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Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says
19th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into... 


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Energy grid impedes excess power transmission
19th April 2024 By: Lynne Davies

South Africa’s current electricity transmission grid is generally constrained in the Cape provinces and unable to facilitate the connection of new utility-scale generation including that from solar... 


AfDB president calls for political will to kick-start Inga 3 project
19th April 2024

Development finance institution African Development Bank (AfDB) group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina has called for a major political commitment to kick-start construction work on the Democratic... 


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Mixed outlook
19th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The recent period of decreased loadshedding has been met with tremendous scepticism by a South African public who have been burnt more times over the past 15-plus years than a lump of wet coal.... 


BHP will announce a decision on its WA nickel operations in the coming months
BHP nears decision on WA nickel, adjusts coal guidance
18th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified mining company BHP is nearing a decision regarding its nickel operations in Western Australia. The company, which has been conducting a review of these assets since February, is... 


Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor
South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power capacity – more than the IRP envisions
17th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Standard Bank head of Southern Africa’s oil and gas coverage Paul Eardley-Taylor has suggested that South Africa needs 13 GW of gas-to-power (GtP) capacity, rather than the 7.2 GW to 8.6 GW... 


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Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen
17th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The... 


Peabody eyes coking coal expansion at Aus mine
Peabody eyes coking coal expansion at Aus mine
17th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Coal miner Peabody is developing a 130-million-ton, 25-year-plus mine plan for the Centurion complex, in the Bowen basin of Queensland. The mine plan incorporates the newly acquired Wards Well... 


German coal mines emit much more methane than reported, study says
German coal mines emit much more methane than reported, study says
16th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

German coal mines spew 184 times more methane than what the country reports to the United Nations, according to a new analysis by Ember. The energy think tank used methodology developed by... 


China's March coal output slumps on high stockpiles, lower demand
China's March coal output slumps on high stockpiles, lower demand
16th April 2024 By: Reuters

China's coal output fell 4.2% in March, statistics bureau data showed on Tuesday, as miners cut back production on lower demand from power generators and ample inventories of the fuel limited... 


Bridge disaster in Baltimore gets FBI criminal investigation
15th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into what occurred on the cargo ship that crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge and caused it to collapse, according to a person familiar... 


Stanmore appoints Brennan as nonexec director
12th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Queensland coal miner Stanmore Resources has appointed Keira Brennan an independent nonexecutive director. Brennan has more than 30 years’ experience advising in the energy and resources sector and... 


Macmahon MD and CEO Michael Finnegan
Macmahon advances capital-light strategy with sale of mobile equipment
12th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Mining services company Macmahon has taken a strategic step towards enhancing its return on average capital employed (ROACE) performance by agreeing to sell a substantial portion of its mobile... 


China to build more coal mines to feed surging power capacity
China to build more coal mines to feed surging power capacity
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

China will build more coal mines in its push for higher domestic supply and to tame price increases, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. The world’s biggest coal producer... 


Peabody slumps as production issues, weather crimp revenue
Peabody slumps as production issues, weather crimp revenue
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Shares of Peabody Energy slumped after the biggest US coal miner warned that first-quarter sales will be lower than expected due to production issues at mines in Australia and weak demand in the... 


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Sandvik commits to partnering with its customers continually, enabling them to optimise their operations for increased throughput and efficiencies
Multipurpose facility boosts screening services in Tanzania
12th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The East African mining sector is experiencing a transformative shift, particularly in Tanzania, reports screening solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing, which notes that this has driven its... 


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Industry well placed to respond to global demand
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

African law firm Bowmans asserts that the local and broader Southern African manganese industries are well placed to respond to global demand for the commodity. With increased activity in steel... 


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Joint venture to develop Kongoni deposit
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Amid anticipated growth in global manganese demand, driven by steel production and emerging green energy technologies, commodities investment company Menar will undertake a joint venture with... 


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Manganese remains a key critical mineral
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Manganese will continue to play an important role in the commodities value chain because of its use in steel and batteries, says French multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet. The... 


Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane
Minerals Council outlines mining’s ‘immense’ positive social impact
11th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body, the Minerals Council South Africa finds in a survey that 12 of its members, representing about 60% of the formal employment in the mining industry, spent R2.3-billion on... 


CEO of commodity trader Trafigura starts handover to successor
11th April 2024 By: Reuters

Jeremy Weir, longtime chief executive at commodities trader Trafigura, is priming successor Richard Holtum to take over when he decides to step back into a chairman role, five sources familiar... 


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Australia steps up with ‘Future Made in Australia Act’
11th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The US has the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The European Union introduced its European Economic Security Strategy. Japan has the Economic Security Promotion Act, Korea is reframing its economic... 


Coal stockpiles at a power station
Global coal power grew 2% last year, the most since 2016, GEM survey says
11th April 2024 By: Reuters

The world's coal-fired power capacity grew 2% last year, its highest annual increase since 2016, driven by new builds in China and decommissioning delays elsewhere, according to research published... 


