie plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th September 2022 The sulphate of potash (SOP) purification plant at the Beyondie mine, in Western Australia, has been restarted. ASX-listed Kalium Lakes in August performed a planned shut-down at the plant for further optimisation and rectification works, which included a focus on the flotation circuit where... 

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.

Avenira raises cash for phosphate studies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2022 Junior Avenira will raise A$2.1-million in a share placement to fund studies for its Wonarah phosphate project, in the Northern Territory and exploration work at the Jundee gold project. The company will issue up to 210-million shares, at a price of 1c each, with a one-for-two free attaching... 

Kropz draws down second tranche of bridge loan to keep Elandsfontein going

By: Darren Parker     1st September 2022 Emerging African phosphate producer and developer Kropz has announced the second drawdown of R47-million on its R121.5-million bridge loan facility to meet immediate cash requirements resulting from continued delays in the ramp-up of operations at the Kropz Elandsfontein phosphate project, in the... 

Kropz Elandsfontein

Afrimat CEO upbeat on group’s interim financials despite lower iron-ore prices

By: Darren Parker     26th August 2022 Although precluded from divulging any specific financial information during a pre-close briefing held on August 26, JSE-listed midtier construction materials, industrial minerals and bulk commodities mining company Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden said the group’s financial situation was “very... 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

Mining majors ramping up their diversification policies

By: Darren Parker     24th August 2022 Mining majors are ramping up their diversification policies to capitalise on or react to decarbonisation trends by targeting new growth markets, while seeking to divest from coal, oil and gas production, market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research says. In a report... 

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.

Five vital commodity industries are buckling under energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2022 The energy crisis is getting worse, piling pressure on commodities industries that provide the building blocks of the global economy. Energy-intensive sectors such as steel, fertilizers and aluminum – the most widely used base metal – are being forced to close factories or pass on soaring costs.... 

An image of the Budel zinc refining facility
Nyrstar has announced it will halt the giant Budel zinc facility in the Netherlands.

Kalium Lakes sets A$30m raising target

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th August 2022 Potash developer Kalium Lakes is hoping to raise A$22-million in a two tranche share placement and up to a further A$8-million in a share purchase plan (SPP) to fund the ramp-up of production at its Beyondie mine, in Western Australia. Kalium Lakes on Thursday said that it had received firm... 

Image shows stacked coins

Brazil's Petrobras puts potash mining rights up for sale

By: Reuters     12th August 2022 Brazil's Petrobras said on Thursday it has begun the process of looking for bidders for its potassium mining rights in the Amazon basin. The asset is composed of eight mining concessions, four mining requests already granted and 22 requests for research which are still pending authorization. 

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.

Hard rock causes more delays at Elandsfontein, mine plan may need to be revisited

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th August 2022 Aim-listed Kropz has reported a delay in the ramp-up of operations at the Elandsfontein phosphate mine, in South Africa’s Western Cape province, owing to unexpected ore variability. The company explains that mining rates and associated delivery of ore to the plant from the current mining area... 

Nutrien names Ken Seitz as CEO of the Canadian potash fertilizer producer

By: Bloomberg     9th August 2022 Canada's Nutrien, the world's largest potash fertilizer producer, named Ken Seitz as CEO on Monday, removing the interim tag. Nutrien in January surprised investors by replacing its CEO for the second time in eight months. It then named Seitz, the head of its potash business, as interim CEO,... 

Centrex looks at increasing Ardmore capacity

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th August 2022 ASX-listed Centrex on Tuesday announced it was looking at ways to increase production at its Ardmore phosphate rock mine, in Queensland. The company noted that with commercial production now having restarted, Centrex was working towards increasing production to a Stage 1.5, which will be... 

Nutrien says potash will remain tight even as Russia ships more

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2022 Global potash will remain tight even as more buyers shed their fear of buying from Russia and Belarus, according to a top fertilizer maker’s chief executive officer. Supplies from Russia may remain as much as 20% below 2021 levels even as access to export markets grow into the coming year, Ken... 

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.

Kalium Lakes marks first sale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2022 Potash developer Kalium Lakes has marked first commercial sulphate of potash (SOP) sales from its Beyondie mine, in Western Australia, to local fertiliser manufacturer and distributor, CSBP Fertilisers. The sale formed part of an inaugural sale under an offtake agreement with K+S Asia Pacific.... 

Marula reports successful site visit to Nkombwa Hill, Zambia

By: Darren Parker     27th July 2022 Highlights from a site visit to the Nkombwa Hill niobium and tantalum, rare earth elements and phosphate project in Zambia, and the resulting comprehensive summary, have proven to be “massively successful”, AQSE-listed mining investment company Marula Mining CEO Jason Brewer has said, noting that... 

World-first hydrogen haul truck operational from August – Anglo Platinum  

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2022 The pilot world-first hydrogen haul truck launched early in the year, has had some final changes made to it before it heads into the pit and goes into operational mode from August. Meanwhile, the second prototype is already underway, where learnings from the first truck are being taken into the... 

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

Kanga granted potash mining licence in Congo-Brazzaville

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2022 Privately-owned Kanga Potash has been granted a mining and production licence for the Kanga potash project, in Congo-Brazzaville. The company now has all the necessary regulatory consents in place as it enters the pre-construction phase of the project. 

Kropz CEO, director Mark Summers to step down at the end of 2022

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2022 Aim-listed Kropz’s Mark Summers has decided to stand down as CEO and executive director of the company at the end of the year and the board has started a process to recruit a new CEO. Summers will continue to work with the Kropz team and his successor, once appointed, to ensure an orderly... 

Marula Mining focuses on new battery metals investment strategy

By: Donna Slater     19th July 2022 Following a restructuring and strengthening of its board in the first quarter of this year, AQSE-listed diversified minerals developer Marula Mining appointed new CEO Jason Brewer and nonexecutive director Marc Nally in the second quarter to focus on implementing its newly adopted battery metals... 

Kore expects EPC contract proposal for Kola to be ready by August

By: Darren Parker     18th July 2022 JSE-listed Kore Potash expects the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract proposal for the construction of its 97%-owned Kola potash project in Congo-Brazzaville to be ready by August. The EPC contract proposal will be based on the outcomes of the optimisation study reported on... 

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