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Batteries and decentralised power seen as key way to boost security of supply

By: Cameron Mackay     1st July 2022 Industry body the South African Energy Storage Association chairperson Mikhail Nikomarov emphasises the importance of a decentralised power system and the benefits it can provide, and how this can be supported using battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the local market. “Energy storage... 

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

China’s slumping economy to cut coal use even as output swells

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 China’s demand for thermal coal is likely to keep falling through the rest of the first half, as virus restrictions continue to mire the economy in a deep slump. Alongside measures to boost output and build stockpiles, that’ll give China a better chance of satisfying peak power demand over the... 

First Quantum approves $1.35bn capex for Kansanshi expansion, Enterprise projects

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2022 TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals’ board of directors has given the go-ahead for the immediate roll-out of two projects in Zambia – the S3 expansion at its Kansanshi copper/gold mine, as well as the roll-out of the Enterprise nickel project. “First Quantum has been working constructively with the... 

Earthworks start for new 500 000 t/y Kamoa copper smelter 

By: Donna Slater     3rd May 2022 In its endeavours to ramp up copper production and become the third-largest copper producer, diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines has started earthworks on a 500 000 t/y direct-to-blister flash smelter at its Democratic Republic of Congo- (DRC-) based and 39.6%-owned Kamoa-Kakula copper mining... 

South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium status to world that needs this very rare metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2022 South Africa would do well to highlight its key iridium supply status to gain the full confidence of a world that requires this very rare platinum group metal (PGM) to advance the fast-moving hydrogen economy. Iridium is a potent co-roleplayer with PGM stalwart platinum when it comes to... 

MEMSA hosts inaugural Innovation Awards to showcase local OEMs

28th April 2022 The inaugural Innovation Awards, hosted by Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) on Wednesday 6 April 2022, was a celebration of local excellence in technological development and manufacturing capability, according to CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi. “A lot of decision-makers in... 

Epiroc gets large mining equipment order from DRC copper mine

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2022 Swedish original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc has received a large order from copper miner Kamoa Copper for mining equipment that will be used at the Kamoa-Kakula underground copper mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Kamoa Copper operates Kamoa-Kakula as a joint venture between... 

Miner expands beneficiation facilities

By: Nadine James     22nd April 2022 Platinum-group metals (PGMs) producer Impala Platinum (Implats) has committed about R12-billion over five years to expand its Southern African processing facilities.  The company notes that the investment in its South African and Zimbabwean smelting and refining facilities will benefit the... 

Greater fuel cell adoption would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals  

By: Martin Creamer     13th April 2022 The enactment by more governments of policies to enable greater hydrogen fuel cell mobility would be a massive boost for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, Mining Weekly can today report. Adoption of hydrogen fuel cell mobility has already been significantly enabled by the German... 

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