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Vanadium News

Anglo invests $200m to accelerate zero emissions haulage solution 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 Diversified mining company Anglo American has signed a binding agreement with First Mode, the specialist engineering technology company it partnered to develop the nuGenTM technology. The agreement is intended to accelerate the commercialisation of the climate-friendly truck and includes Anglo... 

Green hydrogen can be near-future reality with collaboration, says Science Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2022 The transition to green hydrogen can be a hugely beneficial reality in the near future with collaboration between companies, countries and knowledge institutions, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande told a just transition event attended by European Commission Joint... 

Higher Education Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande.
Higher Education Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande.

Aussie miners to adjust portfolios in 2023 - KPMG

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2022 A survey conducted by advisory firm KPMG has revealed that a significant number of Australian mining companies would change their portfolio of products towards future-facing commodities in 2023. KPMG Australia’s national mining and metals leader Nick Harridge said the economic shift toward a... 

Exploration drilling gaining momentum at Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama project  

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2022 Exploration drilling is gaining momentum at Southern Palladium’s Bengwenyama platinum group metals project, a large, shallow exploration opportunity on the eastern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex. One specific borehole into upper group two (UG2) reef recorded an impressive 800 centimetre... 

From left to right, Joel Nkosi, Johan Odendaal, Terence Goodlace and Daan van Heerden at JSE earlier this year.
Southern Palladium CEO Johan Odendaal interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Renewables deal indicative of South Africans making positive difference, says Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd December 2022 The big renewables deal undertaken by Seriti is indicative of just how passionate South Africans are to make a positive difference for the benefit of future generations, said new Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn of the multi-gigawatt deal that is poised to lighten South Africa’s loadshedding burden... 

Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn.
Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Critical minerals strategy open for debate

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd December 2022 The federal government has released a discussion paper and opened public consultation on the future of the critical minerals industry in Australia. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the consultations would inform the government’s new Critical Minerals Strategy and... 

South African green hydrogen technology wins top global recognition  

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2022 Proudly South African hydrogen technology, which has the potential to slash the cost of green hydrogen, has just won top recognition in Monaco at the principality's inaugural hydrogen forum. The homegrown divergent electrode flow through (DEFT ™) technology, which is already a recipient of South... 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager (centre) with Prince of Monaco (left) during award ceremony in Monaco.
Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Strong call for rapid green hydrogen investment by ramp-up backer 

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2022 A strong call for final investment decisions (FIDs) on a multiplicity of green hydrogen projects was made at the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town yesterday by H2Global, a market ramp-up instrument that serves as an innovative form of subsidy scheme to smooth out bumps along green... 

Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.
Photo by Creamer Media
Taking part in the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit panel discussion are (from left to right) facilitator Lorato Tshenkeng, Timo Bollerhey, Till Mansmann, Sasol’s Gosiame Khoele, and Tobias Bischof-Niemz.

2023 Mining Indaba to focus on Africa’s green metals opportunity

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2022 Next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba will focus on the ways Africa can enhance the opportunity to increase the supply of green metals to meet global energy demands, while creating meaningful value for communities. Taking place during February 6 to 9 at the Cape Town International... 

R4-trillion needed for South Africa’s hydrogen economy, PIC declares 

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2022 South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) stated on Monday that more than R4.3-trillion is required for the development of the hydrogen economy, which it declared positive for people, planet, and client portfolios. The hydrogen investment strategy of the PIC, which has... 

Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.
Photo by Siemens
Hydrogen promises to be the next frontier in clean energy technology due to its extensive value chain applications.

Bushveld Energy enters reverse takeover deal through the sale of VRFB-H

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th November 2022 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned subsidiary Bushveld Energy has entered into a conditional agreement to sell its entire 50.5% interest in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries Holdings (VRFB-H) to special purpose acquisition company Mustang Energy. VRFB-H’s main asset is a 50% interest in Enerox... 

South Africa’s mining market is dynamic and fast-moving, Siemens Large Drives finds  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2022 South Africa is a super dynamic and super fast-moving market, says Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck, who has just completed a week of discussions with customers to highlight sustainability solutions for mining. From his perspective, South African mining economy is at the... 

