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Caterpillar, Tractafric complete 7.5 MW battery storage solution for grid stability at Barrick's Kibali

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2021 Construction and equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and equipment distribution multinational Tractafric have installed 7.5 MW of battery energy storage capacity at gold miner Barrick Gold's Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Tractafric solution is operational and deploys... 

Technologies play powerful role in climate change efforts

By: Anna Moross     22nd October 2021 Technology is a critical accelerator in the efforts to implement climate change actions, and according to South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency and data & knowledge management GM Barry Bredenkamp, there is a major shift in the design of energy-consuming... 

Net-zero action plan for SA mines

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is developing a Net Zero 2050 Action Plan and pathway towards achieving the goal of net zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The action plan for mining will include the central pillars of increasing the share of investment in renewable energy sources; research,... 

Electrolux SA aiming for climate neutral manufacturing by 2030

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2021 Appliance manufacturer Electrolux South Africa has taken a step towards a national electricity grid-free operation as it cuts the carbon footprint of its Kwikot water heater (geyser) manufacturing plant in Benoni by 40%. The company injected R16-million to develop a 1 MW solar energy system at... 

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

South32 keeps its pace

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2021 Diversified miner South32 has maintained its production guidance for its 2022 financial year, following a strong first quarter. The miner on Thursday reported a 10% decline in alumina production, compared with the fourth quarter of the 2021 financial year, reaching 1.2-million tonnes, while... 

US plan would block Antofagasta Minnesota copper mine

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 The US Forest Service on Wednesday proposed a 20-year ban on mining in Minnesota's Boundary Waters region, a step that would block Antofagasta's Twin Metals copper and nickel mine project. The announcement reversed a decision by former President Donald Trump and set off a review of how mining... 

ioneer/Sibanye-Stillwater deal gets Reserve Bank approval

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 The Financial Surveillance Department of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has approved a $490-million deal between ASX-listed ioneer and New York-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater. The two companies in September struck the $490-million deal under which Sibanye-Stillwater would acquire 50%... 

Rio sets new emission targets

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th October 2021 Major Rio Tinto has set a target to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, more than tripling its previous target. The miner said on Wednesday that a 15% reduction in emissions is now targeted for 2025, five years earlier than previously. These targets are supported by around... 

Exxaro partners with Dis-Chem Pharmacies to vaccinate head office employees

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 Black empowered mining company Exxaro Resources partnered with pharmacy group Dis-Chem to vaccinate its employees, contractors and their next of kin at the Exxaro head office, the conneXXion. The partnership began in August and, as at October 15, more than 570 people have received the vaccination... 

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