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Green hydrogen has significant growth potential as a zero-carbon fuel, says the WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2021 Energy company Siemens Gas and Power estimates that, by 2050, hydrogen demand will have risen to over 450 megatons a year, be dominated by green hydrogen and be essential to achieving global decarbonisation. Hydrogen demand is currently at between 70 and 80 megatons a year and over 90% of... 

Australia Minister laments EU's CBAM, warns of 'new wave of protectionism'

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th August 2021 The federal government on Wednesday warned that the European Union’s (EU’s) push to impose a carbon tax on imports would be detrimental to Australia’s export industry. “At a time when liberal democracies are working together to rebuild confidence in the benefits of free and open trade, a new... 

30 MW solar study will be concluded in second quarter of 2022 – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 The feasibility study for the construction of the 30 MW modular photovoltaic plant for renewable energy will be concluded in the second quarter of 2022, platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) reported on Tuesday when it presented record financial results and... 

Disused coal mines have potential to heat homes with lower-carbon energy

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2021 The UK Coal Authority posits that water from flooded coal mines has the potential to be used in the heating of UK homes and industry as a source of lower-carbon energy. In a December 2020 report, the authority states that mines are warmed by natural geothermal processes and, where the mines are... 

Western Australia takes step-up in battery chemicals production

By: Reuters     3rd August 2021 Western Australia is preparing to take a bigger slice of the booming global battery market, forecast to grow to $150-billion by 2030, as it moves beyond mining lithium and nickel into chemical processing. Three big battery chemicals plants are set to come on line in coming months, while... 

RBPlat declares R1.5bn dividend on record first-half performance

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has declared a R1.5 billion interim dividend in addition to the R482.3 million buy-back and redemption of a portion of its convertible bonds on the back of a record performance in the six months to June 30. RBPlat... 

Northern Star looking at renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2021 Gold miner Northern Star Resources will be looking at a number of renewable energy options at its projects to offset its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to reach its target of net zero GHG emissions by 2050. Speaking at the Diggers & Dealers conference, Northern Star MD Stuart Tonkin said that... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

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. 

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