Siemens Large Drives global solutions head Oliver Beck.
Siemens Large Drives' Oliver Beck, Tim Walwyn talk to Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd, Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Darlene Creamer. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Miners welcome Australia's critical mineral support

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has outlined the Commonwealth government’s measures to assist in developing the critical minerals industry in the country, among which was the development of a new Critical Minerals Strategy. Speaking at the Australian Critical Minerals Summit, in... 

Chalmers warns of narrow critical mineral supply chains

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th November 2022 Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers has warned of the dangers of a constrained supply chain for the critical minerals sector, warning that the sector could become hostage to geopolitical competition and conflicts. Speaking at the Australian Critical Minerals Summit, in Sydney, Chalmers said that as... 

Image shows an aluminium refinery

Platinum’s hydrogen economy role is just transition enabler, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2022 The strategic role of platinum group metals (PGMs) in the creation of a hydrogen economy is the key supporting element of the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP) unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Mapungubwe Institute for... 

Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection researcher Dr Nqobile Xaba.

UK, South Africa to establish Partnership on Minerals for Future Clean Energy Technologies

By: Schalk Burger     24th November 2022 UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced this week that the UK and South Africa were establishing a new Partnership on Minerals for Future Clean Energy Technologies to promote increased responsible exploration, production and processing of minerals in South Africa and Southern Africa.... 

Downstream processing could add A$40bn to Aus economy - PwC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th November 2022 Modelling undertaken by advisory firm PwC has shown that value-added industries in the critical minerals sector could contribute more than A$40-billion to the Australian economy by 2025. The value-added industry, which includes processing, refining and manufacturing, could also deliver as many... 

South Africa’s crime crisis ruling out economic growth, sustainability discussion hears 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd November 2022 South Africa’s economic paradox is that it cannot grow economically if it has a burgeoning crime crisis but it is unable to solve the burgeoning crime crisis if it is not growing. That was the opening comment of outgoing Mineral Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, who anchored the second of... 

Roger Baxter.
Roger Baxter.

Groundbreaking for R1bn fuel cell factory set for first quarter of 2023 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 A bankable feasibility study has opened the way for the building of a factory for the local manufacture of fuel cells that are designed to provide low-carbon electricity to decentralised users at affordable prices throughout the African continent. Innovative South African Mitochondria Energy... 

Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).
Photo by Creamer Media
Mitochondria founder and CEO Mashudu Ramano (right) interviewed by Martin Creamer (left).

Burton steps down as TNG boss

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd November 2022 Critical minerals developer TNG has announced the resignation of its MD and CEO Paul Burton, effective from November 25. “After extensive discussions with our major shareholders, we announced on September 16 that the time had come for a refresh of TNG’s senior leadership and that an executive... 

Platinum moving into meaningful deficit amid emergent source of new end-demand 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd November 2022 Platinum is moving into meaningful deficit amid an emergent source of new end-demand in the form of green hydrogen. The 2022 surplus of 804 000 oz is projected to move into a deficit of 303 000 oz in 2023, according to the Platinum Quarterly of the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) for the... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Edward Sterck.
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrambie PFS proves up for Neometals

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2022 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into titanium and iron-vanadium concentrate production from the Barrambie titanium project, in Western Australia, has proven positive for ASX-listed Neometals. The company told shareholders that the PFS results confirmed the commercial viability of the Barrambie... 

Top green hydrogen/fuel cell collaboration boost for platinum-group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2022 A joint development agreement struck between global majors Nel Hydrogen US and General Motors is expected to speed up the development of green hydrogen technology that is competitive with fossil fuels.  The aim of agreement is to help accelerate the industrialisation of Nel’s proton exchange... 

Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.
Green hydrogen and fuel cell collaboration announced by Nel and General Motors of the US.

More investment needed in Australia's critical minerals - PwC

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th November 2022 A new report by PwC found that despite an increase in Australia’s critical minerals sector, the country’s current pipeline of development projects would fall well short of expected demand surge. In its latest Aussie Mine report, PwC said on Friday that factoring in project lead times, Australia... 

An image of the Australian flag

Mining Indaba to welcome more delegates, new features in 2023

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th November 2022 Next year’s Investing in Africa Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – will operate at full capacity, as all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. During a media briefing on November 9, portfolio director for the Indaba Simon Ford said... 

