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56 wind and solar projects bid into South Africa’s enlarged renewables round 

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2022 A total of 56 wind and solar projects have been submitted by prospective bidders under the sixth bid window (BW6) of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPPP), which has been expanded to 4 200 MW from an initial allocation of 2 600 MW. The bids,... 

A landmark $8.5bn climate finance deal hangs in the balance

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2022 A landmark $8.5-billion deal to help wean South Africa off its dependence on coal is hanging in the balance amid fraught negotiations with rich donor countries over how the funds should be spent. The climate finance deal, unveiled at UN-led talks in Glasgow last year, was hailed as a prototype... 

More platinum-based green hydrogen generation on the way 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2022 Up to 1 350 t of green hydrogen can now be generated a year from renewable solar and wind power in the Wunsiedel Energy Park, in Germany. “This is another example of platinum-based production of green hydrogen in Europe that will assist both the replacement of imported natural gas and the earlier... 

Southern Africa well-placed to produce renewables, green hydrogen for export – Kearney

By: Schalk Burger     3rd October 2022 A study by global management consultancy Kearney has noted that Southern Africa, which has favourable conditions for renewable energy production, will be able to store renewable energy and export it to areas where renewable energy production is technically or economically limited. “The world’s... 

WA miners worried about staff, optimistic on deals - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2022 A new report by consulting services firm MinterEllison has highlighted the three key issues facing the mining and services sector. Research conducted among Western Australian mining executives has revealed concerns about rising costs, labour shortages, inflationary pressure, supply chain and... 

Aurizon wins funding for hydrogen plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2022 Freight operator Aurizon has been awarded A$5-million in funding from the Queensland government under the second round of the A$35-million Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF). Aurizon is proposing to put four hydrogen-fuelled prime movers on the road in Townsville and create more... 

Gugulethu construction is still on track to kick off this year

By: Tracy Hancock     30th September 2022 Construction of the almost R600-million opencast phase (Phase 1) of coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s Gugulethu colliery is planned to start this year, subject to market conditions and the availability of export trains. Canyon Coal, a subsidiary of private investment company... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) will introduce its updated business plan and path to reach its 2030 goals at its ‘Vision 2030 – building a sustainable Southern African biogas market’ round table next month. Hosted by Sabia, it will include a discussion by representatives... 

Operations challenges impair sector growth

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 Local companies are not operating at full capacity, owing to a lack of manufacturing and product focus which impairs South Africa’s goal of becoming a relevant global player in the aluminium market, says non-ferrous metals importer and stockist Metal and Tool Trade (MTT) MD Volker Schutte. “We... 

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

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