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African mining can harness tech, automation to spur economic recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago The mining sector in Africa can help to grow economies during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, by harnessing technology and automation, as well as by capitalising on opportunities provided by the green transition, automation company Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo said on... 

M&R’s mining platform bags two contracts in North America

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ mining platform has secured two contracts in its Cementation Americas business, valued at R1.2-billion. The first contract involves underground characterisation development and infrastructure for global miner Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper project, in the US,... 

Hydrogen plan isn’t very green under US infrastructure deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Building a hydrogen-based energy system in the US, which some analysts call key to fighting climate change, would be based largely on fossil fuels under the bipartisan infrastructure bill heading for a Senate vote. The legislation provides for $8 billion in spending to establish at least four... 

Rio Tinto, Komatsu partner on development of zero-emission mining haulage solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Global mining group Rio Tinto and manufacturing company Komatsu are partnering to fast-track the development and implementation of zero-emission mining haulage solutions, including haul trucks. Rio will conduct a pre-production trial of the new equipment at one of its sites and has the option to... 

Nuclear power to get $6bn lifeline in Senate Infrastructure Bill

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Struggling nuclear power reactors could be given a $6-billion lifeline in the bipartisan infrastructure bill being written in the US Senate, according to a draft obtained by Bloomberg News. Reactors that use domestically mined and enriched uranium would be given priority under the proposed... 

Venturex goes underground, changes name

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2021 ASX-listed Venturex Resources on Monday unveiled a rebrand, with the company’s base metal assets now to be supported by an underground services arm. MD Bill Beament used the Diggers & Dealers forum to unveil the rebrand, with Venturex now to be called Develop. 

From miners to big oil, the great commodity cash machine is back

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2021 Just over five years ago Anglo American was in deep trouble. The natural resources giant, beset by a collapse in commodity prices, scrapped its dividend and announced plans to close mines and cut thousands of workers. Amid talk of an emergency capital raise, its market value fell to less than... 

Fledgling Peru govt seeks 'new deal' with miners - Minister

By: Reuters     2nd August 2021 Peru will seek "a new deal" with its all-important mining sector by providing incentives for projects with "social profitability" in the world's No. 2 copper producer, new Energy and Mining Minister Ivan Merino told Reuters. In his first interview since becoming Minister on Thursday, he said... 

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

Sibanye advances battery metals strategy with acquisition of French nickel refinery  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2021 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has taken the next step in expanding its footprint in the battery metals sector by entering into an exclusive put option agreement with French mining group Eramet to acquire the Sandouville nickel hydrometallurgical processing facility, in France, for... 

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