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Vanadium News

Largo Clean Energy mulls JV with Ansaldo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2022 Canada-headquartered vanadium supplier Largo subsidiary Largo Clean Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy company Ansaldo Green Tech (AGT) to assess opportunities for working together on manufacturing and deploying vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The... 

Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2022 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy plan, which involves the introduction of new generation capacity to the grid as quickly as possible to give Eskom the required headroom to carry out much-needed maintenance on its ageing coal fleet.... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

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... 

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

TNG's Mt Peake draws more interest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2022 ASX-listed TNG has received conditional support for up to A$200-milion in debt funding from the Export Credit Agency Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-SURE) for the development of its Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. The conditional letter of support... 

Bushveld lifts first-half production, despite load-shedding impact, kiln commissioning

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2022 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals increased its group vanadium production by 4% year-on-year in the first half of this year to 1 641 t. During the period, Bushveld’s average production cost averaged 6% higher year-on-year at... 

Green electron/hydrogen advance set to move much faster – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     28th July 2022 Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad on Thursday expressed delight at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad

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... 

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Presidential Climate Change Commission executive director Chrispian Olver.

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.

Kumba Iron Ore excited by President’s energy plan, working earnestly on carbon reduction 

By: Martin Creamer     26th July 2022 Kumba Iron Ore CEO Mpumi Zikalala on Tuesday expressed excitement at the energy announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa, who unveiled several far-reaching interventions, including a doubling in the allocation for the next renewables procurement round, an uncapping of the 100 MW... 

Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.
Kumba marketing and seaborne logistics executive head Timo Smit.

Use South Africa’s 5 000 MW energy storage need to create new industry – Bushveld  

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2022 South Africa’s 5 000 MW renewable energy storage requirement is seen as providing the critical mass for the creation of new local energy storage industry that will have the potential to export into the growing global market for energy storage solutions. A new own-value-chain local industry is... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo.
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

TNG garners more funding interest

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2022 German export credit agency Euler Hermes has issued ASX-listed TNG with a letter of interest to provide up to A$300-million in finance for the Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project in the Northern Territory. TNG on Tuesday said that the company had also received expressions of interest from... 

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.

New mining Bill major threat to jobs and investment, must be strenuously opposed – ENSafrica  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2022 A new draconian mining industry draft Bill, which threatens jobs and investment – and can even impose a penalty of 10% of turnover on a mine company, along with corporate manslaughter charges – must be “very, very strenuously opposed", top South African mining industry lawyer Willem Le Roux urged... 

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Presenting ENSafrica webinar are from top anti-clockwise Willem Le Roux, Pieter Colyn and Celeste Coles.

Jubilee appoints nonexecutive director to chair safety, sustainability committee

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2022 Aim- and AltX-listed diversified metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group has appointed Tracey Kerr independent nonexecutive director with immediate effect. Based in the UK, she is currently a nonexecutive director of Hochschild Mining, a FTSE 250 precious metal mining company with mines... 

Tracey Kerr
Jubilee Metals new independent nonexecutive director and safety and sustainability committee chairperson Tracey Kerr

Technology Metals weighs vanadium electrolyte production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th July 2022 ASX-listed vanadium developer Technology Metals Australia has launched a feasibility study for the production of vanadium electrolyte in Australia. The proposed plant would use Technology Metals’ low cost, high purity vanadium pentoxide from its West Australian located Murchison technology... 

Ironveld seeks to bring Rustenburg smelter back to life 

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2022 Aim-listed iron, vanadium and titanium developer Ironveld plans to raise up to £5-million to acquire the remaining stake in the mothballed Ferrochrome Furnaces (FCF) business it does not already own, as well as to refurbish the FCF smelting complex, in Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West... 

Bushveld positioned to generate decent cash flows on back of unit cost improvement   

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2022 Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo on Friday described the London Aim-listed company that he leads as heading into a future that will be requiring a lot more vanadium for steel and energy. To meet emerging demand, Bushveld has positioned itself for broad-based involvement through its... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Neometals proves economics of vanadium recovery

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2022 An engineering cost study on the recovery of high-purity vanadium pentoxide from high-grade vanadium-bearing steel by-product has proven positive for ASX-listed Neometals. Neometals in 2020 entered into an option agreement to form a joint venture (JV) to develop a vanadium recovery project... 

New Anglo strategy director excited by mining’s green energy transition 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2022 The newly appointed group director of strategy and business development of diversified mining company Anglo American on Monday singled out mining’s green energy transition in commenting on the excitement of her new appointment. Helena Nonka, who is currently executive VP of corporate development... 

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New Anglo American group director of strategy and business development Helena Nonka.

Bushveld narrows loss by $7m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2022 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has met the upper end of its 2021 revised guidance of between 3 400 t and 3 600 t of vanadium, producing 3 592 t for the year ended December 31. The majority of vanadium was produced in the second half of the year following operational improvements implemented by... 

