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Anglo partners with German firm to decarbonise steelmaking

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German steel product manufacturer Salzgitter Flachstahl to collaborate on decarbonising of the steelmaking industry. The companies will conduct research into feed materials, including iron-ore pellets and lump... 

Consol restarts West Virginia metallurgical coal project

By: Mariaan Webb     4th August 2021 US coal miner Consol on Tuesday announced that it would recommence work on the Itmann metallurgical coal project, in West Virginia, committing to move forward with the construction of a coal preparation facility that would start up in 2022. The development of the Ittman mine project, a low-vol... 

Winchester South EIS opens for comment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2021 The Queensland government has encouraged submissions on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal’s A$1-billion Winchester South metallurgical coal mine. At full capacity the mine is targeting run-of-mine production of up to 17-million tonnes a year of coal to... 

Disused coal mines have potential to heat homes with lower-carbon energy

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 The UK Coal Authority posits that water from flooded coal mines has the potential to be used in the heating of UK homes and industry as a source of lower-carbon energy. In a December 2020 report, the authority states that mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and, where the mines are... 

Coal-reliant South Africa is turning to gas power

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 Power failures have become routine in South Africa. At the same time, the country wants to wean itself off the coal that generates more than 80% of its electricity and makes it the world’s ­twelfth‑biggest source of greenhouse gases. Most of South Africa’s power stations are near the end of their... 

Hydrogen plan isn’t very green under US infrastructure deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Building a hydrogen-based energy system in the US, which some analysts call key to fighting climate change, would be based largely on fossil fuels under the bipartisan infrastructure bill heading for a Senate vote. The legislation provides for $8 billion in spending to establish at least four... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

2nd August 2021 South Africa’s Eskom has presented its decarbonisation plans going forward, which sees gas, solar and wind as preferred future technologies, assisted by micro grids and battery storage. The old coal stations (Komati, Grootvlei and Camden) are likely targets for gas conversion but of course these... 

From miners to big oil, the great commodity cash machine is back

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Just over five years ago Anglo American was in deep trouble. The natural resources giant, beset by a collapse in commodity prices, scrapped its dividend and announced plans to close mines and cut thousands of workers. Amid talk of an emergency capital raise, its market value fell to less than... 

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