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Opinion: How South Africa could seize the moment and build renewables and battery value chains
18th July 2023

The draft South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) has been released for public comment. In this article, Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, who is a facilitator of the SAREM process, outlines the... 

Hunter Valley hydrogen hub gets A$70m boost
18th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The federal government will invest A$70-million to progress the Hunter Valley Hydrogen Hub (HVHH) being developed by energy major Origin and mining and infrastructure solutions provider Orica. The... 

Strike that snarled Canada’s ports to end after deal is reached
14th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

A 13-day strike that disrupted shipments at Canada’s western ports is set to end after the dockworkers’ union and a group of employers agreed on a tentative deal. The International Longshore &... 

Han-Ho consortium advances Qld hydrogen project
14th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The consortium partners for the Han-Ho H2 consortium will advance the export-scale green hydrogen project in Queensland, from concept to feasibility, and have signed a heads of agreement to... 

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Local manufacturer lights up DRC mine
14th July 2023

The Kipushi mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been illuminated using an underground lighting solution made possible by South African lighting solutions manufacturer BEKA Schréder.... 

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Unlocking investment potential in Zimbabwe
14th July 2023

With the potential to become a global mining superpower, construction and mining focussed law firm NSDV says progress in Zimbabwe’s mining sector is perennially obstructed by economic and political... 

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Broadmeadow East and Isaac River coal projects, Australia – update
14th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Bowen Coking Coal has announced plans to divest of its Broadmeadow East mine to the Burton-Lenton joint venture, in which the company holds a 90% interest. 

Rare earths prices sink to lowest since 2020 as China ramps up supply
Rare earths prices sink to lowest since 2020 as China ramps up supply
13th July 2023 By: Reuters

Prices for rare earths sank to their lowest since late 2020 this week as soft demand from green energy companies and the automotive sector combined with rising supply from top producer China,... 

Minerals Council welcomes appointment of new Transnet board
12th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the appointment of nine new members to State-owned Transnet’s board, which is now chaired by former Minerals Council VP Andile Sangqu. “The Minerals... 

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Irena concerned about overconcentration of critical minerals supply chains
12th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on the geopolitics of critical minerals points to a significant concentration in supply chains and calls for... 

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Major WA hydrogen project a step closer
12th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

One of Australia’s largest green hydrogen energy hubs is a step closer to development, with the Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with utility major Korea... 

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Rio gets Arena support for Yarwun hydrogen plans
12th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a A$32.1-million grant for Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Corporation to trial hydrogen calcination technology at the Yarwun alumina refinery in... 

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Australia joins Germany's Climate Club
11th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday announced intentions for Australia to join Germany’s Climate Club, which is an international initiative focused on industrial decarbonisation and pursuing... 

Contango signs 20 000 t/m coal offtake agreement with TransOre
10th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

London-listed natural resource development company Contango Holdings has entered into a new offtake arrangement with mineral trader TransOre International for the sale of up to 20 000 t a month of... 

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NT welcomes Wonarah advances
10th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Northern Territory government on Monday welcomed ASX-listed Avenira’s signing of a mining agreement with the Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation to continue to develop its Wonarah phosphate... 

Qld undertakes critical minerals trade mission to Asia
10th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

The Queensland government will head a trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Singapore to shore up investment in Queensland’s critical minerals, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel industries.... 

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Beneficiation of waste planned by Northern Cape manganese miner
7th July 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Steps being taken to add value to manganese waste placed on tailings dams may result in an announcement early in the New Year regarding the turning of that waste into a ferromanganese product,... 

Yellen voices concern over metals controls dring China visit
7th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen voiced concerns over China’s export controls on two metals crucial to key technologies, and highlighted the need to diversify rather than decouple supply chains.... 

The post Covid-19 lockdown phase saw an acute shortage of hot rolled coil, which compromised the demand of the steel tube and pipe mills over successive quarters
Non-competitiveness, non-use plague South African steel industry
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

The current state of the South African steel industry is one where a lack of competitiveness and the non-use of its installed production capacity continue at a concerning rate, relative to other... 

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KITE 2023 promises to be ‘bigger and better’
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, also known as KITE, will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 20 for the fortieth consecutive year.  Attendance numbers are... 

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SMP driving manufacturing opportunities
7th July 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Within the framework of the Steel Master Plan (SMP), industry body Manufacturing Circle is taking an active role in driving demand-side manufacturing opportunities. The SMP is a strategic roadmap... 

The initiative will also unlock new sources of revenue for the institute, which until now has relied largely on membership fees for its income
‘Brand for hire’ concept raises profiles
7th July 2023

An innovative Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) initiative will give member companies and other industry professionals the opportunity to directly benefit from its... 

COAL BOTTLENECK: Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall from the 50.4-million tons of coal transported to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal for export in 2022, already the lowest volume recorded in three decades. Exxaro attributed the slump to locomotive availability, train derailments, and instances of cable theft and vandalism. Photograph: Bloomberg
7th July 2023

Exxaro Resources has warned that coal shipments by State-owned freight logistics group Transnet in 2023 have dropped to an annualised rate of only 46.5-million tons. The figure represents a fall... 