Poland axes coal spinoffs in favour of tie-ups
Poland axes coal spinoffs in favour of tie-ups
10th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Shares in Polish power utilities plunged the most in 18 months after a senior government official outlined plans to abandon coal asset spin-offs and instead link mines back with electricity... 


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MC Mining committee reluctantly advises shareholders to accept Goldway offer
10th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Further to Goldway Capital Investment extending the offer period to take over all the shares of coal miner MC Mining that it does not already own for A$0.16 apiece, Goldway has declared its offer... 


Baltimore port closure means 35% drop in April US coal exports
Baltimore port closure means 35% drop in April US coal exports
10th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Closure of the Port of Baltimore — America’s second-biggest hub for coal — has choked exports of the fossil fuel, with flows expected to plunge 35% this month. Exports will slump 6.3% for the... 


Eskom to ramp down planned maintenance to 3 000 MW in winter
Eskom aims to keep breakdowns below 14 GW this winter as it cuts diesel budget
9th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned electricity utility Eskom will reduce planned maintenance to 3 000 MW during the upcoming winter season and will seek to keep unplanned breakdowns to below 14 000 MW in a bid to... 


BMO drops anti-coal policy amid Wall Street rebuke of ESG
BMO drops anti-coal policy amid Wall Street rebuke of ESG
9th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

BMO Bank quietly dropped its policy restricting lending to the coal industry in late 2023, helping it avoid being labeled an energy “boycotter” in West Virginia. The change came to light Monday... 


Eskom's Duvha power station
Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s spending billions
8th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s State power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to... 


Jeremy Weir
Succession drama grips commodity trading’s billionaire factories
8th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Trafigura Group has fired the starting gun on an era of upheaval at the top of the commodity trading world, with some of the biggest players preparing a new generation of leaders at a moment of... 


Andrew Forrest
Forrest urges China to demand greener nickel, FT reports
8th April 2024 By: Reuters

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called on China to demand higher environmental standards from its global supply chain, particularly its companies conducting nickel processing in... 


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Roads, Rail & Ports 2024: Inefficiencies reach new lows
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Creamer Media’s ‘Roads, Rail & Ports 2024’ report reflects upon the current state of South Africa’s roads, delving into the some of the issues that are plaguing the sector such as maintenance... 


Stanmore buys rest of Eagle Downs
Stanmore buys rest of Eagle Downs
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Australian coal miner Stanmore Resources is taking full control of the Eagle Downs assets, in the Bowen basin of Queensland. The company entered into an agreement with China Baowu Steel Group... 


Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn
RMB facilitates project financing for Seriti Green’s first wind farm in Mpumalanga
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining and energy company Seriti Resources’ subsidiary Seriti Green has signed a long-term project financing agreement with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) as co-mandated lead arranger to enable the... 


Teck Q1 coal sales in line with guidance
Teck Q1 coal sales in line with guidance
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Canadian mining company Teck Resources has reported first-quarter steelmaking coal sales of 5.9-million tonnes, which is in line with its guidance of 5.9-million to 6.3-million tonnes. The... 


UCT research team develops ‘new set of tools’ to support mine closure planning in South Africa
5th April 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

A new set of tools aimed at assisting in responsible and sustainable mine closures across South Africa has been developed by a University of Cape Town (UCT) research team through a Water Research... 


A large sign next to the road at the entrance to the Mponeng Mine owned by Harmony Gold that states it is the deepest mine globally
Deep-level investment
5th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

Gold major Harmony’s strategy is to direct major capital towards its high-grade underground mines and high-margin surface source operations to improve profitability. The decision to extend Mponeng,... 


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Role of gas in SA’s future energy mix under intense scrutiny
5th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Given South Africa’s ongoing energy crisis, there remains much debate around whether gas should be included in the future energy mix and, if so, how much. Advocates argue that the fossil fuel is a... 


Terence Creamer
Out of step
5th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Following wholly inadequate public consultations, stakeholders have submitted their written comments on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) draft Integrated Resource Plan.... 


Chile port workers stage protests, threatening commodity exports
4th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Chilean port workers staged protests on Thursday, disrupting the loading and unloading of ships in one of the biggest exporters of raw materials from copper and lithium to pulp and fruit. A... 


India coal miner plans $720m sale of renewables unit
3rd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

State-run coal miner and power producer NLC India is planning to sell renewable assets worth an estimated 60-billion rupees ($720-million). The company will put nearly 1.4 GW of mostly solar... 


China’s coal price slump likely to persist until start of summer
China’s coal price slump likely to persist until start of summer
3rd April 2024 By: Reuters

Chinese coal prices are likely to keep falling until the start of the peak summer season, suppressing imports of the fossil fuel and taking a toll on the country’s miners. The country’s benchmark... 


Deutsche Bank says Glencore may consider switching listing to US
Deutsche Bank says Glencore may consider switching listing to US
3rd April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Glencore may consider switching its primary listing from London to New York, analysts at Deutsche Bank predicted, in what would be one of the most high-profile exits from the UK exchange to date.... 


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