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A new Cold War is heating up the Arctic
21st October 2022 By: Bloomberg

The North Pole is melting faster than ever, but the chill in the air at this year’s global gathering of Arctic experts had more to do with the widening repercussions of Russia’s invasion of... 

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WoodMac says climate goals will not realise at current mining investment rates
21st October 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research and consultancy group Wood Makenzie (WoodMac) says the global energy transition presents an almost unattainable mine supply challenge, with significant investment and price incentives... 

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‘Strikingly tight’ copper market belies price drop, miner says
21st October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Copper prices don’t reflect a “strikingly tight” physical market, according to the world’s largest publicly-traded producer of the metal used in everything from computer chips to electric... 

The current water crisis facing South Africa has created new opportunities and there is plenty of room to adopt and embrace new technologies
S Africa can ease effect of natural disasters through technology
21st October 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

Deploying “cutting-edge” solutions at South Africa’s water treatment plants will assist the country in mitigating the severe impact of natural disasters, such as the drought in Nelson Mandela Bay,... 

Albemarle to stay in Europe if lithium declared hazardous by EU, CEO says
20th October 2022 By: Reuters

Albemarle Corp, the world's largest lithium producer, does not plan to leave Europe if the battery metal is declared a hazardous material by the European Union, though such a move would likely... 

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BHP's coal and copper production falls in Sept quarter
19th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Wet weather conditions have hit diversified giant BHP’s coal operations in the September quarter, with production of metallurgical coal dropping by 19% on the previous quarter, and energy coal by... 

Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
Sasol/Saldanha sign MoU for green hydrogen hub in Western Cape
18th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol, already a seasoned grey hydrogen producer, and Freeport Saldanha Industrial Development Zone on Tuesday announced the signing of a memorandum of... 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch
18th October 2022

This week: Harmony Gold says exciting part of Eva Copper is near-term production and, Shell consortium accelerating electrification of mine haul trucks 

High pressure on the transport industry to shift to
14th October 2022

Road transport is the most prioritised area to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to leading e-commerce and manufacturing companies in Europe. A new report carried out by market... 

Shell VP Sectoral Decarbonisation & Innovation Grischa Sauerberg.
Shell consortium accelerating electrification of mine haul trucks
12th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Transitioning oil, gas, fuels and lubricants company Shell has established a nine-member consortium to create electrification solutions for mining sites. The electrification offers a shift away... 

AngloGold Ashanti CEO Alberto Calderon.
AngloGold targets 30% emissions reduction by 2030
12th October 2022 By: Martin Creamer

Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Wednesday released a carbon emissions reduction target that aims to achieve a 30% absolute reduction in its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by... 

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Cameco partners with Brookfield to buy Westinghouse for $7.9bn
12th October 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

Canadian uranium miner Cameco on Monday announced that it would partner with clean energy investor Brookfield Renewable to buy nuclear services group Westinghouse for an enterprise value of... 

Larvotto finds offtake and funding partner
11th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

SX-listed junior Larvotto Resources has secured A$3.4-million in funding to expand its lithium exploration activities at the Eyre project, in Western Australia. The company on Monday announced... 

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First US cobalt mining operation to begin after more than 30-year hiatus
7th October 2022 By: Bloomberg

Booming demand for batteries powering the world’s shift into electric vehicles is rekindling US cobalt production after a nearly 30-year hiatus. Jervois Global is starting the first US cobalt mine... 

WASA Phase 3 has reached completion
7th October 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

The Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) Phase 3 project, which anchored the development of wind resource mapping-capacity, reached completion at the end of 2021, says energy research institution... 

Nickel West determined to exceed BHP's emissions targets
5th October 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner BHP’s Nickel West is hoping to exceed the company’s corporate medium-term target to reduce emissions by at least 30% by 2030, from the 2020 levels. Speaking at the Paydirt... 

A man wearing protective gloves holding a handful of shredded tires which have been broken down for recycling at the Unki Mine in Zaimbabwe owned by Anglo American Platinum
Circular economy uptake addressed
30th September 2022 By: Halima Frost

The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy... 

Pensana commits to producing lowest embedded carbon rare earths, net zero by 2040
27th September 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

London-listed Pensana Rare Earths has released its Blueprint for Sustainable Rare Earths, setting out the company’s aim to produce the lowest embedded carbon products in the rare earth industry, as... 

Complete electrification solutions from mine to port
22nd September 2022

We start with the best people, engineering expertise, and over a century of know-how in mine automation and electrification. Our customers’ vision, tasks, and needs define our integrated digital... 

Jakob Rutqvist, Sandvik VP strategy and commercial for battery and hybrid/electric-vehicles business unit of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions.
World’s largest battery-electric mine truck heading for commercial availability in 2024
21st September 2022 By: Martin Creamer

The world’s largest battery-electric truck for underground mining is on its way to becoming commercially available in 2024. Sandvik’s 65 t TH665B machine removes between 1 t and 2 t of carbon... 

MacLean Engineering Africa GM John-Paul Theunissen
MacLean Engineering advancing fleet electrification in Africa
13th September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Mining equipment provider MacLean Engineering intends to build the next 50 years of Maclean mining vehicle innovation on the three pillars of electrification, automation and digitalisation. The... 