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ironveld shareholder asks board to remove chairperson, CEO as directors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th June 2022 Aim-listed Ironveld has informed shareholders that it has received a requisition notice from a significant shareholder, requesting the board of directors to arrange a general meeting and to consider the removal of chairperson Giles Clarke and CEO Martin Eales as directors of Ironveld. The... 

South Africa in a position to export energy – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2022 South Africa is one of only four countries that has more renewable energy available to it than what it needs for itself, which places the country in a very strong position to be able to export energy, with hydrogen in the form of ammonia, hydrogen gas or liquid hydrogen among the best ways of... 

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

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

Deeming could bring regulatory certainty to much-needed minerals investment – NSDV  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2022 The detraction of the South African investment market is the uncertainty around approval timelines and the implementation of a deeming provision could change all that by treating applications as approved after the passing of a set period of time. Many want to invest in exploration and mining... 

NSDV advisory head Mark Gilbert.
NSDV Advisory Head Mark Gilbert interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bushveld upbeat about VRFB future as subsidiary secures funding for Vametco hybrid mini-grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2022 Integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals has secured funding for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the R113-million Vametco hybrid mini-grid, which is owned by Bushveld Minerals' 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy.... 

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Bushveld considers four-stage expansion in vanadium output, capex estimated at R2.3bn

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2022 Integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals reports that prefeasibility and feasibility studies undertaken to assess the optimal path for increasing production at its Vametco and Vanchem operations to 8 000 t/y will require capital expenditure... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Nevada Lithium appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2022 Nevada Vanadium Mining has appointed Zula Kropivnitski as CFO, replacing Irina Plavutska. Plavutska is retiring and will remain a consultant to the company. 

TNG appoints new contractor at Mt Peake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 ASX-listed TNG has appointed engineering and construction group Clough as the lead engineering and the preferred engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for its Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. TNG’s long-standing strategic engineering partner... 

Australian Vanadium's SPP falls short

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd June 2022 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium’s share purchase plan (SPP) failed to stir much interest from existing shareholders, raising only A$0.57-million from a A$7.5-million target. The SPP was part of a greater capital raise which included a A$20-million placement to institution, professional and... 

Green hydrogen’s business case significantly strengthened, summit hears  

By: Martin Creamer     17th June 2022 Green hydrogen, when earlier identified as a necessary clean energy source to help the world achieve net-zero emissions in the coming decades, was higher up the cost curve than fossil fuels. Now that has changed with this week’s Financial Times Hydrogen Summit emphasising that green hydrogen’s... 

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FT Hydrogen Summit panel discussion.

Horizon completes Richmond restructure

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2022 Gold developer Horizon Minerals has completed the restructure of its 25% interest in the Richmond vanadium project, in Queensland. The company last year struck a deal with its joint venture (JV) partner Richmond Vanadium Technology (RVT) to restructure the project ownership into a dedicated... 

ESG provides profitable returns from smart capital allocation – analyst

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2022 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks not only help businesses and the communities in which they operate but can also generate positive returns as mining companies reduce operating expenses and receive favourable investor interest and cheaper finance. When it comes to ESG, the... 

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Nedbank mining equity analyst Arnold van Graan.

Prieska Power Reserve partners IDC to further South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2022 Emerging green hydrogen company Prieska Power Reserve on Tuesday announced a partnership with the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to advance a green hydrogen project in Prieska, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The Prieska Power Reserve Project is described on the... 

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Prieska Power Reserve director Meta Mhlarhi.

Aurion's stake in vanadium junior Strategic increases

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2022 TSX-V-listed Strategic resources has issued 1 166 666 shares to fellow-listed Aurion Resources, which fulfils the requirements to earn 100% ownership in the Silasselkä property in Finland. The issuance increases Aurion’s ownership in the vanadium-focused company from 16% to 18.3%. 

Bushveld, AMCU sign five-year wage agreement

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2022 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has signed a five-year wage agreement with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). Under the terms of the agreement, AMCU members who are employed by Bushveld will receive a 7% salary increase in 2023 and... 

Increased efficiency cuts carbon, advances net-zero path, research finds  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2022 Like all other key industries, mining is having to advance along a net-zero path as part of the global decarbonisation drive. Gone are the days when innovation and financial improvement can be sold on their own without a carbon advantage. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

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Rocsole CEO Mika Tienhaara interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Circular economy prompting steel, oil, carbon recovery from end-of-life mine truck tyres  

By: Martin Creamer     6th June 2022 Highest and best use of ultra-large end-of-life mine truck tyres is being brought about by a change to the model in which resources are mined, made into products, and then become waste. Just one of these giant tyres can weigh 4.5 t and stand 14 feet tall. Put five of the 63-inch variety into a... 

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Kal Tire’s Dan Allan speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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