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Vanadium News

Uranium miner Energy Fuels becomes debt-free

By: Mariaan Webb     7th October 2020 US uranium producer Energy Fuels on Tuesday became debt-free, which president and CEO Mark Chalmers said distinguished the company not only from many of its peers in the uranium and natural resources sector, but also from many public companies in general. The NYSE American- and TSX-listed Energy... 

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Energy Fuels sees Trump order as sign of 'tangible support' for uranium miners

By: Mariaan Webb     2nd October 2020 US uranium and vanadium producer Energy Fuels has applauded President Donald Trump’s executive order declaring an emergency in the mining industry, describing it as a “major step” towards providing tangible support for producers and processors of critical minerals. The order directs the Interior... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future 

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandvik global product line manager automation David Hallett

Bushveld enters into $30m financing agreement with Orion Mine Finance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has signed a long-term production financing agreement (PFA) of $30-million with mining-focused investment business Orion Mine Finance, primarily to finance its expansion plans at its Vametco operations, in South Africa, and to pay down some of its debt. Under a... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Sandvik's Nina Axman and Jens Holmberg.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Sasscal executive director Dr Jane Olwoch
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Steelpoortdrift advances to PFS  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd September 2020 A scoping study into the Steelpoortdrift vanadium project, in South Africa, has estimated that the project would require a capital investment of $161.5-million, ASX-listed Vanadium Resources said. The study estimated that the project produce between 18.7-million and 20.8-million pounds of... 

Steelpoortdrift advances to PFS

Mine life extended at Gabanintha

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th September 2020 ASX-listed Technology Metals Australia has reported a 32% increase in the ore reserves at its Gabanintha vanadium project, increasing the projected mine life from 16 to 22.5 years. The company on Wednesday reported that the proven and probable reserve was now estimated at 39-million tonnes,... 

Platinum group metals patenting their way into battery EV space 

By: Martin Creamer     14th September 2020 Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones does not let grass grow under his feet. His parting shot to moderator Bernard Swanepoel at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day last Wednesday was that platinum was on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. “If you're a great EV... 

Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones
Platinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones

Hydrogen, platinum fund sets up shop in South Africa with dollars to invest 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 London-headquartered AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund focussed on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals (PGMs), has established a presence in South Africa. AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers told this week’s virtual 2020 PGMs... 

Top from left, Anton Berlin, Tim Schlick, Kevin Eggers. Bottom from left Benny Oeyen, Matthias Dohrn, Trevor Raymond.
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Top from left, Anton Berlin, Tim Schlick, Kevin Eggers. Bottom from left Benny Oeyen, Matthias Dohrn, Trevor Raymond.

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Watch out lithium, platinum's eyeing your battery space, says PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2020 Electric vehicles (EVs) are synonymous with lithium and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are synonymous with platinum group metals (PGMs), but will the twain meet? They certainly will if Toronto- and New York-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) CEO R Michael Jones has anything to do with it.... 

Sandra du Toit and R Michael Jones (top) and Bernard Swanepoel (below).
Photo by Creamer Media
Sandra du Toit and R Michael Jones (top) and Bernard Swanepoel (below).

Thor completes American Vanadium buy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2020 Aim- and ASX-listed Thor Mining has completed the acquisition of privately held American Vanadium, which holds interests in uranium and vanadium projects in Colorado and Utah. Thor in June this year announced an option agreement to acquire American Vanadium consideration comprises an exclusivity... 

Platinum has potential to be three-times-bigger $35bn-a-year industry – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2020 Instead of being the $11-billion-a -year type industry that it is today, the platinum business has the potential to be a $35-billion-a-year industry by 2050, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Baxter made this statement in response to a question put to him during a... 

Platinum's huge-potential six-point strategy image.
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter address to PGM Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Bushveld creates new entity to provide vanadium electrolyte rental option

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider Bushveld Minerals, which owns high-grade vanadium assets in South Africa, has formed a special purpose company in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems (Invinity), named Vanadium Electrolyte Rental Limited (VERL).... 

Fortune Mojapelo
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Fortune Mojapelo

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd September 2020 London-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider, Bushveld Minerals, the owner of assets in South Africa, on Wednesday reported progress with the group’s electrolyte plant, solar and mini-grid power project. Bushveld Energy intends devising self-generation options... 

Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

South Africa’s green revolution gathering momentum 

2nd September 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has presented countries around the world with immense challenges, as the impact of the virus has affected every aspect of everyday life as we know it, write Dr Cosmas Chiteme, Dr Rebecca Maserumule and Prof Dmitri Bessarabov. (Chiteme and Maserumule are senior managers at... 

Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.
Hydrogen fuel and containerised fuel cell installations at One Military Hospital in Pretoria.

KPMG joins hunt for Mt Peake funding

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd September 2020 ASX-listed TNG has appointed financial advisory firm KPMG as its financial advisor for project financing to develop its Mount Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. “This is a significant advance and we welcome the KPMG Corporate Finance mining team to provide advice to... 

