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Fitch Solution foresees a turn for the better in mining spend, output, profit in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions expects production, capital expenditure (capex) and profitability in the mining industry to improve this year as commodity prices are soaring, while economies are recovering and vaccines are rolled out. The agency forecasts that major mining firms will raise their... 

Resgen cut off from further Noble funding, senior executives resign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 ASX-and JSE-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) has announced that Noble Resources International will no longer be providing loan funding to the company’s partially-owned subsidiary Ledjadja Coal. The company had reached an in-principle agreement with Noble in mid-March to provide additional... 

China's Q1 coal output rises 16% on strong demand for winter heating

By: Reuters     16th April 2021 China's coal output rose 16% in the first quarter from the same period last year, bolstered by strong demand for winter heating and robust industrial activity. China churned out 970.56-million tonnes of coal between January and March, up from 829.91-million tonnes in the same period in 2020,... 

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

Mining output up by 0.8% y/y in February

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 Total mining output (not seasonally adjusted) unexpectedly grew by 0.8% year-on-year in February after having contracted sharply by a downwardly revised 8.4% year-on-year in January. Nongold mining production grew by 2.4% year-on-year following a contraction of 7.8% year-on-year in January,... 

Glencore signs MoU with Chinese company for carbon capture tech  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2021 The China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute and diversified miner Glencore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology, starting with Glencore’s Carbon Capture Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo) project at the... 

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility... 

Coal output poised for growth this year after 2% fall in 2020 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th April 2021 Research agency GlobalData expects global coal output to have declined by 2% in 2020 owing to Covid-19-related lockdowns and restrictions. Notably, significant reductions have been observed in the US at 23.6%, Indonesia at 13.1%, Russia at 8.1% and Australia at 5.5%.  

On-The-Air (02/04/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 Africa’s top geologists this week outlined how South Africa can make a fortune from exploration; Work began this week on the establishment of South Africa’s own Hydrogen Valley; and The PIC this week put its full weight behind the rapid development of hydrogen technology in South Africa for South... 

Green hydrogen to decarbonise steelmaking

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2021 In the second part of its special coverage on the impact of hydrogen on the mining and metals sector, Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) reports that it believes green hydrogen will be adopted in the metals sector, in particular in the steel sector, in the longer... 

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