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Finnish Industry ready for end of Russian natural gas imports

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2022 As Finland braces for an expected halt in natural gas flows from its top supplier Russia, some of the largest industrial users are getting ready. There’s a “real risk” the taps will be turned off as soon as Friday, according to estimates by importer Gasum Oy, which has refused to pay in rubles.... 

South Africa has significant implementation crisis – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa has a significant implementation crisis. A number of government departments and parastatals were hollowed out. Capacity is a significant issue in almost every parastatal – water authorities, Eskom, Transnet and across the board. “We’re not rushing in to take over activities because... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

FFI moves to power New Zealand

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd May 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and New Zealand’s largest gas network, Firstgas Group will the development of green hydrogen projects, with the aim of continuing to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy system, and to help improve energy security. FFI and Firstgas have... 

Implats reports 6% lower refined production amid challenging operating landscape 

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2022 The gross refined production of platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats declined by 6% to 2.35-million ounces in the nine months to March 31, when sales volumes of 2.38-million ounces were 4% lower than the prior comparable period. “The operating landscape continues to be challenging,”... 

US climate envoy John Kerry puts natural gas on notice

By: Bloomberg     22nd April 2022 US climate envoy John Kerry on Thursday put natural gas on notice, saying the world’s reliance on the fossil fuel should be limited to potentially a decade, unless its greenhouse gas emissions are fully captured. Though natural gas burns cleaner than coal when used to generate electricity, it... 

Addressing the energy trilemma in mining operations with natural gas and renewable power

21st April 2022 The world today is faced with the energy trilemma of achieving the right balance between reliability, sustainability and affordability for electricity generation, delivery and consumption.  

Mondi builds structure using 100% composite material with 100% local content

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2022 Mondi Richards Bay, refurbishing its chemical plant over the past 18 months, has erected a complex and demanding structure using 100% composite material with 100% local content, a first for a ChlorAlkali plant in South Africa. The plant, which is responsible for the production of Caustic Soda,... 

Desert Bloom attracts Japanese investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th April 2022 Japanese energy giant Osaka Gas has entered into a joint development agreement at the $10.75-billion Desert Bloom hydrogen project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement will see Osaka Gas and Desert Bloom proponent, Aqua Aerem, jointly develop the project, which will produce some 410 000 t/y... 

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