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Firm open to investing in the ‘right’ sectors in KZN
7th July 2023 By: Bridget Lepere

Black-owned private equity investment firm Agile Capital focuses on investments that drive sustainable development and have a demonstrable track record of growth and investment returns, with Agile... 

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Goulamina lithium project, Mali – update
7th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Leo Lithium has produced its first direct shipping ore material. 

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Titanium beneficiation project, South Africa – update
7th July 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Nyanza Light Metals has more than 75% of its titanium dioxide pigment signed up. 

The South Crofty mine
UK needs to revive rich mining history to counter China
6th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

When work began at the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne, the first English settlement in America had only just been established, and the world’s trade with the... 

Ferrexpo's second-quarter output jumps
Ferrexpo's second-quarter output jumps
6th July 2023 By: Reuters

Ukraine-focused miner Ferrexpo posted an 18% jump in second-quarter production from the previous quarter, buoyed by stable production from first pelletiser line and initial contribution from second... 

Freeport Indonesia awaits export permit as copper concentrate piles up
6th July 2023 By: Reuters

Copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran, said on Thursday it has not yet obtained a government permit to continue exporting its materials, risking overcapacity at its storage... 

Swanson to remain unaffected by Namibian export ban - Arcadia
6th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Arcadia Minerals has moved to allay shareholder concerns that the Namibian government’s ban on the export of unprocessed ore of certain critical minerals, including lithium, cobalt,... 

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TFR completes Mamathwane crossing loop ahead of schedule
6th July 2023 By: Darren Parker

State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced the completion of the construction of the Mamathwane crossing loop, in the northern Cape, 30 days ahead of schedule. The completion of the loop... 

Congo to benefit as China curbs germanium exports, State miner says
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's curbs on exports of germanium products will lift prices of the semiconductor material, Congolese state miner Gecamines said on Wednesday, creating more value for Democratic Republic of... 

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China adviser warns chipmaking export curbs are 'just a start', ahead of Yellen's visit
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's export controls on metals used in making semiconductors are "just a start", an influential Chinese trade policy adviser said on Wednesday, as it ramps up a tech fight with the US days... 

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KNP gets A$3.1bn price-tag and potential partners
5th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

ASX-listed Ardea Resources has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a consortium of Japanese companies to potentially develop the A$3.1-billion Kalgoorlie nickel project... 

China's metal export curbs a 'warning' to US and its allies - Global Times
China's metal export curbs a 'warning' to US and its allies - Global Times
5th July 2023 By: Reuters

China's move to restrict the exports of two metals crucial for making some types of semiconductors and electric vehicles is a warning that China will not be passively squeezed out of the global... 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has argued that the bloc needs to “de-risk” from China, but short of a full-blown “decoupling
China takes the trade fight to Europe, targeting the green transition
4th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s decision to restrict critical mineral exports will hit critical sectors in the European Union’s effort to decarbonize its economy, and demonstrates the limits of western aspirations to... 

Nyrstar considers potential germanium and gallium projects
4th July 2023 By: Reuters

Nyrstar is looking at potential germanium and gallium projects in Australia, Europe and the United States, the Netherlands-based company told Reuters on Wednesday. China has announced export... 

Xi’s metal curbs risk backfiring as G7 seeks China alternative
Xi’s metal curbs risk backfiring as G7 seeks China alternative
4th July 2023 By: Bloomberg

China’s decision to control the export of two key metals showed it has some power to retaliate against moves by the US, Japan and Europe to cut Beijing off from advanced technology. But it also... 

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Australia has sufficient gas for 2024 - ACCC
4th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Australia’s east coast gas market is expected to have enough supply to meet overall demand in 2024, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said at the tail end of last week. In... 

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Study confirms viability of Tasmanian hydrogen supply
4th July 2023 By: Esmarie Iannucci

A joint feasibility study has confirmed Tasmania’s suitability for green hydrogen production. The study was undertaken by the Tasmanian government and the Port of Rotterdam following a 2021... 

New Sunward Rock Drilling Rig is Delivered to Customer in South Africa
New Sunward Rock Drilling Rig is Delivered to Customer in South Africa
3rd July 2023

The new Sunward down-the-hole drilling rig SWDE165B recently arrived in South Africa after a month’s delay at sea. Once safety configurations were installed/made in adherence to local mining... 

Global iron-ore production growth to accelerate – BMI
3rd July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Research firm BMI states that global iron-ore production growth will accelerate in the coming years, bringing an end to the stagnation that has persisted since iron-ore prices hit a decade-low... 

Top copper producer Chile extends run of supply disappointments
Top copper producer Chile extends run of supply disappointments
3rd July 2023 By: Bloomberg

Chile reported another monthly decline in copper output, extending a run of supply disappointments in a nation that accounts for a quarter of global supply. Production in May came in 14% below... 

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