Joburg’s political legacy mine dumps should come down to cut commute time – DRDGold  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2020 South Africa Inc should be doing much more to incentivise the recovery of precious metals from tailings dams for sound societal and environmental reasons that could free Johannesburg of its artificial ‘Berlin Wall’-type political legacy barriers that tilt commute times unfairly and block new-era... 

DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius
DRDGold CEO Niël Pretorius talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Gabanintha granted mining licence

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2020 The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has awarded ASX-listed Technology Metals Australia a mining lease for its Gabanintha vanadium project. The mining lease will be valid for an initial 21-year period, and delivered all tenure required for the development... 

Licence granted for Australian Vanadium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st August 2020 The Western Australian government has granted ASX-listed Australian Vanadium a mining lease for its namesake project. The mining lease would have an initial term of 21 years from August 28. 

Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 Rhodium may turn out to be the metal of the decade, Northam CEO Paul Dunne said on Friday. Speaking at the JSE-listed company’s presentation of outstanding results, which saw the company shrug off the Covid-19 pandemic to report a record financial year in the 12 months to June 30, Dunne said... 

Paul Dunne
Northam Platinum results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Master Drilling aligning with opencast mines going underground in changing world  

By: Martin Creamer     26th August 2020 South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling, which is active in 23 countries, is aligning itself with the transitioning global requirement of opencast mines going underground. “As the world is changing, so are the mines,” said Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan at the... 

Curves on the hard rock 9 ° inclination of the declining cutting face at Eland mine.
Master Drilling technology director Koos Jordaan’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Awesome new proudly South African face mask kindling international interest   

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2020 An awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

The Hudaco mask assembly.
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford and Hudaco’s executive consultant Mike Allnutt discuss the new Hudaco face mask innovation with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mine export values back but volumes need boosting – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2020 South Africa’s mine export values have bounced back encouragingly but volumes still need boosting. June’s export value was 13% up on May. 

Production and export volumes compared with export values.
Production and export volumes compared with export values.

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Electricity utility Eskom has called for bids for the design and construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the Skaapvlei substation at Vredendal, in the Western Cape, where the group’s 100 MW Sere wind farm is located. The system should have a minimum power... 

The substation at the Sere wind farm in Vredendal
The substation at the Sere wind farm in Vredendal

Bushveld Minerals advances plans to support VRFB development 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox by acquiring a further 65.1% of the investment vehicle’s share capital through Enerox Holdings Limited (EHL). EHL is a newly incorporated investment vehicle formed by a consortium of investors, including Bushveld... 

Energy Fuels optimistic about US uranium developments

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd August 2020 Uranium and rare earths elements (REE) company Energy Fuels CEO Mark Chalmers is optimistic that the proposed $1.5-billion to create a US uranium reserve will be funded and implemented, despite sometimes “slow and uneven” progress in the government. “Our allies in Congress and the Trump... 

The White Mesa mill, in Utah.
The White Mesa mill, in Utah.

World’s seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2020 The broader portfolio of diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is positioned to contribute an environmental-led new materials demand in a world that is seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen, Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. “We’ve seen the early evolution of... 

Anglo says hydrogen is a clean and abundant fuel with applications using PGMs
Photo by Anglo American
Anglo says hydrogen is a clean and abundant fuel with applications using PGMs

Anglo Pacific expects stronger second-half performance

By: Donna Slater     24th July 2020 LSE- and TSX-listed natural resources royalty and streaming company Anglo Pacific Group expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half, as demand gradually recovers, driving improved commodity pricing. 

Glencore hands over R30m community clinic

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2020 Ferroalloys producer Glencore Alloys South Africa handed over the Bethanie Clinic healthcare facility, near Brits, to the to the North West Province Department of Health this week. The old Bethanie Clinic had become run down and ill-equipped to treat the more than 3 500 people who were visiting... 

Glencore hands over R30m community clinic

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd July 2020 Initial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Menar MD and cofounder Vuslat Bayoğlu
Menar MD and co-founder discusses manganese project with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated – law firm 

By: Martin Creamer     20th July 2020 South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’­ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.
Herbert Smith Freehills Patrick Leyden and Aobakwe Mametse.

Platinum boosts hydrogen electrolyser performance exponentially – Hydrox   

By: Martin Creamer     16th July 2020 Platinum provides an exponential improvement in the performance of electrolysers used to produce green hydrogen, says Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager, who describes platinum’s uplift as being “amazing”. “We tried a smattering of only 9% platinum and it provided a tremendous improvement in the... 

Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager
Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager tells Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer of the company’s hydrogen breakthrough. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Global mining sharing knowledge in response to Covid-19  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2020 The International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) has been convening many knowledge-sharing sessions in response to the coronavirus. Among ICMM’s 27 mining and metals company members and 36 association members are South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals, Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti,... 

International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler
International Council on Mining and Metals CEO Tom Butler talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer
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