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On-The-Air (21/06/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 President Ramaphosa’s SONA commitment to look into the development of a hydrogen economy is of great significance; Transnet’s latest plans to rail manganese to the ports is an important boost for South Africa’s export potential; and South Africa should follow Australia’s example of allowing... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

Environmental protection no longer optional for mining companies wanting to attract investment

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 Without a doubt, mining investors and the fund-providing institutions that they represent, are applying more environmental, social and governance (ESG) pressure on today’s mining CEOs. Long-serving CEOs, who never heard ESG issues being raised at investor meetings in the past, are now finding... 

Trump makes his biggest move yet to try to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 President Donald Trump is scaling back sweeping Obama-era curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants burning coal, his biggest step yet to fulfill his campaign promise to stop a “war” on the fossil fuel. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s rewrite of the Clean Power Plan, which... 

Peabody and Arch Coal unite against gas, renewables onslaught

By: Mariaan Webb     19th June 2019 US coal miners Peabody and Arch Coal on Wednesday announced that they would combine their Powder River Basin and Colorado assets in what they describe as a “highly synergistic” joint venture (JV) aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of coal against natural gas and renewables. The JV was... 

Santos eyes solar power in South Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Oil and gas major Santos will introduce solar panels to help power its Port Bonython processing plant, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would generate more than 2 GWh of emissions-free energy a year, which... 

Gold Fields spends A$112m on micro-grid at Agnew

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a A$112-million investment into an energy micro-grid combining wind, solar, gas and battery storage at its Agnew mine, in Western Australia. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will contribute A$13.5-million in funding for the micro-grid,... 

Oz Minerals establishes renewable collaborative programme

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Copper miner Oz Minerals has launched an energy and mining collaboration (EMC) with six other organisations to investigate renewable energy and demand management related activities on a mine site. The first project as part of the EMC programme would see a trial installation of a near 250 kW... 

Trump's biggest move to end the ‘war on coal’ won't rescue the industry

By: Bloomberg     19th June 2019 President Donald Trump is scaling back sweeping Obama-era curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants burning coal, his biggest step yet to fulfill his campaign promises to stop a “war" on the fossil fuel. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s rewrite of the Clean Power Plan – which... 

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