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Australia’s minerals council calls for repeal of ‘discriminatory’ nuclear energy ban

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd April 2019 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the federal government to repeal a ban on nuclear energy. The call comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week said in a radio interview that while nuclear energy was “not on the agenda”, he noted that nuclear energy had to pay its... 

Hydrogen penny beginning to drop as Anglo seizes mine mobility opportunity using sun power

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2019 South Africa’s excellent sun intensity and its prime onshore wind corridors put the country in an excellent position to pursue the electrification of almost anything, says the newly published book entitled ‘South Africa’s Energy Transition, A Roadmap to a Decarbonised, low-cost and job-rich... 

Eskom CEO says 'days of surprises' over as problems exposed 

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Almost 15 months into the job, and the boss of South Africa’s state-owned electricity company is getting to grips with issues spanning corruption to defective power plants that threatened to collapse the grid. “The days of surprises are over,” Eskom Holdings CEO Phakamani Hadebe said in an... 

Policy and regulatory malaise undermining efforts to address power deficit  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2019 Lingering policy uncertainty and regulatory delays are continuing to impede the development of hundreds of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects, which are seen at the quickest and cheapest way for South Africa to address its current electricity supply deficit. The South African... 

AGL secures right to turn mine into pumped hydro

16th April 2019 Resources & Energy Australian energy generator AGL has secured the right to develop, own and operate a 250-megawatt pumped hydro energy storage project at Hillgrove Resources Limited’s Kanmantoo copper mine in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. 

Mining sector focus can eliminate South Africa’s Budget deficit, create far-reaching economic benefit

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2019 Come on, South Africa, let’s get mining’s act together in a way that reaps far more rewards for the South African people. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe both know the mining industry inside out, which puts them in a twin position to persuade the... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

From turbines to thermostats: Copper miners eye high-tech demand

By: Reuters     11th April 2019 Growing demand for smart thermostats, wind turbines and other high-tech devices is expected to keep copper the dominant material used in electrical components, industry players said, offsetting rising use of aluminum, a cheaper alternative to conduct electricity. That bodes well for the likes of... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

Rapidly rising costs will exacerbate PGMs industry crisis  

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2019 Faster-than-inflation rising costs and a stall in revenue in the South African platinum group metals (PGMs) industry are exacerbating hardwired challenges that are already threatening nearly 90 000 jobs. Rapidly escalating costs, particularly for labour, electricity and supplies, are fast... 

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