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Gas to assist in Covid recovery - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2020 – The global gas industry is expected to play a ‘vital role’ in economic recovery post Covid-19, and in a cleaner energy future, a new report by the International Gas Union (IGU) has found. In its Global Gas Report 2020, the IGU noted that after growing by more than 2% in 2019, global gas use is... 

Brazilian major Vale piloting electric locomotive

By: Mariaan Webb     29th July 2020 Diversified mining major Vale, in partnership with Progress Rail – part of US group Caterpillar – is developing a new 100% electric, battery-powered switchyard locomotive. The initiative forms part of the iron-ore miner’s strategy of reducing direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2). The... 

MoU signed to further geoscience research in British Columbia

By: Donna Slater     24th July 2020 A three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed between Geoscience BC and the British Columbia Geological Survey, will provide a framework to jointly identify public mineral geoscience needs in the province, standardise data collection and public access to data and leverage resources to... 

Tradeshift and Raindew Trade launches USD1.5 billion Covid-19 liquidity support and digitisation drive for supply chains in Africa

16th July 2020 The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused severe supply chain disruptions and constraints on economies around the world, including African economies. 

Platinum jewellery becoming more attractive as Covid-19 lockdowns ease

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2020 As manufacturers report greater demand volumes and retailers having confirmed a steady increase in business in April and May, platinum marketing organisation the Platinum Guild International (PGI) reports that the Chinese jewellery industry is in the beginning stages of a V-shaped recovery... 

WA flagged as Australia battery destination

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th July 2020 Western Australia has been tipped as the prime location for a battery cathode active material (CAM) manufacturing destination, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, pointed out that Australia currently produced nine of the ten... 

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap  

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has initiated a process, with other government and industry stakeholders, to develop a roadmap that will lead South Africa towards a hydrogen society, Mining Weekly can today report. The aim is to create a policy document that will inform... 

Battery revolution in drill rigs comes to Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th July 2020 Southern African mines will soon begin the transition from diesel-driven to battery-powered drill jumbos, with the introduction of the world’s first highly-automated underground electric drill rig by Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology. According to Saltiel Pule, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology’s... 

Epiroc aims to halve carbon dioxide emissions in operations as part of 2030 goals

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Mining and infrastructure equipment multinational Epiroc this week released its 2030 sustainability goals, which include halving carbon dioxide emissions from operations, transport and major suppliers, as well as from customers’ use of Epiroc equipment. "These are challenging targets, but we will... 

Multotec expands global reach into South America

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 South African minerals processing company Multotec is expanding its global reach by investing in South America, where almost 30% of the world’s foreign direct investment is being funnelled. “South America is a very important mining jurisdiction. Multotec Chile’s official registration in 2014... 

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