Simon Ford
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Simon Ford

Investment needed for outgoing coal, incoming renewables, impacted communities, Mapungubwe highlights 

By: Martin Creamer     8th November 2022 With South Africa having committed to transition away from coal, investments will not only be required for the retiring of coal plants and the ramping up of renewable energy, but also for coal communities, who will require alternative economic development plans to sustain the livelihoods of all... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.
President Cyril Ramaphosa arriving in Egypt for COP27.

High commodity prices led to record tax - ATO

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd November 2022 Data released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on Thursday showed that large corporations in Australia pad some $68-billion in income tax in 2020-21, the highest since reporting started. High commodity prices were the key drivers of the increase in corporate tax payments, the ATO said,... 

Hydrogen economy support highlighted in maiden Anglo Platinum climate report 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2022 Active support for the creation of a viable green hydrogen economy in South Africa and globally, along with the firm underpinning of a ‘just energy transition’, are highlighted in Anglo American Platinum maiden climate change report. The report sets out the role the JSE-listed mining and... 

Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
Anglo Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.

Green hydrogen truck trials going well – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     1st November 2022 The 500 t world-first haulage truck powered by green hydrogen last week underwent fully loaded trialling that included tipping into the crusher at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo. “The trials all went well,” Anglo American group technical director Tony... 

Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.
Photo by Creamer Media
Clockwise from top left are Duncan Wanblad, Tony O’Neill, Stephen Pearce and Hilton Ingram.

Ivanhoe exploration award draws high-spirited comment on northern limb 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2022 The northern limb of the Bushveld Complex is attracting real exploration interest in the form of Platinum Group Metals, Sylvania Platinum and now Ivanhoe Mines, AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller has noted on LinkedIn. Platinum Group Metals and Ivanhoe are listed on the Toronto Stock... 

Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.
Exploration under way on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.

Make green hydrogen part of official economic recovery plan, Dept of Science and Innovation urges  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2022 South Africa should leverage the hydrogen opportunity as part of its official economic reconstruction and economic recovery plan. Dr Cosmas Chiteme, the director of hydrogen and energy at Department of Science and Innovation, highlighted this as the top key message on the way forward at the... 

Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Director of Hydrogen and Energy, Department of Science and Innovation.
Mistra platinum group metals event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Miners welcome Budget outcomes

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th October 2022 The resources sector has welcomed the federal government’s Budget, but has warned that policy changes could have a negative impact on future investments. The Budget papers point out that higher commodity prices are expected to drive near-term tax receive forecasts on the back of stronger... 

Bushveld considering renewable self-generation options for Vanchem

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th October 2022 Vertically integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals achieved “solid” production for the quarter ended September 30, despite the negative impact of loadshedding on its Vanchem operation, in particular. Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo attributed the good production performance to the... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Photo by Creamer Media
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Lake Maitland's economics prove up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2022 A scoping study into a stand-alone uranium and vanadium operation at the Lake Maitland project, in Western Australia, confirmed the project economics. ASX-listed Toro Energy previously flagged a capital cost of A$270-million to develop the operation, which would process at a rate of 1.94-million... 

Aus/Japan strike critical minerals partnership

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th October 2022 Just days after announcing the development of a Critical Minerals Strategy, the Australian government signed a new critical minerals partnership with Japan to help build secure supply chains. The partnership will establish a framework for building secure critical minerals supply chains between... 

Image shows a hand shake

Miners welcome Critical Minerals Strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2022 The Australian resources sector on Friday welcomed the federal government’s National Critical Minerals Strategy, which is being developed in consultation with industry and community stakeholders, including traditional owners. Prime Minster Anthony Albanese said that the strategy would complement... 

Image shows Australian flag and crest

TNG's Mt Peake costs 'significantly higher' than anticipated

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2022 ASX-listed TNG has warned of a cost blow-out at its proposed Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. Capital expenditure estimates released in 2019 estimated that the project would require a capital investment of some A$824-million, with the TIVAN processing plant... 

Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2022 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to facilitate a green hydrogen hub in the Western Cape. In terms of the MOU, the... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
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