Battery Electric engineering manager Marnus Marais
Battery Electric aiming to advance electrification of mining vehicles
9th September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Electronics manufacturer Battery Electric is aiming to further advance the electrification of mining vehicles, the optimization of battery sizing and the charging of electric vehicles. The company... 

Middle East and Africa VP Darren Hall
Manitou Group reveals new additions to product range at Electra Mining
9th September 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Heavy equipment manufacturer Manitou will be revealing its newest Manitou Heavy Telescopic Handler Machines at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. Manitou is “committed to reducing its... 

Lithium Power sets A$25m target
9th September 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Lithium Power International will raise A$25-million in a share placement to progress the development of its Maricunga brine project, in Chile. The company has received firm commitments... 

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Fuller visibility
9th September 2022 By: Terence Creamer

The scale of South Africa’s energy transition challenge – and opportunity – is arguably not yet fully appreciated. Eskom itself estimates that at least R1.2-trillion in electricity investment will... 

Miners spending big on R&D - report
8th September 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australian miners have invested some A$30-billion into research and development since 2005, a new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has found. The Digital Mine report found that... 

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Sandvik launches zero-emission battery-electric underground mining truck in Africa
6th September 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik on September 5 officially unveiled its 65-t-capacity zero-emission battery-electric truck, the Sandvik TH665B, at Electra Mining Africa in Johannesburg. The... 

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Piedmont taps Tennessee for new lithium hydroxide plant
2nd September 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Dual listed lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has selected a site in Tennessee for the development of a new lithium hydroxide project, targeted to be the largest of its kind in the US. The 30 000 t/y... 

Complete electrification solutions from mine to port
1st September 2022

We start with the best people, engineering expertise, and over a century of know-how in mine automation and electrification. Our customers’ vision, tasks, and needs define our integrated digital... 

ABB Ability™ eMine drives energy transition in the mining industry
30th August 2022

By Erik Pretorius, Head of Sales: Africa and Australia, ABB Mining houses are confronted with the same energy transition as other industries and have an urgent responsibility to transform the way... 

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Oz looks at growth after tough interim period
26th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Copper miner Oz Minerals on Friday outlined its pathway to doubling production, while also revealing the financial results for a tough first half of 2021. Oz Minerals reported that net revenue... 

Hastings takes a stake in TSX-listed Neo, funding it with Wyloo cash
26th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Rare earths developer Hastings Technology Metals has announced plans to acquire a 22.1% shareholding in TSX-listed Neo Performance Materials Inc, which would be funded through a A$150-million... 

Colossal - Women in Industry
26th August 2022

Gwen Mahuma-Madida - Chief Executive Office Gwen Mahuma-Madida is owner of Mahuma Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd (MIH), an investment company with interests in the steel and Infrastructure sectors. 

ESG through an African lens: a unique reality requiring a systemic approach and an African voice
25th August 2022

When talking about ESG in Africa, it should be anchored in the realities of the continent. Many of the African CEOs or African directors of multinational companies have mentioned that, in terms of... 

Iluka profit surges
24th August 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Mineral sands miner Iluka has reported a 30% increase in revenue for the half-year to June, compared with the previous corresponding period, with underlying group earnings before interest, taxes,... 

UEC completes UEX acquisition
23rd August 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

US-based United Energy Corp (UEC) has emerged as the biggest diversified North America-focused uranium company following the successful acquisition of Canadian junior UEX. UEX shareholders last... 

The 72-tonne electric truck in operation in Indonesia
Vale tests 72-t battery-powered trucks
22nd August 2022 By: Mariaan Webb

Diversified major Vale has received two battery-powered 72-t off-highway trucks, which will be tested in the mines of Água Limpa, in Brazil, and Sorowako, in Indonesia. These trucks, produced by a... 

Call for applications for funding for developing the hydrogen economy in South Africa.
South Africans called on to apply for funding to build South Africa’s hydrogen economy
19th August 2022 By: Martin Creamer

A call for funding applications to be submitted for the development of the hydrogen economy is made in an advertisement placed today by South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity... 

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Environmental project plan conducive to sustainable supply
19th August 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

Lithium miner Savannah Resources is exploring several technology options to reduce carbon emissions from the company’s Barroso lithium project, in northern Portugal, once operational. This includes... 

Volvo SA to add new battery electric vehicle to its local line-up
12th August 2022

Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) will soon add a second battery electric vehicle (EV) to its local EV portfolio – the XC40 P6 Recharge. The local arm of the Swedish manufacturer currently offers... 

Prospects for sustainable mining
Prospects for sustainable mining
11th August 2022

Mining of the future should be reliable, efficient and sustainable. At the bauma TALK, experts from the fields of science, standard setting and in- dustry shed light on important aspects of this... 

Goldman analyst calls out ‘deeply disappointing’ energy bets
10th August 2022 By: Bloomberg

The ESG industry has focused “too heavily” on blacklisting all fossil fuels, exacerbating an energy crisis that can’t be addressed without embracing natural gas, according to an analysis by a... 

BHP CEO Mike Henry
BHP needs to pay more for EV, clean energy metals as it returns to dealmaking
10th August 2022 By: Reuters

BHP must shell out more if it wants to snap up assets like those of OZ Minerals - a play on the future of electrification and decarbonisation, analysts and bankers said, after the miner's... 

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