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Tirupati’s Madagascan projects continue at full pace following reorganisation

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2022 Specialist graphite and graphene company Tirupati Graphite reports that its Madagascar-based Vatomina preconcentrate plant continues to operate uninterrupted and at nameplate ore feed capacity of 600 t/d, following a reorganisation of the plant. The construction and installation of the second... 

Chinese mining deals under review as Congo targets windfall profits

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2022 The Democratic Republic of Congo wants a mining deal it signed with China more than a decade ago to be reworked, with a view to securing all the funding that was pledged for infrastructure projects and a share of windfall profits. A review of the 2008 minerals-for-infrastructure contract that... 

On-The-Air (18/11/2022) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2022 This week Martin Creamer discusses green energy and a new underground diamond mine in Limpopo. 

Coal is king, insists Mantashe - as Ramaphosa is feted for green plan in Egypt

By: News24Wire      11th November 2022 As world leaders fete President Cyril Ramaphosa for his green agenda in Egypt, his minister of mineral resources and energy insisted this week that coal will continue to play a critical part in electricity generation in South Africa. Gwede Mantashe believes coal, along with gas, nuclear and... 

Hydropower component procurement under way as LHWP Phase II advances

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th November 2022 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has crossed another milestone in the implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Following the completion of further feasibility studies into the hydropower component of Phase II, which recommended conventional... 

Instead of phasing down coal the world is burning more than ever

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2022 Last November in Glasgow, the world’s climate leaders were locked in a fierce debate over whether the final draft of the summit’s agreement should include a pledge to “phase-out” or “phase-down” coal. Since then, the more appropriate term would probably be “phase-up". 

Ionic welcomes inaugural independent ESG score

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th October 2022 An independent panel of globally recognised environmental, social and governance (ESG) experts from Digbee ESGTM have awarded ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths an overall ESG rating of “BB” on both corporate and the Makuutu rare earth project  in Uganda. Makuutu is being developed by Ionic’s 51%-owned... 

Hitachi to secure power supply along 1 700 km HVDC link in DRC

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th October 2022 Global sustainable energy technology leader Hitachi Energy and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) national electricity company Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL) have signed a long-term service agreement to secure power supply in the country’s most important power transmission asset:... 

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy has $10-trillion-a-year opportunity tag  

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2022 The three letters PEM, which flag platinum-using green hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, are written all over the American green hydrogen company Plug, which is advancing into a potential $10-trillion-a-year sector. Plug’s PEM electrolyser solutions produce carbon-free green hydrogen using... 

Zero Carbon Charge aims to start roll-out of solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in 2023

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2022 Zero Carbon Charge (ZeroCC) is unashamedly pro-electric vehicle (EV), but believes that driving an EV only makes a difference when charged by renewable energy. ZeroCC director Andries Malherbe says that charging an EV using the conventional energy on tap in South Africa – in other words, Eskom... 

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